Structural Forensic Engineering
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 – 5:00 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
Conducting investigation and research
Determining causation and responsibility
Learning from failure
Applying effective QA/QC to avoid failures
Preparing the Forensic Engineering Report
Identifying the report’s purpose and its audience
Organizing the report
Evaluating sample reports
Understanding Causes of Structural Failures
Wind and weather
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 Information 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
7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours
7.0 HSW Contact Hours
7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 continuing education hours/PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW contact hours to architects in all states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Indiana engineers (License No. CE21700059). Architect continuing education providers and courses are not subject to preapproval in Indiana.
The American Institute of Architects has approved this course for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.
HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education sponsor in New York.
This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contracts. It has not been approved by any contractor licensing board for continuing education credit.
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.
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.