Applied Forensic Engineering, LLC (AFE) is a multi-disciplined, independent consulting firm with an emphasis on forensic engineering investigations, condition assessments and expert witness services. We pride ourselves on finding and reporting the facts, without bias, based on the physical evidence.
Our clients include law firms, insurance companies, claim adjusting firms, corporations and individuals. AFE provides forensic investigations related to structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, construction defects and disputes, waterfront structures, roofing and waterproofing failures, fire & explosion origin and cause, product defects, mold and mildew, accident reconstruction, and slip/trip & falls.
AFEs professional engineers, scientists and technical professionals will assist with loss determination, subrogation potential, and preparation for mediation, arbitration, or litigation. We adhere to the highest level of professional and ethical standards as we strive to deliver cost-effective solutions for our clients needs.
Mr. Steve D. Hodge, P.E. is the firms Principal and has thirty-five years experience performing and managing civil, structural and environmental investigation, development and construction projects. He has acted as project manager and owners representative for numerous retail, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facility building efforts throughout the United States and internationally. He has managed approximately 100 asbestos & lead surveys and abatement projects from New York to Florida as well as performing over 100 due diligence and condominium conversion investigations. His experience in design and construction has led him to be called on to perform over 650 forensic failure analyses including construction defects/disputes, structural, roofing, foundation, waterfront, underwater, geotechnical, water infiltration, product defect, production piping, slip/trip and fall, and fire/explosion origin and cause investigations.
His special qualifications include:
Qualified Professional Engineer, Licensed in Florida, Connecticut and New York, with over 35 years of Civil Engineering and construction experience.
Has provided testimony for cases in Circuit, Superior, and U.S. District courts
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator.
Three years of international experience in the Caribbean, South America and Africa.
Experience as a contractor, consulting engineer and owners representative resulting in an overall understanding of construction projects from all sides.
Certified Open-Water Scuba diver with over 200 work related dives.