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Fire investigation, Fire expert witness & Failure analysis for UTC Clients:

UTC fire expert conducted forensic investigation on vehicle fire and explosion

Forensic investigation and analysis on Taxi fire & explosion near Buona Vista MRT by UTC fire expert

Forensic Fire Investigation Services
Fire Expert Witness Services

UTC fire experts with extensive fire investigation and reconstruction experience were engaged by government agencies (SCDF, ESG), MNCs and insurance companies for investigating a number of high profile fire accident cases, lecturing "Vehicle Fire Investigation" for LTA and testifying in court as fire expert witness. UTC expert had been featured in Straits Times and MediaCorp TV programs for fire investigation. UTC's public course "Fire Investigation" were well received by Singapore Police Force, loss adjustors, fire investigators, safety officers and insurance professionals including AIG, MSIG.

What is Forensic Fire Investigation Services ?

Fire investigation or fire reconstruction is the analysis on fire-related incidents to determine the fire origin(s), fire cause(s) and mechanisms, reconstruct the fire related events, recommend measures to prevent similar fire incident(s) recurrence. Only effective forensic fire investigation by experience fire expert can provide solid foundation for the insurance claims and litigation issues when acting as fire expert witness testifying in Court.

Lawyer's review on UTC expert witness service: We are impressed by Dr Yu's professionalism, knowledge and commitment till the last minute. He was objective and determined to ensure that his findings were fair and accurate so that the Court will have the input it needs. We definitely look forward to working with Dr Yu again. - from Grace Law LLC

UTC fire expert Dr George YU featured in Mediacorp TV programs sharing PMD fire accident investigation

To contact our forensic fire experts, please click or Call (65)81380509.

UTC is one of the leading organization in forensic accident investigation. UTC's forensic fire investigation / reconstruction experts with extensive experience beyond Singapore provides high quality, reliable, fast and cost effective forensic fire investigation/reconstruction services to determine fire origin and fire causes, reconstruct fire accident processes and recommend preventive measures, and acting as fire expert witness testifying in Singapore Court.

UTC's accident reconstruction and fire investigation services had been well recognized by Singapore government agencies (e.g. SCDF, MOM, PUB, RSAF, ESG (ex-SPRING), LTA) and many MNCs (e.g. Hyundai Korea, Takenaka Japan, China Rail Tunnel Group, MSIG Insurance, Rajah & Tann (Lawyer Firm, WongPartnership (Lawyer Firm), NTUC Health Group, Universal Terminal (Oil and Gas), SEMCO Marine).

UTC's fire expert witness services and accident investigation/ reconstruction reports were proven and accepted by High Court, State Court, Criminal Court and Arbitration Court.

UTC fire expert conducted shophouse fire investigation

UTC financial aid scheme supporting deserved justification for fire lawsuit

OBJECTIVE: Support the party with financial difficulty for pursuing deserved justification in fire accident litigation.

AID MODE: Up to 100% professional fee for fire expert witness on fire investigation & reconstruction will NOT be payable until completing the fire accident related litigation case.


  • Assess relevant financial status;
  • Review available information to assess the fire case conditions.
  • Receive the case update timely and participate all necessary actions when needed.
  • NOTES:
  • Professional fee for fire expert witness on fire accident investigation and reconstruction is fully claimable when winning or favourably settling down the litigation case.
  • In Assessment, UTC fire experts are able to discover hidden evidences and facts to justify winning of the fire accident case.

  • What is effective fire investigation ?

    The effective fire investigation must be comprehensive, logical, adapt scientific methods, and get right conclusions supported with solid evidences.

    Effective fire investigation can be validated from following aspects:
  • Fire investigation conclusions can explain all observed phenomena and findings or data ?
  • Feedback from the clients after issuing fire investigation report.
  • Peer review on the fire investigation report.
  • Whether Court accepts fire investigation conclusions?

  • Only the evaluations from all the above aspects are positive, such fire investigation would be effective.

