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Short Courses

Conducting Failure Investigations

Thursday, November 29 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Instructors: Ronald W. Anthony, Kimball J. Beasley, Stewart M. Verhulst, Jeffrey A. Travis, and Richard S. Barrow. 

Forensic investigations are unique and the process of investigating a failure will vary depending upon the discipline, material, type of construction, or the mode of failure. Guidelines for Failure Investigations were published by ASCE in 1989 to address the process and the guidelines were updated by the Committee on Forensic Investigation of ASCE’s Forensic Engineering Division in 2018. The workshop will provide an overview of failure investigation planning, data collection and analysis, interpretation, and report writing as key tasks of a successful forensic investigation. The workshop will outline the steps in the investigative process and describe the tasks that allow an engineer to present a well-founded analysis and presentation of findings. The role and responsibilities of the engineer as an expert witness will also discussed, as it relates to the failure investigation. Using the updated Guidelines for Failure Investigations, the workshop should be of benefit to those interested new to the practice of forensic engineering as well as veteran investigator.

Workshop on the Practice of Forensic Engineering

Thursday, November 29 | 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Instructors: Clemens J. Rossell, P.E., M.ASCE; Leonard Morse-Fortier, P.E., M.ASCE; James Cohen; Lloyd Sonenthal, P.E., M.ASCE

The workshop is based on the latest editions of the ASCE Guidelines for Forensic Engineering Practice. It is divided into four segments, a 10-minute Introduction and three 60-minute lecture and discussion periods. Includes one coffee break. The workshop is intended for a broad audience, from engineers, architects, contractors, and attorneys that want to explore this area of practice, to seasoned practitioners that want to engage in a discussion of the relevant issues of the practice.

This half-day workshop covers the main issues related to the practice of Forensic Engineering and includes the following subjects:

  • Introduction - What is Forensic Engineering?
  • The Business of Forensic Engineering
  • Ethics and Forensic Engineering
  • The Practitioner and the Legal System
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