Forensic Engineering basically deals with the investigation of products, materials, structures and components that either fail or function inappropriately causing huge loss to person(s) and property. The outcome of the disaster caused is dealt by the law. This field also handles the reviewing techniques and methods involved in the accidental cases of vehicles and machinery. Under this topic, students will be taught as how to handle vehicular or mechanical accidents, and the methodology involved to locate the cause(s) leading to such destructive faults.
This subject is applied most commonly in civil laws, but it may be of great use in criminal laws as well. The task of a Forensic Engineer is to collect the evidences and the other related facts, determine the cause that may have led to the destruction and lastly, yet one of the most important is to assist the court in proper findings related to the accident for a justified trial.
Other than, vehicles and machines, any case involving the accidental collapse of bridge, railway track, huge buildings or any such infrastructure are to be considered under this science. Just like any other Forensic-related branch, a sequential order of investigating and collecting data linked to the products, components, materials and structures is of great help in aiding and resolving cases pertaining to Forensic Engineering.
A student undertaking this subject should bear immense technical and investigative skills, as a blend of these two qualities only can lead to a positive outcome.
Module-1 Forensic engineering
The application of the science and art of engineering in matters which are relates to the justice system, comprehensive of substitute dispute resolution is called forensic engineering. as an in depth, FSP 204 course description includes the introduction to forensic engineering, structural distress, mechanics and force system, newton’s laws and equilibrium, conservation principles, properties of area, structures, mechanics or strength of material, wind damage, snow, hail and rain, stresses on cylindrical pressure vessels and load analysis on pilings.
Module-2 Vehicular accidents
Vehicular accidents are the common type of cases in India and other countries. The issues in contesting motorized accidents involve speeds, airbag disposition, seatbelt usage, failure vehicle components, visibility etc. Module will introduce you to introduction, falls, skid marks and impacts and crush energy dissipation.
Module-3 Vehicle accidents reconstruction
Vehicular accidents reconstruction is the scientific procedure of examining, investigating, and illustration conclusions about the accidental events during a vehicle crash. Module structure covers the vehicle accidents reconstruction using basic energy analysis techniques, limitation of some evaluation techniques, advantages of the energy method, the fundamental principle of the energy method, kinetic energy, friction energy dissipation, changes in elevation, energy dissipation by crushing, energy dissipation by rollovers or flips and future accidents reconstruction problems.
Module-4 the classical scientific method to accidents reconstruction
Application of the classical scientific method to accidents reconstruction define in a structured manner such as definition of terms, origin and development of the scientific method, scientific methods applied to accident, reconstruction, shortcomings and the legal system.
Module-5 Photographic documentation
Photographic documentation play a vital role in the investigation of accidental cases. Photographic documentation of accident- damaged vehicles will describe you to accident documentation, choice of camera, items to photograph, accident scene and analysis and verification of photograph.
Module-6 Materials and vehicular
Application of engineering principles to answer the questions of fact that may have legal consequences is called forensic engineering. Vehicular and marine lighting is describing the fundaments of investigation techniques and issues like on/off light issue, filament material, oxidation, brittleness, ductility, turn signals and other applications.
Module-7 Storm lightning damage
Storm lightning damaging is the also the part of the investigation process. The facts of lightening damage will describe you to the lightening damage, verifying lightening, two-board shell game, reducing and lightening risks.
Module-8 Vibration and blasting damage
Vibrations from nearby blasting damage are usually transmitted by ground or by air. It will introduce you to the ground vibrations, pre-blast surveys, blast monitoring, post-blast surveys and heavy equipment vibrations.
Introduction to explosions and basic parameters includes the fundamentals of explosions, basic parameters, determination of point of ignition and energy consideration.
"The act of burning," is called combustion. For example, combustion of fallen leaves and trees that, if not quenched immediately, can consequence in a forest fire. Module will introduce you to Introduction, the combustion process, acid production, carbon monoxide, duel fuel furnaces and over pressurization.
Module-11 Determining the point of origin of a fire
Chemical reaction present a very substantial threat due to their potential to generate fires. module explains the fire and ignition energy sources, initial reconnoiter the low point, fall down, centroid method, fire spread, sequential analysis, ignition energy source and combination of methods,
It is the analysis of fire connected incidents. Module would be introducing you to the basic problem facing the arsonist, usual physical characteristics of an arson fire, secondary characteristics, arsonist profile, and chemical analysis.
