Structural Forensic Engineering
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Day One: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
10:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)
Day Two: Thursday, August 11, 2022
10:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)
Collins Ofori-Amanfo, P.E.
Agenda Day One
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
Agenda Day Two
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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6.5 HSW CE Hours
6.5 AIA LU|HSW
International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Building)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects 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) 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 6.5 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.
The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).
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Collins Ofori-Amanfo P.E.
Owner and principal engineer of Collins Forensics LLP
Mr. Ofori-Amanfo’s broad-based experience includes investigation of construction defects and damage, investigation of condensation in building envelopes, evaluation of roof and wall leakage, field water spray testing of windows, and assessment of wind and hail damage to roofing materials. His work also involves giving expert testimony and assisting attorneys in resolving disputes over construction and materials-related problems. Prior to establishing Collins Forensics LLC, Mr. Ofori-Amanfo previously worked for many years at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), the Illinois Department of Transportation and Twin City Testing Corporation. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana and his M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Mr. Ofori-Amanfo is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.
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Course Title: Structural Forensic Engineering
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines the role of forensic engineering, the forensic engineering process, preparing and reviewing forensic engineering reports, causes of structural failures, forensic examination of structures, and forensic engineering in determining fault.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe common causes of structural failures, including design errors, defective construction, material deficiencies, excessive loading, and deterioration and degradation.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe the forensic engineering process for failures and explain how this information is used.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the forensic engineering examination of of failures in steel, wood, concrete, and masonry structures.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss how steel, wood, concrete, and masonry structures are examined and what the forensic expert is looking for, so the learner can increase her/her understanding of causation in each type of material.
LUs: 6.5 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 10/19/2023
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