Engineering experts are often engaged in construction disputes involving defects and collapses to opine on both the cause of a failure and the technical aspects relating to whether or not the structure was designed and constructed in compliance with the relevant legal requirements. This article explores the material and processes typically utilised by experts in reaching such opinions and discusses why addressing the causation question requires forensic expertise, while the compliance question requires design expertise, both of which are quite distinct.

Contributed by: Dr Sean Brady - Brady Heywood Pty Ltd 

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