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November 2015

Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis Seminar

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 - Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis - Day 1
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis - Day 2
Location: The Listel Hotel 1300 Robson Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Doug Perovic – University of Toronto
 
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis - Day 1 : $795.00 + GST = $834.75 until Nov 5, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis - Day 1 : $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

Non-Member Price: Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis - Day 1 : $995.00 + GST = $1044.75

Student Member Price: Forensic Engineering and Failure Analysis - Day 1 : $497.50 + GST = $522.38
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 05, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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The course provides participants with an understanding of scientific and engineering investigation methods and tools to assess potential sources, causes and solutions for prevention of failure due to natural accidents, fire, high and low speed impacts, design defects, improper selection of materials, manufacturing defects, improper service conditions, inadequate maintenance and human error.
The fundamentals of accident investigation principles and procedures for product failure investigations are demonstrated through a wide range of real-world case studies including: medical devices, sports equipment, electronic devices, vehicular collisions, structural collapse, corrosion failures, weld failures, fire investigations and patent infringements. Compliance with industry norms and standards, product liability, sources of liability, proving liability, defense against liability and other legal issues will be demonstrated with a wide range of case studies.
 

Seminar Objectives

As engineered products age, they fail. Such failures need to be explored and explained. This seminar gives participants the benchmark for assessing the damage endured by existing structures and how to identify potential failures.
 
Participants will learn the fundamentals necessary to understand and appreciate methods of investigating engineering failures. The seminar will provide an overview of potential sources and causes of engineering failures and the basis for prevention of failure. A wide range of procedures for investigating engineering failures will be described with a view to understanding product liability. Fundamental principles will be demonstrated through real-world case studies.
 

Seminar Outline

  1. Introduction to Forensic Engineering
  2. Root Cause Failure Analysis Methods
  3. Product Liability Law Fundamentals
  4. Accident Investigation and Failure Analysis Framework
  5. Materials Engineering Fundamentals/ Materials Selection in Mechanical Design
  6. General Procedures for Failure Analysis
  7. Forensic Engineering Toolbox
  8. Case Studies in Failure of Manufactured Products
  9. Workplace Accidents
  10. Criminal Cases
  11. The Engineer as an Expert Witness
 

Unique features of the course

  1. Development of forensic engineering investigative knowledge to complement design engineering skills.
  2. Understanding the difference between engineering and legal questions associated with product liability.
  3. Illustration of fundamental principles using real-world case studies lead by course instructor.
  4. Knowledge of how to identify potential failures in design and operation of engineered structures.
 

Target Audience 

This course is directed towards engineers of all disciplines including practitioners in the legal profession and in the insurance industry who are concerned with product performance, product liability and engineering claims.
 

Prerequisites 

General knowledge of science and/or engineering fundamentals is needed. The course provides participants with an understanding of scientific and engineering investigation methods and tools to assess potential sources, causes and solutions for prevention of failure due to natural accidents, fire, high and low speed impacts, design defects, improper selection of materials, manufacturing defects, improper service conditions, inadequate maintenance and human error.
 
 

Instructor 

Dr. Doug D. Perovic is Professor and Past Chairman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has given undergraduate, graduate and professional development courses covering a wide range of topics including mechanical behaviour, materials engineering and design, materials characterization, forensic engineering and failure analysis and materials in manufacturing. He developed and teaches the only university level course on Forensic Engineering in Canada.

He has led many forensic engineering investigations and provided expert witness testimony in Canadian and U.S. Courts concerning topics such as mechanical and electronic equipment failures, biomedical device failures, environmental degradation, improper materials selection and design, vehicular collisions and fire investigations. Dr. Perovic often serves as a voice of the profession in the media on high-profile cases. Dr. Perovic is a licensed professional engineer, the Celestica Chair in Materials for Microelectronics, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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