What is Forensic Engineering?

The field of forensic engineering and the role of the engineer

Forensic engineering is the application of engineering principles and techniques to investigate and analyze failures or accidents that have occurred in structures, products, equipment, or systems. The goal of forensic engineering is to determine the root cause of the failure or accident and to determine liability and responsibility for any resulting damage or injuries.

As forensic engineers, we may be called upon to investigate a variety of incidents, including building collapses, bridge failures, fires & explosions, vehicle accidents, product failures, and workplace accidents. We may also be called upon to provide expert testimony in legal proceedings related to these incidents.

Forensic engineering involves a combination of technical knowledge, investigative skills, and communication abilities. Our engineers must have a deep understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to real-world situations. We must also be skilled in gathering and analyzing data, conducting experiments, and drawing conclusions based on the evidence.

Overall, forensic engineering plays a critical role in identifying the root causes of failures and accidents, which can help prevent future incidents and improve the safety and reliability of structures, systems, and products.