Forensic Engineer - Investigation of Fire & Explosives #ID7975

ID7975 is a highly experienced Professional Engineer specialising in the area of fire and explosion investigations. He has investigated more than 1,000 domestic, commercial, industrial, vehicle and boat fires and explosions throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

During this period, he has been involved in the investigations of both accidental and deliberate fires. Accidental fires have included those caused by electrical wiring faults, electrical appliance malfunctions, heater and flue defects, negligent work practices and self heating and ignition of incompatible chemical products. Deliberate fires include accelerated fires and fires spread with available combustible materials.

He has helped determine the cause of deliberate fires designed to appear accidental in nature and has also conducted full scale fire simulations as part of the investigative work to determine fire cause and spread mechanisms in both deliberate and accidental fire investigations.

Explosion investigations performed by ID7975 have included flammable liquid vapour explosions, flammable gas explosions, dust explosions, steam and chemical explosions.

He has investigated numerous LPG fuelled car fires and is familiar with the registration requirements of the Automotive Alternate Fuels Registration Board (AAFRB).

Career Highlights

  • Senior executive position

    1995 - present
    A forensic consultancy

  • Senior executive position

    1992 - present
    A forensic consultancy

  • Manager / Consultant

    1991 - 1992
    A forensic consultancy

  • Senior Engineer

    1988 - 1991
    Ford Motor Company

  • Metallurgist

    1987 - 1988
    Aeronautical Research Laboratories

Education Highlights

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering)
  • Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Corporate Member - Institute of Engineers Australia
  • Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (RMIT)

Employment Highlights

ID7975 has been accepted as an expert and given opinion evidence in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts in Victoria, VCAT, the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the District Court in New South Wales and at Coronial Inquests in Victoria and New South Wales.

Whilst the majority of his practice is insurance related, in the criminal area, he has given expert evidence on behalf of the Crown.

ID7975 has also acted for various Government and Semi-Government Authorities including Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victorian Police, Office of Corrections, Parks Victoria, Worksafe Victoria, Customs and Border Protection, Australian Defence Industries, and various utility companies including Country Energy, NT Power and Water and ATCO Gas.

Membership Highlights

  • Forensic Engineering Association of Australia
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Forensic Science Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Institute of Materials Engineering Australasia
  • Society of Automotive Engineering
  • Australasian and South Pacific Association of Collision Investigators

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