TCFE – An Introduction and Invitation

This weekend the Techniical Council on Forensic Engineering  (TCFE) of ASCE will be holding thier Fall 2010 Committee Meetings at the Chicago Office of Wiss, Janney Elstner Associates.  TCFE is the technical group within ASCE that organizes stand alone congresses on forensic engineering, and participates in conferences organized by other organizations and institutes as well as creates and distributes infromation aimed at reducing failures in buidings and civil infrastructure.  As reproduced from the ASCE website, the definition and purpose of TCFE is noted as follows: 

Forensic engineering is the application of engineering principles to the investigation of failures or other performance problems. Forensic engineering also involves testimony on the findings of these investigations before a court of law or other judicial forum, when required. Failures are not all catastrophic, such as when a building or bridge collapses, but include facilities or parts of facilities that do not perform as intended by the owner, design professional, or constructor. The purpose of the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering is to develop practices and procedures to reduce the number of such failures, to disseminate information on failures and their causes, to provide guidelines for conducting failure investigations, and to provide guidelines for ethical conduct in forensic engineering.

The force behind the organization is the committee structure which has something for everyone when it comes to interests and practice areas of forensic engineering.  Current TCFE Committees include the ones noted below in addition to special committees and task forces formed to address special events or projects.

Interested in becoming more involved in Forensic Engineering?  Non members of the American Society of Civil Engineers should go to ASCE for information.  Already a member of ASCE but would like to join TCFE or one of the Committees?  Send me a note or leave a comment and I’ll pass your name along to the appropriate committee chair.   M-Kev

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