About us

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

Over the last 30 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 and investigators that provide quality and cost-effective solutions to customers worldwide.

McDowell Owens Engineering, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary, world-wide forensic engineering firm that provides comprehensive, unbiased forensic engineering and failure analysis services addressing the needs of our client’s in the legal, oil and gas, insurance, electrical, petro-chemical fields, and other industries, as well as the private sector.

 

Laboratory & Research Facilities


The next best thing to a scientific eyewitness.
The ideal time for a fire scientist and/or forensic engineer to investigate a fire, explosion or other loss is while it is occurring. However, such ideal circumstances rarely occur.
McDowell Owens laboratory services, research facility and expertise are available for third party inspections. Since every case and need is different please call for quotes of the approximate costs.

 

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Specialized Laboratory & Research Facility include:


Laboratory Services and Capabilities
Our “clean” laboratory services are utilized by our staff on a regular basis in order to provide our clients the most accurate and complete analysis possible. Additionally, our laboratory capabilities are available to anyone that needs lab space and/or the proper documentation into the following aspects:

  • Fire debris X-ray and photography
  • Electrical testing and recording and photography
  • Mechanical Failure Analysis (X-ray and Digital Microscopy)
  • Appliance Fire, water-loss and other Failure Analysis/testing/documentation
    • Dryers and Other Appliances
    • Water Losses (Washing Machines, Dishwashers, Sink & Toilet Valves, Etc. Testing capabilities and X-ray where needed)
  • Various Product Testing & Burn Testing
  • Specialized Laboratory Testing (Designed as needed and with your protocol).


Our laboratory has full video recording capability with real-time observation and participation via the internet for those that cannot be present.
All inspections, examination and testing can be recorded and recording copies can be furnished.
All digital microscope work can be recorded and copies furnished.
Our “dirty” laboratory services are available to anyone that needs dirty lab space for teardown of engines, transmissions and all other aspects of large non-clean items. Various item components can
then be examined/documented/photographed/x-rayed in the “clean” lab as needed.

 

McDowell Owens offers forensic engineering expertise worldwide.