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  • Forensics Engineering Conference

Forensics Engineering Conference

February 13 - 14, 2020

Topics covered in this conference will focus on lessons learned from hurricanes, building envelopes, structural failures, foundation issues, and other case studies.

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Course # EN20010
Date(s) February 13 - 14, 2020
Time(s) Thursday: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor(s) David Fowler, Various

Registration Fee: $650.00

Senior, Group, Government & Student Discounts Available. Contact Program Coordinator.

CEUs 1.5 (which includes ETHICS)
Location The Commons (located inside TCB)
10100 Burnet Road, Building 137
Austin, TX 78758
(between US 183 and Braker Lane)
(See Map)

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This annual conference brings together the best of academia and industry for an exciting exchange on forensics engineering. Last year’s conference featured the following topics: 1900 Austin Dam Disaster – A Forgotten Failure; Best Practices in Cause and Origin Investigation; Forensics and Sustainable Benefits of Rigid over Flexible Pavements; Structural Fire Resistance 101: What Every Structural Engineer Should Know; Investigating Natural Disaster Claims, Leak Investigation – Understanding the Testing; Never Jump – Until the Facts are Known!; TBPE – Engineering Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Who should attend

  • Design structural engineers
  • Engineers in materials laboratories
  • Architects interested in technical issues
  • Foundation engineers
  • Engineers in public service
  • EIT engineers
  • Forensic engineers
  • Engineers involved in building envelopes

Topics & Instructor information

  • Blowing in the Wind: Tower Cranes - Good or Bad? - Jim Wiethorn, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Demolition of Structures with Historic PT Systems - Kerry Kreitman, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Innovative Workflows and Technology in Forensics Investigations - Brendan Adams
  • Twenty Year Journey - Investigations and Repairs at Dallas City Hall Plaza - Stephen Lucy, P.E.
  • Tornado Damage to Wood-Framed Houses - Timothy Marshall, P.E./Meteorologist
  • Forensics Investigation using Seismic Performance-Based Criteria for Evaluation and Repairs - Jacob Bice, P.E.
  • Tips for Expert Witnesses - Matthew Rechtien, P.E., Esq.
  • Dissecting the Roof: Coring and Laboratory Testing in Roofing Evaluations - Justin Donaldson, P.E.
  • Roof Drainage and Collapse - Travis Ebisch, M.S., P.E.
  • The Forensic Analysis of the Soil-Structure Interaction of Millennium Tower - John Bryant, Ph.D. P.G., P.E., CPG, D.GE
  • Black Box Equal Failed Bridge - Lisa Powell, P.E.
  • Case Study: Foundation and Slab-on-Ground Movement due to Expansive Clay and Remediation - Yonghoon Lee, P.E. PMP & Peter Larson, P.E.
  • Forensic Investigation and Maintenance Techniques to Avoid Litigation - J. Brent Stephens, P.E. & Sarwar Siddiqui, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Building Envelopes: The Hottest and Worst Trend in Residential Litigation - Brian Eubanks, M.S.C.E., P.E., D.F.E.
  • TBPE & LS - Professional Practice Update / Engineering Ethics - Lance Kinney, Ph.D., P.E.

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

Earn 1.5 CEUs – including ETHICS. This is an ideal opportunity for PEs to satisfy ALL the Texas license renewal requirements for the year.

"Very well prepared presentations. Interesting historical information highlighted the difference in project development using early engineering concepts compared to technology available today."
– Steven Dewolf

"Dr. Karl Frank was one of the best presentation of the entire conference. Real-world examples we can learn from! Case study presentations like this are the best to learn from."
- Scott Anderson

Past attendees of our Forensics Engineering Conference praise "the diversity of the course material in addition to top notch professionals” and “the incredible amount of experience and information shared by both the instructors and participants."

"Great case studies to show use of FRP is more general than just confining columns that need strengthening! The information is useful and educational! These presentations are good exposure to unknown areas of Forensics."
– past participant

Hotel Information

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