What do collapsed buildings, infected hospital patients, and crashed airplanes have in common? If you know the causes of these events and conditions, they can all be prevented.
TU Delft forensic engineers have developed a MOOC in which participants can learn how to use the TU Delft mind-set to investigate the causes of such events so they can prevented in the future. The free online course “Forensic Engineering – Learning from Failures” starts on 17th October on www.edX.org.

Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures - Tree House of Failures

Participating in the course leads to an understanding of failures, and the investigation processes used to find their causes. Participants will also be able to apply lessons gained from investigating previous failures into new designs and procedures. The course uses case studies from Building Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Biomechanical Engineering. All of these provide great examples that illustrate the approaches and highlight technical and procedural causes of failure.

Target audience

This course is most useful for:
•    Students who want to familiarize themselves with forensic engineering
•    Building, aeronautical, biomechanical designers and engineers
•    Forensic investigators, police, legal and insurance professionals
•    Professionals from municipalities, government agencies or clients who are asked to perform internal forensic investigations


This course has been designed by TU Delft's international experts on safety issues, failure investigations and forensics. Arjo Loeve, Michiel Schuurman and Karel Terwel are members of the TU Delft Forensics community, TU Delft Safety & Security Institute and the CLHC Expertise Center for Forensic Science and Medicine.

More information

For more information and enrolment:
Stay updated about this MOOC and other activities within the TU Delft forensic engineering community by following @DelftForensics on Twitter.
Science Information Officer TU Delft Roy Meijer, +31 15 2781751, r.e.t.meijer@tudelft.nl