What Is Forensic Engineering?
In the case of machine failure, the culprit is not always obvious. Yet, it’s important to figure out the culprit for a variety of commercial and legal reasons. This information is crucial when companies are doing tests to improve their components, and/or in order to assist a court in determining the facts of an accident.
Forensic engineering is a disciplinary field that can pinpoint the culprit of a machine’s failure. In fact, this is what our team specializes in. This blog aims to introduce you to forensic engineering, and who it can help.
Forensic Engineering Defined
Forensic engineering is a multidisciplinary field that combines concepts of mechanical, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering as tools in the reconstruction of what went wrong in a variety of accidents. This usually includes machine, component, structural, and material failure.
Types of Forensic Engineering
There are many types of forensic engineering to meet a wide range of needs. Types of forensic engineering include:
- Civil failures
- Electric, product, and component failure
- Fire investigation
- Materials analysis
- Mechanical failure
- Property damage
- Personal injury
- Storm and hall damage
- Structural issues and collapse
What Do Forensic Engineers Do?
Forensic engineers are responsible to gather objective evidence on why something has happened. The three stages that forensic engineers follow include gathering evidence, conducting failure analysis, and then reporting back to the client.
Usually, a forensic engineering service will have a team consisting of members with considerable knowledge in several specific fields of engineering. Together, they’re about to provide an accurate and realistic account of what happened during an accident or failure.
Who Needs to Contact a Forensic Engineering Service?
Forensic engineering reports are usually required to assess whether a party is liable or not liable for an accident. They may also be used to assess how much compensation or value an accident has caused. Forensic engineering services serve:
- Builders and contractors
- Banks and financial institutions
- Government investigators
- Insurance companies
- Lawyers and law firms
- Product manufacturers
- Project consultants
How ESI Nationwide Can Help
When you need the facts, you can expect ESI Nationwide to deliver. We have serviced a variety of clients across the country for over 30 years. Our team consists of engineers, fire investigators, and other experts with both industry certification and hands-on experience.
Our specialties include all types of forensic evaluations: Hail & Wind Evaluations, Severe Weather & Tornado, Fire & Explosion Investigations, Lightning Damage Evaluations, Structural Issues & Failures, Product Failures, and Appliance Testing.