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Presenter: Casey Hemmatyar

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Reno, NV

Courtyard by Marriott Reno
6855 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89511
Phone: 775-851-8300

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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 - 4:00 pm

Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering

   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

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

Preparing the Forensic Engineering Report

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

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures

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

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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     6.0 HSW CEUs
     6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers 6.0 HSW continuing education units/continuing education hours architects and 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Nevada.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 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. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state 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.


Casey Hemmatyar

Engineer with Pacific Structural and Forensic Engineers Group

As a forensic structural and civil engineer and an expert consultant with over three decades of experience, Mr. Hemmatyar has provided extensive services for defendant and plaintiff attorneys on construction litigation matters in single cases and class actions in both state and federal courts. His understanding of core legal concepts has enabled him to assist his attorney clients in the most efficient manner. He brings diversified experience in the fields of structural, civil and forensic engineering including experience in design, investigation, evaluation, research, building code and standards development, and construction supervision of US, Canada and international projects. His experience includes new buildings and special structures, as well as modifications, alterations, seismic/wind retrofits and upgrades. He has provided failure analysis, expert consultation, structural forensic investigation and damage assessment services for many litigation and insurance-related matters. He has been principal structural engineer on projects for clients such as NASA and several other high profile agencies. Currently he works as director at PSFEG, and he served as director for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) in 2011-2013.

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 six hour live lecture presentation covers the role of forensic engineering, the forensic engineering process, forensic engineering report preparation, causes of structural failures, and forensic examination of structures.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the forensic engineering process and reporting, including investigation, research, documentation, and learning from failures.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to provide an overview of the investigation processes for steel, wood, concrete, and masonry structures.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss the causes and legal and economic consequences of structural failures, the importance of good design, and the impact of codes and standards.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify the most common causes of structural failures, including design errors, defective construction, material deficiencies, excessive loading, and deterioration.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with structural design and construction.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/15/2022

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.