New Orleans - 2017 Winter Meeting

January 13 - 15, 2017 JW Marriott Hotel (in the French Quarter) New Orleans, LA

Program and Schedule 

Friday, January 13

8:00      NAFE Committee Meetings 

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

11:30    NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Lunch break (on your own)

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

4:00      ASTM E58 Forensic Engineering Technical Committee meeting - adjourns by 5:00pm 

6:00      Cash Bar

7:00       Dinner 

Saturday, January 14, 2017   Two tracks of technical presentations!  (7 CPDs)

7:00       Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast

8:15       Opening Remarks and Introductions – John Leffler, PE (2016 NAFE President)

Saturday Program Details

Paper Abstracts and Speaker Bios

5:00      Adjourn 

6:00      Cocktails (Cash Bar)

7:00      Dinner  (local restaurants, on your own) 

Sunday, January 15 - NAFE Special Educational Seminar (8 CPDs) 

Sunday Program Details


7:00      Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast) 

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

9:00      “Ethics for Engineers”:  Arthur Schwartz, Esq., CAE – NAFE Executive Director  and Samuel Sudler III, PE

10:30    "Projects Related to the Aftermath of Katrina and Rita in 2005” - Charles Prewitt, PE

11:30       “Case Study - Spare Wheel Mounting Configuration Causes a Wheel-off Hazard”-  Harold Josephs, PE

12:00   Lunch and Technical Presentation:

           “The Transocean/BP Oil Spill Investigation” Arthur Zatarain, PE (774 M)

1:30     “Security of Signing/ Sealing Engineering Documents”- Mitch Maifeld, PE

2:00     "Evidence Handling for the Forensic Engineer”- John Certuse, PE & Bill Ver Eecke, PE

3:15     “Panel Discussion: “Ten Common Expert Witness Mistakes … and How to Avoid Them”  

                  Facilitator: Robin Davies, PE

                  Panelists: John Leffler (709S), Mike Leshner (559F), Richard Rice (578F), Michael Kravitz (451F

4:00      Q&A - All Speakers – All Topics

4:30      Adjourn

January 13th, 2017 4:12 PM through January 15th, 2017 12:00 AM