Forensic engineering by Kenneth L Carper

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Following are some observations regarding techniques, procedures, and tools used in typical fire investigations. One would assign a police officer to traffic duty before sending him or her on a homicide investigation. One would expect to serve as a junior member of a homicide investigation team for an extended period of time before developing the expertise to assume leadership responsibility for an assignment of significant magnitude. This caveat is no less true for the field of fire investigation.

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During the data collection and testing phase of an investigation, the forensic engineer may cooperate with other investigators representing diverse interests. Such cooperative ventures are extremely effective in reducing the cost and time associated with an investigation [Sowers 1986]. Interpersonal skills are essential to maintaining positive working relationships under such conditions. 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Litigation surrounding failures and accidents has reached an unprecedented level of activity in the past few decades.

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