30 Forensic Engineering Strengthens Materials & Product Failure Group with the Appointment of Bradley Walker

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bradley Walker B.Eng., E.I.T. as Associate, within the Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC group

Bradley Walker B.Eng., E.I.T

Bradley holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science & Engineering from McMaster University.  At 30 Forensic Engineering, Bradley investigates a diverse set of claims with the Materials Failure group involving consumer product failures, plumbing failures, mechanical system and equipment failures, and construction disputes.  He also supports the Multidisciplinary Remediation group with their indoor environmental projects and occupational health and safety assessments


  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Project Management

Robert Sparling B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng., Senior Vice President & Practice Lead, Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC states: “Bradley is an important member of the Materials and Product Failure Group investigating plumbing component and HVAC system failures.  He has a great passion for engineering and approaches all investigations with enthusiasm and an open mind”.  

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 Professional Investigators, Engineering Technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Senior Manager, People and Culture

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2018 Forensic Investigation Forum: Ottawa

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm was pleased to host the 2018 Forensic Investigation Forum in our nation’s capital. Held downtown Ottawa on June 19th, the afternoon seminar brought together senior industry leaders and was designed to provide a current forensic engineering perspective on property and casualty claims and risk mitigation.  30 Forensic Engineering would like to take this opportunity to thank our Ottawa area insurance and legal industry partners for making the event a success.

Behind the Wheel of Truck & Auto Investigations

What’s Driving The Future of Collision Reconstruction?  Understanding The Role of Biomechanics and Human Factors in Motor Vehicle Accidents.



Jamie Catania, B.E.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng
President, Head of Casualty Group




Mark Fabbroni, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng
Principal, Trucking Claims




Rob Parkinson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D
Principal, Biomechanics and Personal Injury




Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph.D
Senior Associate, Human Factors




Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Senior Associate, Collision Reconstruction



A Forensic Engineering View on Fire, Flood 
& Property Loss Investigations 

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mitigate Risk & Expense on
Property Files.



Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng
Vice President




Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng
Principal, Multidisciplinary Remediation




Tom Pepper, B.Eng., P.Eng
Practice Lead, Building and Fire Code





Mrinmoy Kanungo, M.E.Sc., P.Eng
Practice Lead, Geotechnical & Mining





ASM International & 30 Forensic Engineering host Steel Image Workshop on Decoding Metallurgical Failure

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, was pleased to host the ASM International (Ontario Chapter) workshop to metallurgical failure analysis and fractography. Officially named: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – DECODING FAILURES, the workshop was fully developed by Steel Image.

The aim of the workshop was to promote knowledge transfer within the product failure industry and discuss the frequently used and widely accepted metallurgical techniques available to diagnose product failure. Metallurgical failure analysis is a means for diagnosing product design issues, production issues, and understanding service failures by providing details of product failures that would otherwise be unavailable to the naked eye. The microscopic fracture features left behind on the product after failure become evidence of the final few seconds of the product’s service. Understanding how to read and interpret these distinct features allows those with metallurgical failure analysis experience correctly diagnose failure mechanisms and prevent future failure.

Participants of this workshop experienced:
– Tools and concepts applied during lab-based failure analysis
– Use of stereo microscopes in a hands-on fracture recognition
– Introduced to ‘fractography’ using fractured parts and explain its role in failure analysis

The 30 Forensic Engineering Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC team:

Robert Sparling B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng. is a Senior Forensic Materials Engineer, with 20 years of industry experience. For the past 7 years, Rob has acted as the Principal of the Materials Failure analysis group at 30 Forensic Engineering. Rob possesses over 12 years of failure analysis and related work experience in the Aerospace industry. He has specialized experience in the causes of failure of a wide variety of consumer and industrial products.   He also investigates personal injuries associated with a wide variety products including power tools, amusement rides, scaffolding, lifts, doors, glass bottles/cups, hoisting equipment, and many other products.

Paul Okrutny B.Eng. & Soc., M.Sc., P.Eng. is a materials/mechanical expert at 30 Forensic Engineering, who specializes in the assessment of metallurgical and mechanical failures. During his tenure at 30, Paul has investigated over 400 failures dealing with building mechanical systems (plumbing, HVAC, fuel oil supply and fire protection). Other projects have included material defects and material characterization. Paul has been published in international scientific journals, taught undergraduate courses in material engineering and has presented his research and forensic results at provincial, national and international meetings. Paul volunteers his time to committees that help upgrade engineering codes and regulations and uses his forensic engineering findings to prevent future failure.  Paul serves as the chair of the Ontario Chapter of the American Society of Materials, which is an internationally recognized center of Materials Engineering. Paul has been involved with ASM Ontario for numerous years.

Mehdi Taheri Ph.D., P.Eng. is a Materials Failure specialist at 30 Forensic Engineering. During his time at 30, Mehdi has investigated claims involving industrial equipment, automotive components, plumbing, product failures, cases involving the characterization of materials, and work related claims. In his previous roles, Mehdi has accomplished numerous failure analysis investigations involving automotive parts, piping, high temperature components, and turbine blades as well as provided engineering recommendations to prevent failures in oil and gas, power generation, pulp and paper, and automotive industries.

Ben Desclouds B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng. is an Associate in the Materials Failure Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management, Materials Engineering, from McMaster University. Ben specializes in analysis of the structure, properties, mechanics and production of materials, as well as project management. He has participated in a diversity of investigations during his time at 30, including product and glass failures, cases involving residential and commercial sprinkler and plumbing systems, and the characterization and/or identification of materials. Ben is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

About Steel Image

Steel Image provides metallurgical analysis to solve problems experienced by the manufacturing, oil, mining and energy industries. We provide the fastest metallurgical laboratory services in North America, world-class expertise and focus on finding solutions.

About ASM International (Ontario Chapter)

ASM International is the preeminent association for engaging and connecting materials professionals and their organizations to the resources necessary to solve problems, improve outcomes, and advance society. As the world’s largest and most established materials information society, ASM engages and connects you to a global network of peers and provides access to trusted materials information through reference content and data, education courses, international events, and research

Giffin Koerth’s Materials Group Welcomes Mehdi Taheri

Giffin Koerth is proud to announce the newest addition to the Materials & HVAC Group, Mehdi Taheri.

Mehdi is a PhD in Material Science with a focus on Corrosion from McMaster University. Prior to joining Giffin Koerth, Mehdi was working with Acuren Group Inc. in Mississauga where he was the Head of Failure Analysis. The role involved a lot of field inspections, laboratory projects as well as some management within the Laboratory. Much of his recent work was focused on piping, pressure vessels and high temperature components but his expertise goes into bearing failures, automotive parts, turbine blades and much more.

We are excited to welcome Mehdi to the team!

GK’s Materials Failure/HVAC Group Welcomes Ben Desclouds!

Giffin Koerth is proud to annouce our newest Associate to the Materials Failure and HVAC GroupBen Desclouds. Ben Graduated from McMaster where he completed his Materials Engineering and Management degree at the top of his class.

After a Co-op term with Hatch as an Iron and Steel process engineering student he was hired on permanently following graduation. Ben has spent the last  3+ years with Hatch in various Project Management and Project Engineering capacities on sites ranging from Hamilton to Pittsburgh to Granite City, Illinois.

Originally hailing from Orleans, Ontario he just relocated to Toronto from Pittsburgh where he has spent the last year with Hatch. Welcome to the team, Ben!