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FORENSIC ENGINEERING ONLINE COURSE

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“Learn if you have what it takes to be a success as a  forensic engineering expert witness”- Take my Online Course”.                   

By John D. Gaskell P.E. , Retired Consulting and Forensic Engineer

                                        Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering

Creator of the OnLine Course: “Forensic Engineering

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

Understand what “forensic engineering” is and discover why this exciting, challenging, and profitable field should be part of your engineering practice. Find out what is involved and if you have what it takes to be a success in the litigation arena as an expert witness.

You will learn how to prepare a CV (Your expert witness resume), market your services, formulate a forensic engineering fee agreement, conduct investigations, write reports, and prepare for depositions and the trial, including cross-examination.

WHAT IS 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.

SHOULD YOU CONSIDER THIS FIELD?

Benefits

  • Interesting work
  • You will be studying incidents, accidents, failures, fires, explosions, errors, etc. – in your area of expertise.
  • You will be reading & studying the case files to cull-out information regarding your portion of the case.
  • You will be conducting investigations – including site inspections, interviewing of witnesses, and examination & testing of evidence
  • Testifying at deposition & trial – both direct & cross-examination.
  • Low liability – This is not like a design (where you might make a mistake). Your only obligation is to express your opinion.
  • High hourly rates – 1 ½ to 2 times your normal hourly rates without a not-to-exceed limit. Your attorney/client knows that the opposing attorney might ask you if your investigation was limited in any way – so there is no not to exceed limit.
  • Advanced payment via “non – refundable” retainer. Have any of your other clients paid you in advance?
  • Little competition – This is a “niche” market. When your competitors hear words like “deposition” & cross-examination, they run the other way. Knowledge overcomes fear. This course will give you the knowledge to embrace forensic engineering.

 Drawbacks

  • Can be stressful – But, you will be prepared. You will learn how to make a thorough investigation, prepare & practice your testimony and how to make a confident presentation.
  • Sometimes requires travel. – Travel can be broadening – stay a few extra days and see the sights. Most of my cases were local – Yours may also be.

Because litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable, I recommend adding “forensic engineering” to your practice. Take my OnLine Course and learn how.

Lessons Include:

INTRODUCTION to becoming a Forensic Engineering/Expert Witness.

How to conduct INVESTIGATIONS & write EXPERT REPORTS

How to prepare for DEPOSITIONS – Which are oral testimony, under oath, conducted at the opposing attorney’s office.

How to prepare for TRIAL including practice and your demeanor.

How to prepare for your CROSS-EXAMINATION including questions like:

Have you ever lied?

Have you ever been wrong?

Lesson 7 will cover the BUSINESS of Forensic Engineering and include:

Your Case File

White Papers

Marketing your Forensic Engineering Services

Your Forensic Fee Agreement

Our last lesson will be an OUTLINE SUMMARY that will reinforce what you have learned.

My name is Jack Gaskell. I operated Gaskell Associates Consulting Engineers for over 35 years and we became the largest electrical engineering firms in Rhode Island. One of my most interesting and profitable undertakings was to add “Expert Witness/Forensic Engineering” to my practice.

To share my experience, I have prepared an On-Line Course and I would like to invite you to experience a FREE SAMPLE LESSON.

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

To experience a free sample lesson, click here Forensic Engineering

Visit: https://www.TheEngineersResource.com for additional tips.

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ELECTROCUTION – Case Study

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About Me
John D. Gaskell, Retired Professional Engineer
Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering

My name is Jack Gaskell and I am a retired Consulting Engineer. I undertook many assignments as a “Forensic Engineer”, serving the legal profession – investigating accidents, failures, fires, explosions, errors, and electrocutions. My assignments often included writing reports and testifying in courts of law as an “Expert Witness”.
I was a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and a Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering. The following is a synopsis of one of my more interesting cases:

