This seminar was originally to take place on May 19.
Hotel location is subject to change due to any COVID-19 restrictions.
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
Organizing the report
Evaluating sample reports
Understanding Causes of Structural Failures
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
Who Should Attend
6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours
6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours
6.5 AIA LU|HSW
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers and architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.
The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA information under this course listing. Only full attendance is reportable 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 engineers and architects.
This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.
Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE
Michael Drerup, P.E., F.ASCE, has nearly 25 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 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.
|Online Tuition (pre-registration):
|3 or more people each:
Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.