Forensics Engineering Conference 2021

Forensics Engineering Conference


This annual conference brings together the best of academic and industry for an exciting exchange on Forensics Engineering. By using real-world case studies such as hurricanes, structural failures and foundation issues, the conference focuses on lessons learned across a variety of topics. Topics covered in previous years include: non-destructive testing for forensics investigations, the role of the Forensic Engineer in the legal process, forensics related to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Engineering Ethics, among others.

Who Should Attend?

  • Design Structural Engineers
  • Forensics Engineers
  • Engineers in materials laboratories
  • Architects interested in technical issues
  • Foundation Engineers
  • Engineers in public service
  • Engineers-in-Training
  • Engineers involved in building envelopes

How It Works

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Juan Carlos Araiza, Ph.D., P.E.
EFI Global
The FIU Bridge Collapse - A discussion on the NTSB findings

Gabriel Polo, Ph.D., P.E.
Walter P. Moore
Structural Failures: From Unserviceable Buildings to Ultimate Collapse

Michael Drerup, P.E., F. ASCE
CTL Group
Pathology of Dimension Lumber Framing

Andrew Harold, M.S., S.E., P.E.
Nelson Forensic
Professional Practice and the Expert Witness

Jeremy Bridwell, P.E.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
You Don’t See That Everyday: Solving Unique Problems in the Building Enclosure

Dean Deschenes, M.S.
Carl Larosche, M.S.
Michael Uyeda
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Forensic Evaluation of Hydronic Piping Systems: A Case Study

Zachary Kates, P.E., LEEDS AP
Thornton Tomasetti,
Topic to be determined

John Bryant, Ph.D., P.G., P.E., CPG, D.GE
Bryant Consultants
Dramatic Retaining Wall Failures: The Soil Structure-Interaction of Earth Retention Systems and Slope Failures

Jim Wiethorn, Ph.D., P.E.
Haag Engineering Company
Topic to be determined

Randy Poston, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., NAE
Michael Ahern, P.E.
Pivot Engineers
Wind Damage of Solar Panel Arrays and Required Repairs

David Peraza, P.E.

David Nicastro, P.E.
Building Diagnostics
Spontaneous Glass Breakage

Travis Ebisch, M.S., P.E.
Nelson Forensics
Failure Analysis of a Reinforced Concrete Silo

Narendra Gosain, P.E.
Walter P. Moore, Retired
Topic to be determined

Frequently Asked Questions

What topics are covered in the Forensics Engineering Conference?

Topics covered in previous years have included:

  • Non-destructive testing for forensics investigations
  • The role of the Forensic Engineer in the legal process
  • Forensics related to hurricanes Harvey and Irma
  • Engineering Ethics
  • And many more!
What are the dates and times for the conference?

February 11-12, 2021 from 8:00am to 5:15pm

Note: there will be multiple 15-minute breaks throughout the day, as well as a lunch break each day

Will I receive CEUs/PDHs for this course?

You will be awarded 15 hours of continuing/professional education credits, including 1 hour of Ethics, which are applicable towards the continuing education requirements for P.E. license renewal in Texas. These hours may also be applicable towards license renewal requirements in other states.

More information on continuing education requirements for P.E. license renewal:

Where do the class sessions take place?

All class sessions will be delivered via Zoom, and will be recorded to allow participants to review the material at a later date.