Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) - Austin Chapter

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JANUARY Professional Meeting Details:

We are pleased to announce the details for our next Professional Meeting.  See below for meeting details and to register for the meeting.  Lunch will be provided, and as always the event promises to be educational and interactive. Seating is limited, so please RSVP below as soon as possible.

Topic:        An Introduction to Forensic Engineering

Presenter:    Juan Carlos Araiza, PhD, PE; DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Director of 

                                                Property Loss Consulting Service in the Southwest Region

Location:    Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin’s J. J. Pickle Research Center (Bldg. FS1 on Pickle Research Campus).  A map of the Pickle Research Campus can be found at

Date:        Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Time:        11:30am to 1:00pm    

Presentation Summary:  This presentation covers all aspects of the forensic engineering investigative process, from the planning stage, the development of a failure hypothesis, and the preparation of a concise report, to the engineer's role as an expert witness.  Some case studies will also be presented.


Juan Carlos Araiza

Dr. Araiza holds a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain (Barcelona Tech). His research and consulting work has encompassed the use of dynamic testing for the assessment of a wide variety of buildings and structures in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. He is an active member of the ASCE Forensic Engineering Division and the ACI Committee 444 on Structural Health Monitoring. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas, Florida, California, and also in Mexico.

Dr. Araiza has over twenty years of design, construction, and research experience related to the evaluation of existing structures, structural health monitoring, and forensic engineering. He also has extensive experience with structural dynamics and advanced finite element modeling applied to failure analysis.


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