Designing and building structures that perform well over the long term is a goal shared by all construction professionals. When construction projects do not turn out as intended - when things fail, break, crack, or leak - how do we figure out what went wrong, who bears responsibility, and how to fix it? This presentation will illustrate the discipline of forensic engineering, and through case studies, illuminate the process that engineers use to piece together the project history, and ultimately, to resolve the problem.
Taryn Williams has over fifteen years of experience in building technology and structural engineering. Clients and colleagues value Taryn's grasp of both disciplines, as well as her diverse project experience, which includes building envelope investigations, construction claim investigations, condition assessments and repair designs for historic structures, seismic evaluations of existing buildings, and probable earthquake loss evaluations. Taryn's collaborative approach to project management results in clear communication and productive meetings with clients, colleagues, and team members. Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for engineering principles make her a natural teacher, and she enjoys writing and speaking engagements aimed at educating clients, colleagues, industry professionals and the public. Taryn is the President of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and a Board member for the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI).