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November 17, 2022
John Colquhoun, UK head, EFI Global; Eric Lalli, AVP, Canada, EFI Global; Tonya Scheuerman, forensic consultant, EFI Global
Wind power installations: implications for the claims industry

Amid global uncertainty and to meet future demands, major investments have been allocated to renewable energy, including wind power. According to the 2021 Global Wind Report, energy supplied by wind has tripled in the last 10 years and is projected t…

November 17, 2022 by John Colquhoun, UK head, EFI Global; Eric Lalli, AVP, Canada, EFI Global; Tonya Scheuerman, forensic consultant, EFI Global
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September 21, 2022
Ian Newth - head of construction & engineering and Andrew Cavan - head of major & complex loss – North, Sedgwick UK
Civil unrest: Will history repeat itself?

We’re in the business of being prepared to respond to unthinkable situations. And while bad weather warnings indicate the potential for a surge event, there’s a new storm brewing that could hit anywhere, anytime and with little notice. The potentiall…

September 21, 2022 by Ian Newth - head of construction & engineering and Andrew Cavan - head of major & complex loss – North, Sedgwick UK
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September 13, 2022
Ross Thurlow
enginering manager, EFI Global, New Zealand
Farm buildings: an accident waiting to happen?

Forensic investigators are often presented with puzzling cases where the obvious evidence doesn’t naturally point to the cause, and further in-depth analysis is required to determine exactly what went wrong. While carrying out an on-site investigatio…

September 13, 2022 by Ross Thurlow, enginering manager, EFI Global, New Zealand
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August 09, 2022
Ross Thurlow
enginering manager, EFI Global, New Zealand
Golf drives a hard bargain

In response to an allegation, forensic investigators use a wide range of techniques to explain and prove the specific circumstances that led to an incident or a loss. Determining whether evidence is credible often requires an imaginative approach, bu…

August 09, 2022 by Ross Thurlow, enginering manager, EFI Global, New Zealand
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June 22, 2022
Mandy Yousif
director, investigation services
Tagged or flagged: social media investigations

Social media platforms have emerged as a powerful tool for communication in recent decades. Considering the volume of data collected daily, it’s no surprise they have also become a useful source for researchers and investigators working on various in…

June 22, 2022 by Mandy Yousif, director, investigation services
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March 09, 2022
Ian Carman
director, UK investigation services
Fraud detection: machine versus human?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies are massively helpful in detecting suspicious behaviours and activities. However, insurance fraud identification and claims validation remain one area where technology requires human inte…

March 09, 2022 by Ian Carman, director, UK investigation services
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August 25, 2017
William Zachry, Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
A “magic bullet” to reduce workers’ compensation costs?

Workers’ compensation is a “no fault” system. Every state has laws and regulations mandating the prompt reporting of all injuries and accidents. Most of these laws are in place to protect the rights and benefits of injured workers. What many employ…

August 25, 2017 by William Zachry, Senior Fellow, Sedgwick Institute
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June 03, 2016
Michael Reynolds, Director of Total Performance, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
7 Steps to Forensic Investigation Success

The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge (1).  Its origin is thought to be over 1000 years old and it is still used today to …

June 03, 2016 by Michael Reynolds, Director of Total Performance, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
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April 25, 2016
Mike McGee, ASE Senior Investigator, Investigative Locksmith, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
Taking a closer look when lightning strikes

According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, it is not uncommon for lightning to strike a vehicle, moving or parked. The effects of the strike vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on the circumstances related to the storm and vehicle typ…

April 25, 2016 by Mike McGee, ASE Senior Investigator, Investigative Locksmith, Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
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July 10, 2015
Linda Wisneski, VP, SIU Operations
Social media investigations – Through the looking glass?

Perhaps you’ve heard…what happens in Vegas, stays on Facebook! Does anyone remember what the internet was like before Facebook arrived in 2004? The creators of Facebook have stated that their goal was to create a richer, faster way for peop…

July 10, 2015 by Linda Wisneski, VP, SIU Operations
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May 21, 2015
Brian Riedmayer, Senior Fire Investigator, Unified Investigations & Sciences
How are accelerant detection canines used?

An accelerant detection canine supports a fire investigation. As technology continues to advance and improve, there is one steadfast, “low-tech” tool available to fire investigators. Dogs, man’s best friend, have remained as effective from their int…

May 21, 2015 by Brian Riedmayer, Senior Fire Investigator, Unified Investigations & Sciences
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December 18, 2014
Michael Reynolds, National Corporate Audit Services Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
If lightning strikes…are you at risk for a CSST fire?

A hole is melted in the thin wall of CSST after a lightning-caused fire Since the 1990s, a product called corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) has been used in some home and light commercial construction. CSST is used to deliver fuel gases to ga…

December 18, 2014 by Michael Reynolds, National Corporate Audit Services Manager, Unified Investigations & Sciences
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