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Presenter: Collins O.Y. Ofori-Amanfo, P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am CDT
Break:                                 11:45 am - 12:45 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm CDT

Distinguishing between Construction Defects and Failures

   Defining defects
   Causes of defects: problems with design, materials and/or construction
   Defining failures
   Causes of failures: deterioration, unintended use, “Acts of God”

Examining Common Defects and Failures

   Analyzing defects and failures for methodology and causality
   Site selection and engineering
   Building design
   Foundation design and construction
   Design and construction of floors, walls and roofing
   Exploring defects and failures in mechanical and electrical systems

Adopting Practices that Reduce Defects and Failures

   Reviewing proposed use and preparing construction documents
   Complying with building codes and standards
   Choosing materials and construction techniques
   Construction site communication, coordination and other practices
      that minimize problems
   Monitoring construction
   Quality assurance and quality control
   Correcting problems before project completion
   Building commissioning, operation and maintenance

Preventing and Resolving Disputes Generated by Defects and Failures

   Identifying parties with potential liability
   Understanding theories of liability and defenses to liability
   Acting to remediate defects/failures
   Participating in conflict resolution procedures:
      Mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Reviewing types of damages and how they are calculated
   Insurance coverage issues

Handling Ethical Issues Associated with Defects and Failures

   Understanding the parties’ roles and relationships
   Understanding the liability and indemnification provisions in construction documents
   Duty to raise potential safety, durability issues
   Making warrantees and guarantees
   Working outside areas of competence

Webinar Instructions

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.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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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

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Collins O.Y. Ofori-Amanfo, P.E.

Owner and Principal Engineer at Collins Forensics LLC

Mr. Collins O.Y. Ofori-Amanfo, P.E., is a Board Certified Diplomate Forensic Engineer and is the owner and principal engineer of Collins Forensics LLC. Prior to establishing Collins Forensics LLC, Mr. Ofori-Amanfo previously worked for many years at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), Illinois Department of Transportation and Twin City Testing Corporation. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana and his M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Mr. Ofori-Amanfo is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska and Illinois. His broad-based experience includes investigation of collapsed/ failing structures, investigation of construction defects and resulting damage, investigation of condensation in building envelopes, evaluation of roof and wall leakage, field water testing of windows and waterproofing systems, and assessment of wind and hail damage to buildings. His work also involves giving expert testimony and assisting attorneys in resolving disputes over construction and materials-related problems. Mr. Ofori-Amanfo has been an instructor at HalfMoon Education, Inc.’s structural forensic engineering continuing education seminars in Kentucky, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Texas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Preventing and Addressing Construction Defects and Failures

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation covers the differences between construction defects and construction failures, analyzing common defects and failures, practices that reduce defects and failures, resolving disputes that are generated by defects and failures, and ethical issues that are associated with defects and failures.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to distinguish between construction defects and failures and be able to discuss common causes of such, including design problems, suspect materials, construction methods, deterioration, unintended use, and natural events.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to adopt practices that reduce construction defects and failures, including reviewing proposed use of the structure, preparing and maintaining construction documents, complying with building codes and standards, proper material selection, monitoring construction, and correcting problems before project completion.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to participate in resolving disputes that are generated by defects and failures, including identifying parties with potential liability, engaging in conflict resolution procedures, and understanding insurance coverages.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and avoid ethical pitfalls associated with construction defects and failures, including working outside of one's area of competence, not understanding liability and indemnification provisions in construction documents, unsafe construction practices, and not honoring warranties and guarantees.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSW

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 02/22/2022

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.