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Presenter: Victor Popp

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Seminar Location: Online

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Part I, Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm CDT (incl. 30-min. break)

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 errorsDefective construction
   Material deficienciesExcessive loadings
   Deterioration and degradation

Understanding the Forensic Engineering Process

   Documenting the failure
   Conducting inves

Part II, Wednesday, July 15, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm CDT (incl. 30-min. break)

Understanding the Forensic Engineering Process, Continued

   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

Using Forensic Engineering Information

   Examining the forensic engineering report
   Impact of forensic engineering information on post-failure disputes
   Use of forensic engineering information in mediation, arbitration
      and litigation 
   The forensic engineer as consultant, expert and witness

Ethical Issues in Structural Engineering

   Design responsibilities that are exclusively duties for engineers
   Practicing only in areas of competence
   Adopting new materials/techniques: due diligence
   Duty to disclose potential problems

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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers:
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CE Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

     .7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

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     American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885) International Code Council (No. 1232)
     Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
     American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
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HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i) (2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


Victor Popp

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: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00

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 Online

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|HSW

Prerequisites: Experience with structural design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/08/2022

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.