Enter to win a weekend getaway on Amelia Island from Omega Forensic!

For decades, Omega Forensic Engineering has been well known in South Florida, but as we’ve grown our presence throughout Central and North Florida, it has been necessary to partner with capable forensic engineering consultants in new areas. As a response to increased demand, we are excited to announce that we are now equipped for statewide inspections, and now offer daily service from Tallahassee to Pensacola.

Island Hop Craft Beer Fest is Amelia Island’s first craft beer festival, and to celebrate Omega’s service expansion, we’d like to send one lucky twosome to Fernandina Beach for a weekend getaway.

The lucky winner’s excursion begins on September 30, 2022 with a two night stay at a hotel in the heart of Fernandina with $300 spending money for the weekend! You’ll also receive two tickets to the 5K the next morning, and two VIP tickets to the brew festival. VIP ticket holders will enjoy an extra hour of tasting, beginning at noon, a tasting glass, event swag, and access to designated VIP area and restrooms. Island Hop is a family-friendly event with children under 12 admitted free.

To join, all you have to do is sign up for more information about Omega Forensic’s expanded services!

Fernandina Beach Main Street is a local nonprofit organization focused on preservation-based economic vitality. Omega Forensic Engineering is not affiliated with FBMS.

Omega has expanded daily coverage to North Florida and the Panhandle! 

To celebrate: Enter to win a weekend on Amelia Island!

For decades, Omega Forensic Engineering has been well known in South Florida, but as we’ve grown our presence throughout Central and North Florida, it has been necessary to partner with capable forensic engineering consultants in new areas.  As a response to increased demand, we are excited to announce that we are now equipped for statewide inspections from Tallahassee to Pensacola. 

The Omega team of Professional Engineers is knowledgeable in a broad range of structural and construction issues, including design defects, product specification, and code compliance. With decades of experience in forensic investigations, we are known for our technical expertise, our objectivity, and clear and concise opinions presented in a professional and expertly written, full-color reporting format our clients have come to love.   

From construction defects to roof and water damage, Omega Forensic’s engineers are fully qualified to examine and evaluate construction and weather-related claims.  

We schedule our inspections promptly and conduct them professionally, collecting all relevant data and recording our observations on site.  After evaluating the evidence, we determine the cause of damage or failure and formulate an expert opinion about the damage claim.  Our engineers have many years of experience in building design and inspection, and have been deeply involved in the evolution of the Florida Building Code. Omega has been expanding its service area throughout the state earning them a spot as one of Florida’s top forensic engineering firms in residential and commercial forensic investigation consulting.  

Our new Panhandle operation is served by top-notch, professional engineers, who bring with them extensive knowledge and practical experience in the evaluation of a variety of forensic engineering investigations, including failure analysis consulting and evaluation of damage caused by hurricanes, settlement, construction vibration, water damage, and more.  We are confident you will find the same high-quality service and professional expertise in forensic investigations that Florida has seen for decades.  

Omega Forensic Engineering is the name you can continue to trust to serve your needs—but now with expanded capacity!

Reach out now, and let us know how we can help!

Omega Forensic Engineering Presents at Natural Disasters Expo in Miami

Jamey Bennett, director of product development, shares best practices and debuts new song

Jamey Bennett, director of product development at Omega Forensic Engineering, presented at the Natural Disasters Expo in Miami. Held for the first time, the event featured prominent speakers from NASA, the National Hurricane Center, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and prominent experts in the disaster recovery and emergency response industries. The event was held on Feb. 7-8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Miami Convention Center. Free for attendees, the expo boasted 300 vendors, 100 speakers, and over 100 live demos for participants to learn the latest in cutting-edge technology, relief program readiness, and emerging global trends in the natural disaster industry.

Bennett’s presentation, “Forensic Experts and Property Claims: Why You May Need an Expert and What to Expect”, featured key details of a forensic engineering investigation; when a claims adjuster may need an expert engineer; and what to expect from a final report. Bennett debuted his latest song, “Expert Opinions”, highlighting Omega’s groundbreaking work.

“It was a blast to debut ‘Expert Opinions’ here at the National Disasters Expo, and I received a lot of positive feedback! In an industry that deals with so much on the line, it’s nice to have some fun with it and really showcase how our company is different,” says Bennett.

“Expert Opinions” showcases how the expert team at Omega Forensic Engineering provides unbiased, cutting-edge reporting and clear, concise reporting in the chaotic insurance claim environment. Omega Forensics staff also exhibited at the event and provided demos on their latest reporting and technology initiatives.

With over 14 years of industry experience, Bennett carries an all-lines Florida adjusters license and has an extensive background in technical writing at Omega Forensic. Bennett is currently president of the South Florida Claims Association, a membership organization that includes insurance claims adjusters and industry professionals. The organization’s goal is to promote harmony and provide ongoing opportunities for networking and advanced education.

