Forensic Engineering Melbourne

What is Forensic Engineering?

Forensic engineering is the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail or do not operate or function as intended, causing personal injury or damage to property. The consequences of failure are dealt with by the law of product liability. The field also deals with retracing processes and procedures leading to accidents in operation of vehicles or machinery. The subject is applied most commonly in civil law cases, although it may be of use in criminal law cases. Generally, the purpose of a forensic engineering investigation is to locate cause or causes of failure with a view to improve performance or life of a component, or to assist a court in determining the facts of an accident. It can also involve investigation of intellectual property claims, especially patents.” (Wikipedia)

This has been a key part of the work of GRA since 1989, supported by almost 50 years of Professional Engineering experience. GRA’s major specialisation has concerned the application of the engineering sciences to all types of investigations, including product, structural and mechanical failure analysis.

Dr Rechnitzer’s high level technical expertise has been exemplified, for example as Chair of the National Technical Panel of the Safety Institute of Australia from 2009 to 2011. The Safety Institute of Australia Ltd is Australia’s professional body for health & safety professionals and has over 4500 members.

Expert Forensic Engineering

If your case requires expert forensic engineering services, we have the experience to ensure that your case is fully supported. Through forensic engineering, we investigate all components that contribute to the failure of operations in structures and materials, plant and equipment. This data is critical to legal cases and is the foundation for assisting legal resolutions.

Our expert work covers Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and throughout Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, WA, QLD and Tasmania.


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