ELECTROCUTION –  Case Study

“Ozzie” the roofer

“Ozzie” the roofer was hired to put a new rubber roof on a tenement. Part of my job was to read his “deposition,” which is his “fact witness statement of what he observed and experienced”.
Near the completion of the project, he was attaching the 10-foot metal edge strips on the front of the building. As he was nailing a strip to the edge, he saw another strip start to blow off the roof and reached out to grab it. In doing so, he extended it out into contact with a 25,000 volt distribution line. Current flowed through the metal edge strip, through his right hand, through Ozzie, through his left hand that was still holding the secured edge strip, down the aluminum siding on the building façade, and then damaged all the appliances in the first-floor pizza restaurant.
The attorney asked him – how he felt. Ozzie replied: “I was a little tired, so I took the rest of the day off,”. Some things cannot be explained; perhaps Ozzie has a guardian angel.
Incidentally, Ozzie was not even a party to the lawsuit; the pizza guy was trying to collect for his appliances.

OnLine Course

To share my knowledge of “Forensic Engineering” – I have prepared an On-Line Course and I would like to invite you to experience a FREE PREVIEW LESSON.

This course will open the doors to a new specialty that will be exciting, interesting and profitable.
FREE PREVIEW LESSON
To experience a “Free Preview” lesson “” to go to the following website: CLICK HERE
https://professionalvaluecourses-d089.thinkific.com/courses/forensic-engineering

When you get to the website, “Click” on FREE PREVIEW.
On the next screen, enter your name, e-mail address and create a password. “Click” on SIGN UP and it will play a sample lesson.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

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FORENSIC ENGINEERING ON-LINE COURSE

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Understand what “forensic engineering” is and discover why this exciting, challenging, and profitable field should be part of your engineering practice. Find out what is involved and if you have what it takes to be a success in the litigation arena as an expert witness.

You will learn how to prepare a CV (Your expert witness resume), market your services, formulate a forensic engineering fee agreement, conduct investigations, write reports, and prepare for depositions and the trial, including cross-examination.

WHAT IS 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.

SHOULD YOU CONSIDER THIS FIELD?

Benefits

  • Interesting work
  • You will be studying incidents, accidents, failures, fires, explosions, errors, etc. – in your area of expertise.
  • You will be reading & studying the case files to cull-out information regarding your portion of the case.
  • You will be conducting investigations – including site inspections, interviewing of witnesses, and examination & testing of evidence
  • Testifying at deposition & trial – both direct & cross-examination.
  • Low liability – This is not like a design (where you might make a mistake). Your only obligation is to express your opinion.
  • High hourly rates – 1 ½ to 2 times your normal hourly rates without a not-to-exceed limit. Your attorney/client knows that the opposing attorney might ask you if your investigation was limited in any way – so there is no not to exceed limit.
  • Advanced payment via “non – refundable” retainer. Have any of your other clients paid you in advance?
  • Little competition – This is a “niche” market. When your competitors hear words like “deposition” & cross-examination, they run the other way. Knowledge overcomes fear. This course will give you the knowledge to embrace forensic engineering.

 Drawbacks

  • Can be stressful – But, you will be prepared. You will learn how to make a thorough investigation, prepare & practice your testimony and how to make a confident presentation.
  • Sometimes requires travel. – Travel can be broadening – stay a few extra days and see the sights. Most of my cases were local – Yours may also be.

Because litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable, I recommend adding “forensic engineering” to your practice.

Lessons Include:

INTRODUCTION to becoming a Forensic Engineering/Expert Witness.

How to conduct INVESTIGATIONS & write EXPERT REPORTS

How to prepare for DEPOSITIONS – Which are oral testimony, under oath, conducted at the opposing attorney’s office.

How to prepare for TRIAL including practice and your demeanor.

How to prepare for your CROSS-EXAMINATION including questions like:

Have you ever lied?

Have you ever been wrong?

Lesson 7 will cover the BUSINESS of Forensic Engineering and include:

Your Case File

White Papers

Marketing your Forensic Engineering Services

Your Forensic Fee Agreement

Our last lesson will be an OUTLINE SUMMARY that will reinforce what you have learned.

FREE PREVIEW LESSON

This course will open the doors to a new specialty that will be exciting, interesting and profitable.

