Forensic Engineering Investigation of Failures - 4 PDHs
Webinar / 11:00am-3:00pm, ET / $175 Member / $210 Non-Member
August 09, 2023

NYSSPE has partnered with Sem-Train, LLC -  New York State Approved Sponsor

August 9, 2023/ Webinar / 11:00am - 3:00pm, ET / Cost: $175 Members / $210 Non-Members

This course covers the fundamentals and principles of forensic engineering in regard to structural failures of buildings, bridges, underground structures, towers and tunnels. It discusses a whole range of issues:

Morning Session

1.     Forensic engineer
2.     Expertise of forensic engineer
3.     Search and Rescue efforts
4.     Recovery mode
5.     Collection of documents
6.     Observation, documentation and recording of the collapse
7.     Use of drone
8.     List of eye-witnesses
9.     Identification, marking and safe storage of critical evidences
10.  Site agreement among all the litigants.
11.  Selection of laboratory for testing
12.  Analyses and computations, long hand and software use
13.  Was the original design compliant with industry standards?
14.  Was the construction compliant with the industry standards
15.  Causal determination
16.  Construction or design deficiencies
17.  Report Writing
18.  Formulation of findings and conclusions
19.  Supporting documents
20.  Review from a legal perspective
21.  Final report

Afternoon Session:   Review of actual cases of catastrophic cases, including the following:

1. Failure of FIU pedestrian bridge collapse. Six fatalities

2. Investigation of the Collapses of Two Pedestrian Bridges under Construction at Wake Technical Community College Campus, Raleigh, NC. One fatality

3. Investigation of the Parking Garage Collapse during Construction at Miami Dade College, Doral, FL.  Four fatalities

4. Investigation of a Tower Crane Collapse in San Francisco, California. Four fatalities

Instructor’s Bio - Mohammad Ayub, PE, SE

Mr. Ayub is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland. Mr. Ayub serves as the Director of Engineering in the Directorate of Construction, OSHA National Office, Washington DC. He manages a program for investigating and inspecting catastrophic construction incident sites involving fatalities which receive national attention.  Conducts structural analyses for causal determination of the incidents as per generally recognized industry practices.  Recommends measures to stabilize failed structures.  Determines areas for safe entrance for first responders. Develops program to preserve evidence for laboratory tests and examination.

Mr. Ayub provides technical support to OSHA regional and area offices, and to various directorates on matters relating to civil and structural engineering. Furthermore, Mr. Ayub, interacts with national engineering and safety organizations and associations to enhance safety in construction.  Acts as lead coordinator for OSHA’s structural emergency response team.  Leads OSHA’s group for prevention through design. 

Mr. Ayub has co-authored "Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook".  Two editions published by McGraw Hill in 2000 and 2004 and multiple incident investigation reports.  He received OSHA’s highest recognition award in 2015 for having performed over 75 major construction incident investigations in the last 25 years. Received Engineer of the Year award in 1991 from the National Society of Professional Engineers.