Classroom Training


Failure Analysis and Forensic 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


27th – 28th October 2021 (Wednesday & Thursday)


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.

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 andGas, Marine, Building and Construction, Manufacturing and Aerospace. It is especiallybeneficial for participants who are new to these concepts, non-metallurgist or non-engineering related professionals who wants to better understand the application of forensicengineering for cases such as litigation and insurance purposes.

About the Trainers

This course will be carried out by Ms. Samira ABDESSLAM, a Structural Analysis expert and a French representative in the European Crane Design Standards Committee.

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 Expertises

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 Education / Certification :

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


Mechanical Engineer - Materials & Construction. Specialized in mechanical power transmission components. A Specialist in Failure Analysis, Consulting and Technical Assistance in industries including Aerospace, Energy, Transportation, Shipbuilding and Public Works. Member of French delegation for ISO TC60 (Technical Committee) "Gears". An expert in capacity calculation of gears, terminologies, notation, strength and quality of materials for gears.

Areas of Expertises

  • Global assessment on fixed and turning parts of mechanical systems
  • Failure analysis on power transmission components
  • Expert witness for litigation and insurance claims
  • Design and dimensioning assistance
  • Training on failure analysis
  • Standardization works.

Recent Projects

  • CGG : From failure analysis to power transmission design (gearboxes of a scientific research vessel)
  • SAFRAN : Global assessment on AGB (Accessory Gear-Box), TGB (Transfer Gear-Box)and RDS (Radial Shaft)
  • EDF-EN : Failure analysis on blade bearings and gearbox of wind turbine
  • NEXTER: Power transmission failure analysis and tests of an armoured vehicle
  • DEGREMONT: Assessment and rehabilitation of a pumping station



  • 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


Engineer-Mechanics of Structures (UPT 1986)
Engineer-Materials (ISMCM 1992)