Registration:                        8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 – 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 – 4:30 pm

Distinguishing between Construction Defects and Failures

    Defining defects
   Causes of defects: problems with design, materials
      and/or construction
   Defining failures
   Causes of failures: deterioration, unintended use, “Acts of God”

Examining Common Defects and Failures

   Analyzing defects and failures for methodology and causality
   Site selection and engineering
   Building design
   Foundation design and construction
   Design and construction of floors, walls and roofing
   Exploring defects and failures in mechanical and electrical systems

Adopting Practices that Reduce Defects and Failures

   Reviewing proposed use and preparing construction documents
   Complying with building codes and standards
   Choosing materials and construction techniques
      Investigating new materials and construction techniques
   Monitoring construction
   Correcting problems before project completion
   Building commissioning, operation and maintenance

Preventing and Resolving Disputes Generated by
Defects and Failures

   Identifying parties with potential liability
   Understanding theories of liability
   Identifying defenses to liability
   Timeliness, contractual defenses, crossclaims and counterclaims
   Participating in conflict resolution procedures
   Mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Reviewing types of damages and how they are calculated
   Insurance coverage issues


Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours (CEPHs) to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Jarrod Burns

BSC Forensic Services, LLC

Mr. Burns is the founding principal of BSC Forensic Services, LLC, and he practices as a structural forensic investigator, holding professional engineer licensure in 25 states and counting. He has a unique background including education, business development, technology development, engineering design, forensic engineering, and teaching. Since 2011, BSC has grown to a nationally-recognized firm under Mr. Burns’ leadership with experts licensed throughout the United States in fields such as: structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, mold, industrial hygiene, drones, as well as fire and explosion. Mr. Burns is the author of two patents pending pertaining to forensic investigations, and he has testified in multiple trials, depositions, arbitrations, and/or mediations.
Mr. Burns’ forensic experience includes structural design, failure analysis, construction defect, premises safety/ injury (including trips and slips), water losses, wind assessments, hail assessments, flooring assessments, foundation performance evaluations (including movement attributed to plumbing leaks), building envelopes, air and water penetration (spray testing), and much more. Mr. Burns and BSC staff under his responsible charge perform inspections on commercial, residential, multi-family, industrial, and government facilities as well as automobile, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems routinely.
His experience has also included work as a structural engineer on nationwide projects, as a project manager for a civil engineering firm in Houston and Dallas, Texas, and as an adjunct instructor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Houston. Mr. Burns holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and he is a past-president of Tau Beta Pi, AR-Alpha.

CD/Manual Price: $289.00

Currently, our self-study products DO NOT qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA or CLARB credit.

HalfMoon will mail you these materials via USPS. Please allow 5 weeks from the date of purchase to receive your product. If the live seminar is in the future, please allow 5 weeks from the date of the live seminar.

The CD/Manual package includes an audio recording of a live seminar on CDs, along with a bound copy of the manual that was distributed at the seminar. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

The CDs contain embedded number codes, which you are required to document and return to HalfMoon if you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities vary widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

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