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Presenter: Michael J. Drerup, P.E., FASCE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Orlando, FL

SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
Phone: 407-816-5533

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:45 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

   Material deficiencies
   Design errors
   Construction errors
   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

Using Forensic Engineering Information in Litigation

   Examining the nature of post-failure conflicts and disputes
   Understanding the use of forensic engineering information
      in arbitration, litigation and mediation
   Presenting forensic engineering information as an expert witness
      • Expert witness qualifications
      • Offering testimony as an expert witness

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers

     7.5 Florida HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     6.5 FL Area of Practice CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers continuing education hours to architects and engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida architects (Provider No. 0001388; License No. PVD394). The course is approved for 7.5 HSW continuing education hours. The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. The AIA approves LUs using a 60 minute hour versus the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design’s 50 minute hour. Only 6.5 LU|HSW can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA information under this course listing.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida professional engineers (Provider No. 0004647). This course qualifies for 6.5 Area of Practice continuing education hours. Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. 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.


Michael J. Drerup, P.E., FASCE

Michael J. Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE, has nearly 20 years of structural engineering and building technology experience, with an emphasis on the performance, maintenance, repair, and retrofit of existing buildings and structures. He has planned and directed field and laboratory studies to evaluate the performance and durability of a variety of building systems, components, and materials, including structural systems, facades, and flooring. Mr. Drerup often works closely with specialists in other disciplines to assemble and manage teams tailored for larger and more complex assignments. He has also investigated numerous damage claims resulting from a variety of natural and man-made causes, including earthquakes, weather events, explosions, fire, impact, construction activities, and defective design or construction. Mr. Drerup has served as an expert witness in numerous cases, and he has testified at deposition, trial, and mediation.

Mr. Drerup has served on ASCE’s Technical Council on Forensic Engineering for 13 years, and he recently completed his term as council chair. During that time, he has led the development of continuing education seminars for engineers and architects; chaired ASCE’s Fifth Congress on Forensic Engineering in Washington, DC; and served on the steering committee for the Sixth Congress in San Francisco. Mr. Drerup has also represented ASCE internationally, including two sponsored trips to forensic engineering conferences in India, and collaboration with the Institution of Forensic Engineers in the United Kingdom. He has served as a reviewer for ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities for more than 10 years, and he was guest editor for a special topic issue on non-destructive evaluation of existing buildings and infrastructure. Mr. Drerup regularly publishes and presents on a range of topics including technical issues, professional practice, and architectural and engineering history.

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: Structural Forensic Engineering

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines the role of forensic engineering, the forensic engineering process and report preparation, causes of structural failures, the forensic examination of structures, and the use of forensic engineering information in litigation.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to review the impact of codes and standards for structures and will be able to determine the legal and economic consequences of structural failures.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe the forensic engineering process, including the investigation, research, and determination of causality.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify the appropriate procedures for investigating the condition of steel, wood, concrete and masonry structures.

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

LUs: 6.5                                                                  LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with structural design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/06/2022


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.