Module-13 Electrical shorting
Electrical shorting is a part of forensic engineering, and is anxious with investigating electrical failures in a legal context. Module including the symptoms of shorting, primary vs. secondary shorting, short circuits, beading, and fusing.
Module-14 Hail damage
The harshness of hail damage to residential and other roofs depends on some limitations including the age, material, roof slope, the roofing assembly etc. the module would be introducing you to the hail and hailstorm frequency, hail form, size range, hailstorm frequency and hail causes damage.
In context of forensic engineering, geotechnical engineers examine the soil, rock and their physical and chemical properties and advise to design engineers of the effects of these properties on buildings and structures. In this course module, you will acquaint with Introduction to drought, Effects of drought, Basic soil properties, the atterberg limits and Differential settlements.
Module-16 Slip and fall accidents
It is defined as basic concept of slip and fall accidents, statistical background, coefficient of friction, measuring COF, standards for floors and floors and shoe coatings.
Module-17 Water pipe freeze ups
Water pipes freeze ups when routed through unheated spaces, for instance in a peripheral wall etc. it contains the common scenario of water pipe freeze ups, ice versus water, pipe stresses, fracturing in steps, pipe ends and freeze up priority.
Module-18 Machinery Guarding
Machine guarding accidents cause various accidents and mortalities every year, in spite of the availability of modern safety machinery. It will introduce you to the principle and basics of machinery guarding like- direct barrier, protective clothing, safety devices, guarding by location, employers responsibilities and manufacturer responsibilities .
Module-19 Earth movement
Blasting and earth movement introduces with the fundamental factors of soil behavior, techniques of surface investigations, direct measurement of consistency and relative density, interpretation of water content of soils, landslide, mudflow, erosion and sedimentation, modes of erosion, processes of sedimentation, identification of rocks, subsidence, earthquakes, blasting damage and wave pressure.
Module-20 Engineer and expert witness
Reporting the results of investigative engineering and the expert witness comprises the Adversarial nature of our legal system, Incomplete information, Sample schedule of events in a litigated dispute, The trial, Strategies used to discredit engineers, Some notes about Lawyers and engineers.
The evaluation process varies depending upon the course you enroll for, likewise: if you are enrolled for Certification, you will be allotted an assignment during the mid-session of the course, which you are deemed to complete within the month. Similar process is followed in Diploma. But in PG Diploma, after the completion of the assignment during the mid-sessions; a Project-work is assigned during the last quarter, which you have to complete in a month’s time.
The mode of examination will be online for the students enrolled either in online courses or in distance course. After the completion of the respective course duration, a username and password would be generated for all the enlisted students. The username and the password would be mailed to every student prior to the date allotted for the examination to be held, and accordingly they would be requested by the concerned authorities to check their mails, so that they could use the specified details in order to give their exams on our online examination portal on the allocated date and time.
Note: Every student will be given a username and password a month before the conducting of the exams for the demo-exams, so that they get to know every detail concerned with the online examination pattern.
The complete correction and evaluation takes about two weeks. After the evaluation process is finally done, the mark-sheets and certificates are posted on to the postal address of every student, but only after verifying their postal addresses as mentioned on the submitted application forms. Therefore, the students are always requested to mention their correct and complete address on their application form, in order to avoid further confusion and disappointment.
This collaborative training session is designed for online and distance students. The training would acquaint the students with practicals of Forensic Engineering, work on real cases techniques required to be an expert with immense knowledge of being a Forensic Engineer.
Module structure: Forensic Engineering is all about application of technical engineering skills for the purpose of law, to investigate the cases of failure of machines and vehicular accidents. A Forensic Engineer’s foremost duty is to look upon the materials, structures, components involved in the making and manufacturing of the product.
Module-1: Investigation and evidence collection- In this module, the crucial routine would be to make the students aware about the importance of investigating, evidence collecting and documenting of crime scene because no minute object which can be linked to crime scene can be ignored. Therefore, the students will taught about the crux of these techniques in the respective field of Forensic.
Module-2: Inspection of cement composition- Cement being a major component in the building of bridges, buildings and other such foundations. Therefore, making the students aware of the composition of cement and the techniques of discovering the rate of adulteration is of great use and help.
Module-3: Mock vehicle accident reconstruction- In this module, a mock vehicular accidental crime scene would be created for the students and they will be asked to investigate, collect and complete all the techniques involved in the crime scene reconstruction. Photography and documentation would be the primary requisite of this module.
