WHAT WE DO

Over the past 18 years David Snyder and his associates have provided engineering and geology consulting services for thousands of distress studies related to insurance claims and litigation cases throughout California and other Western States. This level of experience and understanding of the insurance and litigation process related to engineering claims makes Mr. Snyder one of the most highly sought after consultants in his field.

At Snyder, West & Associates we are committed to providing the highest level of professionalism and experience with our consulting services.  Our civil and structural engineers have designed and prepared plans the repair of nearly every conceivable type of residential or commercial damage claim.
We place a high value on your time and remain focused on providing you with the highest quality product available, one that meets your time frame and budget.

 

Our areas of expertise include Structural Engineering, Geo-technical Engineering and Engineering Geology.

OUR UNIQUE PROCESS

We routinely evaluate damages caused by the following…

SETTLEMENT

We are experts at evaluating Soil & Foundation Settlement and Earth Movement related damages to residential structures.

EXPANSIVE SOILS

The most common cause of the residential damages we evaluate is moisture related, volumetric changes and expansive clay soils.

LANDSLIDES

Our engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers specialize in the investigation, analysis and repair of all sizes of landslides that affects residential properties.

EARTHQUAKES

We commonly evaluate damages to residential structures related to earthquake induced strong ground motions.

CONSTRUCTION / BLAST VIBRATION

The geoscientists at Snyder West are experienced in the measurement of construction related vibration damages and other damages as a result of other causes such as Soil Settlement.

EROSION

Soil Erosion typically occurs in granular soils such as sand during heavy rain storms. We specialize in the evaluation of whether the denuding of hillsides from wildfires contributed to erosion potential.

TREE ROOTS

We are commonly asked to evaluate whether or not residential damages may have been caused due to uplift from the growth of tree roots.

DRAINAGE

We evaluate site drainage conditions with respect to damage caused by surface and sub-surface water intrusion as well as mold related claims.

DESIGN / CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS

Our experienced engineers are skilled at identifying damages which are related to inadequate construction and or code deficiencies.

WATER INTRUSION

We are experts at determining the most probable source of intrusive moisture and in the evaluation of related damages.

MOISTURE SOURCES FOR MOLD

We are commonly asked to find the most probable not plumbing related source of damaging intrusive moisture and mold damage claims.

CONCRETE DETERIORATION

Foundations can deteriorate over time as a result of chemical contamination, heat from fires, long-term weathering and if the concrete is not properly mixed when it is originally poured.

POOL DAMAGE

The engineers of Snyder West commonly evaluate the most likely cause of distress to residential swimming pools and spas of all types of construction.

WIND FORCES

Our civil and structural engineers often are called upon to evaluate and to provide repair recommendations for damages to residential homes caused by wind loading.

FIRE DAMAGE

Our design engineers commonly prepare structurally engineered plans for either cost estimating purposes or for submittal to the reviewing public agency.

CAR OR TREE IMPACTS

We are often retained to evaluate the extent of damages related to impacts from falling trees and automobiles impacts.

LIABILITY ISSUES

In addition to determining the most likely cause of damage, we commonly are asked to evaluate whether or not the reported damage is related to actions taken by the insured.