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Technical Council on Forensic Engineering



Forensic engineering is the application of engineering priciples to the investigation of failures or other performance problems.  Forensic engineering also involves testimony on the findings of these investigations before a court of law or other judicial forum, when required.  Failures are not all catastrophic, such as when a building or bridge collapses, but include facilities or parts of facilities that do not perform as intended by the owner, design professional, or constructor.  The purpose of this Council is to develop practices and procedures to reduce the number of such failures, to disseminate information on failures and their causes, to provide guidelines for conducting failure investigations, and to provide guidelines for ethical conduct in forensic engineering.


  • TCFE organizes stand alone congresses on forensic engineering, and participates in conferences organized by other organizations and institutes. 

Executive Committee

  • Glenn G. Thater, P.E., M.ASCE, Chair
  • Michael J. Drerup, P.E., M.ASCE, Past Chair
  • Derrick S. Hancock, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice Chair
  • Ronald W. Anthony, Aff.M.ASCE, Secretary
  • Ziad M. Salameh, P.E.,. M.ASCE
  • Ronald E. Smith, PhD., P.E., D.GE., M.ASCE, CTA Representative


Adninistrative Committees

  • Education
  • Publications

Technical Committee

  • Dissemination of Failure Information
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Forensic Practices
  • Practices to Reduce Failures
  • International Activities


TCFE Publication can be found in the ASCE Publications Section of the web site.

To join the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE) click here:

TCFE Committee Nomination Form

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