Engineering Investigation

What is Engineering Investigation?

Engineering investigation is analysis rather than synthesis.

The goal of the engineer in the role of the investigator is to collect data to answer questions like:

  • Will the proposed technical approach perform as expected?
  • What are the limits of performance?
  • What is needed to achieve regulatory compliance?
  • Why are existing products experiencing field failure?
  • What can be done to cost-reduce existing products?

There is no standard process for this type of analysis. The process is tuned to specific goals set forth by the client and engineer. 

At Porticos, our engineers apply several tools to generate evidence-based results that will inform and support our clients’ business plans:
Analysis, Simulation, and Experimentation.


Porticos engineers apply cross-disciplinary knowledge and deep experience to predict the performance of electrical, thermal, fluidic, and kinematic systems; among many others. We work collaboratively with our clients to leverage their knowledge and experience and provide results in which both parties can have confidence.

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Porticos utilizes computer-aided engineering making it possible to predict the behavior of systems that don’t lend themselves to classical methods. Structural performance, vibration, thermal and fluid systems can be predicted and refined using Finite Element Analysis and Computation Fluid Dynamics.


Often, the best tool to generate answers with confidence is hands-on experimentation. Experience and intuition can inform carefully-designed experiments that will confirm a hypothesis or, sometimes, generate promising new paths for exploration.

Many of Porticos’ greatest success stories, and most loyal clients, have their roots in this insightful, hands-on approach.

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