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Buffalo, NY or Online
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | 8:30 am – 5:20 pm EDT


Presented by:
James D’Aloisio, P.E., SECB, LEED AP

The Premise of Building Safety
Recent events
Industry guidelines and standard practice
Design – codes and reviews
Construction – codes, enforcement, special inspections
Service life – code changes, deterioration, other changes
Inspections and condition reviews

Illustrative Failures
Infamous failures
Lesser-known failures
Disasters averted

Considerations for Structural Building Reviews
Physical condition – two types of observations
Environmental exposure
Known cautionary conditions
Load paths
Loading – prior and future
Importance and occupancy
Design quality confidence
Construction quality confidence
Concealed defect potential
Potential failure states
Significance of considered assembly
Intuition/unusual conditions

Special Considerations
Abandoned buildings
Adjacent structures
Parking garages
Residential structures

Types of Reviews
Levels of reviews
Structural condition review reports
Conveying results and concerns
“Is it safe?” “Structurally stable?”
Acknowledging the unknowns

Managing Design Professional Risk
Professional liability
Review purpose, scope and expectations
Good Samaritan laws
Unheeded recommendations

Review Scenarios
Determined unsafe
Determined safe
Future performance
Questions and discussion


Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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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7.5 PDHs

7.5 HSW CE Hours

7.5 LU|HSWs

International Code Council
0.75 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
Structural Condition Reviews and Structural Failures in New York
This course is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 7.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in New York.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.5 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .75 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Professionals licensed in other states may be able to claim the continuing education hours earned at this event, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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


James D'Aloisio P.E. SECB LEED AP

Principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt in Syracuse
Mr. D’Aloisio is a principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, a structural engineering, landscape architecture, and building envelope services firm in East Syracuse, New York. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mr. D’Aloisio is a registered professional engineer in New York and Massachusetts, and he has been certified by the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB) since its inception in 2007. He is a member and past president (1997-1998) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Syracuse Section, and a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York State (SEAoNY). Mr. D’Aloisio is a member of ASCE/SEI’s Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations Committee, the Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings Committee, and the Sustainability Committee. Mr. D’Aloisio received the Order of the Engineer at Syracuse University in 1997. His 30-plus years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer has primarily involved the design of new building structures, additions, and modifications, and analyses, assessments, and investigations of structures and facades. Mr. D’Aloisio has performed structural condition reviews of over 15 million square feet of buildings and has performed over 150 structural forensic investigations. He has presented over 300 times.

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: Structural Condition Reviews and Structural Failures in New York

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course on structural condition reviews examines the process by which structures are evaluated for safety concerns and potential failures. Topics include industry guidelines and standard practices that promote building safety, types of reviews and special considerations for various levels of reviews, discussion of illustrative failures and various review scenarios, and the design professional’s professional responsibility in the review process.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and reference industry guidelines and standard practices – such as building codes, code enforcement, special inspections, service life specifications, and condition reviews – that are designed to promote building safety.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and define the types and levels of reviews, and explain how to document their findings in the structural condition review report.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to consider a variety of factors when performing structural condition reviews, including observations of physical condition, environmental exposure, load paths, design and/or construction quality confidence, potential for concealed defects, and the role of the design professionals intuition.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss and reference case studies of both infamous and lesser-known failures, and apply what they have learned to various real-world review scenarios.

LUs: 7.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with structural design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/31/2024

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.