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Drone Use with Loss Investigations

As technology advances, drones have been made available to the average person. A drone can be a powerful tool with loss investigations. With many losses, safety concerns may prevent access to examine a site, equipment, or other important items. With drone advancements, we are now able to examine and...

Common Arc Welding Processes

Chris Spies

Chris S. Spies, P.E.

Welding is a fabrication process whereby two or more parts are fused together by means of heat, pressure, or both, forming a joint as the parts cool. While it is possible to weld materials other than metal (plastics for example), the process is most often associated with the joining of metal parts...

I Just Tightened It… So Why Is It Loose?

Jeffrey A. Groves, P.E.

Jeffrey A. Groves, P.E.

I recently noticed that the glass on my oven door was hazy and needed to be cleaned. However, after cleaning both sides of the door, the haze was still there. Upon closer examination, it became apparent that the haze was located on the inside surface of the glass sheet that was a part of the multi...

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...

What Are Threaded Fasteners?

Jeffrey A. Groves, P.E.

Jeffrey A. Groves, P.E.

Threaded fasteners (e.g., bolts, nuts, screws) are so common that it is hard to imagine a world without them. Our society depends on them. Consider the lug nuts that keep the wheels attached to our vehicles while driving or the fasteners that hold together the structural steel members of the...