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McDowell Owens Engineering

The next best thing to a scientific eyewitness.


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At our core, McDowell Owens team of professional engineers, fire scientists, and consultants specialize in failure analysis.

Over the last 35 years, we have established ourselves as a leader in the forensic engineering and failure analysis industry.

Our commitment is to provide top-notch, highly trained and skilled engineers, scientists and investigators that provide quality and cost-effective solutions to clients worldwide.


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Gas System Analysis & Testing

 NG & Propane Explosion Experts

We at McDowell Owens possess specialized knowledge, skills, and tools with proven methodology to scientifically gather, evaluate, test, and analyze commercial and residential fuel gas systems (propane and natural gas), which have been involved in a fire and /or explosion.

Our experts will gather, analyze, and inspect the entire fuel gas system including the installation, fuel tanks, cylinders, supply piping, regulators, valves, tubing, fittings, components and appliances. Our fire experts access all available information and evidence in order to provide informed opinions, as well as answer to the cause and origin of fuel and gas explosions.

The professional engineers and fire scientists at McDowell Owens Engineering have over thirty years of experience responding to and conducting failure analysis of all types of gas systems. Our experts have both the technical and operational expertise to put the puzzle pieces together to explain what happened and why.

In addition to the onsite analysis and testing, our engineers and fire scientists have extensive knowledge of the regulatory codes and standards that apply to the use of fuel gases and their transportation.

  • Natural gas systems and equipment
  • LP gas (propane) systems and equipment
  • Pipeline/Pipeline transmission
  • Space heaters
  • Barbecue grills
  • Gas lamps
  • Regulators
  • Compressor stations
  • Gas migration
  • Vapor dispersion
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Production/Migration
  • Valves
  • Gauges
  • Piping
  • Hoses
  • Domestic and commercial ranges
  • Clothes dryers
  • Water heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Gas log fireplaces
  • Propane cylinders
  • Propane storage tanks
  • Propane delivery trucks
  • Propane vaporizers