Subject: Forensic Engineering Seminar, Los Angeles Section, ASCE
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 19:07:59 EDT
"LESSONS LEARNED IN FORENSIC ENGINEERING"
May 7, 1999, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
UC Irvine, Monarch Bay Conference Room
The Forensic Engineering Technical Group of the Los Angeles Section of ASCE
is proud to announce our Fourth Annual Seminar. This year we have assembled
several nationally-renowned engineers to discuss case histories and the
lessons learned from those case histories. This seminar promises to be a
very informative and educational seminar for all civil, structural, and
Ken Carper, professor at Washington State University. Mr. Carper is the
founding editor of the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, and
is the author of several papers and books on Forensic Engineering. He will
present a historical perspective on the lessons learned from forensic
Emmanuel Velivasakis is Senior Vice President with the national
design/forensic firm of LZA Technology. He has participated in many
high-profile structural failures, including the John Hancock Tower,
L'Ambiance Plaza collapse, and the Personal Hoist Support Structure at Times
Square. His presentation will address the mechanics of a forensic
investigation with parallels drawn to his current investigation of the Times
Ruben Zallen specializes in the investigation of structural failures and
problem structures, earthquake engineering, and construction problems and
procedures. He has more than 40 years experience, and is a Fellow in ASCE.
He is a past chairman of the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering of
ASCE. He will discuss several case histories addressing various lessons to
be learned from failures.
Jerry Coleman is the Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of
San Francisco. He will present his perspective on the criminal investigation
of a balcony collapse in San Francisco. In that case, the general contractor
was charged with manslaughter.
Dr. John Osteraas is a Principal Engineer with Exponent Failure Analysis
Associates. He was a structural engineer expert on the San Francisco case
involving manslaughter due to a structural failure, and will jointly present
with Mr. Coleman.
John Marthens is Vice President, Technical Services of Aon Risk Services,
Inc. He is a fire protection consultant to the insurance industry. He will
present a summary of the lessons learned from fire protection systems
failures during the Northridge earthquake.
Sam Muir is an attorney who specializes in the representation of design
professionals. He will address contractual issues that pose the most
significant risk and liability for engineers and architects who practice in
the forensic field.
John Norman is Vice President and Regional Claims Manager for DPIC Companies.
Jointly with Mr. Muir, Mr. Norman will address the risk and liability issues
faced by architects and engineers.
Seminar cost is $135, pre-paid, $150 at the door. Cost includes continental
breakfast, lunch, parking, and workshop materials.
For more information or a registration form, contact Lisa Shusto 310-302-7221
or Steve Helfrich 909-792-7366