Failures: Who Did It - How Did It Happen?

by Joseph S. Ward, Joseph S. Ward PE Inc, Montclair, NJ, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management Lessons from Engineering Failures

Abstract: The forensic engineer investigates the cause of failures and determines, from an engineering viewpoint, who was responsible for that failure. These failures need not be catastrophic but may be the result of a facility not functioning as it was originally intended. The investigative engineer relies on many years of engineering practice and utilizes all of the skills developed from basic concepts through current state of the art techniques. This paper will recite some typical case histories to illustrate the forensic engineer's services.

Subject Headings: Forensic engineering | Failure analysis | Engineering profession | Case studies | Disasters | Construction industry

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