Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures

by Kenneth L. Carper, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Washington State Univ., Schol of Architecture, Pullman, WA 99164,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-517-4 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-517-6 (ISBN-10), 1986, Soft Cover, Pg. 104

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Conference information: ASCE Convention | Seattle, Washington, United States | April 7, 1986

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


The activities and qualifications of the Forensic Engineer are summarized in the nine papers published in this book. Procedures for failure investigation are discussed along with failure statistical data collection and information dissemination strategies. The contributions of forensic activities to the civil engineering professions and to society at large through learning from failures are presented. Trends in construction litigation and insurance alternatives are reviewed. Implications for quality assurance/quality control procedures are also discussed. Other subjects include a historical perspective of failures of civil engineering works, classifications of failures, and arbitration as a method for resolving disputes.

Subject Headings: Forensic engineering | Data collection | Statistics | Professional activities | Professional societies | Construction management | Litigation | Failure analysis


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