Scott A. Nesvold

Scott A. Nesvold, M.S., M.Eng., P.E.

Senior Managing Consultant

Practice Group Director

Building Science

Scott Nesvold is an accomplished Structural/Fire Protection Engineer with more than 13 years of engineering experience. He provides expert consultation regarding building design, structural analysis and failure for all building types. In addition, his background in Fire Protection Engineering offers the expertise to evaluate and design fire protection systems and to analyze the effects of a fire and its impact on structural integrity and life safety. Mr. Nesvold’s diverse background allows him to specialize in the assessment of damage to structures and their components following catastrophic events, such as explosions and fire. Mr. Nesvold’s ability to use Rope Access, allows him to investigate areas that are difficult to access or heavily damaged. He also provides shoring design recommendations to building owners, clients and agencies to facilitate their investigations following a catastrophic loss.

Mr. Nesvold has an extensive background in rehabilitating historic buildings and bridges. He has applied his experience to the design and retrofit of these culturally significant buildings and worked with fire and life safety codes to design and implement unique solutions to improve life safety and to preserve the historic integrity of the buildings.

Mr. Nesvold has investigated damage to structural components related to conditions ranging from serviceability issues to complete collapse. Conditions have included fire and temperature issues, corrosion and material decay, settlement and earth movement, deflections and creep of materials, as well as cracking and overstress. He has been involved in investigating construction accidents and damage resulting from construction operations. Further, Mr. Nesvold has designed and investigated systems and issues relating to various building and structural components such as gravity and lateral load resisting systems, as well as active and passive fire protection systems. These systems include foundations, piles, floor and roof supports, shear walls, main wind force resisting systems, fire suppression systems, and fire compartmentalization and flame spread.




  • From Uptown to Downtown: Issues Regarding Mixed-Use Multi-Level Construction, North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (NDDLA) – 2018 Annual Meeting and Seminar, Bismarck, ND, 2018.
  • Technology You Need When Investigating a Loss, DRI’s Construction Law Committee, Nashville, TN, 2018.
  • Don’t Let Your Sprinkler System Drain You, Minnesota Chapter, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Roseville, MN, 2018.
  • The Future has Arrived: New Construction Methods and Materials That Are Changing the Industry, Fox Valley Adjusters Association, Appleton, WI, 2017.
  • Steer Your Experts in the Right Direction, Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyers Conference, Austin, TX, 2017.
  • Structural Condition Assessment – Knowing the Hazards of a Hazard, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – National Response Team Training, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, 2017, Instructor.
  • Effects of Fire on Structures – Is That Building Safe?, Minnesota Structural Engineers Association (MNSEA), Golden Valley, MN, 2017.
  • See CV for further publications.

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