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Presenter: Frank Davis, EIt and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Atlanta, GA

Hyatt House/Cobb Galleria
3595 Cumberland Blvd. SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-541-2960

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

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
   Deterioration and degradation

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
   Load testing and instrumentation of existing structures

After the Forensic Investigation: The Dispute and Its Resolution

   Your role in the dispute: engineers, architects and contractors as experts
   Types of dispute resolution: settlement conferences, mediations,
      arbitrations, and court proceedings
   Managing your part of the dispute after it’s over

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 Public Protection PDUs/HSW CE hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

 Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

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

This event has been 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 course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any contractor licensing board for mandatory continuing education.

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.


Frank Davis, EIt

Project Manager with Haight Davis & Associates, Inc.

Mr. Davis graduated from Georgia Technical Institute in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering and serves as a project manager with Haight Davis & Associates, Inc. The majority of his experience, however, comes from over 20 years in the construction industry. Mr. Davis was originally trained as a construction equipment operator in both the US Navy and the US Army, starting in 1990, but was soon promoted to a supervisory position, directing and managing construction projects in various countries. After serving on active duty for over 10 years, Mr. Davis worked as a construction foreman and a superintendent in the Atlanta area, gaining more hands-on skills in the field of construction. His practical knowledge of construction and engineering issues has provided him with a solid foundation as an engineer. Mr. Davis is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Institute of Roofing (RCI), and he is a Level II design professional with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC).

Maureen L. Davis, PE

Principal at Haight Davis & Associates, Inc.

Ms. Davis is a consulting engineer with extensive experience in the field of construction. Her forte is investigative and forensic engineering. More particularly, she specializes in construction defect evaluations, construction management, structural failure analysis, repair specifications for defective buildings, water leakage of buildings, and litigation support in construction disputes, including expert witness testimony. Ms. Davis has testified in more than 100 trials, depositions and arbitrations and is often utilized as a third party engineer in disputes. Ms. Davis received both her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Civil Engineering (Construction Option) from North Carolina State University located in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a veteran of the US Army, having spent 17 years on active and reserve status. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia and is a Level II design professional with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC). Ms. Davis is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Institute of Roofing (RCI). Ms. Davis is also an ASTM International E-58 Committee member and a member of Order of the Engineer and Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Edward C. Haight, PhD, PE

Consultant with Haight Davis & Associates, Inc.

Dr. Haight has been a consulting engineer for most of his professional life. Although he is now semi-retired, he continues to share his vast knowledge of construction by teaching seminars and serving as a consultant for various organizations. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering and a master of science degree in Engineering Mechanics from Louisiana State University. He obtained his PhD degree in Engineering Mechanics from Georgia Technical Institute. As a result of his experience in owning building and development companies in Louisiana and Georgia for over 17 years, he offers expert witness testimony in a number of areas in those fields, all of which involve construction technology. His specialty is construction defect claims. He has testified in over 250 trials, arbitrations, and depositions, and has served as both a mediator and an arbitrator in construction disputes.

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.

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: Forensic Engineering in the Construction Industry.

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation examines designing and constructing to prevent failures, causes of structural failures, the forensic engineering process, the forensic examination of structures, and the disputes and resolution following forensic investigations.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of complying with building standards and codes, knowing design professional duties and the design process, and knowing the standard of care as the first steps in constructing structures to avoid failures, and they will be able to discuss the legal and economic impacts of failures.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the causes of structural failures, including design errors, defective construction, material deficiencies, and deterioration and degradation.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the forensic engineering process of documenting failures, conducting investigations and research, test protocols, determining causation and responsibility, and putting lessons learned into practice to avoid future failures.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the basics of forensic engineering examination of buildings constructed of steel, wood, concrete, masonry, and for building facades, including load testing for existing buildings.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with structural design and construction.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/08/2022

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.