By now, many readers are more than familiar with the visual concept of forensics, having associated themselves closely with it on their living room couches, following their favorite detective dramas and documentaries on their favorite channels or TV networks. But readers do need to note that forensic engineering services is an entirely different matter altogether. Indeed, there is still a degree of intense detective work involved.
No matter what you see, say or believe, the detection and analytical work and subsequent findings need to be on the spot. You can use your favorite TV detector as a nice metaphor if you like. You notice just how determined he or she is to get to the bottom of the matter. He or she leaves no stone unturned, how about that then. The same amount of determination will be applied in the commercial or industrial space that requires forensic engineering.
Note that this form of engineering applies engineering principles that need to accompany the intrinsic investigation of systemic failures in the manufacturing or electrical, even electronic, space. There need not be wholesale equipment or power failures. A forensic engineering exercise will also be taking a close look at performance issues. Speaking of which, the same amount of detective work is now being applied to the field of human resources, would you believe.
This is familiar territory for those of you still working for large companies on a permanent basis, subjecting yourselves to quarterly or annual reviews of your performances to date. You usually comply willingly, grasping the carrot that comes with the stick, hoping that you will be rewarded with an appropriate salary increase. Performance failures across the board can also be subjected to committee or judicial reviews.