Laboratory & Facility Solutions


  • Investigators are only as good as the tools at their disposal. This is why we built and maintain one of the foremost state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at our Littleton, CO headquarters, where we can host large-scale examinations of artifacts collected from loss locations. Both destructive and non-destructive testing can be accommodated, based on the needs of our client, and the case.
  • AEI is located on a 2.5 acre secured lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. This allows for outdoor full-scale testing and fire cause evaluation. A few times each year, AEI hosts live burns and educational presentations for the marketplace and community at its facility.
  • During these live burns, scientific data is gathered to further AEI’s understanding of various scenarios. Prior live-burn demonstrations have included, an unattended cooking oil fire, gas grill fire, propane leak explosion, gasoline geysering, deep fat fryer fire, Christmas tree fire, and use of fire suppression systems to extinguish fires. Scientific data collected during these live events contributes to AEI’s expertise and understanding. At the same time, AEI’s guests learn about fire behavior first-hand, and can earn continuing education credits for both insurance and legal industries.
  • Benchtop and Full-Scale Testing

  • AEI’s laboratories provide the proper environment for experts to conduct benchtop component testing and full-scale equipment testing. This approach allows the recreation of incident scenarios to collect scientific data supporting or refuting a hypothesis related to a loss. Test data can be invaluable in resolving claims, negotiating settlements, and informing juries. Should a case proceed to litigation, AEI’s experts are ready and experienced in providing expert witness testimony.


  • FTIR

  • FTIR stands for Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. This technology is useful in identifying organic materials, compounds and polymers. Different materials have unique combinations of components. The FTIR can assist in identifying what those components are, and sometimes whether or not those components have been degraded or contaminated.

  • Keyence Microscope

  • The Keyence microscope can be a core component in performing failure analysis. These microscopes are capable of producing 3D images with extremely high accuracy. That image can then be examined, manipulated and measurements can be taken. This technology helps to preserve the artifact, while still collecting critical information and allowing for analysis.

  • FLIR

  • FLIR, Forward Looking Infrared Radiometer, is technology that provides a visual presentation of the temperature of objects during movement or stasis. The use of infrared technology provides visual, color coded mapping of temperatures at various locations on the item of interest. The FLIR assists in pinpointing hot spots and areas for examination that may not be visible otherwise.

  • X-Ray Analysis

  • The portable X-Ray is another tool that can be utilized for non-destructive testing of artifacts. Use of the X-Ray allows our experts to see inside a key electronic component, appliance, etc., to determine if the origin and cause of a fire, or other incident, may be related to an internal aspect of that artifact.