The expo featured a variety of keynote speakers from global experts including Ken Graham, director at the National Hurricane Center; Christopher Landsea, Ph.D., branch chief at the National Hurricane Center; Robert McSwain, aerospace engineer at NASA; Antwane Johnson, director of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) at FEMA; Todd S. Pridges, Ph.D. of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; William P. Mahoney III, director of research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Other speakers included experts from industry-leading organizations throughout the nation. Presenters shared developing trends on the potential impact of future natural disasters, emergency response management, and business recovery post-disaster.

Exhibitors included experts in infrastructure, environmental management, regulatory affairs, sustainability, energy management, health and safety, insurance, seismology, waste and public protection, transportation, actuary management, atmospheric science, meteorology and paleotempestology.

About Omega Forensic
Omega Forensic Engineering has over 30 years of experience providing technical support to insurers, adjusters, attorneys, owners and property managers throughout Florida. We specialize in construction defects, roof damage, structural damage, plumbing failures, water and mold damage, fire and electrical, flooring, and personal injury. Learn more at https://www.omegaforensic.com/.

About the Natural Disasters Expo
The Natural Disasters Expo brings thousands of disaster specialists, government service providers, weather experts, insurers, and disaster relief efforts from across the globe all under one roof. The event includes the Storm Expo, Flood Expo, Heat & Flood Expo, and the Earthquake Expo. Learn more at https://www.naturaldisastersshow.com/.

Omega Expands Daily Service in Orlando

Seasoned Engineer, Gregory D. Loomis, P.E. Leads the Charge into Central Florida

[Orlando, Florida—August 2020] Omega Forensic Engineering has been actively engaged in forensic investigations since the early 1990’s, most notably in South Florida. Over the last decade, Omega has been expanding its service area throughout the state earning them a spot as one of Florida’s top forensic engineering firms in residential and commercial forensic investigation services and failure analysis consulting.

While Omega Forensic Engineering has been conducting inspections in Central Florida for years, for the first time an office has been established in Orlando, offering services and speedy response time in Central Florida, with Gregory D. Loomis, P.E. at the helm.  Mr. Loomis, a seasoned cause and origin expert, has been with Omega Forensic for over a decade.

As one of the top Orlando structural engineers In the Industry, Mr. Loomis brings with him extensive knowledge and practical experience in the evaluation of construction defects and a variety of forensic engineering investigations, including failure analysis consulting and evaluation of damage caused by hurricanes, settlement, construction vibration, water damage, and more.

In addition to Mr. Loomis’s background in structural design of commercial and residential construction, as well as the preparation of structural construction documents, he has been examined under oath on numerous occasions. 

One Broward County attorney remarked:

Greg delivered a stellar performance during a recent deposition, in which he was questioned relentlessly by the attorney who tried to poke holes in his report. Greg never wavered from his opinions, no matter how many times the plaintiff’s attorney tried to manipulate his testimony. Overall I would give Greg an ‘A’ for his performance under pressure and would not hesitate to use him again at deposition and trial.

Jamey Bennett, Omega’s Director of Product Development, says:

For decades we have been known widely for our reliable expertise in South Florida and our top-notch, streamlined forensic reporting, but one of our best-kept secrets is that for over a decade we have conducted active investigations throughout the state. As we’ve grown our presence in Florida, it has been necessary to partner with capable forensic engineering consultants in new areas—but this is the first time we have taken one of our own, a seasoned engineer who has worked with us for a dozen years and moved him to a new market—right in the Orlando metropolitan area. Word is starting to get out that we have boots on the ground in Orlando, and our customers have enjoyed a quicker turnaround closer to the source. Central Florida’s needs are not exactly the same as South Florida, so it’s been great to have a dedicated engineer focused on the unique needs of this area.

Omega Forensic is not only proud of its expansion but Mr. Bennett also goes on to say that  “we are also thrilled to have two brothers, Patrick and Chris Blair—both with extensive construction experience and engineering knowledge—building our presence in the Tampa Bay region as well.”

Bennett says the company has rolled out a new regional map on its website and printed materials reflecting the territorial changes. 

Omega Forensic brings decades of experience in forensic investigations. From residential to commercial inspections, we are known for our technical expertise, our objectivity, and our clear and concise opinions.

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To submit a new assignment, please contact Dan Larkin at dan@omegaforensic.com or 888-284-3049.

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Omega Remains Fully Operational

To Our Esteemed Clients and Colleagues:
Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect our communities, Omega Forensic Engineering’s priorities are protecting the health and safety of our experts and staff while continuing to provide the expert investigations, reporting, and customer service that we are known for.

On behalf of Omega’s engineers and support staff, I want to reassure you that we expect to remain fully operational throughout this crisis and will continue to serve your needs in our daily service areas.