    CORE of effective fire investigation – Selecting competent fire investigation team of fire experts, they are:

  • Excellent qualifications.
  • Good track records in fire investigation.
  • Adopted proven fire investigation procedure and approach
  • Multi-discipline and cooperative investigation team.
  • Using adequate analysis and investigation tools – instruments when needed.
  • Impartial and objective in fire investigation.
  • UTC Examples of Recently Awarded Forensic Fire Investigation and Explosion Investigation Projects:

  • Forensic Failure analysis investigation on Taxi fire and explosion near Buona Vista MRT station, awarded by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
  • Forensic Failure analysis investigation on fatal PMD fire related incident by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), possibly attending Coroner's Court of Singapore as fire expert witness.
  • Forensic investigation on high profile building cladding (aluminium composite panel - ACP) fire at Toh Guan Road and as fire expert witness in High Court.
  • Forensic Failure analysis investigation on high-profile refrigerator fires @ Condominium by Enterprise Singapore (ESG). These cases are potential litigation cases required UTC as fire expert witness.
  • Conducting "Vehicle Fire Investigation" course, awarded by Land Transport Authority (LTA), which was awarded 14 PDUs by Professional Engineers Board Singapore and CPD points by Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Continuing Professional Development Board.
  • Forensic investigation/ fire reconstruction on various vehicle fires for MSIG Insurance.
  • Liquid dispenser fire investigation and failure analysis for SPRING /Enterprise Singapore.
  • Failure analysis investigation on damaged items at and/or recovered from fire incident sites (two year contract + one year option) by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
  • Investigation on electric water storage heater explosion for Consumer Safety Department of SPRING /Enterprise Singapore.

  • Click HERE to download CV of UTC expert on accident/fire investigation and fire expert witness services or Call (+65)81380509.

    Overview of Fire and Explosion

    Fires and explosion of vehicles, structural buildings, products, materials and industrial facilities are very serious threats to public safety, which often caused a significant cost to society and danger to human lives and properties/ assets. Litigations could be initiated between relevant parities involved.

    In Singapore, all fire and explosion incidents or accidents must be reported to Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). After fire was extinguished, the incident / accident related individuals or companies and/or relevant insurance companies can seek assistance of the independent fire investigators such as UTC's fire experts to carry out forensic fire investigation to protect their interests.

    In litigations or insurance claims and lawsuit related to fire and explosion, forensic fire investigation services are necessary to reconstruct what happened and determine responsibilities of relevant parties. The fire investigation experts will be called in Court of Singapore or other countries as fire expert witness to testify in Court hearing. For more details about expert witness, click Expert witness in litigation and insurance claims.

    Why Choose UTC's Fire Experts for Forensic Fire Investigation Services

  • UTC is one of leading independent investigation company ( in terms of high quality of forensic fire investigation repotrs and high competence of high profile fire accidents), consists of experts with more than 35 years of accident & fire investigation experience and relevant qualifications.
  • UTC fire expert, as member of National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI, USA), have successfully led and accomplished a number of fire and explosion investigation cases, including vehicle fire and explosion investigation, electrical device fire investigation, power system fire and explosion analysis, foensic investigation on building claddings/ facade (Aluminium Composite Panel) fire, ship fire (marine fire) investigation, tranformer fire investigation, switchgear fire analysis, train fire and explosion investigation, hand dryer fire investigation, crane fire examination, failure analysis and investigation on liquid dispenser fire, shopping mall fire and explosion investigation, etc.
  • UTC's failure analysis and accident & fire investigation services had been well recongnized by industries and government agencies including Republic of Singapore Air Force, DSTA, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Hyundai (Korea), PUB, SBS Transit, China Taiping Insurance, Rajah & Tann, WongPartnership, Universal Terminal,Takenaka (Japan) and MSIG Insurance, etc.
  • UTC's forensic fire investigation services are cost-effective, validated by a number of awards on relevant projects from government tenders in GeBiz.
  • UTC's fire expert witness and reports on failure analysis and accident & fire investigation were proven and accepted by High Court, State Court, Criminal Court and Arbitration Court.
  • Objectives of fire investigation

  • Determine root cause(s) of fire and explosion.
  • Find out mechanism(s) of fire and explosion.
  • Reconstruct fire sequences.
  • Recommend solutions to prevent recurrence of fire and explosion.
  • Support litigation/court hearing on liabilities related to fire and explosion.
  • Typical fire investigation projects by UTC fire experts:

