Forensic Engineering by Max M. Houck

Forensic Engineering

byMax M. Houck

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Forensic Engineering, the latest edition in theAdvanced Forensic Scienceseries that grew out of recommendations from the 2009 NAS Report:Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward,serves as a graduate level text for those studying and teaching digital forensic engineering, as well as an excellent reference for a forensic scientist's library or for their use in casework.

Coverage includes investigations, transportation investigations, fire investigations, other methods and professional issues. Edited by a world-renowned leading forensic expert, this series is a long overdue solution for the forensic science community.



  • Provides basic principles of forensic science and an overview of forensic engineering
  • Contains sections on investigations, transportation investigations, fire investigations and other methods
  • Includes a section on professional issues, such as: from crime scene to court, forensic laboratory reports and health and safety
  • Incorporates effective pedagogy, key terms, review questions, discussion questions and additional reading suggestions

About The Author

Dr. Max M. Houck is an internationally-recognized forensic expert with research interests in forensic science, education, and the forensic enterprise and its industries. He has worked in all aspects of forensic science, including at the FBI Laboratory. Dr. Houck has published widely in books and peer-reviewed journals. His anthropology...
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Title:Forensic EngineeringFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 28, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0128027185

ISBN - 13:9780128027189

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Table of Contents

Section 1. Introduction Principles of Forensic Sciences Forensic Classification of Evidence Interpretation/The Comparative Method Forensic Engineering/Accident Reconstruction/Biomechanics of Injury/Philosophy, Basic Theory, and Fundamentals Review questions Discussion questions Additional readings

Section 2. Investigations Collection and Chain of Evidence Accident Investigation - Determination of Cause Human Factors Investigation and Analysis of Accidents and Incidents Major Incident Scene Management Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction Review questions Discussion questions Additional readings

Section 3. Transportation Investigations Railroad Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Aircraft Flight Data Recorders Airbag Related Injuries and Deaths Electronic Data Recorders (EDR s, black boxes) Analog Tachograph Chart Analysis Traffic Injuries and Deaths Airplane Crashes and Other Mass Disasters Review questions Discussion questions Additional readings

Section 4. Fire Investigations Chemistry of Firs Physics/Thermodynamics Thermal Degradation Types of Fire Evidence Collection at Fire Scene Fire Scene Inspection Methodology Fire Patterns and Their Interpretation Analysis of Fire Debris Interpretation of Fire Debris Analysis Forensic Chemical Engineering Investigation and Analysis Suspicious Deaths Review questions Discussion questions Additional readings

Section 5. Other Methods Audio Enhancement and Authentication Investigation and Analysis of Electrical Accidents Investigation and Analysis of Structural Collapses Biomechanics of Human Gait - Slip and Fall Analysis Forensic Chemical Engineering Investigation and Analysis Materials Analysis and Failure Analysis Review questions Discussion questions Additional readings

Section 6. Professional Issues Crime Scene to Court Forensic Laboratory Reports Health and Safety Review questions Discussion questions Additional readings