A forensic engineer investigates the damage or the reasons for a failing structure and/or its components and determines the cause of the problem. The forensic engineer may also have to determine the responsible party for the damage/failure and provide expert witness services. They may also need to have under oath testimonial appearance in the court of law.
Forensic geotechnical evaluation applies science and engineering within the rules and practice of the legal system to represent reality and resolve conflicts. To provide the required assistance in the settlement of disputes, extremely qualified geotechnical professionals need to combine high quality forensic investigations with engineering science to clearly present the matters being disputed.
The foremost quality of a forensic engineer is to be an expert in the field of the matter. The expert knowledge is acquired by the combination of advanced education and substantial experience in the field of expertise.