With the explosion of welding and metallurgical websites on the internet, why should anyone use a forensic welding engineer/expert? It is so easy to go online and find welding engineering data, equipment specifications, electrode parameters, welder blogs and perhaps even examples of weld failure assessments by others in many countries from years ago? Who would want to present these findings in court?
The internet is a great tool for legal research, especially if all you need to do is find a quick answer to a non-consequential welding question or a single failure incident that was classified as “failed weld”, or a list of questions to ask when cross-examining the opposition’s expert witness. However, seasoned attorneys prefer inputs from a proven welding engineer when organizing a complex court case that spanned multiple years and without precedence in any court.