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After the success of the first event of our new series Meet the Experts, we are pleased to announce our second event in the field of Fire Investigation. This event will be presented by Engineer Louis F. Bilancia, an electrical engineer specialised in fire origin and cause evaluations, who has performed nearly 600 fire and electrical investigations. 

Fire Investigation is the analysis of fire-related incidents aimed at determining the origin and cause of a fire by conducting an extensive on-site investigation. Investigating a fire scene presents complex and difficult circumstances, especially because of the extensive destruction that frequently dominates the scene. Thanks to the development and progress in technology, chemistry and instrumental analysis, fire investigators can detect and identify relevant chemical materials, reconstruct, and identify igniters, and establish motive, modus operandi, and suspects. 

Louis F. Bilancia

Mr. Bilancia has 18 years of experience in forensic engineering, failure analysis, and expert witness. He specializes in fire origin and cause evaluations, including those where electrical activity may have been involved. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University for four terms, as well as an instructor for several classes to the International Association of Arson Investigators (lAAI) community in electrical evidence collection and the scientific method.  

Areas of Specialisation 

  • Electrical equipment and instrumentation 
  • Electrical injury/electrocution 
  • Fire debris examination, documentation, testing, and analysis
  • Fire origin and cause 
  • Product failures involving electrical, electronic, and biomedical appliances and equipment 

Join us on 10 November at 16:30 for the second event of our Meet the Experts series! 

Eng. Louis F. Bilancia 

About the series
Meet the Experts is a series of events organised by the European Forensic Institute to bring together professionals and students in the field of forensic science. In this series, we aim to introduce interested parties to the many aspects of Forensic Sciences including Digital Forensics, Forensic Engineering, Intelligence, Fraud, Counterfeiting, Crime Scene Investigation and more. Our guests will be speaking about various topics related to their field covering their everyday work, industry best practices, forensic innovation, cutting-edge technology and more. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated on upcoming events! 

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