Module-4: Arson Investigation- Arson Investigation is the investigation carried out to ascertain, if a fire was caused deliberately due to some criminal intention or it occurred accidentally. The main concern of the investigator is to find out the source and accelerant, which may hint some malicious intentions.
Module-5: Report writing (Arson, Vehicular accidents etc.)- Report writing holds a prominent place in all the sub-fields of Forensic Science. A report should include every miniature detail as date, place, and time of collection of evidences along with all the observations made while conducting the examination.
DURATION OF TRAINING
The duration scheduled for the training is one month during the summer vacations.
ADVANTAGES OF TRAINING
>> The training session specially focusses to bring together online and distance students to enhance their knowledge.
>> Training will provide you the practical knowledge and opportunities to investigate the legal and personal cases.
>> The training session of the course FSP 204 Forensic Engineering course familiarize you to brief knowledge of course in classroom assembly.
>> Online and distance students attend to plenary training session and case studies, and learn more about the Forensic Engineering and the related techniques.
>> Upon completing this training session, you will be able to develop your potential in an investigative manner.
>> The training session will help you to develop your analytical thinking capabilities by making you aware of the skills and techniques involved in the cases related to this science.
FEE FOR TRAINING
The training would be payable for online and distance learning students. But they already being enrolled as students, therefore they can avail an add-on advantage of earning 15% scholarship on their respective course fee.
After the successful completion of one month training, a valedictory function is organized on the last day where students are distributed the certificate and a farewell treat is arranged for the students from the Organization.
Outline towards Forensic Engineering career paths
Now a days Forensic Science stands in a very broad manner with multiple sub-fields. Forensic Engineering is one of the chief and gradually advancing sub-disciplines of Forensic Science, which offers a myriad career opportunities to the keen aspirants. After a thorough theoretical and practical sessions provided under this course, the student would be able to gain the capability of analyzing and assessing the low quality product used in the making of larger, giant-sized infrastructures as huge buildings, bridges, railway tracks and so.
Educational Qualification to set a career in Forensic Engineering
First level course of the Forensic Engineering is a Certification Programme. The advantage of this course is, any students can set their career in Forensic Engineering, if they have a 4-year degree programme in Engineering, who already has a command over the technicalities involved in Engineering. In order to groom one’s carrier in this field, the aspiring student can also take one of the sub-field of engineering as one of his subjects in his majors.
Students and professionals both can do Certification, Diploma Course and P.G. Diploma course offered in Forensic Engineering.
1. What is Forensic Engineering?
Forensic Engineering is defined as the application of engineering skills and techniques for the legal purpose, in order to resolve cases related to the destruction caused by huge infrastructures to the person and property.
2. What is the course content of FSP 204?
In the course Forensic Engineering (FSP 204), students will be taught about all the investigative skills acquired to be a Forensic Engineer. Course will introduce you to interactive training session and practicals on the scientific and technical methods involved in a sequential examination.
For more details click on- http://www.sifs.in/prospectus/FSP-204-forensic-engineering.pdf
3. What is the course duration of Certificate, Diploma and PG Diploma courses?
All online and distance courses are divided into three certifications i.e. Certificate course for three months, Diploma course for six months and PG Diploma for one year.
4. What qualification is required to be eligible for the above-mentioned courses?
If you are looking for Certificate and Diploma courses, you must have completed your 10+2 or appearing in any discipline from Recognized Board/ School and for PG Diploma course graduation will be required. In the admission process, self-attested mark-sheets and certificates of the previous school/college and transfer certificate along with 2 passport size photographs will be required from the student.
5. Where can I register for distance or online education courses?
We provide online application form for all online or distance students. To download application, form click on- http://www.sifs.in/application-form.pdf
6. When will I receive my study materials, books etc.?
After the completion of your admission process and payment of fee, the students enrolled for online courses will receive a username and password to access e-library within 7-10 working days through mail on their mail id which is mentioned on the application form; whereas distance education students will receive hardcopy of related course materials on the mentioned address by courier or post within 15 working days.
7. What about exams and course credits?
In the last month of your course, we will conduct your online exam. All details regarding your exam will sent to you on the mail id provided by you and the course credits differs according to course code and divided into assignment, project and exam.
For more detail please click on- www.sifs.in/ims
8. How do I get my certificate/mark-sheet, when I have completed my exams?
You will receive your mark-sheet and certificate within a month on your mentioned address by courier or post.
