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

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dear Mr.Bill,
You are contradicting your own words..
Intially you have said, young engineers whose first language was not
English..could deliver only a Poor Report.
Finally you are saying as a Seasoned Engineer, you are not an Expert in
getting words together..So is your First Language different..
Note: I do agree with you on experience in designing..

Is there a link betweek what one's first language is and whether he is
competent or not in one language.
Do you mean to say the Students whose first language is English, know
Grammer better..
In our Region all('most') the Spelling Bee contests are won by students from
other Mother Tongue.


With Love

Kannan.N

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 1:23 PM
Subject: RE: How is an Engineer certified as a forensics expert?


> My experience is that the large firms have a certain clientele that they
> work with exclusively, such as insurance companies or trial lawyers.
>
> I have been called in on investigations where the insurance company
already
> had one of these "big boys" do an investigation and publish a report.
> Typically the reports I've read were very poorly written by young
engineers
> whose first language was not English. They tended to be formulaic, because
> many of these companies-not all, but an uncomfortably large number-are
> "hired guns." It seems the kids are told what their conclusions should be
to
> favor the clients' interests, and prepare their reports accordingly.
>
> I hasten to add that this hasn't been the case with all, but with an
> uncomfortably large number of them. I would venture even to say "most."
>
> Therefore I've gotten a very bad impression of many of the large forensic
> firms. Some you mentioned do have a good reputation, but there are only a
> handful of those, and many more besides who are not so objective. I think
> the chance is good for a young engineer to just end up in the gristmill.
>
> I got my start in design firms that had a little forensic work on the
side,
> so they were not dependent on it and on the same old retinue of clients. I
> have always written the TRUTH in my reports, according to the best of my
> knowledge, and from time to time the conclusions contained are not
> necessarily what my client would have chosen, but my efforts have always
> been appreciated, and so far they've withstood scrutiny.
>
> It should not be surprising that I believe someone with plenty of design
> experience makes a far better forensic structural engineer than someone
who
> started out with one of the big firms early in his career. As a structural
> designer, you are used to solving problems, not mincing words.
>
> William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, TX, USA
> Phone (281) 492-2251
> FAX (281) 492-8203
> email bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 11:51 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: How is an Engineer certified as a forensics expert?
>
> I will disagree with Bill here.  To me, it depends on which firm and
> potentially which office of these firms you are talking about.
>
>
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