Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Allan Abbata

Allan Abbata

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Allan Abbata

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Expertise

  • Building Foundation Issues
  • Civil/Site Work Evaluation
  • Concrete Systems - Cracks/Settlements/Failures
  • Construction Defects/Claims
  • Storm Water Control
  • Structural Design - Collapse/Failure Analysis
Biography

Senior Consulting Engineer Allan Abbata has more than 45 years of progressive and diversified engineering experience in the civil and structural fields specializing in building design, building components, and storm water runoff and drainage systems. He is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with a strong emphasis on structures, from Trine University.

Throughout his career, Allan has designed and analyzed structures, supervised engineers, prepared construction documents (drawings and specifications), and provided on-site duties for field supervision and inspection of construction for various site and building projects. In addition, he has performed project management oversight and had responsibility for overall performance of building contracts while serving as the client’s main interface with local, state and federal agencies and municipalities in a variety of engineering capacities.

Allan has an in-depth knowledge and extensive background of many building codes, standards, rules and regulations including the agencies that govern or provide guidance to building designers such as the International Code Council (ICC), International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), Steel Joist Institute (SJI), Steel Deck Institute (SDI), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), UL Standards (UL), Factory Mutual (FM Global), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Qualifications
B.S. in Civil Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Applied Engineering Experience - 40 plus years
Current Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
Past Member and Board of Director for Steel Deck Institute (SDI)
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
Publications
Construction Issues and Inspection Points for Building in Coastal Areas

Key construction features of Coastal properties need inspection and remedial action.

Recent Posts
Charred-Wood-Structural-Members

Structural Evaluation After a Fire – Post-Fire Tips for an Insurance Adjuster, Part I

This is a 3-Part series to help insurance adjusters during a claim inspection make a post-fire assessment of a building’s structural framing system.  From my numerous case history inspections involving damage to structural framing members after a fire, what appears obvious and straightforward is not always the case.  This article is a quick synopsis to […]

inadequate-fasteners

Safety Inspections for Outdoor Decks are Necessary

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recognizes the month of May as Deck Safety Month®. This is the time of the year to get serious and take the necessary steps to safeguard your deck so that it is enjoyable not only for your family, but your friends and any visitors. The NADRA has […]

Roof drain with membrane installed in opening.

Water Intrusion/Moisture Issues – Finding the Source and Location

What you see is not always what you get.  This commonality exists in the numerous cases I have investigated for water intrusion and moisture issues in buildings.  The source that appears most obvious and straightforward may not, in fact, be the root of the problem at all.

Caved-in-roof

Flood Damage versus Water Damage: Water Damage Assessment – Part II

In the continuation of the series on “Flood Damage versus Water Damage”, we will now focus on cause and effects of water damage to residential and building structures and components.  As discussed before, our goal in this blog series is to accurately and consistently inform the adjuster on what determines flood damage and water damage […]

Typical-Flooding

Flood Damage versus Water Damage: Flood Damage Assessment – Part I

Recently, I read an article from the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC) explaining the difference between “Flood Damage” and “Water Damage” that really hit home and I wanted to share with you again.  “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop should be there.  With dismay, you discover that your home is filled with damaging […]

Structural-Collapse

Collapses of Decks, Balconies and Railings: An Engineer’s Viewpoint for an Adjuster

Most failures of decks, balconies and railings can be avoidable if properly designed but when a collapse occurs it usually leads to personal injuries and even death. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), “It’s estimated that 2.5 million new or replacement decks were built last year.  Almost every new home being […]

Foundation issues

Identifying Foundation Issues for Adjusters

As a structural engineer, I am often called upon to determine the cause of commercial and residential building problems. Common problems I investigate include doors or windows that don’t open properly, cracks in interior and exterior walls, gaps in the trim, leaking roofs when the exterior covering is otherwise in good condition, sloped and out-of-level […]

Building Envelope Components

What is a Building Envelope?

By definition, the building envelope (or building enclosure) is the physical separation between the interior conditioned areas and the exterior environment space of a building. The envelope serves as the outer covering (shell or skin) to help maintain the indoor environment together with the mechanical conditioning systems and to facilitate its climate control. The building […]

steel-decking

Metal Decking Provides for Building Stability and Worker Safety

It’s simple, right?!  Buildings being constructed must maintain a structural stability at all times during the steel erection process. That’s according to OSHA Federal Register Subpart R 1926. OSHA also reminds us that “Since structural collapse is second only to falls as a cause of fatalities in the construction industry, stability is essential to the […]

Senior Consulting Engineer Allan Abbata has more than 45 years of progressive and diversified engineering experience in the civil and structural fields specializing in building design, building components, and storm water runoff and drainage systems. He is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with a strong emphasis on structures, from Trine University.

