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Presenter: Casey Hemmatyar and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
1111 East Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805-882-1234

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 4:30 pm

Designing to Withstand Fire 
Abeer Sweis

   The five factors that highly influence the fire resistance of a building
   Going above and beyond code
   Designing for fire resistance also achieves success with other factors
   Resilience and sustainability

Assessing the Impact of Sea Level Rise 
on the Pacific Coast’s Built Environment
David Revell

   Coastal hazards
   Scientific projections of sea level rise
   Assessing vulnerabilities of the built environment
   Adapting future building plans to sea level rise

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures 
Casey K. Hemmatyar

   Lessons learned from historic failures
   Design errors
   Defective construction
   Material deficiencies
   Excessive loadings
   Deterioration and degradation

Impact of Extreme Weather Events
on Structures and Communities
Mike Hill

   A discussion on the effects of large storm events on the built environment
   Primary and secondary hazards of large storm events
   Increased frequency and intensity of storms
   Current strategies to mitigate impacts, preserve structures and protect infrastructure

Adapting New Construction and Retrofitting Existing
Buildings to Withstand Extreme Weather Events 
& Natural Disasters
Casey K. Hemmatyar

   Implementing design strategies to protect new and existing structures
      • Wind load resistance
      • Earthquake resistance
      • Flood resistance
   Case studies of flood affected structures in Montecito mudslide, Santa Barbara

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours*
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

*does not qualify for California accessibility requirement

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 to architects in most states with continuing education requirements. This seminar does not qualify for California’s mandated accessibility continuing education requirement for architects.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects 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), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This course also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity for construction contractors. Credit approval is not being sought in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

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.


Casey Hemmatyar

President, Pacific Structural & Forensic Engineers Global (PSFEG)

As a forensic, structural and civil engineer and expert consultant with over three decades of experience, Mr. Hemmatyar has provided extensive services for defendants and plaintiff attorneys on construction litigation matters in single and class-action lawsuits at both the State and Federal levels. His understanding of core legal concepts has enabled him to effectively assist his attorney clients. Mr. Hemmatyar brings diversified experience in structural and civil engineering design and in forensic engineering, investigation and evaluation. He also conducts research and has assisted in development of building codes and standards, and has supervised construction of domestic and international projects. Mr. Hemmatyar’ s experience includes specialized structures and new buildings as well as modifications, alterations, seismic/hurricane retrofits and upgrades to existing structures. He has provided failure analysis, expert consultation, structural forensic investigation and damage assessment services for many litigation and insurance related matters. Mr. Hemmatyar actively presents continuing education lectures to audiences of engineers, architects and contractors on topics of structural and forensic engineering throughout the United States. He has been the principal structural engineer on projects for clients such as NASA and several other high-profile agencies. Currently, Mr. Hemmatyar directs PSFEG, and has served as Director for SEAOSC in 2011-2013. He has been interviewed by public media including H2 History Channel (episode: “Collapse of Ancient Structures”) and Reuters (Mexico City school collapse).

Mike Hill

D. Arch, Assoc. AIA, and associate and Design Resilience Leader with Gensler

Mr. Hill has 13-plus years of architectural and planning experience. Previously, he lived and worked in Hawaii where he focused on resort master-planning and design. He graduated from UH Manoa with a doctorate of Architecture degree where he wrote his dissertation on hurricane-resilient design for multifamily high-rises on the south shore of Oahu. At the same time, he was a graduate research assistant at the NDPTC where he developed courses on disaster mitigation for FEMA. Mike has also been an advisor for the AIA in developing a suite of courses on disaster mitigation and adaptation.

David Revell, Ph.D

Principal and Chief Coastal Scientist with Revell Coastal in Santa Cruz

Dr. Revell has been involved in coastal management and coastal process assessments for over 25 years. He began pioneering climate-related work in 2008 with the initial technical hazard analysis and vulnerability assessment for the Pacific Institute study “The Impacts of Sea Level Rise to the Coast of California.” More recently, Dr. Revell has completed hazard modeling for the coastal resilience projects for the Nature Conservancy in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties; conducted numerous vulnerability and adaptation planning studies; and lead interdisciplinary teams of economists, legal scholars, and engineers to evaluate potential erosion mitigation (adaptation) strategies across the California Coast. He has recently completed and remains currently engaged in many vulnerability and adaptation studies along the California Coast including San Mateo County (present), Marina (present), Carpinteria (present), County of Ventura (present), Oxnard (2017), Santa Barbara County (2017), Los Osos (2017), Imperial Beach (2016), Carlsbad (2016), Santa Monica, Goleta (2015), Pacific Grove (2016), Monterey (city and county), and Santa Cruz County (2015). In addition to climate change and coastal hazards assessments, Dr. Revell works on coastal lagoons and estuaries across the state with work in Goleta and Devereux Sloughs in Santa Barbara County; the Santa Clara and Ventura Rivers in Ventura County; and San Lorenzo River, Scott Creek, and Waddell Creek in Santa Cruz County. He has been appointed to the science advisory committee for the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project. He has a reputation for pioneering new approaches with collaborative teams to meet the unique demands of every project and to communicate results in an understandable manner to a wide range of audiences.

Abeer Sweis

Architect with SweisKloss in Santa Monica

Ms. Sweis is passionate about all things design. While she also has intimate knowledge of construction and structural engineering, it is her innate ability to look at a potential project and see myriad design possibilities that has helped make her company a success. She knew at a young age that she wanted to become an architect. When she was 10, her family moved from her native Amman, Jordan, to Los Angeles, where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University. While working as a designer at a small architecture firm, she acquired the technical knowledge and business skills to build her own company. In 1998, she started her own design firm, and in 2006 she partnered with her husband Jeff Kloss to create the construction side of the company, fulfilling their design + construct vision. Ms. Sweis strongly believes that architecture and the built environment should have the ability to change how we live/work as well as to be both resilient and sustainable. Since 1995, she has taught at UCLA Extension, Cal Poly Pomona, Pierce College, Woodbury University and other Los Angeles area architecture and design schools. A leader in her community, Ms. Sweis is a distinguished past president of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica and an involved parent of two rapidly growing children.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

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