Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures

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What do collapsed buildings, infected hospital patients, and crashed airplanes have in common? If you know the causes of these events and conditions, they can all be prevented.

In this course, you will learn how to use the TU Delft mind-set to investigate the causes of such events so you can prevent them in the future.

When, for instance, hundreds of hospital patients worldwide got infected after having gall bladder treatments, forensic engineering helped reveal how the design and use of the medical instruments could cause such widespread infections. As a result, changes were made to the instrument design and the procedural protocols in hospitals. Learning from failure in this case benefitted patient health and safety across the world.

After taking this course you will have an understanding of failures and the investigation processes used to find their causes. You will learn how to apply lessons gained from investigating pre...

What do collapsed buildings, infected hospital patients, and crashed airplanes have in common? If you know the causes of these events and conditions, they can all be prevented.

In this course, you will learn how to use the TU Delft mind-set to investigate the causes of such events so you can prevent them in the future.

When, for instance, hundreds of hospital patients worldwide got infected after having gall bladder treatments, forensic engineering helped reveal how the design and use of the medical instruments could cause such widespread infections. As a result, changes were made to the instrument design and the procedural protocols in hospitals. Learning from failure in this case benefitted patient health and safety across the world.

After taking this course you will have an understanding of failures and the investigation processes used to find their causes. You will learn how to apply lessons gained from investigating previous failures into new designs and procedures.

The TU Delft Forensic Engineering mind-set involves recommendations for:

  • Data collection ranging from desk studies (theoretical/predicted performance of structures) to field investigations (actual performance of failed structures)
  • Hypothesis generation techniques for technical and procedural causes of failure
  • Hypothesis testing for engineering aspects of forensic cases
  • Reporting findings about the most likely causes and consequences
  • Improving engineering designs based on lessons learned from forensic cases

The course uses case studies from Building Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Biomechanical Engineering. All of these provide great examples that illustrate the approaches and highlight technical and procedural causes of failure. You’ll find that not only is it crucial, but it’s also exciting to learn from failures.

This course is most useful for:

  • Students who want to familiarize themselves with forensic engineering
  • Building, aeronautical, biomechanical designers and engineers
  • Forensic investigators, police, legal and insurance professionals
  • Professionals from municipalities, government agencies or clients who are asked to perform internal forensic investigations

This course has been designed by TU Delft's international experts on safety issues, failure investigations and forensics. Arjo Loeve, Michiel Schuurman and Karel Terwel are members of the TU Delft Forensics community, the Delft Safety & Security Institute and the CLHC Expertise Center for Forensic Science and Medicine.

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1 year, 11 months ago
As structural engineer with some experience in investigation of collapsed structures, I found some very useful tools for my works: the tree house of failure, the life circle of technical systems and the ring of trustworthiness. The course helped me to have a new vision of failures. Very nice!
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1 year, 11 months ago
I studied architecture engineering and urban planning. I have no prior interest in the topic of forensic engineering - and didn't know much about the discipline itself before, however the moment I saw it on Edx I was really interested. Having finished the course, I find it was crafted with care. It offers a methodological way of thinking and approaching complex systems or problems. I think it is a thrilling course for any engineer.
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1 year, 11 months ago
The Civil engineering questions is confusing....Formulas has to be explained before going for the exam or one needs some practise for new students in that field its little confusing...though its mathematics and simple formulas ....
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1 year, 11 months ago
The course is good, especially when you have a relation to technical products or goods. Enjoyed it, especially the optional 2 of 3 course model. I think there is far too less MOOCs on safety management, product safety supervising etc. as this is a big field in a growing subsector of producing industries. It comes with the growth of QM and for many products, safety is even more important than anything else. Good MOOC, many good videos, tests are mid-level and can be passed with proper time of reading. BR
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