Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 – 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 – 4:00 pm

Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering

   Causes and consequences of structural failures

   Importance of good design

   Impact 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 the Forensic Engineering Report

   Identifying the report’s purpose and its audience

   Examining content

   Organizing the report

   Evaluating sample reports

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures

   Lessons learned from historic failures

   Design errors

   Defective construction

   Material deficiencies

   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


     6.0 HSW Contact Hours
     6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

International Code Council
     6.0 Contact Hours

     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in New Mexico.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsorfor architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor forarchitects and landscape architects in New York. HalfMoon Education isan approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The International Code Council has approved this event for 6.0 contact hours (.7 CEUs) in the specialty area of Building.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board.

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.


Casey K. Hemmatyar

President, Pacific Structural & Forensic Engineers Global (PSFEG)
As a forensic, structural and civil engineer and expert consultant with over three decades of experience, Mr. Hemmatyar has provided extensive services for defendants and plaintiff attorneys on construction litigation matters in single and class-action lawsuits at both the state and federal levels. His understanding of core legal concepts has enabled him to effectively assist his attorney clients. Mr. Hemmatyar brings diversified experience in structural and civil engineering design and in forensic engineering, investigation and evaluation. He also conducts research and has assisted in development of building codes and standards, and has supervised construction of domestic and international projects. Mr. Hemmatyar’ s experience includes specialized structures and new buildings as well as modifications, alterations, seismic/hurricane retrofits and upgrades to existing structures. He has provided failure analysis, expert consultation, structural forensic investigation and damage assessment services for many litigation and insurance-related matters. Mr. Hemmatyar actively presents continuing education lectures to audiences of engineers, architects and contractors on topics of structural and forensic engineering throughout the United States. He has been the principal structural engineer on projects for clients such as NASA and several other high-profile agencies. Currently, Mr. Hemmatyar directs PSFEG, and has served as director for SEAOSC in 2011-2013. He has been interviewed by public media including H2 History Channel (episode: “Collapse of Ancient Structures”) and Reuters (Mexico City school collapse).