Harold F. Phillips, PE

Director of Forensic Engineering

Mr. Phillips is the Director of the Forensics Department at RLG.  During the past 30 years Mr. Phillips has assessed a myriad of issues such as roof collapse, foundation movement, construction accidents, storm damage, and construction vibration.  In addition he has led assessment teams to determine the structural condition of buildings and other structures and to develop recommendations and design repairs.


University of Notre Dame – 1982 BS in Civil Engineering 

University of Dallas – 1989 MS in Business Administration

Associations – American Society of Civil Engineers, International Concrete Repair Institute, Structural Engineers Association of Texas



Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas



Forensic Engineering

  • Investigated roof collapses, foundation movement, construction accidents, construction vibration damage, transmission tower collapse, and highway bridge damage. 
  • Investigated and supervised moisture infiltration, plumbing leak damage, indoor air quality problems/concerns. Developed/reviewed remediation plans and specifications.
  • Evaluated storm damage to roofs and exterior cladding and wind damage to structural framing and architectural components. 
  • Evaluated building accessibility requirements and compliance, floor covering slip resistance, and other premises liability issues.
  • Conducted nondestructive testing to determine moisture infiltration issues and deterioration of a variety of building materials and systems.


Design Engineering

  • Designed high and low rise buildings, schools, warehouses, parking structures, churches, and retail centers.
  • Designed reinforced concrete structures, structural steel building systems, prestressed concrete structures, masonry structures, and wood framed structures. 
  • Performed analysis for wind, gravity, and seismic loads.
  • Designed primary and secondary structural components.  Prepared contract documents for new facilities.
  • Designed structural enhancements to existing buildings for new loading conditions or modification to the existing floor plate.


Property Inspection

  • Evaluated existing office buildings, warehouses, retail centers, and apartment complexes for potential buyers during the due diligence period of the real estate transaction. 
  • Evaluated parking structures, warehouses, churches, retail centers, office buildings, apartment buildings, and single-family homes, to assess structural condition. Identified latent structural defects and significant structural deterioration. Prepared written report of findings and recommendations for repair. 
  • Analyzed foundation movement related problems in existing residential buildings and on-grade commercial buildings.
  • Designed remedial repairs and prepared construction documents. Reviewed contractors’ bids and inspected repair work.



  • Inspected sites to determine contractors’ compliance with construction documents.
  • Designed remedial repairs to address construction errors. 
  • Coordinated and reviewed efforts of geotechnical engineer and materials testing laboratory during construction phase.