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 – 4:45 pm

Introduction – Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering

   Causes and consequences of structural failures

   Importance of good design

   Impact of codes and standards

      • Understanding the differences between codes, standards,regulations and guidelines

   Legal and economic impacts of failures

      • Construction delays, loss of income, etc.

   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

      • Methodology

   Evaluating sample reports

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures

   Material deficiencies

   Design errors

   Construction errors

   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 Information in Litigation

   Understanding the role of attorney and expert

      • Various roles of experts

   Presenting forensic engineering information as an expert witness

   Retainer agreements

   Methodology (ASTM)

   Responding to expert reports

   Plaintiff v. defense

   Time lines

   Understanding discovery procedures and litigation terminology

   Depositions, arbitrations and trials

   Offering testimony as an expert witness

   Understanding Daubert, Frye and Net opinions


     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Contact Hours/PDHs

     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in most states.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New York engineers (NYSED Sponsor No. 35) and New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700).

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects.

HalfMoon Education is also an approved continuing education provider for Florida architects, and Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, and North Dakota engineers.

This event offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors, but it has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

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.


Jody Demarco

Forensic Consultants of North America, LLC

Engineering Manager, Forensic Consultants of North America, LLCMr. DeMarco has more than 25 years of civil and structural engineering experience encompassing commercial and residential design and construction, roadway/highway design and construction, bridge design and construction, site/civil design, forensic investigations, litigation support and expert testimony. As engineering manager at Forensic Consultants of North America, LLC, Mr. DeMarco is responsible for engineering oversight of the company and preparation of all engineering documents. He performs engineering investigations and inspections and provides expert testimony in the analysis of various types of failures, including personal injury and property damage involving civil and structural components. He is a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. DeMarco earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University.