NAFE 2018 Winter Conference

January 12 - 14, 2018

Hyatt Regency Hotel

 Phoenix AZ

Hotel - reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency at the discounted rate of $195

 

Seminar Fees:   $500 per day.
First time NAFE Conference attendees and Life Members -  Half price!

 

Register for the conference online 

 

Program and Schedule 

Friday, January 12

8:00      NAFE Committee Meetings - Meeting room open for committees to meet

9:15      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Morning Session (including Committee Reports) 

11:30    Lunch break (on your own)

1:00      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Afternoon Session (Board Business)

3:30      ASTM E58 Forensic Engineering Technical Committee meeting - adjourns by 5:00pm 

6:00 to 9:00 pm  NAFE Reception and Dinner at the hotel 

 

Saturday, January 13, 2018  - Two tracks of technical presentations  (7 CPDs)  Paper Abstracts and Speaker Bios

7:00 am Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast)

8:15 am Opening Remarks and Introductions – Michael Leshner, PE (2017 NAFE President)

MORNING TRACK 1 — CIVIL / STRUCTURAL

9:00-9:40 Rune Storesund, PE – “FE Evaluation of Hillside Excavation for a Construction Contract Dispute”

9:40-10:20 Edward Fronapfel, PE – “The Conservatory: A Case Study in Underdrain Design Methodologies, Performance and Failures”

10:20-11:00 William Walker and Paul Carr, PhD, PE – “FE Evaluation of Lost Labor Productivity Claims on Construction Projects”

11:00-11:40 Curt Freedman, PE – “Utilization of Solar Insolation Parameters for HVAC, Building Freeze Damage, Vehicle Pedestrian Solar Glare Accidents, Roof & Siding Damage, and Solar Performance FE Applications”

MORNING TRACK 2 — MECHANICAL / PRODUCTS

9:00-9:40 Daniel Couture, P.Eng. – “FE Investigation of Furnace Oil Supply Line Fitting Leak”

9:40-10:20 Anthony Sasso, PE – “FE Analysis of Common Failures and Inspection Procedures for Residential and Commercial
Chairs”

10:20-11:00 Bart Kemper, PE – “Misuse of Pressure Vessel Codes in Forensic Applications”

11:00-11:40 R. Vasu Vasudevan, PE and Jeremy Britton, PE – “FE Analysis of a Failed Clamp on a Pool Filter Housing”

11:40 Membership Meeting, Activities Report, Induction of 2018 Board of Directors – Ross Curtis, PE

12:30 Round Table Discussion (includes lunch)

AFTERNOON TRACK 1 — FIRE INVESTIGATION

2:00-2:40 John Certuse, PE – “Fire Caused by Control Failure due to Intentional Manufacturing Deviation from Tested Design”

2:40-3:20 Jerry Tindal, PE – “FE Analysis of a Fire Origin and Cause Allegedly Involving an Overfilled Propane Cylinder”

3:20-4:00 David Icove, PhD, PE and Thomas Lawton – “Forensic Identification and Cause of Hot Socket Problems in Electrical
Meters”

4:00-4:40 Jeffrey Lange, PE – “FE Analysis of a Cloned Ignition Coil Pack”

AFTERNOON TRACK 2 — VEHICLES & TRAFFIC

2:00-2:40 Richard Ziernicki, PhD, PE, William Pierce, PE, and Angelos Leiloglou – “FE Analysis of Projectile Thrown from
Phantom Vehicle”

2:40-3:20 Jerry Ogden, PhD, PE and Mathew Martonovich, EI – “FE Analysis of Commercial Vehicle Air Brake System Performance”

3:20-4:00 Richard Ziernicki, PhD, PE, Angelos Leiloglou, Taylor Spiegelberg, and Kurt Twigg – “The Application of Match
Moving for FE Analysis”

4:00-4:40 Robert Peruzzi, PhD, PE – “FE Analysis of the Alleged Failure of an Emergency Vehicle Traffic Light Preemption
System”

4:40-5:00 Follow-up Q & A Session for Technical Presentations

5:00 Adjourn

6:00      Cocktails (Cash Bar)

7:00      Dinner on your own
                                                           

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Two tracks of Educational Seminars (7 CPDs) 

7:00      Networking Breakfast

8:15      Opening Remarks:  Martin Gordon, PE – 2018 NAFE President 

MORNING TRACK 1

9:00      “Ethics, Law and Public Policy Affecting Forensic Engineers”   - Arthur Schwartz, JD, CAE and Samuel G. Sudler, P.E., IntPE, CFEI, CVFI    

10:45     "US Embassy Soldier’s Panamanian Mistress Murdered or Pedestrian v. Auto Accident?  Subtle Engineering Evidence Solves International Mystery"  Laura Liptai, PhD, and Joshua M. Toman, Esq. Major U.S. Army (Retired) JAG Prosecutor 

MORNING TRACK 2

8:45     "Advanced Fire Investigation for Professional Engineers" - David Icove PhD PE and Gerald Haines PE.  (Authors of Kirk's Fire Investigation, 8th Edition)  This seminar will focus on the critical Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) of NFPA 1033 for fire investigators and provides background for NFPA 1033’s “Basic Sixteen” knowledge requirements. (more)

12:00    Round Table Discussion (includes lunch)


AFTERNOON TRACK 1

1:30      “Low Light-level Visibility, Conspicuity and Illumination”, James Hyzer, PhD., D-IBFES

2:30       "Effective Coordination and Communication Between Attorney and Expert" - Gary Lento, Esq.. Special Counsel to the Arizona Attorney General's Office

AFTERNOON TRACK 2

1:30      "Advanced Fire Investigation for Professional Engineers" - David Icove PhD PE and Gerald Haines PE.  (Authors of Kirk's Fire Investigation, 8th Edition)  This seminar will focus on the critical Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) of NFPA 1033 for fire investigators and provides background for NFPA 1033’s “Basic Sixteen” knowledge requirements. (more)

4:30      Open Q&A Session - All Speakers – All Topics - Moderator: Robin Davies, PE

5:00      Adjourn

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