Seminars

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We offer free seminars as part of our service to our clients. These seminars can be customized to fit your organization's particular requirements and concerns, or we can create a custom seminar on a topic not listed below. Seminars can be presented formally or as part of a more casual "lunch & learn" session.

Select a topic below for information on the seminar and the course outline. To book a seminar or for more information, please contact us directly.

Seminar Topics



Collection & Preservation of Evidence

This seminar provides instruction on the collection and preservation of evidence from loss and accident scenes. The participant will be provided with examples of actual losses and the methods involved in the collection and measurement of physical evidence. Documentation methods and requirements to permit further analysis of the evidence collected will be provided. Physical sampling and measuring techniques will be shown and demonstrated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning how to recognize what constitutes valuable evidence at a loss site.
  • Learning how to record information from a loss site using different measurements.
  • Learning how to obtain samples from a loss site.
  • Learning how to properly handle records and samples so they can be used as evidence.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - Introduction Records, Samples, & Evidence
How We Make Use of These in Forensic Engineering
Module 2 - How to Record Positions
Measurements
Methods for Measurement
Taking Readings with Simple Equipment
Module 3 - How to Sample Solids, Liquids, & Gases
Container Preparation
Residues
Contamination
Sample Handling
Background Samples
Module 4 - Making Your Record or Sample Evidence Labeling & Documentation
Continuity of Custody
Non-destructive Sampling/Removal
Permission vs. Preservation
Module 5 - Demonstrations Demonstrations with participant involvement

Course Length: This course provides 2 hours of instruction, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: Field Adjusters, Claims Adjusters, Claims Managers



Fire & Explosion Investigation

This seminar addresses the chemistry and behaviour of fire, technical investigation techniques, fire cause & origin, and other issues facing a fire investigator.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the chemical nature of fire and different fuel types.
  • Understanding the concepts of thermodynamics and heat transfer as they relate to fire events.
  • Learning how fire behaves under different conditions.
  • Recognizing various sources of ignition and learning how ignition can result in fire.
  • Understanding the different classifications used to identify a fire.
  • Learning standard fire investigation techniques and processes, including hypothetical testing.
  • Learning what types of evidence are valuable at a fire scene and various methods used to obtain the evidence.
  • Introduction to different types of fires and how they are handled from an investigation stand-point.
  • Understanding of how expert witnesses can be used effectively in litigation.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - Fire Chemistry Definition
Fuel Types
Fuel Conditioning
Module 2 - Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer Energy Types
Heat Transfer Mechanisms
Module 3 - Behaviour & Nature of Fire Fire Triangle
Fuel Conditioning - Flammability & Volatility Demonstration
Explosions
Static Electricity
Behaviour & Nature of Fire
Fire Pattern Analysis
Module 4 - Ignition Processes & Sources Definition (Simple Model)
Auto-ignition Temperature
Fuel Types & Conditioning
Minimum Ignition Energy
Ignition Sources
Electrical fires
Classification of Electrical Equipment
Quenching Distance
Classification of Fire Cause
Module 5 - Investigation Processes Equipment
Data Collection
Codes & Standards
Data Analysis
Investigation Results
Module 6 - Testing Your Hypotheses Fire Scene Reconstruction
Burn Testing - Bench Scale, Full Scale
Product/Material Testing & Evaluation
Module 7 - Handling of Evidence Preservation - Securing the Scene
Documentation - Photography, Video
Non-Destructive Testing
Destructive Testing
Transfer & Storage
Exhibits
Module 8 - Special Investigations Vehicle Fires
Equipment Fires
Electrical Fires
Investigation of Suspicious Fires
Marine Fires
Module 9 - Expert Witnessing Effective use of an expert witness in claim litigation
Module 10 - Case Studies & Exercises Several detailed case studies are reviewed, including carry through from investigation to trial or settlement.

Course Length: This course is lengthy and can fill 24 hours of instruction as a whole, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: Field Adjusters, Claims Adjusters, Claims Managers, Attorneys



Motor Vehicle Accident Investigation & Reconstruction

This seminar provides instruction on the technical aspects of an Accident Reconstruction and helps to clarify what type of losses would benefit from Accident Investigation & Reconstruction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning how to collect background information concerning an accident from witnesses and the police.
  • Understanding how an accident scene and the vehicles involved are examined for evidence.
  • Learning what is required when an accident involves special circumstances, such as damaged cargo or dangerous goods.
  • Understanding various types of research and testing that can be carried out to assist in or support an accident investigation.
  • Learning about the role of human factors (visiblity, etc.) in accidents.
  • Understanding the different types of analysis used to determine how an accident occurred, such as speed, or if an accident could have been avoided.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - Background Interviews
Police Information
Module 2 - Examinations Accident Site
Vehicles
Module 3 - Special Investigations Damaged Cargo
Dangerous Goods
Demonstrative Evidence
Module 4 - Research & Testing Special Vehicle Characteristics
Weather
Road Infrastructure
Module 5 - Human Factors Vision - Night-time Visibility
Injury Assessment
Seatbelt Defence
Driver Behaviour
Lighting Assessments
Witness Information
Module 6 - Analysis Impact
Speed
Accident Reconstruction
Avoidance
Module 7 - Case Studies Discussion of actual Accident Reconstruction cases

Course Length: This course provides 12 hours of instruction, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: AB Claims Adjusters, AB Claims Managers, Subrogation Specialists, Attorneys



