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Presenter: Jarrod C. Burns, M.S., P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Arlington, TX

The Bob Duncan Center
2800 South Center Street
Arlington, TX 76014
Phone: 817-465-6661

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Distinguishing between Construction Defects and Failures

   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

   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

   Reviewing proposed use and preparing construction documents
   Complying with building codes and standards
   Choosing materials and construction techniques
      Investigating new materials and construction techniques
   Monitoring construction
   Correcting problems before project completion
   Building commissioning, operation and maintenance

Preventing and Resolving Disputes Generated by
Defects and Failures

   Identifying parties with potential liability
   Understanding theories of liability
   Identifying defenses to liability
   Timeliness, contractual defenses, crossclaims and counterclaims
   Participating in conflict resolution procedures
   Mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Reviewing types of damages and how they are calculated
   Insurance coverage issues

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours (CEPHs) to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Jarrod C. Burns, M.S., P.E.

Mr. Burns founded BSC Forensic Services, LLC, in Houston, Texas, in 2011. BSC specializes in services including structural evaluations, cladding assessments, fire damage assessments, subrogation and expert testimony. Mr. Burns’ unique background in education, business, engineering and teaching provides BSC with a solid platform for a sustainable forensic engineering practice.

Mr. Burns began performing full-time forensic engineering services in 2010 for a nationally-recognized forensic services company based in Atlanta, Georgia. During this time he was responsible for training and quality control of forensic engineers serving clients in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Mr. Burns has personally performed hundreds of forensic investigations for scopes such as wind damage, foundation movement, fire damage, water damage, construction deficiencies and flooring damage, among many others. His experience has also included work as a project manager for a civil engineering firm in Houston and Dallas, Texas, and as an adjunct instructor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Houston.

Mr. Burns holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.