Failure Investigations for Forensic Engineering

by George F. Sowers, Law Engineering Testing Co, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures


Failure investigations related to construction Industry is described in detail in the article. A failure investigation is one of the most demanding of engineering undertakings. It requires an integrated team headed by a principal investigator with a wide range of skills. The objectives should be defined in advance so that the results will be meaningful. The success of the investigation often depends on gaining information before it is lost, forgotten, or destroyed. The need for objectivity and documentation govern all phases of the work. There are few permanently constituted failure investigative organizations. At present the most effective teams are supplied by consulting engineers specializing in trouble shooting or by ad hoc panels assembled for each occurrence.

Subject Headings: Forensic engineering | Failure analysis | Consulting services | Concrete construction | Organizations | Team building | Concrete | Engineering profession

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