Course Number: SEM-015
Length of Course: 8 hours
Seminar Location: This seminar is available for on-site training
In Forensic Engineering – Diagnosis of Common Accidents and Failures, you’ll learn …
- Responsibilities and qualifications of forensic engineers
- Types of engineering failures and some common causes
- How the failure investigation and forensic analysis process works and how the legal system affects the investigation methodology
- Details of famous structural and construction failure cases, including lessons learned from those cases
Forensic engineering is broadly defined as the application of the engineering sciences to the investigation of failures or other performance problems. This seminar presents the engineering principles involved in the diagnosis of common types of accidents and failures and includes information on the latest technologies used by forensic engineers.
The seminar begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of forensic engineering and how the failure investigation and forensic analysis process works. Instruction is provided regarding how to prepare for court as an expert witness, including guidance on developing technical reports. Real-world structural and construction case studies are used as the basis for discussion on professional integrity, ethics and the legal aspects of engineering.
The subject matter of this seminar is appropriate for engineers of all disciplines, including both experienced forensic engineers and engineers with little to no experience in the field of failure investigation and forensic analysis. Depending on the interest level and the make-up of the group, this seminar can also provide guidelines for starting a forensic practice at your engineering firm.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Applications for failure investigation and forensic analysis in the U.S.
- The experience and qualifications needed to become a forensics engineer
- The steps involved in conducting a failure study
- Forensic engineering report writing techniques
- What forensic engineers must do to prepare for court
- Case studies of construction and structural failures
- Essential lessons from previous mistakes and ways to avoid them and/or minimize their impact
- Tools of the forensic engineer, including non-destructive testing techniques
- The latest technologies in forensic engineering
- How the U.S. civil justice system works and the role of forensic engineering in the system
- Steps and procedures to set up a forensic engineering firm
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