June 6, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the 2019 Forensic Forum! The event provides an opportunity for structural engineers to share best practices, lessons learned, and new techniques related to the investigation of failures or other performance problems. Failures are not all catastrophic, such as when a building or bridge collapses, but include facilities or parts of facilities that do not perform as intended by the owner, design professional or contractor. Forensic design and construction topics will be presented by a diverse group of engineers from Chicagoland and beyond. The Forum is designed for all structural engineering professionals interested in forensic engineering.

Call for Abstracts

Complete the online entry formThe online entry form is hosted by Google, and a Google account is required to upload files. Use this form to submit an abstract for either 30 min or 50 min presentation at the SEAOI 2019 Forensic Forum.

Submission Criteria

  • Clarity: the thought, expression, and concept should be comprehensible.
  • Approach: including definition of the problem, hypothesis, methodology, application, results, and analysis
  • Practice of Structural Engineering: should bridge the gap between theory, challenges and solution
  • Originality: should report preliminary or novel results
  • 500-word maximum
  • Learning Objectives
  • Up to 3 photos, plans or sketches - uploaded to the online form

Deadline for Entries

Complete entries must be received by April 8, 2019.


150 North Riverside
Chicago, IL


Registration and a continental breakfast will be available at 8 am; the program begins at 8:30. Lunch will be provided. 

The Early-Bird registration fee is just $310 for members and $430 for non-members through May 6th. After that registration will be $385 and $505 respectively. This event sold out last year so please register by Friday May 31, 2019 to reserve your place. 

Attendees will earn 5.5 hours of continuing education credit.  CE certificates will be emailed to all participants following the event. Course handouts will also be emailed to participants in PDF format if available before the event.

If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Monday, June 3rd.  If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.


Participant List coming soon!