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Live Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, FL or Live Online Webcast
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST


Presented by:
Joseph B. Chaiban

Challenges of Constructing and Maintaining Structures in Florida
Wind and rainstorm events
Flood events and storm surge (Hurricane Ian, etc.)
Salt degradation
Sea level rise and global warming effects
Sinkholes and subsidence

Designing and Constructing to Prevent Failures
Importance of standards and codes
Design professional duties and the design process
Understanding the standard of care
Legal and economic impacts of failures
Purpose of forensic engineering

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures
Lessons learned from historic failures
Design errors
Defective construction
Material deficiencies
Excessive loadings
Deterioration and degradation
“Acts of God”
Board due diligence-duties (failure to understand consequences)
Reserves study: funding

Forensic Engineering of Failures
Documenting the failure
Conducting investigation and research
Test protocols and tests
Determining causation and responsibility
Learning from failure
Litigation and expert testimony at discovery and trial

Forensic Examination of Structures
Investigation of steel structures, wood structures,
concrete structures
Investigation of masonry and building facades
Load testing and instrumentation of existing structures

Maintaining Structural Integrity of Existing Buildings
Maintenance practices and schedules
Repairs and improvements
Planning for a structure’s end of life
Ethical duty of engineers


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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar and webcast are open to the public and are designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in Florida.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647).

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Joseph B. Chaiban

Joseph B. Chaiban PE, MBA, JD
Mr. Chaiban is an experienced engineer, law graduate, Florida Supreme Court certified circuit-civil mediator and a Florida Licensed practicing structural engineer. He has over 35 years of experience specializing in structural design, concrete restoration and structural inspections, forensic engineering, expert witness services, construction dispute cases and structural engineering services. In addition, Mr. Chaiban has a broad range of experience in design and inspection from civil and structural (bridge, buildings, utilities, drainage, roadway, and foundations) engineering, extensive projects, research, and knowledge of 2017 FBC and Florida statutes as they relate to the construction industry. Mr. Chaiban has participated in numerous cases and litigation support involving expert witness testimony including mediation.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Evaluating and Maintaining Structural Integrity of Florida Buildings

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6-hour course explores the challenges of construction and maintenance of buildings in Florida, common causes of structural failure and how to prevent it through proper design and practices. The course focuses on the forensic engineering process and provides maintenance, repair and improvement techniques.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to review and understand the challenges of construction and maintenance in Florida, including storm events, floods, salt degradation, sinkholes and sea level rise.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of standards and codes, the duties of design professionals, the design process, standards of care and the legal and economic impacts of failure.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to examine historic failures and discuss the lessons learned from the cause(s) of failure, including defective construction, material deficiencies, excessive loadings, deterioration, “acts of God,” and other causes of failure.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to review maintenance practices, repairs and improvements that maintain structural integrity of existing buildings, as well as plan for the structure’s end of life.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with structural design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/07/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.