Engineering forensics includes the investigation of structural failures and disasters. Failures affect materials, products, buildings, bridges, civil structures or components that do not continue to function as intended. Sometimes failures lead to disasters and incur personal injury and property damage. A forensic investigation is usually implemented to determine causes of the failure so as to improve performance, develop corrective action, assess the remaining life of the structure, or to uncover the facts to be used in legal proceedings.
Engineering forensics is related to, but distinctly different from, design engineering. With training and education, experienced design engineers are excellent candidates to become forensic engineers. This program is intended for attendees to acquire a base of knowledge to provide either forensic services or assist in the assessment of disasters. The information and techniques are applicable to the evaluation and assessment, restoration, and strengthening of modern and historic structures. Case examples will be taken from buildings, bridges, and historic structures in the US, NZ, Europe and Nepal.