Mel A. Underwood

Mel A. Underwood, P.E.

Senior Managing Consultant

For more than 20 years, Mr. Mel Underwood has been involved in the analysis, design, construction inspection and forensic investigation of residential, commercial, industrial and transportation related structures. From houses to commercial buildings, from retaining walls to bridges, and from wastewater treatment plants to electrical power plants, Mr. Underwood has the technical ability as well as the hands-on background and experience necessary to understand the functionality and purpose of the individual elements comprising the structural system in its entirety.

Mr. Underwood has experience in determination of structural and material failures as related to storm damage, water intrusion, improper construction techniques, and normal wear and tear. Additional areas of practice include building code related analyses of slip/trip/fall incidents with respect to code-related geometry, construction, conditions, etc.


  • Communication Utilizing Computer Video Animations to Describe and Highlight Key Forensic Aspects for Litigation Projects Is a Powerful and Insightful Technique, American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2020 Structures Congress Technical Proceedings, September 2020
  • Structures Built Over Crawl Spaces Develop Condensation Moisture and Mold Due to Improper Construction Techniques not in Compliance with Building Code Requirements Necessary for Adequate Performance, American Society of Civil Engineers’ 8th Congress on Forensic Engineering Technical Proceedings, November 2018
  • Failures of Floor and Wall Tile Installations Occur Due to a Lack of Complying with the Governing Building Code Requirements by Many Professionals Involved in the Installation Process, Structural Engineering Institute's 2015 Structures Congress Technical Proceedings, January 2015
  • Florida's 2011 Sinkhole Law Revisions Provide Needed Clarity, American Society of Civil Engineers' 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering Technical Proceedings, November 2012
  • Loose Mortar-Set Roof Tile Falsehood, Structural Engineering Institute's 2011 Structures Congress Technical Proceedings, January 2011

ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.

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