Forensic Engineering Investigation of Failures - 7.5 PDHs
Webinar - Zoom Platform / 8:30am-5:00pm
October 25, 2021

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

Cost: $325 Members / $350 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:

Inspection of the failed site
Integrity and ethics
Recording of observations
Identification and storage of critical failed segments
Review of contract documents including specifications
Review of documents produced during construction
Review of shop drawings, RFIs, QC and QA reports
Review of design documents including computations
Contracts between parties
Lab reports
Hypothesis and conclusion
Report writing
Preparation for deposition
Assisting attorney to depose others
Appearing as expert witness
Publishing the report

In the second part, the course will deal with actual failure cases:

March 15, 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University, Miami
October 30, 2003 Tropicana Garage collapse, NJ
November 13, 2014 pedestrian bridge collapse, Raleigh, NC
May 4, 2014 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey event in RI
November 19, 1990 collapse of open excavation, Washington DC
October 10, 2012 parking garage collapse in Doral, FL

Instructor’s Bio

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.