What is a Forensic Engineer?

by Joseph S. Ward, Joseph S. Ward P. E. Inc, Montclair, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures


A forensic engineer is one who is concerned with the relationship and application of engineering facts to legal problems. He is an acknowledged expert who investigates construction-related failures and claims and subsequently determines causation and responsibility. A licensed professional engineer, he frequently will be called upon to mediate disputes, to assist in the resolution of controversies and may appear in court or in arbitration hearings as an expert witness. Above all, he maintains a posture of objectivity in any disputes in the absence of any conflict of interest.

Subject Headings: Forensic engineering | Failure analysis | Licensure and certification | Engineering profession | Claims | Professional development | Disasters | Construction management

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