Cause and Origin
caused the event and where did it start?
This is the most often asked
question in a fire or sinking. The evidence has been burned
or lost and its up to the investigating surveyor to
determine what caused the loss. This is a special skill that
is learned in the classroom and in the field. An engineering
background is essential to understanding the physics and
mechanics of events.
The investigating surveyor
must be able to evaluate the scene, determine the origin and
look for the cause. In fire cases, fraud and arson are
always possibilities. The investigator must be able to
determine if the authorities should be brought into the
case. Is the suspected cause the probable cause?