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Presenter: Joseph M. Allen, Jr., Ph,D., J.D., P.E. and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Marriott
3590 Grandview Pkwy.
Birmingham, AL 35243
Phone: 205-968-3775

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering
J. Partain, J. Allen

   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
J. Partain

   Documenting the failure
   Conducting investigation and research
   Test protocols and tests
   Determining causation and responsibility
   Learning from failure

Forensic Examination of Structures
J. Allen

   Investigation of steel structures
   Investigation of wood structures
   Investigation of concrete structures
   Investigation of masonry and building facades

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures
J. Partain

   Material deficiencies
   Design errors
   Construction errors
   Excessive loadings
   Deterioration and degradation

Preparing the Forensic Engineering Report
J. Partain

   Identifying the report’s purpose and its audience
   Examining content
   Organizing the report
   Evaluating sample reports

Using Forensic Engineering Information in Litigation
J. Allen

   Sources of liability for architects, engineers and contractors in Alabama
   Alternative dispute resolution in construction contracting
   Expert testimony in Federal court and Alabama circuit courts

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professionals Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CEHs
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in most states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Alabama.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 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.

This program offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to Alabama construction contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for course 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.


Joseph M. Allen, Jr., Ph,D., J.D., P.E.

Joseph Marion Allen, P.C.

Dr. Allen has been practicing law in state and federal courts in Alabama since 1976 with a focus on the interface of engineering and the law in such areas as construction contracting and product liability. He has also served as a forensic engineering expert, working for individuals, attorneys, construction companies and insurance companies. Dr. Allen has remained active in structural engineering throughout his career. He has been involved in software development for TrimJoist Corporation, a manufacturer of parallel chord, wooden trusses with glued, oriented strand board end sections that are trimmable on the jobsite. During his involvement with the Civil Engineering Department at The University of Alabama, he was instrumental in the inception of the JD/MSCE program, wherein students can obtain a graduate engineering degree while attending law school. Dr. Allen became registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama in 1981, and received his Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Alabama in 1988 in Civil Engineering, with a concentration in structures.

Jason A. Partain, M.S., P.E.

MBA Engineers, Inc.

Mr. Partain is a licensed professional engineer with 15 years of experience in structural engineering design and forensics for single and multi-family residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial structures. His experience includes projects in high wind regions along the Gulf Coast and East Coast, as well as high seismic zones along the New Madrid Fault Line. In addition, he has designed residential and community tornado storm shelters including the Habiframe, Inc., wood-framed shelter which was awarded the US Wood Design Awards Juror’s Choice Award in 2014. Mr. Partain is active in engineering standards work and has published articles in both regional and national publications. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of Alabama and served as president for 2018. Mr. Partain earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama and holds professional engineering licenses in multiple states.

Tuition Costs:

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

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

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 (cesupport@aia.org 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

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: 02/07/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy: 

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org 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.