Low-Speed Impact Collisions

This seminar provides instruction on effectively assessing and documenting a claim involving a Low-Speed Impact Collision. It also describes the technical aspects of Low-Speed Impact Collisions and explains the information required by forensic engineers to determine the speed changes experienced by vehicle occupants during a collision. Further, it explains how this information can be compared with injury data from published studies to assist with injury assessment.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to effectively handle a claim involving a Low-Speed Impact Collision.
  • Learning what types of physical evidence are useful to forensic investigators when assessing a Low-Speed Impact Collision.
  • Understanding the relevance of reported information (such as witness accounts) to an investigation.
  • Learning what factors increase or decrease the probability of injury in a Low-Speed Impact Collision.
  • Learning how to recognize and mitigate fraudulent injury claims arising from a Low-Speed Impact Collision.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - The Problem Initial Assessment of a Claim - What needs to be done?
Module 2 - Records Papers
Photographs
Measurements
Observations
Statements
Equipment for Testing
Module 3 - Engineering Studies Background Information
Vehicle Examinations
Statements & Reported Information
Damage Analysis
Speed Analysis
Injury Analysis
Engineering Conclusions
Module 4 - Lessons Learned

Course Length: This course provides 2 hours of instruction, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: AB Claims Adjusters, AB Claims Managers, Attorneys



Failure Analysis & Product Liability

This seminar provides instruction on types of failures and their relationship to Product Liability. It also addresses the investigation techniques commonly used to perform Failure Analysis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding what constitutes a "failure" & the different types of failures.
  • Learning how a Failure Analysis investigation is carried out.
  • Understanding common sources of failures.
  • Understanding common mechanisms leading to failures.
  • Learning how a Failure Analysis can assist with Product Liability investigations & litigation.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - Failure Analysis Definition of a "failure"
Objectives of Failure Investigation
Module 2 - Sequence of Analysis Background
Examinations
Non-destructive Testing
Destructive Testing
Documentation
Module 3 - Sources of Failures Types of Failures
Failure Mechanisms
Module 4 - Products Liability The Plaintiff's Perspective
The Defendant's Perspective
Product Defects
Minimum Ignition Energy
Code Violations
Suitable Defenses
Warnings
Module 5 - Case Studies Discussion of actual cases involving Failure Analysis & Products Liability

Course Length: This course provides 6 hours of instruction, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: Field Adjusters, Claims Adjusters, Claims Managers, Subrogation Specialists, Attorneys



Commercial & Industrial Failures

This seminar provides instruction on commerical and industrial related failures. It presents theoretical information, defining a failure from an engineering point-of-view, and introduces various types of failures and possible causes. This presentation is based primarily on case studies, which cover a range of failures commonly encountered in commerical and industrial property claims.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to define a "failure".
  • Understanding the main objectives of a Commercial & Industrial Failure investigation.
  • Learning the various sources of Commercial & Industrial Failures.
  • Understanding how Commercial & Industrial Failures are analysed and the types of information required for analysis.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - Failure Analysis Definition of a "failure"
Objectives of Failure Investigation
Module 2 - Sources of Failure Deficiencies in Design
Deficiencies in Selection of Materials
Imperfection in Materials
Errors in Construction Procedures
Inadequate Workmanship/Installation
Improper Service
Conditions/Maintenance
Accidental
Module 3 - Sequence of Analysis Background Information
Site Examination
Reported Information
Non-destructive Tests
Destructive Tests
Assessment of Cause
Module 4 - Case Studies Discussion of actual cases involving Commercial/Industrial Failures

Course Length: This course provides 2 hours of instruction, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: Property Claims Adjusters, Property Claims Managers, Attorneys



Building/Property Failures

This seminar provides instruction on failures related to buildings/property. It presents theoretical information, defining a failure from an engineering point-of-view, and introduces various types of failures and possible causes. This presentation is based primarily on case studies, which cover a range of failures commonly encountered in both residential and commercial property claims.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to define a "failure".
  • Understanding the main objectives of a Building/Property Failure investigation.
  • Learning the various sources of Building/Property Failures.
  • Understanding how Building/Property failures are analysed and the types of information required for analysis

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - Failure Analysis Definition of a Failure
Objectives of a Failure Investigation
Module 2 - Fundamental Sources of Failure Deficiencies in Design
Deficiencies in Selection of Materials
Imperfection in Materials
Errors in Construction Procedures
Inadequate Workmanship/Installation
Improper Service
Conditions/Maintenance
Accidental
Module 3 - Sequence of Analysis Background Information
Site Examination
Reported Information
Non-destructive Tests
Destructive Tests
Assessment of Cause
Module 4 - Case Studies Basement Construction & Lot Draining
Underpinning
Guard Rails
Pools
Walkways
Basement Walls
Excavation Slopes
Septic Systems
Cracking of Ceramic Floor Tiles
Garage Collapse

Course Length: This course provides 2 hours of instruction, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: Property Claims Adjusters, Property Claims Managers, Attorneys



Effective use of Engineering Experts in Claims Litigation

This seminar provides instruction on how and when to use Engineering Experts in claims litigation cases. It also covers the new rules pertaining to use of an expert in court.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguishing the different Engineering Expert requirements in different types of cases.
  • Knowing when to hire an Engineering Expert and when not to hire an Engineering Expert.
  • Understanding the Engineer's timeline and how to use them effectively.
  • Understanding the new rules pertaining to use of an expert in court.

Abbreviated Course Outline

Module 1 - Types of Cases First Party
Third Party
Module 2 - Using Engineering Experts When NOT to use an Engineering Expert
When TO use an Engineering Expert
The Engineering Timeline
Using an Engineering Expert for a Second Opinion
New Rules for Use of Experts in Court
Module 3 - Case Studies Discussion of actual cases involving claims litigation

Course Length: This course provides 2 hours of instruction, but can also be condensed and presented in shorter time frames by presenting only select modules or sections of modules, as applicable.

Who Should Attend: Attorneys, Subrogation Specialists

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