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Task Group 5.1

Forensic Engineering

Mission Statement/Objectives
The primary missions of IABSE TG5.1 Forensic Structural Engineering is:
a. to mitigate structural failures by sharing knowledge of technical, human and organizational causes of failures
b. to enhance the improvement of forensic structural practices, by sharing knowledge of methods and techniques related to forensic investigations.

Scope & Limitation
The ultimate objectives of the IABSE Task Group 5.1, Forensic Structural Engineering, are to mitigate structural failures and improve forensic engineering practices.

To mitigate structural failures, TG5.1 endeavours to:

  1. Report on the engineering investigation of near misses and structural failures
  2. Encourage improvements of design and construction practices based on lessons learned from near misses and failures
  3. Through publications and seminars increase the awareness of students and practicing engineers of the causes, prevention and consequences of failures, thereby increasing the safety and reliability of structures

To enhance the improvement of forensic structural practices, TG5.1 endeavours to:
  1. Publicize techniques of field and analytical investigation of failures
  2. Promote ethical forensic engineering practices
  3. Inform of effective dispute resolution procedures.

Expected Project Output
Publish journal articles, organize and contribute to IABSE technical programs, organize forensic engineering workshops, organize and facilitate special lectures, publish practice periodicals.

Start Date: September 2018
Target Date of Completion: September 2022

If you are interested in joining Task Group 5.1, please contact the Chair, Karel Terwel,

Video Link (K.Terwel, L.Rus)

Karel Terwel, Netherlands

Vice Chair
Laurent Rus, Spain


John Duntemann, U.S.A.

Leigh Appleyard, Australia
Eric Brehm, Germany
Bruno Godart, France
Robert Hertle, Germany
Joseph Jimenez Elizondo, Costa Rica
Josh Kardon, United States
Anssi Laaksonen, Finland
Fabrizio Palmisano, Italy
David Peraza, USA
Gianluca Ranzi, Australia

Adele Scamponi, USA

Alastair Soane, United Kingdom
Harshavardhan Subbarao, India
Matias Valenzuela, Chile

Zhi Zhang, USA

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