NAFE Contributes to Forensic Engineering Development in Guatemala
BY JEFFREY D. ARMSTRONG, P.E.
Last year, while president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, I was contacted by a NAFE international affiliate about participating in a lecture series on forensic engineering in Guatemala City. I accepted the invitation of Rodolfo Hermosilla and this May had the honor of addressing about 30 engineers.
My presentation, “The Role and Responsibility of the Forensic Engineer in the 21st Century,” was delivered in Spanish.
- How the investigation of failures provides the engineering community with valuable information to improve the safety of future projects, and how this is the most important contribution forensic engineers make to the engineering community;
- The devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew in South Florida in 1992 and how the lessons learned led to an improved building code;
- Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the importance of integrity in forensic engineering;
- The National Academy of Forensic Engineers and requirements for various membership levels within it;
- The NSPE Code of Ethics and the Guatemalan Engineering Code of Ethics.
Hermosilla also organized a breakfast with prominent local engineers in which I fielded questions on topics such as ethics, licensure, and credentialing. I discussed our licensure process, the value of NAFE’s board certification, and US forensic engineering practice.
My involvement with engineers in Guatemala was a great experience. I was impressed with the engineering talent there, and I look forward to assisting them in their planned development of a forensic engineering society.
NSPE member Jeffrey D. Armstrong, P.E., is president and founder of Armstrong Forensic Engineers and past president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (www.nafe.org), an NSPE chartered affinity group. This piece has been adapted with permission from his report to the NAFE board of directors.