To experience a “Free Preview” lesson go to the following website:

https://professionalvaluecourses-d089.thinkific.com/courses/forensic-engineering

(I suggest that you pause this video now so that you can copy this web address.)

When you get to the website, “Click” on FREE PREVIEW.

On the next screen, enter your name, e-mail address and create a password. “Click” on SIGN UP and it will play a sample lesson.

A STEAL

The course is a bargain at the regular price of $169

and it is a STEAL at the introductory price of only $69.

What are you waiting for? – Let’s get started.

 

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FORENSIC ENGINEERING REPORTS

FORENSIC ENGINEERING REPORTS

“Learn the step-by-step process of writing expert reports 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.

REPORTS

Do not write reports until your attorney/client requests. There are three basic types of forensic engineering reports: verbal, summary, and detailed.

Verbal Reports

Preliminary reports should be oral because the investigation is ongoing and not all questions have been answered. Also, your attorney/client doesn’t want your opinion committed to writing until he or she knows what it is. Tell your attorney/client both the strengths and weaknesses and the status of your investigation.

Call your attorney/client as soon as you find serious flaws in his or her side of the case.

Before writing your report, ask your attorney/client for a written guide outlining the case strategy, desired testimony, and questions to be answered. In my experience, you will be lucky to get an off-the-top-of-the-head verbal response.

Summary Written Report

After your verbal report, your attorney/client may request a summary report. Be sure that you review exactly the depth that he or she wants before proceeding. Usually, this type of report is requested if the case is expected to go to trial and your attorney/client does not want to give away your full position.

Detailed Written Report

Instead, after your verbal report, your attorney/client may request a detailed report. Again, be sure to review exactly the depth he or she wants before proceeding. Usually, this type of report is requested if the case is expected to settle and the strategy is to reveal how strong your arguments are, thus encouraging a settlement.

Regardless of length, reports should be organized in the following manner:

Begin with a summary of the background of the case. Include the “who, what, when, and where” of the incident (accident, failure, fire, explosion, error, etc.). Include basic facts, events, injuries, sources, and weather, if pertinent. You should already have this information on your case summary sheet.

Next, describe your investigation. Include a list of documents read, interviews held, site observations, tests conducted or observed (including a summary of the results), and a laboratory test result summary.

Include an opinions section. It is best to state each opinion separately, including the justifications for each. Be sure you can substantiate each word in each opinion because you may be extensively cross-examined. Be sure this section is complete because these are the only opinions to which you will be allowed to testify, unless new information becomes available.

Attach an appendix to your report, including test reports, sketches, and photographs with a caption on each explaining what it depicts and its relevance. The appendix should include a list of reference materials (textbooks, handbooks, and published papers) supporting your findings. Be thorough and include page numbers from all sources. Make your forensic engineering reports outstanding.

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.

Learn how to be a forensic engineer. Learn how to be a forensic expert witness. How to be an engineering expert witness. How to obtain training as a forensic engineer. How to obtain training as an engineering expert witness.

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FORENSIC ENGINEERING INVESTIGATIONS

“Learn about forensic engineering investigations: the step-by-step process of site investigation, and examination & testing of evidence that will make your testimony creditable.”

By John D. Gaskell, Retired Consulting Engineer

Author of “The Complete Guide to FORENSIC ENGINEERING

Learn about forensic engineering investigations.

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. Learn about forensic engineering investigations.

SHOULD YOU CONSIDER THIS FIELD?

Benefits

  • Interesting work
  • Low liability
  • High hourly rates
  • Advanced payment via retainer
  • Little competition

Drawbacks

  • Can be stressful
  • Sometimes requires travel

INVESTIGATIONS

The more investigation, research, analysis, and testing that you do, the more credible and convincing your testimony will be. Your investigation will, of course, depend on the details of the issues in your field of involvement. Your attorney/client can arrange access to evidence or the site. Do not rely on your memory; take detailed notes.

Site Investigation

If appropriate, visit the site to see the actual circumstances of the incident. Besides a pad and pen, bring a camera and possibly binoculars. Take many pictures and make sketches, if appropriate. Try to determine if the conditions now are the same as they were immediately following the incident.

