Forensic Engineering Investigation of Failures

This course covers the fundamentals and principles of forensic engineering in regard to structural failures of buildings, bridges, underground structures, towers and tunnels. It discusses a whole range of issues:

•    Inspection of the failed site
•    Integrity and ethics
•    Recording of observations
•    Identification and storage of critical failed segments
•    Review of contract documents including specifications
•    Review of documents produced during construction
•    Review of shop drawings, RFIs, QC and QA reports
•    Review of design documents including computations
•    Contracts between parties
•    Lab reports
•    Hypothesis and conclusion
•    Report writing
•    Preparation for deposition
•    Assisting attorney to depose others
•    Appearing as expert witness
•    Publishing the report

In the second part, the course will deal with actual failure cases:

•    March 15, 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University, Miami
•    October 30, 2003 Tropicana Garage collapse, NJ
•    November 13, 2014 pedestrian bridge collapse, Raleigh, NC
•    May 4, 2014 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey event in RI
•    November 19, 1990 collapse of open excavation, Washington DC
•    October 10, 2012 parking garage collapse in Doral, FL

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Monday, October 25, 2021
Start Time: 
8:30 a.m.
End Time: 
5:00 p.m.
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