When you hear the term forensic engineering, what do you think of?
Some might be surprised to know that the field of forensic engineering has been around for a long time. Cases in which forensic engineering firms were involved date back to the mid 1800s. So, what exactly is forensic engineering?
To break it down into simple terms, a forensics engineer would conduct investigations of structures, products, components or materials that did not operate as intended or that failed. Many times, a forensics engineer would help determine what went wrong when the result of a failure caused personal injury, damage to property or economic loss. When forensic engineering firms are hired, they will piece together what went wrong by performing experiments and inspections, collecting evidence, taking measurements and developing models.
One of the most historic cases in which forensic engineering was put to use was in the case of the Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse.
The Hyatt Regency Kansas City had numerous delays and changes during its construction between 1978 and 1980 when it opened. Tragedy struck when two walkways that held nearly 60 people collapsed into the lobby of the hotel where approximately 1600 were attending a tea dance. Unfortunately, 114 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured.
A forensics engineer had determined that part of the reason for the collapse was due to a redesign of the walkways support system. This change significantly altered the strength of the walkways, which in turn made them collapse. The final drawings for the hotel walkways were approved by Jack D. Gillum and Associates who were held responsible for the disaster. In the aftermath of the collapse, the way engineers took responsibility for checking shop drawings changed considerably in the hopes that future catastrophes could be avoided.
Yingst Engineers & Associates is one of the best forensic engineering firms that is committed to meeting all of your needs. Yingst is able to assist with a range of investigations from electrical system load analysis to plumbing system analysis and structural evaluations. They have helped countless clients pinpoint the root of issues with regards to building related system failures and deficiencies.
Should you or your company have a need for a forensics engineer, you should look no further than Yingst Engineers & Associates. We look forward to working with you to help put the puzzle together and solve your problems.
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