One of my first investigations was of a fire of suspected electrical origin. The fire damage was extensive, with insulation melted off of much of the exposed wiring in the basement. Many of the covers were missing from junction boxes, and some had wiring hanging out with connections exposed without wire nuts. I documented all of these violations and thought, “No wonder the place burned down.” It wasn’t until I was driving home that it dawned on me that there were probably a half-dozen investigators there before me who created most of the violations. Don’t assume that things were always as you find them.

Be prepared to interview persons who may be able to offer useful information. It would be helpful to bring a tape recorder for interviews or to simplify note-taking.

Examination

If applicable, relevant items may be sent to you or you may have to go somewhere else to view, examine, and possibly test them. Besides a pad and pen, bring a camera and surgical gloves. Before touching these items, explain to representatives of both parties what you plan to do, how you plan to do it, and receive permission before proceeding. Take many pictures and make sketches, if appropriate. Depending upon the magnitude of the case, there may be a dozen or more people present, and you may have to wait your turn.

If you suspect that evidence has been tampered with or spoiled, immediately inform your attorney/client.

Testing

Consider pertinent testing, if needed. In some cases, this is your responsibility; in others, testing should be done by an independent laboratory. One argument for independent testing may be that you don’t have the required measuring devices; another is that independent tests appear more objective. Have your attorney/client contract directly with the laboratory so the lab results will be his work product. If you do the testing, it is usually best to rent the test equipment and have the supplier provide a report of recent calibration and accuracy of the instrument. You don’t want to be questioned about these issues regarding your meters while on the witness stand. Review, advise your attorney/client, and obtain written permission before proceeding. I wouldn’t hesitate to proceed, however, if your attorney/client is present, informs you that the other side has approved, and is aware of what you will do.

There are two types of testing: nondestructive and destructive. Do only nondestructive testing on the actual item that is the issue of the action. If the testing needs to be destructive, obtain an “exemplar,” an identical item. There may be others at the site or an exact copy may be available from the manufacturer. In any case, get permission before testing of any kind.

Sometimes, it is appropriate for you to observe testing by others. Also, you or someone else may be asked to write a “protocol” (procedure) for testing for approval by all parties prior to testing.

CONCLUSION

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.

Learn how to be a forensic engineer. Find out how to be a forensic expert witness. Discover how to be an engineering expert witness. Find out how to obtain training as a forensic engineer. Learn how to obtain training as an engineering expert witness.

 

 

 

 

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FORENSIC ENGINEERS CASE FILE

FORENSIC ENGINEERS CASE FILE

“Learn how to organizing your forensic engineers case file so that they will all be consistent.”

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.

YOUR CASE FILE

Your forensic engineers case file is discoverable by the opposition. Be very careful what it includes. Keep written correspondence to a minimum. Your theory of the case may evolve and change over time as you uncover more information. The first two pages should be your Case Summary and Case Time and Charges.

On the Case Summary Sheet, add a narrative of the case: who, what, when, and where the incident (accident, failure, fire, explosion, error, etc.) occurred, including basic facts, events, injuries, sources, and weather, if pertinent. Update your ongoing summary of your investigation and possibly include proposed future actions and questions. Avoid unfounded accusations. As your forensic engineering practice grows, it may become harder to remember the status of each case. Also, priorities change and some cases go on hold for extended periods. If an attorney/client calls about his or her case and you don’t remember the details, say you are in conference and will return the call later. Find the case file, read the summary, and return his call. Prepare this record on your computer so that, as it is updated, there is no record of changes.

Each time that you work on a case, indicate the date and the start and stop times on the case Time and Charges Sheet. When you are interrupted by an unrelated activity, be sure to subtract that time from your sheet. At the end of each month, send a bill for your time. Include a summary of activity for the month, listing the day and the total time for the day rounded up to quarter- or half-hours. Do not break down the time for each task in your forensic engineering case file.

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.

