FORENSIC INVESTIGATION IN STRUCTURAL FAILURE

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ABOUT THE COURSE 
 
 
Introduction to forensic engineering
 
What is forensic engineering, qualification of forensic engineers, ethic and professional responsibilities, engineers as expert witness,   
 
Investigation procedure
 
Fault analysis, investigation procedure (site visit, documentation review, site and lab test, witness evidence, analysis, conclusion of the cause of failure),investigation report.
 
Stability of steel structures
 
Basic structural mechanics, stability of building elements (columns, plate, beam, connection), stability of structures, local failure problem.  
 

Integrity of data in forensic investigation
 
Handling of test data and test items, quality assurance of laboratory, collection of evidences, test report.
 

Case study of structural failure 
 
Summary and findings of forensic investigations of few structural collapses, lesson learnt from failure.
 




SPEAKER
 

Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Hanim Osman
 is a Professor at the Department of Structures and Materials, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He is currently the Director of the Forensic Engineering Centre. Besides teaching and supervision as the core responsibility, he is also active in research and consultancies in specialized areas related to civil engineering and construction, in particular concrete and structural steel analysis, design, assessment, and failure investigation. He is a senior fellow member of Civil Engineering Testing Unit (CETU). His current research interest is cold-formed steel design and construction and experimental method. Dr. Mohd Hanim holds B.Eng.(Civil)(Hon.) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, M.Sc. (Structural Eng.) from University of Surrey,  and Ph.D (Structural Eng.) from University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia and a Professional Engineer with Board of Engineers Malaysia