Structural Forensic Engineering
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8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
8:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Lunch (on your own)
12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
1:00 – 5:00 pm EDT
Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE
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
Organizing the report
Evaluating sample reports
Understanding Causes of Structural Failures
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
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7.0 HSW CE Hours
7.0 AIA LU|HSW
International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar/webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in Virginia. Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar/webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.
The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.
The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).
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Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the webinar online, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).
Michael Drerup P.E. F.ASCE
Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE, has 25 years of structural engineering and building technology experience, with an emphasis on the performance, maintenance, repair and retrofit of existing buildings and structures. He has planned and directed field and laboratory studies to evaluate the performance and durability of a variety of building systems, components, and materials, including structural systems, facades, and flooring. Mr. Drerup often works closely with specialists in other disciplines to assemble and manage teams tailored for larger and more complex assignments. He has also investigated numerous damage claims resulting from a variety of natural and man-made causes, including earthquakes, weather events, explosions, fire, impact, construction activities, and defective design or construction. Mr. Drerup has served as an expert witness in numerous cases, and has testified at deposition, trial, and mediation. He has served on ASCE’s Forensic Engineering Division since 2001, and recently completed his term as Division Chair. During that time, he has led the development of continuing education seminars for engineers and architects, chaired ASCE’s Fifth Congress on Forensic Engineering in Washington, DC. Mr. Drerup has also represented ASCE internationally, including sponsored trips to forensic engineering conferences in India and Guatemala, and collaboration with the Institution of Forensic Engineers in the United Kingdom. He has served as a reviewer for ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities for more than 15 years, and he was guest editor for a special topic issue on non-destructive evaluation of existing buildings and infrastructure. Mr. Drerup regularly publishes and presents on a range of topics including technical issues, professional practice, and architectural and engineering history.
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Course Title: Structural Forensic Engineering
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course 7.0 hour live lecture presentation covers the role of forensic engineering, the forensic engineering process, forensic engineering reports, causes of structural failures, and how forensic engineering is used in litigation.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the forensic engineering process, how causation and responsibility are determined, and how to learn from failures.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the forensic investigation processes for steel, wood, concrete, and masonry structures.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the causes and economic consequences of structural failures.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify causes of structural failures, which are material deficiencies, design errors, construction errors, excessive loading, and deterioration/degradation.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Working knowledge of structural design.
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 03/17/2025
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