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- Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 16:55:11 -0500
ASCE/TECHNICAL COUNCIL ON FORENSIC ENGINEERING THE FIRST FORENSIC ENGINEERING CONGRESS October 6 to 8, 1997, Minneapolis, MN Introduction Mark your calendars for the First Forensic Engineering Congress to be held October 6~8, 1997, in conjunction with the annual ASCE National Convention in Minneapolis, MN. This event is sponsored ans organized by the ASCE/Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE), with full participation of all of its technical and task committees. TCFE has appointed Emmanuel E. Velivasakis, P. E., FASCE, as Chairman of this Congress. The key-note address will be delivered by the noted engineer and educator Mr. William LeMessurier, P. E., FASCE, of Cambridge, MA. About TCFE Forensic Engineering is the application of engineering principles to the investigation of failure, or other non-performance of structures or facilities. Considering the natural and man-made catastrophes that the USA and the World has suffered in the recent past, i.e., earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, bombings, and other failures, this inter-disciplinary practice of engineering has become more and more visible and important to the extent that it is quickly developing its own distinct identity as a recognized "discipline". ASCE has taken steps to address this issues and needs of forensic engineers, more than 10 years ago, by creating The Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, (TCFE). TCFE provides a vehicle for forensic engineers, from all over the World, to share information and knowledge gained from investigations of failures of constructed facilities, and to participate in deliberations for devising practices, methods, and standards to minimized such failures in the future. Today, this council claims more than 7,000 members amongst its ranks. Among the primary purposes of the ASCE/Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, (TCFE) are to develop practices to reduce and mitigate failures by: ? Disseminating information on failures and their causes ? Providing guidelines for conducting failure investigations ? Encouraging research and education in Forensic Engineering practice ? Encouraging ethical conduct in Forensic Engineering practice About the Congress Both in its approach, concept and content, this Congress has been characterized by some people from: extremely interesting and provocative, to "The Event of the Year"! Some of the World's most accomplished experts in their respective fields, plan to gather for this three day "Symposium" to tackle and hammer-out some of the most interesting problems that plague the engineering profession, and at the same time share information on a variety of topics and subjects. The list of topics to be covered in the Congress program is as follows: ? Natural Disasters: risk assessment and mitigation ? Lessons from Oklahoma City: technical and logistical aspects of the bombing ? Moment-resisting steel frame connections: update on research undertaken following the Northridge earthquake ? Failures during construction ? Failures caused by misuse of computers ? Near misses and narrow escapes ? Lift-slab construction practices ? Serviceability failures: problem facades and roofs, excessive deformations ? Non-destructive testing techniques ? Education in Forensic Engineering: an investment in our future ? Ethical issues and unethical practices These topics should be of interest to all engineers, and not just those whose practice is entirely devoted to Forensic work. Presenters of the above referenced topics will be invited speakers, recognized as experts in their respective fields. Presenters will be asked to include lessons learned from case studies they discuss, as well as techniques used in their investigations. Thus the sessions will contain valuable information for engineers who are occasionally called upon to perform forensic investigations, facility managers, owners, architects, and other professionals who wish to improve their practices by incorporating the latest lessons from forensic engineering into their practice. Finally, among the social events planned to take place during the Congress will include: ? A luncheon during which the award for "Best Paper of the Year" of TCFE's journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities will be given. ? A dinner-reception during which the "Forensic Engineer of the Year" award will be presented. ? Other social functions planned during the ASCE Convention, will provide ample opportunity for attendees and their spouses to socialize and network. Please mark your calendars for this important and exciting Congress: October 6 to 8, 1997 in Minneapolis, MN. END OF STORY ...
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