College of investigative and remedial consulting engineers of australia



The College of Investigative and Remedial Consulting Engineers of Australia, CIRCEA, was founded in 1986 by a group of specialist members of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA).

The founding members had long felt the need to have a body which could be a cross-referral centre in investigative and forensic matters in all disciplines of engineering.

It is also intended that CIRCEA should act as a clearing-house for public inquiries, and that it should play a role in providing feedback to Institutions of higher learning, and the like, of experience gained in analysing engineering failures.

CIRCEA became an Incorporated Association under the NSW Associations Act in January 1990.

CIRCEA Members

CIRCEA members are senior engineering practitioners, having considerable experience in their respective fields of expertise. As professional engineers, members will liaise with their clients to establish the scope of services required and thereafter provide the services contracted to the completion of the project or matter as applicable.

Members are experienced in forensic engineering and risk management. Investigative and Remedial consultancy services provided by CIRCEA members cover all facets of engineering from foundation failures to electronic disturbances related to electromagnetic interference and compatibility within today's technological environment.

If you are in any doubt concerning the ability of CIRCEA to deal with your project or matter, please phone the College Secretariat and ask - Sydney +61 (02) 9488 8842

CIRCEA Membership

To be a Full Member of CIRCEA an engineer needs to have at least 20 years of experience, a Fellow of CIRCEA needs to have at least 30 years of experience.

Membership of CIRCEA is also available to:

  • Allied professionals [lawyers, insurers, building consultants, etc.] as an affiliate.
  • Less experienced engineers as Graduate and Associate Members.

The consultancy services provided by members cover all facets of engineering from foundation & excavation failures to environmental issues & electromagnetic interference.

The College's Activities Include

CIRCEA represents the interests of a specialist chartered consulting engineer practicing in the fields of investigative, remedial & forensic engineering;  these activities include.

  • Correspondence with institutions and associations with whom contact is made in the course of investigative and forensic practice.
  • Advice on appropriate commercial Terms of Engagement’ for its members.
  • Listing of the fields of expertise of its members on the CIRCEA website.
  • Regular educational seminars for the benefit of engineers and allied professionals.
  • Dissemination of technical material  publications relevant members.
  • Maintenance of a Web Site for member interaction & client contact.
  • Maintenance a register of experts in forensic engineering and related fields for cross referral to members / other persons.
  • A library facility at the Pymble Secretariat which contains many ‘superseded’ standards and other references that are relevant to engineering practice in former time periods.
  • Networking opportunities & peer review of a members work.

The Aims and Objectives of CIRCEA

The objectives of CIRCEA can be summarised as:

  • To advance the level of forensic & forensic engineering expertise in Australia.
  • To maintain and advance the competence of members of the College.
  • To promote the education of engineers in the investigative, remedial and forensic fields.
  • To cooperate with the applicable national and international bodies and engineers who offer professional services to the public.
  • To promote research, development and improved practice in forensic engineering.