  • Taxi/ Cab fire and explosion investigation.
  • PMD fire investigation.
  • Refrigerator fire investigation.
  • Building facade/ Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) fire investigation.
  • Shophouse fire investigation.
  • Assessment on electrical busbar explosion in shopping mall.
  • Forensic investigation and analysis on Hand dryer fire in school.
  • Examination on switchgear burning.
  • Marine fire /ship fire investigation
  • Investigation on fire and explosion of train power system.
  • Assessment on crane fire in construction.
  • Electrical power distribution system explosion/ fire investigation.
  • Analysis on computer burning.
  • Forensic investigation on transformer fire.
  • UTC fire investigation course content

    1 Introduction to fire investigation
  • Impact of fire and explosion damages
  • General procedures of fire investigation
  • Effective fire investigation

  • 2 Fundamentals of fire science
  • Fire triangle
  • Heat release due to fire
  • Fire kinetics

  • 3 Fire properties of materials
  • Flammability limits
  • Flash point
  • Auto ignition temperature

  • 4 Fire ignition mechanisms
  • Electrical sparks and arcs
  • Mechanical sparks
  • Resistive heating
  • Hot surfaces
  • Thermal radiation

  • 5 Fire dynamics/spread and pattern
  • Fire growth rate and flame propagation
  • Effect of fuel load and ventilation on fire development
  • Flashover
  • Temperature versus time
  • Fire patterns

  • 6 Damage mechanisms from fire and explosion
  • Thermal damage mechanism
  • Non-thermal damage mechanisms

  • 7 Fire scene processing and evaluation
  • Information gathering
  • Scene documentation
  • Preservation of evidence for offsite fire investigations
  • Identifying and retaining important physical evidence
  • Evaluating samples collected from the fire site

  • 8 Laboratory examination and analysis techniques on fire debris
  • Visual and macroscopic examination
  • X-ray imaging on fire affected objects
  • Cross sectional examination and Metallography
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR)
  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

  • 9 Case studies of fire and explosion investigation
  • Brief investigation on different types of fire and explosion cases including mechanical fire, electrical fire, vehicle fire, building fire, etc.

  • For more information about fire investigation course, please click Fire Investigation Training Course or Call (+65)81380509

    Relevant fire test standards

    Building cladding/facade fire in accident investigation by UTC fire expert

    UTC fire expert investigated building ACP facade fire accident happened at Toh Guan Road

    Investigation on hand dryer fire

    UTC fire expert investigated hand dryer fire happened in school

    UTC expertise areas in fire investigation & explosion investigation

  • Vehicle fire investigation and explosion investigation
  • Cladding /Aluminium Composite Panel fire investigation
  • Industrial fire investigation & explosion investigation
  • Residential fire investigation
  • Marine fire investigation & explosion investigation
  • Fuel fire analysis
  • Electrical device and facility fire investigation
  • Fire debris analysis
  • Mechanical fire investigation
  • Fire expert witness services
  • Other UTC expertise areas, please refer to

  • Crane accident investigation and failure analysis
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Failure analysis service
  • Forensic accident investigation
  • Expert witness in litigation and insurance claims
  • Traffic accident reconstruction services
  • Condition assessment
  • Design and structural analysis
  • Industrial technical training courses:
    1. Fire Investigation
    2. Industrial Failure Analysis - Investigation, causes, mechanisms and prevention
    3. Applied Metallurgy - Compositions, microstructure, process and properties of metals and alloys
    4. Corrosion - mechanisms, investigation and prevention
    5. Structual analysis in design and failure investigation
    6. Human factors in design and accident investigation
    Our key experts had provided failure analyis, accident investigation, fire investigation and expert witness services to regional countries and beyond, including Singapore, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, The Netherland, Italy, etc.
    Transformer fire investigation by UTC fire experts

    UTC fire expert Investigated transformer fire and burning

    Contact UTC forensic fire investigation expert, please click or Call (65)81380509 for more details.

    Acident investigation and reconstruction by UTC fire experts