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Despite—or perhaps because of—increases in design sophistication and advances in construction techniques, there seems to be a proliferation of structural failures. In the United States the investigation of structural failures and the resolution of claims have developed to an almost "routine practice" with procedures, protocols, and alternative dispute resolutions, in which the forensic structural consultant/expert is a major player. Forensic Engineering and particularly Forensic Structural Engineering is now a highly regarded, extremely valuable and well respected field of professional engineering practice.

The objectives of the Forensic Engineering Group are to report on causes of failures, lessons learned and used, to prevent re-occurrence; monitor and report on the engineering investigations of structural failures; report and propose improvements of practice based on the lessons learned from failures; publicize methods of engineers' emergency response; publicize techniques of field and analytical evaluations of failures; inform of effective dispute resolution procedures; promote ethical standards and practices in the investigation process, resolution and judgment of cases of structural failures.

Since its initial formation as a committee in 2001, the Forensic Engineering Group has organized technical lectures, seminars, and Symposiums to provide opportunities for continued education and inform the engineering community how to mitigate failures and improve forensic engineering practices. Upcoming Forensic Engineering Technical Group events are listed in the calendar on the right side of this page. To obtain more information about the Forensic Engineering Group, you can contact one of the group officers listed.

 
Forensic Engineering Hosts Lecture on the New NY Bridge
On January 27, 2016, the Forensic Engineering Group, in collaboration with the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York hosted a lecture on the New NY Bridge - Replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
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Cost Effective Management of Oil Spill Risk
On November 19, 2015, the Forensic Engineering Group jointly sponsored a presentation with the Tau Beta Pi NYC Alumni Chapter of the National Engineering Honor Society on Cost Effective Management of Oil Spill Risk.

Mr. Frederick E. Schuepfer, Senior Scientist with ConEdison of New York discussed the the early uses for oil, such as medicine and lighting. He asked if we saw the gut-wrenching, blood-pumping dramas made about the labor, hardships and rewards in the process of drilling for oil.

Discussing previous oil spills, he noted that there were huge environmental impacts on fish and dolphins, but also contaminated drinking water, area tourism and local businesses. Mr. Schuepter's main point was that oil spills happen because people are purposefully negligent, but that the right thing to do is to follow safety procedures and develop emergency situation plans.

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The Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand
On November 11, 2015, the Forensic Engineering Group hosted a lecture on Learning from the Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand; the lecture was co-sponsored by the STRAAM Corporation.

The moderator for the event was Dr. Alan P. Jeary, Chief Technology Officer of STRAAM Corporation. Dr. Jeary has years of professional engineering experience in the specialty area of structural monitoring of structures. He is the Foundation Professor of Construction and Building Science at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He also has prior experience in other academic institutions, the Building Research Establishment and the Central Electricity Research Laboratories. Dr. Jeary has lectured worldwide on the overall behavior of structures.

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New Building Foundations and Property Line Construction
On February 19, 2014, Tim Lynch from the Department of Buildings and Gregory Biesiadecki of Langan, presented a seminar to approximately 70 of our ASCE Met Section colleagues. The seminar was focused on the complexities of performing excavation work within NYC's dense urban environment.
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