  • We have sufficient staff to continue operations without interruption at this time. All Omega engineers and support staff are available to work seamlessly by remote access, so you will see no change in our ability to maintain our normal level of customer service, and our engineers remain committed to scheduling inspections quickly.
  • Omega remains committed to serving our local communities here in Florida. All of our active engineers are based in Florida and are taking the necessary precautions to continue the same Omega inspection and report protocol they have provided for years. (To read more about our engineers, visit our website.) Our main office has been located in South Florida for decades, and we have stood alongside our neighbors through many previous challenging events.
  • Submitting an assignment is easy, either by email or our upgraded submission form. Recent improvements to our submission form ensure continuous and reliable digital service for our clients, and our web host maintains back-up servers to ensure functionality through disruptive events like storms—or something like this. And, as always, you can reach Dan Larkin at dan@omegaforensic.com or by cell at (954) 255-0802.
I have canceled our attendance at all conferences and claims meetings for the time being and will limit most internal meetings to remote access.
If you would like to meet with me in the coming days or weeks, I am more than happy to take advantage of remote meeting technologies or will chat with you by phone.

Bottom line: While we continue educating ourselves on the recommendations and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health departments in regard to COVID-19, our operation is equipped to remain fully functional during these times.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate everyone working hard on the front lines to contain the virus. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have by replying to this email or calling my cell below.

Cordially yours,

Jamey Bennett
Director of Product Development
Cell: 615-336-1807

Mourning in Parkland

Dear Friends of Omega,
It is with sadness that I write to you today. We’ve all heard of the atrocity that took place in Parkland Wednesday, just down the road from our main office. Helicopters overhead and national attention drawn toward “Florida’s safest city,” our hearts break with the victims and their families.

There is no better time than now to spread love and goodwill.
It was an honor to speak last week to the South Florida Claims Association at Super Restoration about Omega Cares. So many people came up to speak with me afterward and affirm your commitment to giving back to our community and serving others.

With Omega Cares, we will be planning a number of ways this year for us to band together and do some good in the world, but we can’t do it alone.

To this end, please email me and let me know if you or your company are interested in participating in one or more of these events this year. We won’t spam you, we won’t sell your information, none of that. We just need to know who is interested in partnering with us in the community. SFCA will create a page on their website for this initiative, and any company partnering with us will be featured on the page.

In the meantime, there are some things that can be done for the victims of this South Florida tragedy.

1. Give Blood
While the immediate blood needs of the survivors of the shooting have been met, the blood banks are in need of replenishment.

There are many locations where blood can be donated. This Monday, we are encouraging our staff to donate at the One Blood bus that will be parked in front of Lissaur & Eriks Dental in Boynton Beach from 10 to 4.

2. Donate to the Victims’ Fund
A fund has been set up by the Broward Educational Foundation on GoFundMe, and we have already made a donation there. Consider donating something, even $5.

Thanks for your time. Hug your loved ones and say a prayer.

All the best,
Jamey Bennett
Director of Product Development

Omega CARES!

We care about our neighbors.

As fellow residents of Florida, we care about our friends and neighbors who went through Hurricane Irma. Here are a some ways we are giving back to the community in the aftermath of the storm.

We believe it is important to get relief items to those who faced the worst part of the storm.

SaltWater Brewery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach is currently collecting important every day items such as toilet paper, cases of water bottles, diapers, formula, and so on. They are working with an organization that will transport these items to Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys.Simply swing by SaltWater with your donation items during business hours and drop them off. We did!

And then this Saturday, September 30, 2017 we will be joining Rebuilding Together Broward County and CrossFit Empirical to do some fixing up at a military veteran’s house in Fort Lauderdale!

The television crew from Military Makeover® will be there as well, documenting the effort for inclusion in a future episode.

The work day will begin at 8 am sharp and go until 1 pm. If you’re interested in joining with us, please reply to this email with your interest and Jamey Bennett will put you on the RSVP list and get you directions to the house.

Non-Storm Related Moisture Intrusion?

David P. Amori writes the following for Claims Management magazine, regarding investigations of moisture intrusion, distress, and possible non-storm related causes:

It also is the time of year when discoloration of ceiling finishes, delamination of trim, and other distress to interior finishes is noticed. One might wonder: Is the distress relatable to last week’s hail storm, or last month’s heavy rain with high-velocity winds?

For this distress to result in covered damage, often the question becomes “Was there a storm-created opening that allowed moisture to penetrate the building envelope? Storm-created openings often are somewhat straightforward. They typically result in missing shingles, punctured roof membranes, or broken windows.

But what if there is not such an opening? Where did the distress come from? The answer can be more subtle and, in many conditions, could be a latent condition that has existed since construction of the building. The following are some common examples of moisture intrusion related distress and their non-storm related causes.

Specifically, he highlights condensation, ventillation, and maintenance. Read the rest here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We know you have many options when choosing experts. We are thankful that you have trusted Omega Forensic Engineering to handle your assignments, and look forward to hearing from you after the holiday.

Please note: our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday so our engineers and support staff can enjoy time with their families.

Should there be a pressing matter, you may contact Jamey Bennett at 615-336-1807 or by email at jbennett@omegaforensic.com.