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 – 4:30 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

Using Forensic Engineering and Architecture Information in Dispute Resolution

   Examining the nature of post-failure disputes

   Mediating, arbitrating and litigating disputes

   Presenting forensic engineering information as an expert witness

      • Expert witness qualifications

      • Offering testimony as an expert witness



     6.5 HSW CEHs
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     6.5 PDHs


     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Mississippi.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this course for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida (Provider No. 0001388; License No. PVD394) and is deemed an approved sponsor inNew York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35),North Carolina, and North Dakota.

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

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.


J. English

CAT Forensic Services, LLC

CAT Forensic Services, LLCMr. English is the senior forensic engineer for the CAT Forensic Services, LLC, office located in the Kansas City area. He is licensed as a professional engineer in 11 states, generally through the mid-continent and along the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. English is approaching his 19th year in the forensic engineering field and continues consulting in multiple phases of the service life of a variety of structures. He conducts forensic evaluations of structures nationally to assess effects from man-made and natural sources. Mr. English has extensive experience in the effects of wind, hail impact, vibration/explosion, earthquake, hurricanes/typhoons, waves/surface flooding, foundation movement/failure, collapse and structural deficiencies, etc. He has also conducted small and large-scale evaluations of structures regarding water ingress, building science, exterior envelope, floorings, claddings, window assemblies, and verification of construction compliance with applicable building codes and contract specifications. Mr. English is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the ASTM International (American Society of Testing and Materials), the ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, and the ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. He was a member of an eight-person team of ASCE that studied the effects of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on Leyte Island in the Philippines in May of 2014. Mr. English earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University of Science & Technology, his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston, and his J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Doug Parkhurst

Senior Forensic Engineer for the CAT Forensic Services office located in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mr. Parkhurst holds a B.S. degree in Materials Engineering and an M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, and he is a registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina. Mr. Parkhurst has performed hundreds of evaluations and investigations with respect to residential, commercial, and agricultural structures, as well as municipal infrastructure components, to document and analyze failures from the effects of wind, vibrations, explosions, earthquakes, floods, foundation failures, moisture intrusion, construction defects, cathodic protection systems, lightning damage, manufacturing defects, corrosion failures, weld failures, building envelope failures, and failures of components and cladding, as well as failures of a variety of materials used in construction of modern and historic structures. Mr. Parkhurst is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineers Institute (SEI). Mr. Parkhurst consults and provides educational services related to failures of residential, commercial, and agricultural structures.