Dr Andrew Prickett & Mrs Nicola Fallowfield-Smith Give Guest Lectures at UCL

Once again Hawkins has been working with the Engineering Department at University College London (UCL) to deliver a week long module on Forensic Engineering to their second year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students. 

In conjunction with Senior Lecturers, Hawkins’ Technical Director, Dr Andrew Prickett, and his colleague Nicola Fallowfield-Smith (both of Hawkins’ Reigate Office), developed a scenario describing a mechanical system that failed and resulted in a fatal incident. Students were provided with a volume of papers, akin to a legal bundle, including witness statements, photographs, a ‘fabricated’ condition survey from the Health and Safety Executive, British Standards, Building Regulations and manufacturers’ literature. On the first day of guest lectures, the students were instructed to vote, based on the facts presented, for whether the mechanical failure had been due to the design, operation, or maintenance of the item.

The object of the students’ week-long project was to understand: how the item functioned, its design intent, and how it failed. Students were asked to pay particular attention to the sequence of failure. An essential part of the task involved analysing patterns of damage in order to determine whether the damage was symptomatic of the cause, or simply a result of it. The Students had to give their findings as an oral presentation, in which they were asked to provide an engineering opinion as to whether or not the original design complied with the appropriate Standards. They were also tasked with suggesting improvements that would help to make the incident less likely to occur again. In this regard, the most accomplished Students not only correctly identified the sequence of failure, but also made appropriate and proportionate improvements to the item’s design and working practices. There were also numerous innovative and imaginative re-designs of the whole system, as the Students were able to flex their engineering creativity.

Dr Prickett & Mrs Fallowfield-Smith look forward to working with UCL again in 2019. 

Latest News

COVID-19 Business Plan Update #2

25th Mar 2020

Following the UK Government’s “Stay at Home” advice issued on Monday 23 March 2020, Hawkins has moved to Stage 4 of our Business Continuity Plan. We have closed our UK offices and all investigators and support functions are home working.The Financial ...

Read More

Hawkins & Associates - COVID-19 Business As Usual

19th Mar 2020

In the light of the developing COVID-19 Pandemic, Hawkins has implemented its detailed Business Continuity Plan, which is under constant review as the situation changes from day to day.We are following UK Government advice. All front-line investigators ...

Read More

Jon & Lesley Celebrate 20 Years with Hawkins

18th Mar 2020

Hawkins would like to congratulate both Jon Boyle and Lesley Jackson on celebrating important work anniversaries of twenty years each with our company.Jon and Lesley both joined Hawkins in 2000, and both have done excellent work in their fields. ...

Read More

Investigating the Hazards of Marine Cargo

24th Feb 2020

On 23 and 28 January and 4 February 2020 Dr Sophie Parsons, of Hawkins’ London Office, gave presentations on the Hazards of Investigating Marine Claims. She was joined on the final date by Mr Paul Willis, of Hawkins’ Bristol Office, who gave an accompanying ...

Read More

Bristol Office Runs Second Sucessful CILA Escapes of Water CPD Event

21st Feb 2020

After running an event at Hawkins’ Reigate Office earlier in the month, Claire Luckhurst of CILA (pictured next to Dr Patrick Barbour in the title photograph) helped to organise a second CPD event at our Bristol Office for more CILA memebers looking ...

Read More

Contact Us

Submitting this contact form will enter your details into our contacts database and we will reply to your request as soon as possible. We will also retain your details so we may contact you from time to time. You can ask us to remove your details at any time. For details, see our Privacy Notice.