Guidelines for Failure Investigation

Forensic engineering involves a wide range of services, from the investigation of failures and performance problems to participation in the legal proceedings that often follow. The planning and implementation of a successful investigation involves a series of interrelated tasks and steps that need to be carried out by the forensic engineer and an interdisciplinary investigation team. This book outlines five fundamental steps in a failure investigation and will assist forensic engineers in tailoring their investigations to their particular failure scenarios. It emphasizes failures and investigations related to structural and geotechnical systems, building envelopes, and construction practices. However, the investigative process outlined also may be appropriate for conducting other types of failure investigations. Topics include: Investigation planning and coordination, Data collection, Testing protocol development, Data analysis and interpretation, and Presentation of opinions and conclusions. This technical report will be valuable to practicing engineers and students needing an introduction to the investigative process. It also serves as a reference guide for veteran investigators.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: 2nd edition
  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 92p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01686352
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784415122
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2018 10:03AM