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Wednesday, May 3, 2023 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT


Presented by: Casey K. Hemmatyar

Ethical Issues in Structural Engineering                                            

  • Design responsibilities that are exclusively duties for engineers
  • Practicing only in areas of competence
  • Adopting new materials/techniques: due diligence
  • Duty to disclose potential problems


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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:
1.0 Ethics PDH

1.0 HSW CE Hour

1.0 LU|HSW*

*Live course approval. Pre-approval for on-demand format may be available upon request.


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 1.0 PDH for professional engineers and 1.0 HSW continuing education hour for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

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 American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 1.0 HSW LU (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

 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). 


Casey K. Hemmatyar, SE

President, Pacific Structural & Forensic Engineers Global (PSFEG)

As a structural and civil engineer and expert forensic consultant with nearly four decades of experience, Mr. Hemmatyar has provided extensive expert services for defendants and plaintiff attorneys on numerous construction litigation matters throughout US. He has been retained as an expert by the US Government and private law firms on single and class-action lawsuits at both State and Federal levels. Mr. Hemmatyar’s understanding of core engineering and legal concepts has enabled him to effectively assist a wide range of clientele. He brings diversified experience in structural and civil engineering design, and in forensic engineering, investigation, and evaluation. Mr. Hemmatyar also conducts research and has assisted in development of building codes and standards and has supervised construction of domestic and international projects. His experience includes special structures, and new buildings as well as modifications, alterations, seismic/hurricane retrofits, and upgrades to existing structures. Mr. Hemmatyar has provided failure analysis, expert consultation, structural forensic investigation, and damage assessment services for many litigation and insurance related matters. He actively presents continuing education lectures to audiences of engineers, architects, and contractors on topics of structural and forensic engineering throughout the United States. Mr. Hemmatyar has been the principal structural engineer on projects for clients such as NASA and several other high-profile agencies. Currently he directs PSFEG and has served as Director for SEAOSC in 2011-2013. Mr. Hemmatyar has been interviewed by public media including History Channel (documentary episode: “Collapse of Ancient Structures”) and Reuters (Mexico City school collapse). 

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: Ethical Issues in Structural Engineering

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This one-hour course focuses on some of the ethical issues that may arise in the field of structural engineering. The course will clearly identify the design responsibilities of the engineer before focusing on remaining within areas of competence, practicing due diligence when using new methods and materials, and the duty to disclose potential problems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify the design responsibilities that are considered to be exclusive duties of the engineer.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain what it means to practice only in areas of competence and how to recognize activities that are outside of those areas.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to practice due diligence when considering the adoption of new materials and techniques.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with their duty to disclose potential problems to the appropriate stakeholders and/or authorities.

LUs: 1.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/02/2026

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.