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April 2023

What are the benefits of using a laboratory to systematically and methodically examine recovered evidence of an incident to answer important questions in the course of an incident investigation, forensic investigation, root cause analysis and failure analysis? Join BakerRisk Materials Engineering Lab Supervisor/Senior Engineer Dr. Sean Berg, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI as he discusses these and many more considerations for incident investigations in his Webinar, “What to know about Laboratory Analytical and Testing Methods – Expert Insights and Other Considerations for Forensic Investigations and Failure Analysis”.

About BakerRisk’s Webinar, “What to know about Laboratory Analytical and Testing Methods”

This webinar will highlight how laboratory examination and analytical techniques can answer important questions during forensic investigations, failure analysis, and root cause analysis efforts.  Using the BakerRisk Materials Lab as an example, this webinar will provide an overview of protocols, equipment, and different investigative techniques.

Dr. Berg will demonstrate the significance of laboratory examination in the investigation of incidents at industrial facilities, including rotating and fixed equipment, several cases studies will be presented.  This webinar will address incidents including fixed and rotating equipment, pressure vessels, piping, and tanks.

Key highlights covered in this webinar:

  • Orientation of laboratory equipment, procedures, and general protocols
  • Application of the scientific method to investigations, failure analysis and root cause analysis
  • Case studies highlighting how a lab can be utilized in forensic investigations and engineering applications

Dr. Sean Berg analyzing material in the BakerRisk Materials Laboratory

About the presenter, Dr. Sean Berg

Dr. Berg works in our San Antonio office as part of the Investigation and Materials Group. He has a background in both mechanical engineering and metallurgical and materials engineering, and is a registered professional engineer practicing in both disciplines. Additionally, Dr. Berg is:

  • Involved in ASME, ASM, and NACE,
  • A Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator,
  • A Licensed Professional Engineer in TX, LA, and OK, and
  • BakerRisk’s Materials Laboratory Supervisor

Dr. Sean Berg at the BakerRisk Materials Laboratory.

About the BakerRisk Materials Lab:

BakerRisk provides a wide range of services in materials engineering, mechanical integrity assessments, and material failure analysis and prevention for equipment and structures. These services are carried out in our well-equipped materials laboratory using optical and scanning electron microscopes, hardness testers, and fracture analysis and inspection equipment. Contact us today to get started with lab services or to speak with our Materials Engineering team to learn more.

Dr. Sean Berg demonstrating use of laboratory equipment in the BakerRisk Materials Laboratory.