Xinlai (Derek) Peng

Forensic Structural Scientist

Mr. Peng has over 8 years’ experience in designing structural components & claddings against winds, surveying storm damage for a living, and fortifying structures against wind-related natural hazards. He has an in-depth understanding of current design codes and standards (e.g. ASCE 7, AISC, FBC, IBC etc.). As the lead graduate researcher in the Wind Hazard Damage Assessment Group (WHDAG) at the University of Florida, he participated in the damage surveys in the aftermath of the tornadoes at Joplin, MO (2011), Lake Placid, FL (2012), and Vero Beach, FL (2012). Besides, he has published his research in various scientific peer-reviewed journals and conferences of ASCE, AAWE, ICWE, and ATC. His areas of expertise include:

  • Investigations of Fire Induced Structural Damage
  • Wind and Hail Damage Assessments for Residential and Commercial Buildings
  • Cause and Origin Assessments of Water Infiltration
  • Vehicle Impact Structural Property Assessment
  • Vibration, Blast and Explosion Damage Assessment
  • Analysis of Floor Damage
Team: EFI Global-USA
Telephone: 954-540-5810
Location: Florida, Fort Lauderdale, United States
Qualifications: PhD
Areas of expertise: Engineering, environmental and fire services
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