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8:00 – 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am CDT
11:45 am – 12:45 pm CDT
Afternoon Session
12:45 – 5:00 pm CDT


Presented by:
Denis G. Ducran
Dr. John V. Dawson, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Distinguishing between Construction Defects and Failures                     D. Ducran
Defining defects
Causes of defects: problems with design, materials and/or construction
Defining failures
Causes of failures: deterioration, unintended use, “Acts of God”

Examining Common Defects and Failures                     D. Ducran
Analyzing defects and failures for methodology and causality
Site selection and engineering
Building design
• Foundation design and construction
• Design and construction of floors, walls and roofing
Exploring defects and failures in mechanical and electrical systems

Adopting Practices that Reduce Defects and Failures                     J. Dawson
Reviewing proposed use and preparing construction documents
Complying with building codes and standards
Choosing materials and construction techniques
Construction site communication, coordination and other practices that minimize problems
Monitoring construction
Quality assurance and quality control
Correcting problems before project completion
Building commissioning, operation and maintenance

Preventing and Resolving Disputes Generated by Defects and Failures         J. Dawson
Identifying parties with potential liability
Understanding theories of liability and defenses to liability
Acting to remediate defects/failures
Participating in conflict resolution procedures:
Mediation, arbitration, litigation
Reviewing types of damages and how they are calculated
Insurance coverage issues

Handling Ethical Issues Associated with Defects and Failures                     J. Dawson
Understanding the parties roles and relationships
Understanding the liability and indemnification provisions in construction documents
Duty to raise potential safety, durability issues
Making warrantees and guarantees
Working outside areas of competence


Webinar Instructions

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.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

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The two most recent version of the following browsers:
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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs
Including 1.0 Ethics Hour

7.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA    (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar or Seminar)
7.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs
to professional engineers, including 1.0 ethics hour, and
7.0 HSW CEPHs/continuing education hours to architects
licensed in Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to
preapproval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education
System has approved this event for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor
No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES.

Professional engineers and architects seeking continuing
education credit in states other than Texas will be able to
claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer
to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants
who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a
passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).


Dr. John V. Dawson, PhD. AIA. AICP. LEED AP

Retired Associate Vice President for Administrative Operations at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. John V. Dawson is a subject matter expert on planning, programming, design, construction and contract management related to large public and private organizations and institutions nationwide.  He recently retired as the Associate Vice President for Administrative Operations at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where he oversaw facility operations, maintenance, grounds, custodial, and planning and construction as well as Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for the “Island” campus.  His experience spans federal, state, county and local municipality projects including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Department of Defense (DoD) including the Naval Construction Battalion’s at Gulfport and Port Hueneme; Seabees; Navy Civil Engineer Corp; Army Corps of Engineers; Air Force Civil Engineers and RED HORSE units, in addition to higher education with the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) University of North Texas System (UNTS) and Tarrant County College District (TCCD).  Dr. Dawson has more than 38 years’ experience in urban planning, developmental programming, building and infrastructure design, construction and program management for a wide variety of capital investment programs and unique environments.  He is a retired Air Force Civil Engineering officer with experience in the design and construction of numerous facilities supporting major weapon systems and the U.S. electronic security and space programs world-wide.  Dr. Dawson is a registered architect in the State of Texas and a certified city planner.  He is also a U. S. Green Building Institute Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) with experience in numerous sustainable projects.  He has specialized mediation and disputes resolution training and experience directly related to the design and construction industry, successfully resolving construction claims based on errors and omissions, defective product or workmanships, scheduling deviations or Acts-of-God.  Additional skills include preparation of specifications, bidding and construction plans, cost estimates, and bidding services related to federal and state contract requirements and processes. 

Dennis G. Ducran

Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Houston

Mr. Ducran is senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office. A board-certified construction lawyer and registered architect, he focuses primarily on construction industry transactions, litigation, arbitration and risk management. Mr. Ducran works closely with owners, architects, contractors and subcontractors to provide practical counsel regarding the avoidance and resolution of disputes on construction projects. He offers extensive industry experience in preparing and negotiating contracts, as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction disputes. Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Ducran served as vice president and general counsel of an ENR 400 general contractor. During his six year tenure, the firm significantly reduced overall litigation and arbitration matters, in large part, by handling the majority of matters in-house. Mr. Ducran is a registered architect who practiced architecture in Houston prior to beginning his career in construction law. He is an Industry Advisory Board member at the University of Houston’s Department of Construction Management, where he also teaches Construction Law and Ethics in both Fall and Spring semesters.

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: Preventing and Addressing Construction Defects and Failures in Texas

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation covers the differences between construction defects and construction failures, analyzing common defects and failures, practices that reduce defects and failures, resolving disputes that are generated by defects and failures, and ethical issues that are associated with defects and failures.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to distinguish between construction defects and failures and be able to discuss common causes of such, including design problems, suspect materials, construction methods, deterioration, unintended use, and natural events.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to adopt practices that reduce construction defects and failures, including reviewing proposed use of the structure, preparing and maintaining construction documents, complying with building codes and standards, proper material selection, monitoring construction, and correcting problems before project completion.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to participate in resolving disputes that are generated by defects and failures, including identifying parties with potential liability, engaging in conflict resolution procedures, and understanding insurance coverages.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and avoid ethical pitfalls associated with construction defects and failures, including working outside of one’s area of competence, not understanding liability and indemnification provisions in construction documents, unsafe construction practices, and not honoring warranties and guarantees.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/27/2023

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.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $299.00


Before undertaking any on-demand effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity. It’s your responsibility to determine whether or not this on-demand course meets your continuing education requirements.

You must take and pass a quiz in order to receive credit. You can take the quiz as many times as needed and there is no time limit on the quiz. Once the quiz is completed, you will be asked to download your certificate.

Videos that qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA, or CLARB credit will require an extra week for processing.

Streamable MP4/PDF

Available approximately 1 week after the date of the live event or the date of your order, whichever is later.

To track your purchase you will need to create an account on the website using the email address used for your registration.

The video will have occasional question prompts that will not allow the video to progress unless they are answered. You will not be able to skip forward while watching the video.

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Click the link which appears at the end of the video to be taken to the course quiz.


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The link to the quiz will be available in a PDF in your USB drive marked QUIZ.

HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

Please contact HalfMoon Education if you have any questions during the process of taking this course. (715) 835-5900 or