Omnia Forensis Ingenariae 
"All Things Forensic Engineering"
News and Views for the Forensic Engineer
and Their Legal/Insurance Clients
Richard A. Rice, PE - Editor
Edition XXIX - December 2018
Editor's Thoughts
When Licensed Professional Engineers are Not Used,...
People Die!!!
Utilities, and industry in general, seek "industrial exemptions" so they do not have to use higher paid licensed engineers to design and review construction or design drawings. It saves money. In Massachusetts, an unlicensed engineer reviewed gas line construction drawings. He missed a critical sensor. Someone died, and many lost their homes. A push is underway to remove the "industry
exemption." We will see.
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Richard A. Rice, PE
In the News...
A Primer on Expert Witnesses in US and Canada
A great article for new attorneys and experts on what is required of expert witnesses in the US and Canada. Click Here.

Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge Update
Based on the available evidence I could glean from outside sources, I suspected that the materials used were not the cause of this bridge failure. Click Here.

NTSB Recommendations After Gas Explosion
After a gas explosion that killed one and destroyed dozens of homes in Massachusetts, the NTSB is recommending that...
"that all utilities — not just Columbia Gas — have a professional engineer review utility work plans in the future."
A step in the right direction. Click Here

Change Your Story? Here Comes Another Expert Report
A simple icy road rear end collision case generated $26,000 in expert witness fees that had to be paid by the defendant. Every time the defendant would change their story about their distance from the other car, another expert report had to be produced. The expert should send the defendant a Christmas Card ;-) Click Here.

Drones Not Covered by Insurance...It's an Airplane!!!
It is well established that most insurance policies do not cover injuries or damage from an aircraft. Insurance companies are interpreting this to include incidents with drones. Click Here.

Workers on Farms Not Protected by OSHA
A glaring omission in laws that protect workers. Click Here .

Preparing Your "Skilled" Expert Witness
A great article for attorneys on how to prepare medical, accounting, engineering, or other "skilled" expert witnesses. Click Here .
Expert Referrals
I have the privilege to work with many great forensic experts in the United States, Asia and Europe in the fields of Accident Reconstruction, Electrical Failures, Mechanical Failures just to name a few disciplines. Please allow me to refer to you one of these court tested experts for your next insurance claim or legal matter. There is no charge to you. I do not get a finders fee from anyone. This is my way of helping you. Plus, I can help my Forensic Engineering colleagues. Please email me or call 404.395.7441.  

Note:  No warranties, expressed or implied, are made to the suitability of any expert referred to you. Do your homework to make sure you have the right expert.
...about the Editor
Richard A. Rice, PE is President and Forensic Engineer for Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI. Because of 30+ years of continuous civil/structural design services, and his early and continued exposure to his friends and families many construction businesses, Mr. Rice is uniquely qualified to provide Civil/Structural Forensic Engineering services to the insurance, legal, and construction industries. Services include building design and construction, roadway design and construction, building inspection and code compliance, building/foundation collapse, construction site incidents, and other property loss subjects. Mr. Rice is a licensed professional engineer in several states, and a Fellow and Board Certified Diplomate of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). Mr. Rice has written a novel and numerous technical articles published in professional journals for NAFE, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), and the Georgia Defense Lawyer Association (GDLA). Please call/email Mr. Rice or visit his company's webpage:

Richard A. Rice, PE - Civil/Structural Engineer
Mutual Engineering, Inc. - MEI
13009 Panhandle Road
Hampton, GA 30228
(Phone): 404.395.7441


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