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Course Description: Historic buildings and structures can show signs of distress or damage, but require an investigation to understand the root cause of the issue. Forensic engineering is the field of engineering where we assess and diagnose problems. Information from the investigation is used to develop repair and restoration solutions that address issue appropriately. Forensic techniques can be used on a variety of types of construction and building materials. This presentation will use case studies to illustrate examples of how forensic engineering has been used for restoration and rehabilitation projects. Case studies will include historic stone masonry, terra cotta and steel structure, exposed concrete, and a copper dome.
- Understand the basics of a forensic engineering investigation.
- Recognize observations and tools used during investigations and the limitations for assessing the extent of deterioration.
- Learn common investigation approaches for various types of building construction, including historic stone masonry, terra cotta and steel, and exposed concrete.
- Understand how forensic engineering identifies the causation of problems and is valuable to historic restoration and rehabilitation projects.