Exponent, for whom I wrote two books, was in the news today with two of their engineers interviewed by Scientific American. Engineers Suzanne Smyth and Russell Ogle discuss their pursuit of the causes and origins of such fires and explosions in an attempt to prevent future disasters.
Cause and effect are so often traceable as a function of time:
Oftentimes we’re looking for fragments of certain pieces of equipment to put them back together like a puzzle: you might be able to look at those pieces and understand why they fragmented the way they did. Time lines are really important to our work.
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Smyth and Russ are a managing engineer and practice director, respectively, at Exponent, an American multidisciplinary engineering and scientific consulting company.