Tuesday December 10th,
12:00 to 1:00
Speaker: Rick Boyete, President / Owner of Rick Boyette Consulting, Inc.
Topic: An Introduction to Forensics - "The Dark Side" of Engineering
Thanks to the proliferation of TV programs such as "CSI - Crime Scene Investigation," most people have heard the term "forensics." However, few really understand exactly what the term means. The TV shows might lead one to believe any type of forensics work is all about glitz, glam and hi-tech science. The reality, of course, is far different.
"Forensics," as it applies to engineering, is about investigating and discovering the origin and cause of some sort of failure that is at the heart of a litigation between two or more parties. Whether the problems are related to alleged design deficiencies, poor construction, accident, "act of God" or even criminal activity, forensic engineers must wade through the evidence to arrive at a conclusion that will invariably not sit well with at least one party. And they often must do this in a less-than-friendly environment while walking a fine ethical line between the desires of their client and the need for unbiased and accurate work of unquestionable integrity.
This PowerPoint presentation will focus on how litigation claims originate, how engineers become involved, a review of case studies and, perhaps most importantly, what civil/structural engineers can expect should they ever become involved in, or require the services of, an investigation by a forensics engineering firm.
Location: Vista Center – 2300 N. Jog Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411 (Room 1E-58)
Directions: From I-95, head West on Okeechobee Blvd. until you pass over the Turnpike. Then take a right at the second light (Jog Road) heading North, and continue about a third of a mile. Finally, on your right will be The Vista Center Government Building Main Entrance. Be sure to park in Visitor’s Parking.
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