Structural Forensic Engineering
Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 4:45 pm
Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering
Causes and consequences of structural failures
Importance of good designImpact of codes and standards
Legal and economic impacts of failures
Results and consequences of forensic engineering
Understanding the Forensic Engineering Process
Documenting the failure
Conducting investigation and research
Test protocols and tests
Determining causation and responsibility
Learning from failure
Preparing and Reviewing Forensic Engineering Reports
Identifying the report’s purpose and its audience
Organizing the report
Evaluating sample reports
Understanding Causes of Structural Failures
Deterioration and degradation
Forensic Examination of Structures
Investigation of steel structures
Investigation of wood structures
Investigation of concrete structures
Investigation of masonry and building facades
Load testing and instrumentation of existing structures
How Forensic Engineering Information is Used in Litigation
Examining the nature of post-failure conflicts and disputes
Understanding the use of forensic engineering information in arbitration, litigation and mediation
Presenting forensic engineering information as an expert witness
• Expert witness qualifications
• Offering testimony as an expert witness
8.0 HSW Contact Hours
6.75 AIA HSW LUs
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public. It offers 8.0 HSW contact hours to architects (50 minute hour) and 8.0 PDHs to professional engineers (50 minute hour) in Wisconsin. Course providers and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Wisconsin.
The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.75 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). The AIA calculates LUs based on 60 minute hours.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Continuing education hours in these and most states are calculated using 60 minute hours. Refer to specific state rules.
This program is offered to Wisconsin construction contractors as a voluntary continuing education opportunity. It has not been approved by any contractor licensing entity with a continuing education requirement.
Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. 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.
Vincent F. Fratinardo P.E. S.E. RRC
Vincent F. Fratinardo P.E. S.E. RRC
Mr. Fratinardo is a civil/structural engineer and roof consultant. His over 20 years of experience includes civil and structural engineering analysis, design, construction administration, field investigation, and project management, and 13 years of experience specific to forensic engineering and the investigation and analysis of building damage and failures. Mr. Fratinardo has designed numerous new buildings, building additions, building renovations, and mechanical platforms and supports. He has designed and analyzed roof, wall and floor framing systems utilizing steel, concrete, masonry, and wood construction. Mr. Fratinardo has vast expertise in commercial, industrial, agricultural, municipal, educational and residential building damage investigations, including on-site investigations after 25 different tornado events, and Hurricanes Irene, Sandy, Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence. He has legal experience in depositions, arbitration hearings and trials. He has prepared and performed numerous continuing education presentations, including on an array of topics in forensic engineering, structural engineering and building codes for HalfMoon Education Inc., in multiple states since 2014. Mr. Fratinardo graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering, and he also holds a master of engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois.