Forensics Engineering Conference Feb 9 - 10, 2023 attend in person or online

Feb. 9, 2023 8 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. CT

Feb. 10, 2023 8 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. CT

UT Austin — Pickle Research Campus

David Fowler, Ph.D., Lead Faculty

$650 In Person

$550 Online

Faculty, Student and Group Discounts

1.5 CEUs and Digital Badge Credential

The 2023 Forensics Engineering Conference at UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering brings together the best of academia and industry for an exciting exchange on forensics engineering. Conference topics include real-world case studies and lessons from significant structural forensic failures, presented by engineering experts.

For the first time since 2020, the conference is offered in person at UT Austin’s J.J. Pickle Research Center, providing significant networking opportunity. There is also an online Zoom option for those unable to attend in person. 

Ferguson Structural Engineering Lab Tour Included with Conference

A special tour is planned for live attendees at UT’s Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory at the Pickle Research Center. The laboratory is a structural test facility with a wide range of loading equipment, enabling large-scale studies of structural behavior. Ferguson Laboratory is one of the largest structural research facilities in the world.

Thurs. and Fri.
Feb. 9 - Feb. 10, 2023
8 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. CT In Person $650
Thurs. and Fri.
Feb. 9 - Feb. 10, 2023
8 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. CT Online $550

Special discount rates for faculty, students, retirees, government, military, non-profits and groups over four. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Conference Sessions

  • Surfside, Anatomy of a Complex Forensic Investigation
  • Methods for Field Assessment of Biogenic Acid Attack in Concrete Structures
  • Understanding Pre-engineered Metal Buildings through Forensic Investigation
  • Load Testing: By Design or Default
  • Assessments on the Peninsula: Reporting on Florida Hurricanes
  • Engineering for Soil-Structure Interaction: How Forensic Investigations Improve the Practice of Engineering
  • Millennium Tower— What Happened?
  • Beyond the Building Code, a Forensic Approach to Construction Defect Evaluation
  • Failures During Demolition
  • Fracture Critical Bridges – Fact or Fiction?
  • Texas City: Worst Industrial Accident in our History
  • Ethical Lessons Learned from the FIU Bridge Collapse
  • Wind vs. Cranes and Loads: How Do You Prepare?
  • Mechanics of Metal Plate-Connected Wood Truss Failures
  • Nondestructive Diagnosis and Imaging of Damage, Flaws and Repairs in Concrete Bridges and Buildings


View list of speakers and abstracts.


View the full agenda here.

Participant Profile

  • Design Structural Engineers
  • Forensics Engineers
  • Engineers in materials laboratories
  • Architects interested in technical issues
  • Foundation Engineers
  • Engineers in public service
  • Engineers-in-Training
  • Engineers involved in building envelopes
  • Civil Engineering faculty and students

CEUS/Certificate/Digital Badge

Attendees will earn a digital badge and 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), including one hour of ethics. Attendees must attend the entire conference, either live or online, to earn CEUs and the digital badge.

CEUs are applicable towards the continuing education requirements for PE license renewal in Texas. These hours may also be applicable towards license renewal requirements in other states.

More information on continuing education requirements for PE license renewal:


"Very well-prepared presentations. Interesting historical information highlighted the difference in project development using early engineering concepts compared to technology available today." 

"Dr. Karl Frank was one of the best presentations of the entire conference. Real-world examples we can learn from! Case study presentations like this are the best."

"Great case studies to show use of FRP is more general than just confining columns that need strengthening! The information is useful and educational! These presentations are good exposure to unknown areas of Forensics." 

"Dr. Fowler continues to provide the best continuing education offered." 

"This conference has always been informative. I would recommend it to all levels of engineers and architects because it calls attention to many issues often overlooked which can end up being significant to project success." 

"Knowledgeable presenters speaking about real-word issues in a manner that I can relate to." 

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