Forensic Investigation of Structural Failures in Buildings

Clair Hall
Thursday, 21 April 2016
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Our 2016 season of seminars continues with what is bound to be another highly interesting talk from Hawkins, this time presented by Ian Major, who specialises in forensic engineering.

Through the use of case studies, Ian will demonstrate how failures of new buildings are often the result of poor design or construction and that failures due to external influences alone (such as wind and snow) are rare. Ian will also provide an overview of how the cause of such failures can be investigated in order to identify any potential for recovery.

Online Booking
This free one hour CPD seminar is open to all members and their guests. To join us, please use our online booking form by clicking on the Book Now button below.

Light refreshments (tea/coffee/juice and biscuits) will be available from 5.30pm onwards and the seminar will start promptly at 6.00pm.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this seminar, delegates will have gained an appreciation of:

  • the type of human factors that can cause failures during construction, use and demolition of a building
  • the range of information needed when conducting an investigation into the cause of the failure
  • the capabilities of laser scanning and aerial photography to create a 3D model of the scene
  • the importance of gathering evidence at the earliest opportunity

Getting there
There is plenty of free on-site parking at Clair Hall and Haywards Heath Station is just a few minutes' walk away.

  • Perrymount Road
  • Haywards Heath
  • RH16 3DN
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1 hour's CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

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