Learn how to be a forensic engineer. Learn how to be a forensic expert witness. How to be an engineering expert witness. How to obtain training as a forensic engineer. How to obtain training as an engineering expert witness. Discover how important your forensic engineers case file is to your expert witness practice.

 

 

 

 

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FORENSIC ENGINEER’S (CV) SAMPLE

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FORENSIC ENGINEER’S CURRICULUM VITA (CV) SAMPLE

JOHN D. GASKELL, P.E., Forensic Electrical Engineer

Specialty:             ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR BUILDINGS

Forensic consulting electrical engineer specializing in disputes relating to Electrical design and construction of buildings:  Electrical failures/explosions; electrocutions; fires of electrical origin; errors and omissions; standard of care; National Electrical Code compliance; illumination evaluations; power quality; grounding; lightning protection; and electrical accidents.  Member: National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

University of Rhode Island, 1966

Associates in Electrical Engineering Technology

Wentworth Institute, Boston, MA 1962

Professional Registrations:

Registered Professional Engineer in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Professional Practice:

John D. Gaskell, P.E. is president of Gaskell Associates Consulting Electrical Engineers.  This engineering practice, established by him in 1971, specializes in electrical systems for buildings.  Gaskell Associates is a division of Thielsch Engineering, a 250 person, diverse engineering firm.

For over 30 years Gaskell Associates has provided electrical design services to architects and building owners, including: Power Distribution Systems; Emergency Power systems; High voltage Power Distribution systems; Lighting Design; Fire alarm systems; Lightning Protection Systems; Security alarm Systems; communications systems; MATV & CCTV Systems; Computer Power and Network Systems; UPS & Power Conditioning Systems; Magnetic Field Measurements and Mitigation; Power Quality Studies, Measurements and Monitoring; Feasibility Studies and Forensic Investigations & Legal Testimony.

Service to clients has been the key to their success.

Professional Affiliations:

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

President of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers 1980-1981

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)

Founding President of the Rhode Island Chapter 1975-1976

National Academy of Forensic Engineers

Board Certified and credentialed Diplomat Forensic Engineer

R.I. State Building Code Standards Committee (Past Member)

Electrical Sub-committee Past Chairman

Electrical League of Rhode Island

Past Director

Providence Engineering Society

National Electromagnetic Field Testing Association

Honors and Awards:

FREEMAN AWARD from the Providence Engineering Society

This award was established for the purpose of recognizing major achievement in engineering.  It is held to be unique in that it recognizes accomplishment, inventiveness, development of theory, or the application of scientific knowledge in such a way as to provide advancement in the art and practice of engineering.

ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

From the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers

LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS

Hall Library, Cranston, Rhode Island

From the New England Section of IESNA

Lincoln School Gym, Providence, Rhode Island

From the Rhode Island Chapter of IESNA

ESD FIRST PLACE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD

“UNINTERRUPTIBLE Power Supply” (UPS) system for Fleet National Bank’s Computer Operations Center in Providence, RI, with initial capacity of 600 KVA and expandable to 1 Megawatt.

From Electrical Systems Design Magazine

WEISMAN MEMORIAL AWARD

In recognition of sustained and meritorious service

From the Rhode Island chapter of IESNA

MAN OF THE YEAR

From the Electrical League of Rhode Island

Publications:

“Anatomy of a Power Outage.”  Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine, October 2001

“Consulting Engineer: Watch Out for Decline in Power Quality.” APC UPTIME, April 2001

“Avoiding EMF’s – Designing Buildings Limiting Occupants Exposure to EMF’s.”   Power Quality Assurance, September/October 1996

“Electrical Design with EMF in Mind.” Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC & M) Magazine, February 1995

“Expandable UPS Serves Bank Operations Center.”  Electrical Construction & Maintenance       (EC & M) Magazine, March 1988

“Effects of Voltage Reduction.” Electrical Consultant, February 1974

Lectures:

“How Fire Alarm System Requirements Affect Building Owners.”

Lecture presented to the Building Owners and Managers Association of Rhode Island, May 2005.

“What Realtors need to know about the New Fire alarm Systems Requirements.”

Lecture presented to     the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, February 2005.

