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Call for Submissions

ASCE’s Forensic Engineering Division (FED) is pleased to collaborate with ASCE Colorado Section and the Denver Branch, ASCE Institutes, Divisions, and Committees, the legal and insurance communities, and other cooperating organizations on the 9th Forensic Engineering Congress. The goals of the Congress are to develop, improve, and promulgate best practices and procedures to reduce the number of failures; to demonstrate and promote the use of advanced technologies in forensic investigation, to disseminate information on civil infrastructure failures and their causes; to provide guidelines for conducting failure investigations, and to promote ethical conduct in forensic engineering.

We invite abstracts for technical papers, sessions, and panel discussions on forensic engineering topics.

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Congress Topics

Building Enclosure (roof, facades, foundation)

  • Performance and durability
  • Building science (water, air, thermal, vapor)
  • Energy performance and modeling
  • Architectural materials and products
  • Façade/structure interfaces and interaction
  • Innovations in façade and roof assessment
  • Adapting legacy facades to modern requirements

Infrastructure Performance

  • Pipelines, water/wastewater, dams, levees, and treatment plants
  • Recreational facilities (arenas, stadiums, stages, tents, and theaters)
  • Special structures, including retaining walls, tall buildings, schools, and temporary structures
  • Transportation, including airports, bridges, highways, parking facilities, railroads, and
  • Tunnels
  • Transmission towers and wind turbines

Natural Disasters and Extreme Conditions

  • Failures caused by tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis
  • Blast and impact loading
  • Fire
  • Risk management
  • Emergency response
  • Lifeline engineering

Technologies for Forensic Investigation

  • Emerging technologies i.e., machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Remote sensing
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Sampling and statistical analysis

Forensic Engineering Education

  • Historical failures
  • Use of case studies in forensic engineering education
  • Teaching the investigation process
  • Forensic engineering course content

Construction Performance and Safety

  • Adjacent construction (damages, protection, shoring, and undermining)
  • Demolition and excavation (collapse and implosion)
  • Equipment (cranes and scaffolding)
  • Loads (instability, temporary, and construction loading)
  • Worker safety (OSHA)

Professional Practice in Forensic Engineering

  • Engineering ethics and case studies in ethics
  • Codes of ethics, conduct, and violations
  • Standard of care and engineering judgment
  • Conducting the right investigation for your client
  • Marketing a forensic engineering practice
  • Working with attorneys and insurance professionals
  • The legal process in the time of Covid-19

Repairs and Remediation

  • Structural repairs
  • Innovative approaches to repairs
  • Strengthening methods
  • Advanced construction materials and methods
  • Repair-induced problems

Colorado Topics

  • Expansive soils
  • Localized high-velocity wind regions and cold regions
  • Snow loads and snow drifting
  • Material issues - reactive aggregates in concrete, coating failures and corrosion of structural steel, establishing timber design values in older structures
  • Threshold inspections to reduce failures, water control layer failures

Important Dates

  • Abstract & Session Proposals Due: 
  • Author Notification: 
  • Draft Papers Due: 
  • Review Comments to Authors: 
  • Final Papers Due: 

Submission Requirements

You are invited to submit abstracts for technical papers, technical sessions, and panel discussions for the 9th Forensic Engineering Congress. Prospective authors, session organizers, and panelists are invited to submit a one-page abstract in English not to exceed 250 words, including a summary of the purpose, scope of investigation, problem statement, approach, results, and conclusions.

Abstracts for papers should include names, titles, credentials, and affiliations of authors and coauthors. The complete mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address of the primary author should be included. Any special comments, such as session, track, or topic for which the paper is best suited, should be entered at the bottom of the abstract page.

Abstracts for sessions should include the session title, names, titles, credentials, and affiliations of authors and coauthors along with the complete mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address of the session chair.

Abstracts for panel discussions should include the panel discussion title, names, titles, credentials, and affiliations of panelists along with the complete mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address of the panel moderator.

Abstract Preparation

Abstracts must be prepared in Microsoft Word and submitted electronically before the deadline via the congress submission website.

Peer Review Process

Each abstract, paper, and session will be subjected to a confidential peer review, with review results distributed to authors. Each reviewer will provide a recommendation of either: “Accepted As Is,” “Accepted with Revisions and Re-Review,” or “Declined.” Final review will be made by the proceeding editors.

Abstract submissions require a minimum of acceptance from two peer reviewers before an invitation to submit full papers. Acceptance of an abstract constitutes an invitation to submit a full paper (maximum of 10 pages). Acceptance of an abstract is not an acceptance of the final paper for publication. The review criteria will assess whether each abstract and paper are applicable, useful, and relevant to forensic engineering and the performance of constructed facilities; whether the abstract and paper has been published previously; whether the methodology is satisfactorily explained; whether the references are verifiable, whether the tables, figures, and photographs complemented the paper; whether the conclusions were clear and justified; whether the elements of the paper are logically related to the paper; and whether the writing style, grammar, and formatting are appropriate.

Rejection of abstracts or papers may occur if papers fail to comply with the submission requirements, are written as advertisements or for self-promotion, or are written without reference to scholastically verifiable data (i.e. propaganda).

Paper Deposit Fee

Authors whose abstracts or draft papers are selected will be requested to submit a final paper along with the paper deposit fee of $150 by the deadline. Submitting a paper for the Congress constitutes agreement that, if the paper is accepted, the author will register for the conference at the appropriate fee(s), at least one of the authors attend the conference and make the presentation in person.

The deposit fee will be credited toward the conference registration for the author submitting the final paper. Upon acceptance of the paper, the registration discount code and instructions will be forwarded to the author. Authors uploading more than one paper will pay only one deposit fee. If an individual uploads a paper but a substitute author will present the paper, please note the deposit fee will not apply to the substitute’s registration fee.

All paper deposit fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and payment of the deposit fee does not guarantee the author a copy of the proceedings. Authors must register for the Congress to receive the proceedings. Should an author pay the deposit fee but fail to register for the conference by the prescribed deadline, the individual’s abstract/paper will be removed from the Congress program and proceedings, and the deposit will not be refunded. All expenses associated with the preparation, submission, and presentation are the responsibility of the authors.

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