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Course Outline

After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
Collect all necessary preliminary information and then follow step-by-step procedure to conduct forensic investigations
Identify the causes of foundation failure and specify remediation measures
Investigate foundation problems being fully cognizant of the ethics and legal issues involved
Analyze the causes to apportion liability among developer/contractor/consultant/material suppliers/testing agencies/bonding
   agencies or anyone else involved in design and construction of the foundation
Prepare report knowing the essentials that must be included
Present testimony as expert witness being forearmed by ‘what can go wrong’ type of information gleaned from case histories
See through reports by forensic personnel practicing outside their competence, manipulating facts, crafting testimony, conducting
   inadequate or defective investigations, or misrepresenting standards of practice


New developments are taking place in the discipline of forensic geotechnical engineering (FGE) that deals with investigations of soil-interaction related failures of engineered facilities or structures. Services of forensic geotechnical engineers, experienced in the jurisprudence system, are generally commissioned to investigate such failures. They also prepare reports, and sometimes provide expert witness testimony, in an attempt to assist their client in understanding the cause and liability for the failure. Because of the adversarial natures of most failure investigations many forensic engineers are generally under pressure to give an opinion that benefits their client’s position. Accordingly, the technical facts are not presented, yielding to this kind of pressure sometime leads to inappropriate occurrences, practicing outside one’s competence, manipulation of facts, crafted testimony, inadequate or defective investigations, or misrepresentation of standards of practice.

These investigations seek to explain, “What happened?” and “Why did it happen?” rather than to predict future performance. Of course, these are often followed by, “How can it be fixed?” and all too often, “Whose fault is it?” and “Who is going to pay?”


To present through lectures, case histories, lively questions, and answer periods, practical suggestions for performing a complete geo-forensic investigation and to help identify and define the technical unknowns of geotechnical failures.

Who Should Attend

Structural, civil, and geotechnical engineers, building developers, architects, legal professionals, insurance companies, independent adjusters, owners of large public and private building complexes, building code enforcement officials, building contractors, owners and managers of historical properties, and government agencies as well as practicing professionals.

Faculty: Dhirendra S. Saxena, ASC geosciences, inc.

Program Outline Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

An Overview of Forensic Engineering
   • Preview of the seminar
   • Definition of a forensic engineer
      - old and new
   • Types of damage
      - architectural, functional, structural
   • Typical clients
   •Technical issues
   • Ethical issues
   • Legal issues
      - role of expert witness-presentation, preparation, performance, practice
      - legal considerations

The Assignment
   • Preliminary information
   • Site investigation
      - CV, compensation, agreement and confidentiality

The Investigation
   • Planning the investigation
   • Site investigation
      - site visit, testing and monitoring
   • Document search
      - building code, project reports, and technical documents
   • Analysis and conclusions
      - case study
   • Report preparation

Open Forum
Questions and Answers


Day II

Review of Day I and Preview of Day II

Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Investigations
   • Settlement of structures
   • Expansive soils
   • Lateral movement
   • Other geotechnical and foundation problems
   • Groundwater and moisture problems


Reducing Potential Liability

FGE Case Histories
   • Identification
   • Investigation
   • Remediation
   • Litigation

Open Forum
Questions and Answers

Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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