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

   Examining content

   Organizing the report

   Evaluating sample reports

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures

   Material deficiencies

   Design errors

   Construction errors

   Excessive loadings

   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

Professional Engineers
     8.0 PDHs

Construction Contractors
     Non-Mandatory CE

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.