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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• 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
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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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