I thought to bundle the blogs that have a forensic investigation theme, like I’ve done in bundling other themes. I used these key words in the search of my blog site. I forgot that my blog site was all about the nature and methods of this type of engineering work and that there would be many blogs with this theme. I stopped after I got a list of three dozen blogs with more that could be added! I just ground to a halt.
There was purpose to my madness but my good intentions went off the rails. I wanted to help a client get a feel for what’s involved in this specific area of forensic activity – forensic investigation. But spare them the blogs that pursue some of the nuances of forensic work, a total of 285 to date. Focus on the nuts and bolts while the client gets up to speed.
I came out of it with a good feeling though. I realized I’m doing what I set out to do 10 years ago – talk about forensic work as it says in the masthead above. A simple qualifying word or two might have reduced the three dozen size bundle – a little tweaking can go a long way.
It is interesting though, that an investigative process like forensic work has so many little asides resulting in 285 blogs so far. Realizing this might have scared me away 10 years ago from trying to write about it.
I’m glad I didn’t because I’ve learned a lot about how to explain the work I do – while soldiering through the overwhelming parts. My work, and others like me, help readers know about the engineering techniques available for resolving the disputes that land on their desks.
(For example, I believe that simple terrain analysis by a surficial geologist could have reduced the risk of losing those five lives on the highway in British Columbia that was in the news again recently.
Surficial geologists map the different types of soils in an area as deposited by the glaciers many 1,000s of years ago. Terrain analysis identifies features in the terrain relevant to a problem that’s being investigated. Geotechnical engineers measure the physical properties of the soils in the different features.
The risk of landslides along a stretch of highway would be the outcome of this simple process. Signs would then be posted alerting drivers to the risk. It’s not rocket science.
See an informative blog I posted last year that was prompted by the loss of life on the BC highway: Mudslide Zone! November 21, 2021)
(Posted by Eric E. Jorden, M.Sc., P.Eng. Consulting Professional Engineer, Forensic Engineer, Geotechnology Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. October 28, 2022 firstname.lastname@example.org)