"It shouldn't happen to an expert"
  • Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Avoiding engineering failures is very important to civil and structural engineers. When a failure does occur, however, an investigation by an independent expert engineer is likely to be required. 

Nick Russell will present from his experience of over 25 years as an expert witness on helping courts to identify the cause of failures in many types of engineering projects.

Nick is a Director at Thomasons Ltd, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IStructE, ICE, and ASCE. His 37 years' experience of structural and civil engineering spans many sectors, including commercial, retail, industrial, education, residential and major losses. Nick has extensive industry interests. He is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey and Chair of the Joint Board of Moderators.

In 2014 he was International President of the Institution of Structural Engineers and has been involved with its qualifying examinations for over 31 years. He served for ten years on the institution's Professional Conduct Committee. He was voted the Lawyer Monthly 2016 Civil and Structural Engineer Expert of the Year.

During his talk, Nick will describe how he was inspired to be an engineer, his journey through secondary and tertiary education and his formative training in Industry. He will look at some of the more interesting failures that he has investigated and then the importance of impartiality in investigating claims. He will conclude with a few words on professional indemnity insurance and avoiding being the subject of a claim.

Contact Natalie Wills for further information about this talk (email: natalie.wills@ice.org.uk).

Disclaimer: Please note that ICE is not responsible for any views expressed by the presenters or participants.

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