Jim Royston began practicing engineering in Denver in 1982. After successfully working for the late Dr. Albert Knott, PE, in 1990 he started his own practice, and then formed Western Engineering & Research Corporation (WERC) in 1997. Initially working as an independent Forensic Engineer in a small office, Jim quickly discovered he had a real passion and the skill needed for investigating engineering mysteries and soon became a recognized name in the industry. WERC’s clientele grew as did the need for expansion and Jim hired a team of Forensic Experts covering a wide range of engineering and related fields to assist him.


Western Engineering & Research Corporation (WERC) provides clients with multi-disciplinary forensic architecture and engineering investigation.  Our team of professional engineers, architects, forensic specialists and scientists are available to assist you.

WERC has provided unbiased feedback and expert testimony on thousands of construction defect cases, vehicle accidents, personal injury accidents, and much more.  Over 80% of WERC’s cases require concise expert reporting, often leading to depositions and trial appearances.  In each of these instances our clients count on a detailed analysis and report that clearly communicates our findings.

WERC’s mission is to help find the answer to what really happened.  We do this through concise, timely, technically accurate, courtroom defensible evaluations.  You can rely on unbiased, highly qualified and experienced professionals.  Clients rely on our findings and professional opinions to evaluate insurance claims and assess litigated matters.  We are proud of our recognition in court, and the results clients get from our findings.

If you are looking for accurate, objective findings, call WERC today.  If we don’t specialize in the field of your need, we will help you find a consultant whom we know to share our philosophy of objectivity.

WERC’s forensic laboratory includes digital x-ray equipment, water pressure test table, high pressure water test system, FLIR infrared camera, digital scientific microscope, and Instron 60,000 pound universal testing machine for tensile, compression, flexure, shear, tear, cyclic and bend test, and much more.

We serve public and private sectors throughout North America – including attorneys, insurers, architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers.  With an office convenient to Denver International Airport, our Professional Engineers, Architects, Scientists and other forensic specialists can normally be onsite anywhere in North America within twenty-four hours.

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