Forensic Engineering

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Forensic Engineering

Forensic engineering is in depth study of an engineering process or machine, structure or item to determine how that structure or item failed to perform adequately.

The engineering structure might be a bridge, building, aircraft or factory, or a single small component. In a construction engineering dispute a forensic engineer might need to study the particular construction or manufacturing process to analyse the engineering factors that contributed to failure or motivated a particular party’s actions.

In layman’s terms a forensic engineer is to a complex industrial failure or engineering dispute what a project manager is to the construction of a large power station or a dairy factory. A complex industrial failure involving several engineering disciplines might require a forensic engineer to evidence from other experts such as metallurgists, specialist engineers and technicians in order to perform a comprehensive causal analysis.


Mr Andrew McGregor
Prosolve Ltd Auckland
Phone: 027 281 3398 email : website :

Mr Neil Mackay
VFR Consulting Limited Auckland
Phone: +64 09 5204297 email : website :

Dr Matthew King
Investigative Sciences Consultancy Brighton, Dunedin
Phone: 021-427-328/09-889-2112 email :

Dr Tim Stevenson
Investigative Engineering Services Ltd Christchurch
Phone: +64 027 4058825 email : website :

Professor John Raine
Auckland University of Technology Auckland
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