Orlando - NAFE 2019 Winter Conference

NAFE 2019 Winter Conference January 4 - 6, 2019 Wyndham Grande Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek Orlando, Florida

Program and Schedule 

Friday, January 4


7:00      Registration   (Bonnet Creek Ballroom Foyer)

8:30      Board Welcome and Orientation  (Bonnet Creek Ballroom)

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)

4:30    ASTM E58 Forensic Engineering Technical Committee meeting

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

7:00 to 9:00 pm  Dinner at the hotel  (tickets required)  The Inaugural NAFE President’s Distinguished Service Award will be presented


Saturday, January 5 - Morning Track - General Topics  (7 CPDs)      (Abstracts and Author Bios)


7:00      Registration   (Bonnet Creek Ballroom Foyer)

7:00 am Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast - Deep Blu Seafood Grille)

8:15 am Opening Remarks and Introductions – Martin Gordon PE, 2018 NAFE President (Bonnet Creek Ballroom)

9:00-9:40 William Jones, PhD, PE and Jared Giroux, Esq – “A Forensic Analysis that Revealed an Attempted Fraud”

9:40-10:20 Michael Stall, PE – “Resolving Schedule Delay Claims with Forensic Analysis”

10:20-11:00 Helmut Brosz, PEng – “Electrocutions and Downed Power Lines”

11:00-11:40 C.J. Abraham, PhD, PE – “The Kaprun Ski Train: A Disaster Waiting to Happen”

11:40 Membership Meeting, BOD Activities Report, Induction of 2019 Board of Directors – Jeffrey Armstrong, PE (outgoing Past President) 

12:30 Round Table Discussion (includes lunch - Deep Blu Seafood Grille)

AFTERNOON TRACK 1 — GENERAL TOPICS (Bonnet Creek Ballroom - Lobby Level)     (Abstracts and Author Bios)


2:00-2:40 Rogerio de Medeiros Tocantins – “Chemical Incident Analysis Involving Storage of Fertilizer Product”

2:40-3:20 Donald Fournier, PE and Edward George, PE – “Forensic Engineering Investigation and Analysis of Crack Formation in Acetyl Resin Nuts used for Water Supply Lines”

3:20-4:00 Elizabeth Buc, PhD, PE – “Gary Presswood, ScD, PE – “A Forensic Engineering Analysis of Pedestrian Trips and Falls Subject to Wheelstops in Parking Lots”


AFTERNOON TRACK 2 — FIRE INVESTIGATION (Expedition - Lower Level)     (Abstracts and Author Bios)

2:00-2:40 David Icove, PhD, PE, Elizabeth Buc, PhD, PE, Mark Goodson, PE, and Thomas May, JD – “The Status of Arc Mapping”

2:40-3:20 Jason McPherson, PE – “Forensic Engineering Use of Arc Fault Circuit Analysis/Arc Mapping in a Residential Kitchen Fire Investigation”

3:20-4:00 Curt Freedman, PE – “Solar Fires, Melted Vinyl Siding and Other Ramifications from Concentrated Reflected Sunlight from Low-E Glass Windows, Skylights and Atrium Glass”

4:00-4:40 Michael D. Leshner, PE  – “Pinched Power Cord is Latent Defect Causing Fire When Appliance is Not in Use”


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

5:00 Adjourn

6:00      Cocktails (Cash Bar) Tesoro Commons/Cove - Pool Deck

7:00      Dinner on your own

Sunday, January 6 - Educational Seminars (7 CPDs) 


7:00      Registration   (Bonnet Creek Ballroom Foyer)

7:00      Networking Breakfast (Deep Blu Seafood Grille)

8:15      Opening Remarks:  John Certuse, PE – 2019 NAFE President (Bonnet Creek Ballroom)

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    

10:30     " Come Sit By My Bonfire: Insurance Fundamentals for Forensic Engineers" - Thomas May, JD  

12:00    Round Table Discussion (includes lunch - Deep Blu Seafood Grille)

1:30      Special - Mock Forensic Engineering Deposition Session - Jeffrey DiPalma, Esq. (Defense Atty.), Julie Jordan, Esq. (Plaintiffs Atty.) and L. Damien Costanza, Esq. 

3:30      Open Q&A Session - All Speakers – All Topics - Moderator: Robin Davies, PE

4:30      Adjourn


January 4th, 2019 12:00 AM through January 6th, 2019 11:00 PM