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Forensic Engineering Investigation

Failure of components or sometimes the entire structure often pose significant impact and threats to safety, economic and even to environmental issues. A detailed understanding and analysis of the causes is usually deemed as basic requirement in order to prevent similar failures from recurring in the future.
This 2-day interactive training provides some of the fundamentals and practical approach of forensic investigation, the various modes and causes of failures to better understand the macro and micro aspects of engineering components. Some actual case histories of failures will also be presented and studied to help participants gain practical knowledge on the application of these principles.


The training provides participants with:

  • Forensic knowledge and skills used in failure investigation
  • An abridgement of techniques used as aids in forensic investigation
  • Collated experience from past failure cases from various industries and components


16th – 17th May 2023


09:00–17:00 (GMT+8)

Who should attend:

The course is designed for various disciplines that includes Engineers, Consultants, Inspectors, Safety, Maintenance, Process and Operators; covering major industries not limited to Oil and Gas, Marine, Building and Construction, Manufacturing and Aerospace. It is especially beneficial for participants who are new to these concepts, non-metallurgist or non-engineering related professionals who wants to better understand the application of forensic engineering for cases such as litigation and insurance purposes.

Course outline:

Day 1

  • Introduction to Forensic Engineering Investigation
  • Material properties and basic concepts in metallurgy
  • Failure and damage mechanisms (Part 1)
  • Analytical techniques used (for Laboratory)
  • Analytical techniques used (for Site

Day 2

  • Revision of essential points from Day 1
  • Failure and damage mechanisms–(Part 2 continued from Day 1)
  • Laboratory demonstration for the process and equipment with prepared samples. Trainees would like to understand the whole process and the estimated duration of each activities including preparation through theory in Day 1 & laboratory experience in Day 2.
  • Case studies: focus on different industries and mechanical related, such as metals, components, structural damage, power transmission etc. and identify interesting cases to illustrate. We will also Include comprehensive library of photos illustration to differentiate between different types of failure.
  • Exercise and discussion, Matcor propose picture quiz on failure identifications.

About the Trainer

This course will be conducted by Robert SHANDRO and Jennifer LIM.


Principal Consultant with CETIM - MATCOR in the field of mechanical, power transmissions and materials engineering. A Specialist in failure investigation, forensic engineering and condition assessment with more than 30 years of consulting experience in Energy, Aerospace, Transportation, Shipbuilding and Public Works. Involved in close to 2,500 failure analysis and consulting services for litigation. Member of French delegation for ISO TC60 (Technical Committee), Expert in load capacity calculation of gears, terminologies, notation, strength and quality of materials for gears.
Member of IES (Institute of Engineers Singapore).

Areas of Expertise

  • Failure analysis of a wide range of mechanical equipment/components and structural facilities
  • Design, verification and failure analysis on mechanical power transmission components
  • Condition and remnant life assessment of mechanical power transmission components
  • Expert witness for litigation and insurance claims
  • Expert consultant and technical support on patent litigations
  • Standardization works (ISO TC60)



  • 5 years as Design Engineer (electric motors and generators)
  • 12 years as Technical Advisor (Judicial Expertise)
  • 13 years as Project Manager at CETIM
  • From year 2019 – Principal Consultant at MATCOR


  • Master of Engineering (MEng) UPT 1986
  • Master in Materials Science (MSc) ISMCM 1992

Jennifer Lim, Huei Ling

Jennifer is a Senior Consultant with Cetim - Matcor Technology & Services Pte Ltd in the field of mechanical, materials and corrosion engineering pertaining to forensic engineering, failure investigation and condition assessment. She has over twelve (12) years of consulting experience in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, marine, manufacturing, utilities, building, pressure vessels, lifting equipment and aerospace industries and engaged in failure investigation and condition assessment cases both locally and internationally.

Areas of Expertise

Materials, Corrosion, Mechanical, Machinery and Structural Failures

  • Condition, metallurgical and life assessment
  • Failure investigation
  • Expert witness for litigation and insurance claims and loss adjusting cases
  • Non-destructive evaluation, remote visual inspection
  • Third party inspection and quality assurance

Recent Projects

Failure Investigation

  • Forensic Engineering AssessmentofA Collapsed New Highway Viaduct
  • Forensic Engineering Assessment of An Explosion And Fire Incident In Gas Bottling and Storage Facility
  • Assessment of Storage Tank Bottom and Annular Plates–in Fujairah Presentations
  • Fatigue Design 2019 (in Senlis)–Organized by CETIM–Forensic EngineeringInvestigation of Fatigue Failures in Machinery
  • Trainer at Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd on “Introduction to Forensic Engineering” in May2016
  • Aerospace Technology Seminar 2015–Organized by the Air Engineering and LogisticsDepartment (AELD), Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)


Matcor Technology & ServicesPte Ltd (2008-Present):
Senior Consultant

Academic / Certification :

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Engineering) Degree, 2008–Nanyang Technological University
  • API-570 Piping Inspector, 2014