“Fire Alarm Systems for Building Owners.”

Seminar presented by Gaskell Associates Consulting Engineers to over 400 attendees regarding the changes to the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code precipitated by the 2003 Station Nightclub Fire, November 2004.

“Electrical Systems for Buildings.”

Lecture presented at the advanced lighting course for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, January 2000.

“Power Quality Audits and Monitoring.”

Lecture presented at the Rhode Island Plant Engineering Maintenance Show and Conference, October 1999.

“Forensic Engineering – How to prepare a case.”

Lecture presented at the Rhode Island Plant Engineering Maintenance Show and Conference, October 1999.

“Power Quality Studies and Monitoring.”

Lecture presented to the Southern New England Network Users Group, July 1998.

“Power Quality in New Buildings.”

Lecture presented at the Building Systems Course, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, April 1998.

“Electrical Systems for Buildings.”

Lecture presented at the advanced lighting course for   the Rhode Island Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, January 1998.

“Power Quality – Why be concerned.”

Lecture presented to AIA Rhode Island, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, November 1997.

“Forensic Engineering.”

Lecture presented to the Rhode Island Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, November 1997.

“Power Quality Audits.”

Lecture presented to the New England Healthcare Engineers Society at their Fall Seminar in New London, Connecticut, November 1996.

“The Industrial Design Building @ 161 South Main Street.”

Lecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), October 1996.

“Power Quality Studies & Solutions.”

Lecture presented to the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Association of Plant Engineers, October 1996.

“Avoiding EMF’s.”

Lecture presented at the National Conference on Harmonics and Power Quality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1995.

“The Architect’s Role in Electrical Design.”

Lecture presented at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), October 1994 and December 1995.

“Lighting Design in Commercial Buildings.”

Lecture presented at Roger Williams University College of  Architecture, September 1992.

“I.E.S. Lighting Design Awards.”

Lecture presented to the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at their Fall Conference, October 1990.

“Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems.”

Lecture presented to the Rhode Island Hospital Engineers Association, February 1987.

“Energy Efficiency in Electrical Systems.”

Lecture presented for the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Association of Plant Engineers, March 1986.

“Electrical Systems for Buildings.”

Course presented at Roger Williams University College of Engineering, fall 1982, 1983 and 1984.

“IES Introduction to Light and Lighting.”

Course for the Rhode Island Chapter of IES, Spring 1978.

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.

Learn how to be a forensic engineer. Find out how to be a forensic expert witness. Discover how to be an engineering expert witness. Find out how to obtain training as a forensic engineer. Learn how to obtain training as an engineering expert witness.

 

 

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WHITE PAPERS by FORENSIC ENGINEERS

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FORENSIC ENGINEERING WHITE PAPERS

“Learn how engineering experts benefit from preparing and studying white papers”.

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.

WHITE PAPERS

To properly prepare your case, it is often necessary to research specialized areas of your field, such as those that may be new to you or you haven’t needed since college. While doing this studying, make notes in a narrative form to make it easier for you to write your expert report. In addition, these notes will help you prepare for your deposition and for trial as an expert. These papers prepare you for cross-examination questions on the specialized technical area at issue. They have the added advantage of preparing you for questions in the general technical area but not specific to this case. When your work involves a new technical issue, read about it and take detailed notes in narrative form, including definitions of the various new terms.

These are often called “white papers,” a compilation of your knowledge on a specific topic. It organizes your research for use not only on this case, but on future cases. If the source information is paraphrased, it could also be the basis for a magazine article authored by you. Reprints will help you earn a reputation as an expert in your field.

I didn’t learn about white papers until I was in practice for over 20 years. Start as soon as you have a job. After you have prepared a “white paper,” reread it several times, and commit much of the information to memory. When the subject comes up, you will be able to discuss it like an expert. Gain a reputation as the “smartest guy in the room.”

After I established my own engineering practice and began hiring employees, I wanted to standardize procedures for two reasons. Most importantly, this was so that my staff would provide the same standard of service that my clients had come to expect from me. Also, I realized that by sharing information we would become more efficient and, thus, more profitable. I organized this information, including white papers, and put it in a 3-ring binder that I called my Operations Manual. This information can now be more easily organized and updated with computers.

