Structural Forensic Engineering of Buildings
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Friday, July 14, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm CDT
Designing and Constructing to Prevent Failures
- Importance of standards and codes
- Design professional duties and the design process
- Understanding the standard of care
- Legal and economic impacts of failures
- Purpose of forensic engineering
Understanding Causes of Structural Failures
- Lessons learned from historic failures
- Design errors
- Defective construction
- Material deficiencies
- Excessive loadings
- Improper usage or modification
- Deterioration and degradation
- Combinations of causes
Understanding the Forensic Engineering Process
- Documenting the failure
- Conducting investigation and research
- Test protocols and tests
- Determining causation and responsibility
- Learning from failure
Forensic Examination of Structures
- Investigation of steel structures
- Investigation of wood structures
- Investigation of concrete structures
- Investigation of masonry and building facades
- Investigation of foundations
- Load testing and instrumentation of existing structures
Using Forensic Engineering Information
- Examining the forensic engineering report
- Impact of forensic engineering information on post-failure disputes
- Use of forensic engineering information in mediation, arbitration and litigation
- The forensic engineer as consultant, expert and witness
Ethical Issues in Structural Engineering
- Engineering Code of Ethics and failures
- Ethical dilemmas
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7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 Ethics Hour
7.0 HSW CE Hours
International Code Council:
.7 CEUs (Building)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, for professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours 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 7.0 HSW LUs (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).
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7.0 HSW LUs (AIA)
James A. D’Aloisio , P.E. LEED APPrincipal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt in Syracuse
James D’Aloisio is a principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, a structural engineering, landscape architecture, and building envelope services firm in East Syracuse, New York. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mr. D’Aloisio is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and Massachusetts. He is a member and past president (1997-1998) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Syracuse Section, and a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York State (SEAoNY). Mr. D’Aloisio is a member of ASCE/SEI’s Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations Committee, the Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings Committee, and the Sustainability Committee, where he currently serves as co-chair of the Thermal Bridging Working Group. Mr. D’Aloisio received the Order of the Engineer at Syracuse University in 1997. His 30-plus years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer has primarily involved the design of new building structures, additions, and modifications, and analyses, assessments, and investigations of structures and facades. Mr. D’Aloisio has performed structural condition reviews of over 15 million square feet of buildings and has performed over 150 structural forensic investigations. He has presented over 400 times.
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Course Title: Structural Forensic Engineering of Buildings
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course examines the strategies used to prevent structural failures in the design and construction of buildings, explains the causes of structural failure and the forensic engineering process, reviews investigations of various structures, and provides guidance on the use of forensic engineering information and how to navigate ethical issues in structural engineering.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify the causes of structural failures, including design errors, defective construction, material deficiencies, excessive loading, improper usage or modification, deterioration and degradation, or a combination of causes.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the forensic engineering process, including the conducting of an investigation and research, test protocols and measurements, determination of causation and responsibility, and learning from failure.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to review the investigations of various types of structures, including steel, wood and concrete.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss how to examine a forensic engineering report and how the information contained in it is used in mediation, arbitration and litigation.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with structural design
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 11/15/2025
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