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Presenter: Victor Popp, PE, MS, CSL

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: North Haven, CT

Best Western Plus North Haven
201 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: 203-239-6700

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 - 4:30 pm

Introductions & Backgrounds

Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering

   Definition of forensics and structural failure
   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 and Reviewing Forensic Engineering Reports

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

Understanding Causes of Structural Failures

   Design errors
   Construction errors
   Excessive loadings
   Material deficiencies, deterioration, and degradation
   Testing for material Issues

Forensic Examination of Structures

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

Using Forensic Engineering Information in Litigation

   Presenting forensic engineering information as an expert witness
   Offering testimony as an expert witness

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.0 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.0 continuing education hours to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. Continuing education is not mandatory in Connecticut.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance 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 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 engineers and architects.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for required continuing education credit.

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.


Victor Popp, PE, MS, CSL

Principal, VPopp Inc.

Mr. Popp is a licensed professional engineer in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Colorado. He also holds an unrestricted construction supervisor and home inspector license (in Massachusetts). Mr. Popp provides expert technical consulting services based on over three decades of broad-based mechanical and structural engineering experience. He has developed state-of-the-art custom machinery, structures and systems, and he has performed engineering management and consulting services for a wide variety of clients, applications, and industries. These include the consumer, aerospace, materials, testing, biomedical, automotive, and construction markets. Mr. Popp has experience in state-of-the-art design and manufacturing, in production and research and development environments. He has also performed forensic and failure analysis investigations of material and product failures as well as structural engineering analysis. Mr. Popp holds a master’s of science degree in Administrative Studies from Boston College, a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a certificate in Engineering Management Development from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has also completed other PhD and master’s level engineering course work including bio-mechanical engineering, CAD, thermodynamics, and numerical analysis at UMASS and at Northeastern University. As a result of his extensive professional experience and education, Mr. Popp has been an invited presenter at the University of Fair Haven’s Graduate School of Forensic Engineering and at the National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Convention.

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 six-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: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with structural design.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/23/2022

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.