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24
May
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The operation for Kiln 3 at a cement plant was stopped at 11.25pm due to red spot (brick failure). Investigation indicates that the air channel pipe was "missing", which resulted in a distorted flame shape. This is because the primary function of the air channel pipe is said to shape the flame and swirl the air whilst introducing the coal dust, to enable efficient combustion.

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17
May
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Water Damage Assessment

posted on May 17, 2017 / IN Forensic Investigation / 0 Comments

Water, as simple as it sounds, can cause hundreds to thousands worth of damage. Various items can be damaged by water such as wood furniture, carpets, electronics and appliances in commercial buildings or residential households. Water damage can originate from different sources such as broken or leaking pipes, clogged pipes, water pump failure, natural disasters such as flood and rain. Insurance policy normally would cover the cost associated with water damage. Hence, water damage assessment is important to verify the water-affected items as well as to determine the severity of the damage.

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03
May
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Crane Failure Investigation

posted on May 3, 2017 / IN Failure Analysis / 0 Comments

At approximately 0840 hours on Thursday, 1 August 2013, it was reported that hoist crane No '2' had fallen after hoisting a set of screws. Further inspection conducted on the hoist crane revealed that one of the planetary wheel gears inside the gearbox had fractured. No casualty was reported at that time as the mill was not in production.

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27
Apr
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Seeing is Believing – Infrared Thermography

posted on April 27, 2017 / IN Forensic Investigation / 0 Comments

Approved’s comprehensive reports pinpoints the exact cause of problems that threaten the integrity of a company’s electrical and mechanical systems and the identification of damage to water systems. Our thermographers are trained, certified and experienced in thermal infrared scanning.

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07
Apr
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Collision Damage Classification

posted on April 7, 2017 / IN Failure Analysis / 0 Comments

Collision Damage Classification (CDC, per SAE MAR80 J224) is an excellent tool to provide a clear and concise description to the principal direction of force (PDoF) onto a motor vehicle during a vehicular accident investigation and reconstruction. The standard was developed by the federal United States government to simplify the description of damage, where the direction of PDoF at point of impact (POI), vehicle deformation location, general type of collision, and damage scale are entailed and coded by numbers and letters.

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13
Jan

AGI’s forensic team detects forged signatures

posted on January 13, 2017 / IN Failure Analysis / 0 Comments

To forge a signature successfully, it is necessary to reproduce the appearance of the signature and to do so with a smooth, continuous motion. To accomplish both of these tasks is nearly impossible. Consider the two most common methods of forging a signature: First is to look closely at it and attempt to re-create it carefully, moving slowly to follow the lines as closely as possible. This method is called drawing because, in effect, that is what the forger is doing.

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28
Dec

Vehicle Collision Investigation

posted on December 28, 2016 / IN Forensic Investigation / 0 Comments

A black Continental car (hereafter known as the car) was reported to have sustained impact damage whilst travelling along Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The car was travelling along the middle lane when a lorry allegedly suddenly stopped in front of it. The driver immediately stopped the car, but another lorry, driving behind the car was unable to stop in time and subsequently shunted the car to collide with the lorry at the front. The airbags of the car did not deploy during the accident.

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