Forensic Engineering – Reducing the risk of potential failures of structures, Gloucester

27 October, 2015 | 18:00 - 20:00

Forensic engineering offers the chance to repair structures before potential failures arise.
Forensic engineering offers the chance to repair structures before potential failures arise.

About this event

Appropriate courses of action can then be determined to protect existing infrastructure and, where possible, also enhance it by extending its life. The benefits can include achieving best value, minimising disruption and reducing the risk of potential failures, as problems are identified earlier. Any necessary changes to codes and standards can be identified.

Many European Government Agencies have now generally accepted that their concrete structures – for example, bridges and buildings - will be managed more cost-effectively if the condition of those structures is accurately known.

For agencies with a large number of structures, there is often a problem in prioritising them for investigation as the only records available generally consist of visual inspection reports which alone are generally not sufficient. The condition, extent and causes of any deterioration must be accurately determined by testing and monitoring, if the structures are to be managed more cost-effectively and if safety and operational requirements are to be achieved.

Event materials

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Dr Donald Pearson-Kirk

Dr Donald Pearson-Kirk is a highly experienced Civil Engineer who is currently Structures Technical Director for the Mouchel Structures Investigation Group in Exeter. Donald has worked as a technical advisor to numerous international agencies and governments, and is the author/co-author of over 270 technical papers.

He has directed the investigations to bridges in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and in the United States. These have included the Charles River Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, the Hammersmith Flyover and the 52 span Country Way Viaduct in London.