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The “Complete Guide” to FORENSIC ENGINEERING

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The “Complete Guide” to FORENSIC ENGINEERING

 “Learn the step-by-step process of preparing your forensic engineering case that will make your testimony creditable.”

By John D. Gaskell, Retired Consulting Engineer

Author of “The Complete Guide to FORENSIC ENGINEERING

Forensic engineering is defined by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) as “the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.” These engineers serve as consultants to the legal profession and as expert witnesses in courts of law.

In essence, readers discover “step-by-step” how to start & manage an “outstanding” Forensic Engineering Practice and exactly how to gain a reputation as an expert in their specialty.

This is both a handbook for new experts and a constant reference manual for seasoned professionals.

The book is divided into “five parts”: Preparation; Planning; Implementation; Managing; and Cashing Out.
PREPARATION includes:
• Selecting an engineering collage. Make sure that it has the right accreditation to allow you take the Professional Engineering license exam. (ABET-EAC accredited)
• Take the FE exam. In your senior year at college, while the fundamentals of engineering are still fresh in your mind.
• Gain experience. A minimum of four (4) years of “certifiable” experience in engineering work is required for a PE license. Work in a forensic engineering/expert witness practice would be best. However, this could be postponed until after you have a license.
• Join engineering societies. Become an officer; make contacts; gain credentials; and build a reputation.
PLANNING includes:
• Recognize opportunities. Buying an existing practice; starting upon another expert’s retirement; becoming a partner in an existing firm; or hanging out your shingle.
• Consider ownership options. Carefully consider the pros & cons of being on your own verses having partners.
• Choose Specialties. Choosing between being a “single-discipline” or “multi-discipline” firm.
• Prepare a Business Plan. Learn how to write a “Business Plan” including how to estimate expenses & income for both start-up and your first year.
• Apply for a Business Loan. Discover the secrets to getting approved for a Business Loan
IMPLEMENTATION includes:
• Pre Start-up “Check List”. Once you have made the GO decision, find out the initial steps to take & things to avoid.
• Start-up “Check List”. Discover how to actually start your practice step-by-step.
MANAGING includes:
• Acquiring service. Learn how to select the right Attorney & CPA and obtain the insurance coverage needed.
• Marketing. Discover the marketing materials & methods that will keep your firm busy.
• Expert. Learn the secret of gaining a reputation as an “expert” by publishing technical articles.
• Fees. Learn how to craft your Forensic Fee Agreement and learn how to get paid in advance by “retainer”.
CASHING OUT includes:
• Selling your firm. Learn how to sell your practice for the maximum profit and retire comfortably.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1  PREPARATION

Chapter 1 – BECOMING A PROFFESIONAL ENGINEER

Chapter 2 – PREPARING FOR YOUR OWN FIRM

PART 2  PLANNING

Chapter 3 – START-UP OPTIONS & SPACE PLANNING

Chapter 4 – FINANCIAL FORECASTING

Chapter 5 – FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

Chapter 6 – BUSINESS PLAN

PART 3  IMPLEMENTATION

Chapter 7 – CASTING OFF

PART 4  MANAGING YOUR FIRM

Chapter 8 – LEGAL, ACCOUNTING & INSURANCE

Chapter 9 – MARKETING MATERIALS

Chapter 10 – MARKETING METHODS

Chapter 11 – FEE PROPOSALS

Chapter 12 – OPERATIONS MANUAL

Chapter 13 – HUMAN RESOURCES

PART 5 – CASHING OUT

Chapter 14 – SELLING YOUR PRACTICE

 

Specifications:

7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)

Paperback or

Hardcover (Casewraped)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
316 pages

Litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable. If what is involved interests you, I recommend adding “Forensic Engineering” to your practice as a consulting engineer.

Get Jack’s new book: The “Complete Guide” to FORENSIC ENGINEERING to learn the details. Also, the largest chapter in his book: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING covers the “highlights” of Forensic Engineering. Visit TheEngineersResource.com to find out more.

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