Throughout his career, Allan has designed and analyzed structures, supervised engineers, prepared construction documents (drawings and specifications), and provided on-site duties for field supervision and inspection of construction for various site and building projects. In addition, he has performed project management oversight and had responsibility for overall performance of building contracts while serving as the client’s main interface with local, state and federal agencies and municipalities in a variety of engineering capacities.

Allan has an in-depth knowledge and extensive background of many building codes, standards, rules and regulations including the agencies that govern or provide guidance to building designers such as the International Code Council (ICC), International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), Steel Joist Institute (SJI), Steel Deck Institute (SDI), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), UL Standards (UL), Factory Mutual (FM Global), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

B.S. in Civil Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Applied Engineering Experience - 40 plus years
Current Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
Past Member and Board of Director for Steel Deck Institute (SDI)
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
Construction Issues and Inspection Points for Building in Coastal Areas

Key construction features of Coastal properties need inspection and remedial action.

Charred-Wood-Structural-Members

Structural Evaluation After a Fire – Post-Fire Tips for an Insurance Adjuster, Part I

This is a 3-Part series to help insurance adjusters during a claim inspection make a post-fire assessment of a building’s structural framing system.  From my numerous case history inspections involving damage to structural framing members after a fire, what appears obvious and straightforward is not always the case.  This article is a quick synopsis to […]

inadequate-fasteners

Safety Inspections for Outdoor Decks are Necessary

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recognizes the month of May as Deck Safety Month®. This is the time of the year to get serious and take the necessary steps to safeguard your deck so that it is enjoyable not only for your family, but your friends and any visitors. The NADRA has […]

Roof drain with membrane installed in opening.

Water Intrusion/Moisture Issues – Finding the Source and Location

What you see is not always what you get.  This commonality exists in the numerous cases I have investigated for water intrusion and moisture issues in buildings.  The source that appears most obvious and straightforward may not, in fact, be the root of the problem at all.

Caved-in-roof

Flood Damage versus Water Damage: Water Damage Assessment – Part II

In the continuation of the series on “Flood Damage versus Water Damage”, we will now focus on cause and effects of water damage to residential and building structures and components.  As discussed before, our goal in this blog series is to accurately and consistently inform the adjuster on what determines flood damage and water damage […]

Typical-Flooding

Flood Damage versus Water Damage: Flood Damage Assessment – Part I

Recently, I read an article from the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC) explaining the difference between “Flood Damage” and “Water Damage” that really hit home and I wanted to share with you again.  “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop should be there.  With dismay, you discover that your home is filled with damaging […]

Structural-Collapse

Collapses of Decks, Balconies and Railings: An Engineer’s Viewpoint for an Adjuster

Most failures of decks, balconies and railings can be avoidable if properly designed but when a collapse occurs it usually leads to personal injuries and even death. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), “It’s estimated that 2.5 million new or replacement decks were built last year.  Almost every new home being […]

Foundation issues

Identifying Foundation Issues for Adjusters

As a structural engineer, I am often called upon to determine the cause of commercial and residential building problems. Common problems I investigate include doors or windows that don’t open properly, cracks in interior and exterior walls, gaps in the trim, leaking roofs when the exterior covering is otherwise in good condition, sloped and out-of-level […]

Building Envelope Components

What is a Building Envelope?

By definition, the building envelope (or building enclosure) is the physical separation between the interior conditioned areas and the exterior environment space of a building. The envelope serves as the outer covering (shell or skin) to help maintain the indoor environment together with the mechanical conditioning systems and to facilitate its climate control. The building […]

steel-decking

Metal Decking Provides for Building Stability and Worker Safety

It’s simple, right?!  Buildings being constructed must maintain a structural stability at all times during the steel erection process. That’s according to OSHA Federal Register Subpart R 1926. OSHA also reminds us that “Since structural collapse is second only to falls as a cause of fatalities in the construction industry, stability is essential to the […]

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