Engineering Standards for Forensic Application

Engineering Standards for Forensic Application

1st Edition - September 14, 2018

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  • Editors: Richard Mclay, Robert Anderson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128132418
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128132401

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Engineering Standards for Forensic Application presents the technologies and law precedents for the application of engineering standards to forensic opinions, discussing Fundamentals, Disciplines, Engineering Standards, The Basics and the Future of Forensics. The book explores the engineering standard and how it is used by experts to give opinions that are introduced into evidence, and how they are assumed to be the best evidence known on the topic at hand. Final sections include coverage of NFL Brain Injuries and the Flint Water Crisis. Examples of the use of engineering standards are shown and discussed throughout the work.

Key Features

  • Addresses a wide variety of forensic engineering areas, including relevant law
  • Provides a new approach of study that includes the work of both engineers and litigators
  • Contains contributions from over 40 experts, offering the reader examples of general forensic methods that are based on reliable engineering practice


Forensic Engineers, Forensic Scientists, Litigators, Trial Attorneys and Judges. Students and instructors studying or teaching forensic engineering in forensic science programs, also law school libraries

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Fundamentals
    1. Case Studies in Engineering Evidence
    2. Assessing Scientific Methodology of Engineering Experts
    3. The Breadth of Engineering Standards
    4. Engineering Standards in Forensic Education
    5. An Environmental Engineering Case Study

    Part 2 Disciplines
    6. Engineering Standards in Electric Shock
    7. HVAC and Building Envelope Litigation
    8. Architectural Standards in Slip, Trip, and Fall Litigation
    9. Engineering Standards in Construction Litigation
    10. Engineering Standards in Transportation Litigation
    11. Engineering Standards in Fire Investigation
    12. Engineering Standards in Electrical Fire Investigations
    13. Engineering Standards in Geotechnical Engineering Litigation
    14. Engineering Standards in Welding Failure
    15. Highway Design Litigation

    Part 3 De Facto Engineering Standards
    16. De Facto Engineering Design Standards
    17. Industry Standards in Computing Litigation
    18. Electric Power Industry Standards
    19. De Facto Standards in Tire Friction
    20. A U.S. Patent Acting as a De Facto Standard in Tire Failure
    21. Forensic Economics
    22. De Facto Standards in Accident Reconstruction

    Part 4 Basic Sciences/Basic Engineering
    23. Engineering Standards in Biomechanics
    24. Engineering Standards in Human Factors
    25. Standards in Human Vibration Litigation
    26. Products Liability

    Part 5 Engineering Standards – The Forensic Future
    27. The Future of Forensic Methods
    28. NFL Brain Injury
    29. Forensic Odontology
    30. Flint Water Crisis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 634
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: September 14, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128132418
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128132401

About the Editors

Richard Mclay

Dr. McLay is retired. He is the past president of STARK rxp, Inc., a forensic engineering consulting corporation that specialized in the development of restraint systems for motor vehicles, structural analysis of the human body, software development in: biomechanics, structural analysis of vehicles, vehicle dynamics, forensic animation, and vision and perception in human factors. His expertise is the analysis of vehicles and the human body in the related environments of vehicle accidents and crashes of all types. Dr. McLay’s experience includes simulation in accident analysis and design failures. He is a consultant in his specialty areas and a testifying expert witness in accident reconstruction, with over 40 years of experience serving courts in the United States. Dr. McLay holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics with a related B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He has published in the areas of forensic animation; accident reconstruction; perception, reaction, and conspicuity; engineering evidence and lay testimony; forensic air bag analysis methods, the use and misuse of engineering standards; this forthcoming book: Engineering Standards for Forensic Application, and a series of papers on biomechanics. He has both plaintiff and defense experience in civil and criminal cases. He has worked for the State of Vermont in accident reconstruction cases. He has worked pro bono on cases of indigent defendants. He has designed and led seminars and workshops on forensic methods for both engineers and attorneys. Dr. McLay is:  A current faculty member of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa.  Past member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  A Fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.  A holder of the patent: “Target Standoff Sensor for Shaped Charge Warhead,“ U.S. Patent No. 4567829. In the community of Essex Junction, Vermont, he is a past member of the Planning Commission. Dr. McLay and his wife of 58 years have resided in South Burlington, Vermont since 2006. His wife, Daren, a medical technologist, has been the business manager for the forensic work, beginning in 1990.

Affiliations and Expertise

Member of the Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Robert Anderson

Dr. Anderson is president of RNA Consulting, Inc., a forensic engineering consulting corporation that specializes in materials engineering and sciences. His expertise is the analysis of the behavior of materials, such as metals, plastics, glass, wood, and ceramics, in their related environments. Dr. Anderson’s experience includes accident analysis including industrial equipment, industrial materials applications, design failures, corrosion issues, and water systems failures. He is a consultant in his specialty areas, and a testifying expert witness in materials and metallurgical engineering, with 30+ years of experience serving courts in the U.S., and Canada. Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Stanford University, M.S. degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of San Francisco. He has published in the areas of thermodynamics, corrosion, surface chemistry, fire analysis, and understandings of archeological materials. He is a diplomate and immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the International Board of Forensic Engineering Sciences (IBFES) - the IBFES board certifies engineering sciences forensic experts. He has both plaintiff and defense experience in civil and criminal matters; he is experienced as a court appointed expert. He has designed and led workshops in presentation of evidence to the jury. Dr. Anderson is: • Past member of the Board of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). • An elected fellow /past president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). • A founding member/past president of the Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists (SFES). • Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Materials Engineering, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. In the community of Los Altos Hills, he is the immediate Past President of the board of directors of the Purissima Hills Water District, (PHWD), and on the board of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), which serves the agencies who subscribe to the Hetch Hetchy water system of the SFPUC. Dr. Anderson and his family have resided in Los Altos Hills since 1986, and previously lived in Palo Alto. His wife, Dru, is a consultant in life cycle process management and communications, and she is vice president of business and technical operations of their company, RNA Consulting, Inc.

Affiliations and Expertise

RNA Consulting, Inc. Los Altos Hills, CA, USA Emeritus Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, San Jose State University

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