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RE: How is an Engineer certified as a forensics expert?

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I will disagree with Bill here.  To me, it depends on which firm and
potentially which office of these firms you are talking about.  I know
several people who have worked for WJE in their Chicago office that got
excellent experience out of school.  Sure they got "grunt" work early on,
but they got more responsibility as time went on and got some great
experience.  I will certainly admit that this COULD be different if one
was in a different WJE office, but then one could also get some crappy
experience working for some small firm too.  To me, there is no hard and
fast rule as to how good the experience will be at a company just due to
it's size.  Personally, I have worked at several large A/E firms.  At
some, I got excellent experience, while at one I did not and was bored to


Ypsilanti, MI

On Thu, 18 Jul 2002, Bill Polhemus wrote:

> FWIW, I would never suggest going to work with one of those big firms.
> Working as a “cog in the wheel” won’t get you the sufficient experience,
> IMO.
> William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, TX, USA
> Phone (281) 492-2251
> FAX (281) 492-8203
> email bill(--nospam--at)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Kestner [mailto:jkestner(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:43 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: How is an Engineer certified as a forensics expert?
> There are a number of firms that have forensic specialists in various fields
> of structural engineering. I suggest contacting these firms. The ones that I
> come to mind are Wiss, Jenny & Elstner, CTL, Rath, Rath & Johnson,
> etc. in the Chicago area. I am sure there are many more.

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