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Recent Blog Posts - Forensic Engineering

Earth, Wind, and Fire

The job of a forensic or investigative engineer can be fascinating. Each investigation brings its own set of challenges and, at times, gathering facts and background information can be one of the more difficult aspects of a case. In gathering our own observations, evaluations, and examinations of...

Large Tractor Fire

With loss investigations, the engineer/investigator will often encounter situations which can present safety challenges and even hazards. In some cases, such as machinery breakdown or fires, many potential hazards exist. The engineer must be aware of the situation; proper safety is critical to...

Why Do Aluminum to Copper Connections Fail?

Electrical connections between aluminum and copper wires present special hazards for property owners. Aluminum to copper connections may deteriorate over time if not installed in a proper manner. A deteriorated connection can lead to overheating, which can result in a fire. Why do aluminum to copper...

Little Black Box - Big Data

Most automobiles and light-duty trucks are equipped with an electronic recording device, also referred to as a “Black Box,” or an “airbag control module” that may contain data related to a crash. The data in a vehicle’s Black Box plays a big role in collision reconstruction. Bosch Crash Data...

Truck Braking

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EDT

If I’ve heard it said once, I’ve heard it said 1,000 times. It takes longer for a truck to stop than an automobile because the truck weighs more. But, fact is, a truck’s weight has nothing to do with why a truck takes longer to stop. There are many factors that affect the stopping distance of a...

Computer Graphics

EDT

Computer graphics are visual communication tools to aid an audience in visualizing data in a clear and interesting manner, compared to text or oral communication alone. Within this article are examples of how EDT uses Computer Graphics for Forensic Engineering purposes.

Hurricanes in Florida

Those of us who choose to live in Florida, expect the occasional hurricane. Some years are quiet while others are much more active. The discussion with respect to oncoming hurricanes is always: Do I evacuate or stay put and ride it out?

Caution and Hope in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

EDT

The effects of Hurricane Florence have yet to be measured. There is potential for Florence to have the greatest impact of a storm making landfall on the Carolinas in recent history. While still in the Atlantic Ocean, wind gusts reached up to 150 miles per hour (mph), and there was fear the hurricane...

Forensic Engineering: Being Effective by Being Understood

EDT

In a world filled with loss there is an ongoing need to respond and recover. Some loss is accepted as the ordinary result of everyday life. Other loss is exceptional (due to acts of nature) or unreasonable (defects due to actions of persons or entity that result in unreasonable hazards). Persons...

What Should Be in a Forensic Engineering Expert Report?

EDT

Loss handling professionals often engage forensic engineers to assist in finding answers to technical questions. This article contains information on what you should expect to see in a Forensic Engineering Expert Report from EDT.

Engineering: A Force for Good

EDT

What does it take to be a successful engineer at EDT? Successful EDT Engineers come in a variety of ages, education levels, and backgrounds. Years of experience and advanced degrees are not sufficient to succeed. It is but a small percentage of engineers who appear on paper to be qualified who in...