A good Definition of Forensic Engineering from Wiki (Wiki, as with all information sources must be used cautiously!):
“Forensic engineering is the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail or do not operate or function as intended, causing personal injury or damage to property. The consequences of failure are dealt with by the law of product liability. The field also deals with retracing processes and procedures leading to accidents in operation of vehicles or machinery. The subject is applied most commonly in civil law cases, although it may be of use in criminal law cases. Generally, the purpose of a forensic engineering investigation is to locate cause or causes of failure with a view to improve performance or life of a component, or to assist a court in determining the facts of an accident. It can also involve investigation of intellectual property claims, especially patents.”
This has been a key part of the work of GRA since 1989, supported by over 40 years of Professional Engineering experience. GRA’s major specialisation has concerned the application of the engineering sciences to all types of investigations, including product, structural and mechanical failure analysis.
Dr Rechnitzer’s high level technical expertise has been exemplified, for example as Chair of the National Technical Panel of the Safety Institute of Australia from 2009 to 2011. The Safety Institute of Australia Ltd is Australia’s professional body for health & safety professionals and has over 4500 members.
If your case requires expert forensic engineering services, we have the experience to ensure that your case is fully supported. Through forensic engineering, we investigate all components that contribute to the failure of operations in structures and materials, plant and equipement. This data is critical to legal cases and is the foundation for satisfactory legal resolutions.
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Our process involves the investigation of all procedures leading to any incident involving vehicles or machinery. In accidents where personal injury or damage to property has occurred, you’ll need a proper investigation to determine causality and liability. This affects the time and financial costs associated with your legal case..
By providing expert forensic reports, we assist our clients in both civil and criminal law cases.Our services deliver the support needed to build compelling cases and expert opinions. Through detailed inspections, collection of data, research, and analysis, our expert reports give businesses the legal support they need. We develop models and conduct experiments to recreate accidents and uncover critical evidence.
Beyond the legal resolution of your case, our forensic engineering expertise allows you to reduce the probability of future incidences in the workplace or with your products. Intellectual property disputes have also benefitted from forensic engineering, underscoring the wide range of applications of our services. Our forensic engineering expertise has been successfully used in a wide range of cases.
Courts must be presented with the evidence to determine the root cause and factors of an accident. This requires our team to have the knowledge and experience to present your case in the face of cross-examination and scrutiny. Our years of delivering forensic services give us the objectivity required for the courtroom, and the ability to face difficult cross-examination.
Ultimately, forensic work must be able to convey complex and technical concepts in a simplified manner that’s easy for the layperson to understand. This requires the communication skills essential in working with courtroom jurors and judges. These are skills that can only come from years of experience in a variety of courtroom settings.
Our team is supported by over 40 years of professional experience in forensic engineering and investigation. Through our application of the engineering sciences we have raised the level of investigation and data analysis for our clients. We apply these skill sets to the analysis of vehicles of all types, machinery, structures, and products, and provide you with the most comprehensive evidence for your legal case.