NAFE 2020 Winter Conference

January 10-12, 2020

 San Diego Marriott La Jolla

San Diego, California


With a Special Seminar Track on Forensic Marine Engineering Investigation

With Captain Jason Neubauer, United States Coast Guard



January 10 – 12, 2020 at the San Diego Marriott - La Jolla, CA
Book your group rate for our meeting for any
nights from 5 Jan - 16 Jan 2020.


Seminar Fees:   $500 per day 
Register by noon on November 26th for a discount!
First time NAFE Conference attendees and Life Members -  Half price!


Register for the conference online 


Program and Schedule 

Friday, January 10

7:00      Registration   

8:30      Board Welcome and Orientation  

9:00      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Morning Session 

12:00    Lunch break (on your own)

1:30      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Afternoon Session (Board Business)

3:30    ASTM E58 Forensic Engineering Technical Committee meeting

6:00 to 7:00 pm  NAFE Reception (cash bar)

7:00 to 9:00 pm  Awards Banquet at the hotel  (tickets required)        


Saturday, January 11 - Morning Track - General Topics  (7 CPDs)    

7:00      Registration  

7:00 am Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast )

8:15 am Opening Remarks and Introductions – John Certuse PE, 2019 NAFE President 

Morning Track 1 — Mechanical

9:00-9:40     R. Kevin Smith, PE – “Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction Methods Applied to the Design of Mobile Elevating Work Platform Overturns and Entrapments

9:40-10:20   Steve Knapp, PE, Henry Mowry, PE, and Dave Neidig – “A Forensic Engineering Approach to Documenting and Analyzing Plumbing Failures

10:20-11:00  John Schwartzberg, PE – “Scaffold Supports

11:00-11:40   Daniel Couture, PEng — “FE Investigation of a High-Voltage Transmission Line Shackle Failure

Morning Track 2 — Civil/Structural and Marine/Aquatics

9:00-9:40     Chad Williams, PE – “Analyzing Damage to Wood Shingles

9:40-10:20   Rune Storesund, PhD, PE – “FE Engineering Evaluation of Excessive Differential Settlement on Compressible Clays

10:20-11:00    Rune Storesund, PhD, PE – “FE Evaluation of Landowner Obligations Following Retaining Wall Failure

11:00-11:40   David Stewart, PE – “FE Analysis of Pavement Failures at a Commercial Dry Storage Marina

11:40 Membership Meeting, BOD Activities Report, Induction of 2020 Board of Directors – John Leffler, PE (outgoing Past President) 

11:40          Membership Meeting, BOD Activities Report – John Certuse, PE1

2:30            Round Table Discussion (includes lunch)

1:00            Journal Authors and Peer Reviewers Workshop (not for PDH credit)

Afternoon Track 1 — Mechanical

2:00-2:40     William Keefe, PE – “FE Investigation of a Pipe Joint Tester Explosion

2:40-3:20     Robert Anderson, PhD, PE – “The Forensic Analysis of a Failed Cast Iron Pipe

3:20-4:00     Nikhil Kar, PhD, PE – “Metallurgical and Mechanical Failure Analysis of an Aftermarket Flywheel

4:00-4:40     Curt Freedman, PE  – “Utilization of Carbon Dioxide as a Tracer Gas in FE Investigations to Determine Air Infiltration in Residential Homes, Commercial Buildings, Vehicles, and Other Enclosures

Afternoon Track 2 — Marine/Aquatics and Fires/Explosions

2:00-2:40    Jerry Tindal, PE – “FE Analysis of a Modular Woodburning Fireplace Fire with a Gas Log Lighter

2:40-3:20     Robert Schifiliti, PE – “Woodworking Operation with Defined Code Requirements for Fire and Dust Explosion Protection

3:20-4:00     Bart Kemper, PE – “Computational Fluid Dynamic Modeling of an Industrial Diving Incident

4:00-4:40     Paul Kamen, PE – “FE Investigation of a Dock Cleat Failure Causing Injury Fish Boat Docking

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

5:00 Adjourn

6:00      Cocktails (Cash Bar) 

7:00      Dinner at Cafe Coyote in Old Town

Sunday, January 12 - Educational Seminars (7 CPDs) 

7:00      Registration  

7:00      Networking Breakfast 

8:15      Opening Remarks:  Jim Petersen, PE – 2020 NAFE President 

General Track

9:00      “2019 Update on Ethics, Law and Public Policy Affecting Forensic Engineers”   - Arthur Schwartz, JD, CAE and Samuel G. Sudler, P.E., IntPE, CFEI, CVFI    

Marine Track

9:00 - 9:40    Fire Cause and Origin Investigation Involving Recreational Vessels Both Underway and while Docked, and how NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 are Applied to these Investigations - Marvin E. (Gene) Bullington

9:40 – 10:20    Motor Vessel Pleasure Craft Fire and Explosion Reviews - Rob Berryman, PE, CFEI, Jim Pryor BSEET, CFEI and Andrew Pietropaolo, BSEE, CFEI

10:20 – 11:00 -Forensic Engineering Investigations of Recreational Vessel Collisions Employing Maneuvering Board Vector Analysis Technique - Walter S. Laird, PE, CMI, IAAI-CFC

11:00 – 12:00   Forensic Analysis of the Search and Recovery of the SS El Faro - Captain Jason Neubauer, United States Coast Guard

12:00    Round Table Discussion

Lunch and Learn Topic:  How to develop and operate a Forensic Engineering practice  (not for credit)

Afternoon Program

General Track 

Marine Track

1:30 – 2:10 - Tentative presentation by the NTSB

2:10 – 2:50     Forensic Engineering Analysis of Suction Entrapment Injury in a Natural Body of Water - Matthew A. Reynolds, P.E. William N. Rowley, Ph.D. , P.E.

2:50 – 3:30     Forensic Engineering Study of Dismasting of Sailing Yachts - Roy Crooks, Ph.D., P.E

3:30 – 4:10    Forensic Engineering of Northside Bulkhead Failure of Steel Plate Attachments for Reinforcing the Seawall - Gerald Zadikoff, PE

4:10 - 4:30    Open Q&A Session - All Speakers – All Topics - Moderator: Jon Milton, PE

4:30      Adjourn

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