Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.

Day One: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
10:00 am – 1:45 pm CST (including two 15-min. breaks)
Day Two: Thursday, December 17, 2020
10:00 am – 2:15 pm CST (including two 15-min. breaks)

(please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time)


Presented by Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE

Structural Forensic Engineering Day One
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 | 10:00 am – 1:45 pm CST (including two 15-min. breaks)

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
Examining content Organizing the report
Evaluating sample reports


Structural Forensic Engineering Day Two
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 10:00 am – 2:15 pm CST (including two 15-min. breaks)

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
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


Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. 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 will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection:
 Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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Professional Engineers:
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours
7.0 AIA LU|HSW  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar.)

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours
to architects licensed in all states.

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), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. 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
7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

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).


Michael Drerup P.E. F.ASCE

Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE, has 26 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, and he 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.

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: 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 Objectives:

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: 01/25/2022

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.