Strategies for Solving Complex Electrical Forensics Investigations

by Kurt Clemente
  White Papers & Technical Articles

Clark Nexsen Senior Electrical Engineer, Kurt Clemente, explores the complex forensics that can often substantiate the simple root cause of an accident or failure. In the peer-reviewed work, “Two Electrical Forensic Engineering Case Studies” Clemente and coauthor, Erling Hesla, use analysis from a data center failure event and a warehouse fire to provide insight and recommendations for electrical forensic engineers:

  • Inspect site and interview witnesses at the earliest opportunity.
  • New theories may emerge by developing multiple possible theories during the investigation and guiding ongoing activities to prove or disprove each theory.
  • Where available, obtain data logs and other hard factual evidence not subject to change over time (e.g. not eyewitness accounts or equipment exposed to weather).
  • Use construction documents, as-built drawings, and other documentation to identify changes and deviations. These are frequently critical to the undesired event.

Clemente and Hesla were presenters at the 2014 Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas. Their whitepaper is published in the November/December 2014 issue of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.

Click here to read “Two Electrical Forensic Engineering Case Studies” by Kurt Clemente and Erling Hesla.