9. What is the difference between online and distance education? Which is the best mode of education?
Both modes of education are good. The only difference between online and distance education is distance education students will get hardcopy material related to their course code, and so the distance learning students will pay Rs. 1000 more as compared to online education students. An extra amount is charged for distance learning students, as the postal charges are included in the course fee.
10. Where do I find out what courses are being offered distance or online?
We provide all information on the website- www.sifs.in
11. Although my degree is in an unrelated field of study, I have taken quite a few science courses. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. You are eligible for this Forensic Engineering (FSP 204), if you have completed or if you are pursuing your 10+2 or graduation in any discipline from a Recognized Board/ School/ College. All you need is a keen interest to explore the limits.
12. What is the scope and career of forensic education and related courses?
Forensic Science offers a wide range of opportunity to the students aspiring to make their careers as Forensic Scientists and Investigators. With a sense of keen observation and the ability of seeing the unseen are a few traits that would promise the aspiring students to make a colorful career in the wonderful arena of Forensic.
13. Should I pay any extra fee for examination, study materials etc.?
No. Your course fee includes Study materials, Books, Notes, I-Card, Examination Fee. You are not required to pay any extra amount, but in some cases- additional taxes / fees may apply. If you are living out of India and interested in printed notes and books, then you have to pay shipping/postal charges extra. Summer training and practical sessions will be payable for online and distance students with 15% scholarship.
14. What will I get after joining distance course?
You will get User-id and password to access e-library within 7-10 working days. Study materials, notes and books related to your course and id-card will be sent on the address mentioned by you, either by courier or post within 15 working days.
15. How can I pay my course fee by credit card in USD?
Indian Students may use Universal Currency Converter from http://www.xe.com/ucc/ to pay fee in other currencies, or International students visit this link- http://www.sifs.in/onlinefee.php to check out the fee structure. You can pay your course fee from here- http://www.sifs.org.in/payment (Students enrolled for courses having course duration more than 6 months can pay their Course Fee in maximum two instalments, but Rs. 2000 will be charged extra.)
16. Why is training important?
Training is a vital part of online and distance students. It is intended to provide students with the opportunity to place theories into practicals. It is also very helpful to develop their skills that support professional life by preparing and encouraging them to apply their abilities and knowledge acquired through study in a work later on. So, even before the students complete their course they are trained to be job-ready, therefore increasing the student’s employment prospects.
17. Where can I apply the science of Forensic Engineering?
SIFS INDIA provides professional course Forensic Engineering (FSP 204) to acquire knowledge from the basics. There are numerous opportunities for the students enrolled in the course. A student can be appointed by any company to investigate the case related to faults and failures of machine, destruction of huge infrastructures and so.
18. How can a Forensic Engineer assist in legal proceedings?
The task of a Forensic Engineer is to acquaint and assist the court of law regarding the facts and related aspects by applying his engineering skills in cases related to failure of machinery, collapse of buildings, railway tracks, bridges and so. He is liable to produce proper evidences and data before the court of law.
19. I am interested in a career in this field. Where do I start?
In order to initiate a career into this field, you should have a zeal and urge to learn the technical and investigative skills with a 4-year engineering degree. A certificate, diploma and PG diploma course would help you groom your knowledge theoretically as well as practically, thereby ensuring a safe and secure career.
20. What are the other specialized forensic science careers can be found outside the crime laboratory?
Other than working in the Crime Laboratory, you can also be appointed as a Crime Scene Investigator in Police Stations or you can also be appointed as an Investigator for the Mobile Forensic Laboratory. You can work as an Engineer in any of the fields by your technical skills and expertise.
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As a sedan was making a left turn into a driveway from a two-lane road, it was broad sided by an oncoming van, injuring the car's driver. Technology Associates performed a complete accident reconstruction and found that the initial speed of the van was at least 10 mph over the posted speed limit. Therefore, it was successfully demonstrated to the jury that although the Honda had turned in front of the van, the van's excessive speed was the primary cause of the accident.
Vehicle Speed Over-estimation by Police:
A young man was driving his vehicle on a town road when he lost control and crashed into a tree on the opposite side of the road, killing his passenger. The investigation when carried out, found errors in the police sketches and calculations. The police had included an extra 100 ft. of skid marks, which could not have been produced by this vehicle because it was equipped with an ABS. Thus, the investigators were able to show he was only traveling 35 mph rather than 65 mph and lost control due to a medical condition.
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