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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FORENSIC ENGINEERS NEED A – CV

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FORENSIC ENGINEERS NEED A “CV”

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.

CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)

A CV is what a Forensic Engineer’s expert witness resume is called. The more detailed and complete it is, the more qualified they will appear.

Include the following items:

  • Specialty—Summary of your area of expertise.
  • Education—Starting with college and including degrees and honors, post-graduate studies, and certifications.
  • Professional registrations—List states and numbers.
  • Professional practice—Present and previous company affiliations, positions and titles.
  • Professional affiliations—Memberships in professional/technical groups and offices held.
  • Honors and awards—List name of honor/award and group presenting it.
  • Publications—List title, publication, and month and year
  • Lectures—List title, group presented to, and month and year
  • Forensic activities—List the most recent first, including:

Title (example) LIGHTNING INVESTIGATION, Westerly, RI.

Date hired.

Your job number.

Parties to the case and official court case number and venue.

Retaining attorney (Also list if for defense or plaintiff).

Synopsis: Two brief paragraphs, the first describing the incident and the second describing your assignment including whether it involved deposition and/or testimony at trial.

Print your CV on your stationary (letterhead for the first page and second sheet for the others) and bind it between covers embossed with your company name. Distribute this to potential clients like litigation attorneys and insurance adjusters.

See my next blog for the first few pages of my CV.

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.

Learn how to be a forensic engineer. Find out how to be a forensic expert witness. Discover how to be an engineering expert witness. Find out how to obtain training as a forensic engineer. Learn how to obtain training as an engineering expert witness.

 

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FORENSIC ENGINEERS – WHAT DO THEY DO?

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FORENSIC ENGINEERS – WHAT DO THEY DO?

INTRODUCTION

Understand what forensic engineers do and discover why this exciting, challenging, and profitable field should be part of your consulting engineering practice. Find out what is involved and if you have what it takes to be a success in the litigation arena.

WHAT IS INVOLVED FOR FORENSIC ENGINEERS?

Cases of forensic engineers include some or all of the following: site investigation; examination and testing of evidence; reports (verbal, summary, and detailed); testimony at deposition; testimony at trial (direct and cross-examination).

There are two sides to every case. The person who brings the action is the “plaintiff.” If you work for his or her attorney, you are a plaintiff’s witness. The other party in the suit is the “defendant.” If you work for his or her attorney, you are a defendant’s witness. In your forensic practice, you will almost exclusively be involved with civil cases (noncriminal matters).

There are two types of witnesses: a “fact witness” and an “expert witness.” A fact witness can only tell what he or she observed, not what others have said (hearsay) and not his or her opinion concerning the case. You, as a forensic engineer, will be an expert witness (a technical witness) and as such, you are allowed to express your opinions on matters within your expertise.

The attorney who hires you may represent either the plaintiff or the defendant, or their insurance companies. When you work directly for an attorney, your work is protected from discovery (detection), by the opposition because it is “attorney work product.” Avoid working directly for the parties of the suit because your work is not similarly protected.

Your “scope of services” in your forensic fee agreement is important for similar reasons. “Consultant and (if designated) as expert” allows your attorney-client to deny that you were dismissed as an expert witness, if he or she doesn’t like your opinion as a consultant.

Above all, you must be truthful at all times. Forensic engineers must be supportive of there opinion without arguing for your attorney-client. Your opinion will not always coincide with that of your attorney-client. His or her job is to advocate for the client. Your job is to form an accurate and scientifically consistent opinion and to convey that to your attorney-client. If your attorney-client doesn’t agree with your theory of the case, he or she can get another expert. In addition he or she benefit from your contrary opinion because your findings will point out the weaknesses in their case and may prompt a settlement.

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.

Learn how to be a forensic engineer. Find out how to be a forensic expert witness. Discover how to be an engineering expert witness. Find out how forensic engineers obtain training. Learn how to obtain training as an engineering expert witness.