ABOUT US

Headquartered in Houston and serving the entire state of Texas, Caliber Forensics provides building damage investigation to assist claims professionals, attorneys, and property owners and managers. For projects outside of Texas, Caliber engineers are designated as Model Law Engineers with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), allowing expedited licensure by reciprocity in most states when the need arises.

PURPOSE & FOCUS

Caliber Forensics was founded to provide a targeted approach with rapid and reliable results within the insurance industry. With this in mind, Caliber focuses on these three key principles:

Communication

Caliber partners with insurance professionals to provide a cohesive claims experience for both the professional and the insured, with frequent contact and accurate timelines. Further, Caliber provides straightforward and concise answers to the questions at hand, avoiding incomprehensible jargon and unclear reports.

Efficiency

Caliber takes a targeted approach to investigation and has honed the workflow and report preparation process, using the latest tools and technology, to provide rapid results. This allows Caliber to provide services at a fair and reasonable cost, and to expedite the claims process.

Reliability

You can count on the findings of Caliber Forensics to withstand scrutinizing examination. All professional opinions reached by Caliber Forensics are founded on scientific investigative methods, physical evidence, and sound, credible reasoning. Further, all engineering reports are peer-reviewed by a licensed Professional Engineer and conform to ASTM E620.

MEET THE PRINCIPALS

Glen E Smith, MS, PE founded Caliber Forensics in 2018 to provide industry-leading assistance to adjusters and claims managers, litigation support for attorneys, and help for owners who have suffered property damage. With over 15 years of engineering experience, which has entailed laboratory research, structural design, and forensics, Glen has investigated a wide range of commercial and residential structures for foundation failures, failed structural components, fire damage, explosion damage, storm (tornado, hurricane, high wind, and surge) damage, roof damage, structural collapse, water intrusion, construction defects, and code compliance, as well as supervised and reviewed thousands of other forensic inspections of other engineers. Prior to his forensic experience, he managed, designed, analyzed, and administered construction of numerous religious facilities, educational buildings, office buildings, sports facilities, retail buildings, and high-end residences, utilizing steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. Additionally, he inspected existing structures and designed major structural renovations for reuse and remodeling.

Kyle M Zapalac, ME, PE joined Caliber Forensics in January 2020 with over 11 years of civil engineering experience including residential and commercial structural and site design, geotechnical investigations, hydrology studies, hydraulic structure design and analysis, forensic investigations for commercial, institutional, and residential structures, as well as forensic investigations for hydraulic structures. He also is experienced in site development including the preparation of construction drawings, development of detailed grading plans and storm water pollution prevention plans, and the design of domestic water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and detention systems. His experience with hydrology and hydraulics includes drainage area studies, engineering support for the development of emergency action plans, determination of inundated areas for design storms and dam failures, and the design and analysis of water conveyance and outfall structures. Prior to conducting forensic investigations, he was a civil engineering project manager for various types of design projects.

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