Civil and structural engineering curricula are generally centered around providing students with the basics of what will be necessary for their careers in professional practice – materials, theory, experiment, analysis, and design. Many young engineers then put these skills to use when they begin their careers with firms that focus primarily on the design of new structures and/or remediation and repair of existing structures. Some engineers gradually move into consulting roles which are centered around the behavior of structures (forensics), part of which may involve the resolution of disputes regarding causation, extent of damage, methods for remediation, fault, and standards of care for professional practice. This presentation is intended to serve as both a primer and a refresher for the pre-professional and professional practitioner with respect to the intersection of engineering and dispute resolution, with special attention given to service as a subject matter expert.
About the Speaker:
Andrew Harold, M.S, S.E., P.E.Executive Director of Operations
Nelson Forensics, LLC
A licensed professional and/or structural engineer in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the USVI, Mr. Harold is the Executive Director of Operations for Nelson Forensics, a nationwide team of engineers, architects, and scientists devoted to the forensic evaluation of buildings, equipment, and other property. Typical evaluations provide answers to questions of fact regarding real and/or alleged damages resulting from a myriad of natural perils, inadequate maintenance and misuse, and design and construction errors. Mr. Harold began his career as a structural design engineer, producing construction documents and specifications for all manner of low and mid-rise buildings of wood, concrete, masonry, steel, and cold-formed steel construction. His design expertise extends to shallow and deep foundations as well as earth-retaining structures. He also has specialized knowledge and design experience in the light-frame building component and forming/shoring industries; his forming and shoring experience ranges from subterranean structures to bridges to high-rise buildings. Prior to joining Nelson Forensics, Mr. Harold worked as a structural design engineer in the nuclear industry.