San Diego - 2020 Winter Conference

NAFE 2020 Winter Conference January 10-12, 2020 San Diego Marriott La Jolla San Diego, California

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     Chad Williams, PE – “Analyzing Damage to Wood Shingles”

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     Richard Ladroga, PE – “FE Investigation of Common-Mode Transverse Vibration Failure of Three Large Power Transformers During Transoceanic and Land Shipment”

9:40-10:20     Robert Peruzzi, PhD, PE – “Forensic Engineering Analysis of a Swimming Pool Electric Shock Injury”


10:20-11:00   Bart Kemper, PE – “Computational Fluid Dynamic Modeling of an Industrial Diving Incident”


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, John Certuse, PE   

                     Induction of 2020 Board of Directors – John Leffler, PE (outgoing Past President) 

12:00            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 — Civil/Structura & 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  Rune Storesund, PhD, PE – “FE Engineering Evaluation of Excessive Differential Settlement on Compressible Clays”

3:20-4:00  Rune Storesund, PhD, PE – “FE Evaluation of Landowner Obligations Following Retaining Wall Failure”

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

5:45      Bus departs hotel lobby to Café Coyote


6:30     Cocktails and Dinner at Café Coyote in Old Town


9:15     Bus departs Café Coyote to hotel                                                  

Sunday, January 12 - Educational Seminars (7 CPDs) 

7:00      Registration  (Foyer)

7:00      Networking Breakfast (Soledad Ballroom)

8:15      Opening Remarks:  Jim Petersen, PE – 2020 NAFE President (Salon E)

General Track (Salon E)

9:00 - 11:00     “2020 Update on Ethics, Law and Public Policy Affecting Forensic Engineers”   - Arthur Schwartz, JD, CAE, Tom May, JD and Samuel G. Sudler, P.E., IntPE, CFEI, CVFI    

Marine Track (Salon A/B/C)

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

General and Marine Tracks Combined (Salon E)

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 (Soledad Ballroom)

12:45 - Lunch and Learn Topic:  How to develop and operate a Forensic Engineering practice  (not for credit) (Soledad Ballroom)

1:30 – 2:30 - An Introduction To The NTSB/Office of Marine Safety Organization and Investigation Process - Captain Michael Kucharski, Office of Marine Safety, NTSB

General Track (Salon E)

2:30 – 3:10 – “Performing Backups: There are 10 types of people in the world”, Mitch Maifeld, P.E.

3:10 – 3:50 – “Drones 101 – An Introduction to the Use of Drones”, Jonathan W. Milton, P.E.

3:50 – 4:30 – “Rectifying Aerial Images of Roadways – An Alternative Approach”, Allen Molitoris, P.E.

Marine Track (Salon A/B/C)

2:30 – 3:10     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.

3:10 – 3:50     Forensic Engineering Study of Dismasting of Sailing Yachts - Roy Crooks, Ph.D., P.E

3:50 – 4:30    Forensic Engineering of Northside Bulkhead Failure of Steel Plate Attachments for Reinforcing the Seawall - Gerald Zadikoff, PE

General and Marine Tracks Combined (Salon E)

4:30 - 5:00    Open Q&A Session - All Speakers – All Topics - Moderator: Jon Milton, PE (Salon E)

5:00      Adjourn

January 10th, 2020 12:00 AM through January 12th, 2020 12:00 AM