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Sean McGrath, PE

Senior Forensic Engineer


Chicago Service Center (EFI Global)
2055 W. Army Trail Road, #108






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  • Professional summary

    As an experienced forensic engineer, Mr. McGrath brings a wealth of expertise in meticulously investigating a wide spectrum of building failures. With a focus on residential and commercial roof systems, building enclosures, structural framing, and foundations, he adeptly identifies the root causes, be it weather-induced challenges, construction discrepancies, or unforeseen incidents like fires, vehicle impacts or explosions. Notably, Mr. McGrath holds an EVS/R Roof Specialist certification, enabling him to expertly evaluate roof coverings for hail and wind damage, construction defects, and the cause and origin of water intrusion. His proficiency extends to evaluating catastrophe-related damages resulting from hurricanes, derechos, tornados, explosions, fires, and floods.

    An important aspect of Mr. McGrath’s approach is his exceptional communication skills; bridging the gap between technical and non-technical stakeholders, he adeptly clarifies complex structural conditions, facilitating effective repair, remediation, or reconstruction processes. Drawing from a foundation in structural design and construction of new buildings, combined with invaluable experience as a municipal engineering intern covering roles in construction inspection and land surveying, he possesses a comprehensive perspective on various aspects of engineering.

    Moreover, Mr. McGrath’s proficiency shines through in his ability to seamlessly interact with diverse stakeholders. He navigates technical intricacies to convey crucial insights to engineers, contractors, and insurance adjusters, while also ensuring clear understandings by building owners. His effective communication extends to collaborating with building code officials, ensuring adherences to code standards while proposing repairs that are constructible and pragmatic, without unnecessary complexity.

  • Education

    Masters, Structural Engineering, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2016
    Bachelors, Civil Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2014


  • Certifications

    Professional Engineer, IL #062-070561
    Professional Engineer, WI #46547-6
    Professional Engineer, IA #P24862
    Professional Engineer, MN #56549
    Professional Engineer, ND #PE-27826
    Professional Engineer, SD #14226
    Professional Engineer, NE #E-17503
    Professional Engineer, FL #91394
    Professional Engineer, MI #6201310550
    EVS/R – Roof Specialist
    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 – Certified Remote (Drone) Pilot
    Level 1 Roof Specific Rope Access Certified – Authorized Person
    Confined Space Certified per Title 29 CFR 1910.146
    Construction Fall Protection Trained per OSHA 1926 Subpart M
    Aerial Boom Lift Trained per Title 29 CFR 1910 & 1926
    OSHA 10-Hour Construction Program



  • Disciplines
    • Catastrophe Response Team - Forensic Engineering and Investigation
    • Engineering - Building Envelope Assessments
    • Engineering - Construction Management
    • Engineering - Construction Defect Evaluations
    • Engineering - Construction Management - Monitoring
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering-Earthquake Damage Assessment
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