Monthly Webinars

Learn from the comfort of your own desk with Donan University monthly webinars.

  • April 25, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Structural Failures: Repair versus Replace
    Presented by: Marvin Aikens, P.E., CFEI, Chief Engineer

    Should structural elements of a building be repaired or is a complete replacement required to return it to its pre-loss condition? The answer can depend on a number of factors. This course will provide guidelines for determining the best option in each case and ensuring code requirements are met.
    CE credits offered in AL, FL, NC, TX

    Pending Approval in GA, MS, OK, WY
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  • May 09, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Construction Defects
    Presented by: Jeff Coyne, P.E., Forensic Engineer

    Construction defects can lead to structural failures, liability claims, water intrusion and a whole host of other issues. Learn how to recognize the signs of construction defects in the field – from common roofing installation issues to major structural defects.
    CE credits offered in AL, NC, TX

    Pending Approval in FL, GA, MS, OK, WY
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  • May 23, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Advanced Hail Investigations: Collateral Damages
    Presented by: Gary Ellis, P.E., Forensic Engineer

    Collateral indicators of hail impact are important in any hail investigation. Learn how collateral indicators on window frames, siding, decks and more, can assist in your overall property assessment, from understanding characteristics of the hail event to determining whether hail damage exists.
    CE credits offered in AL, NC, TX

    Pending Approval in FL, GA, MS, OK, WY
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  • June 13, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Lightning Claims
    Presented by: Frank Miller Jr., P.E., CFEI, Forensic Engineer

    Lightning damages totaled over $825 million in 2016, and lightning claims are increasingly common throughout the U.S.  This course covers the characteristics of lightning damage and discusses issues to consider when presented with a lightning claim.  Our expert will explore a multitude of relevant topics including lightning damage to convoluted stainless steel tubing and electrical systems, as well as electrical damage to appliances, well pumps, and HVAC systems.

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  • June 27, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Issues with New Home Technology
    Presented by: Matt Pritzl, P.E., Forensic Engineer

    The construction practices of today are changing, but the changes aren’t always implemented properly (or even understood). This course will explore the changing technologies and practices that are entering our homes and our lives, including  air-tight houses and ventilation systems; insulation, air barriers, and vapor retarders; and new technologies that control these systems.

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  • July 11, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Basic Flood Investigation
    Presented by: John Miller, P.E., Forensic Engineer & Principal Consultant

    As 2017 demonstrated, flooding can have a significant impact on the insurance industry. First in our flood series, this course will explain how a flood affects a structure, teach you to recognize damage caused by floods, and provide you the knowledge necessary to differentiate flood damage from other causes in order to properly assess claims.

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  • July 25, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Advanced Flood Investigation
    Presented by: John Miller, P.E., Forensic Engineer & Principal Consultant

    Following a hurricane or other severe storm event, adjusters often need to separate flood damage from wind damage. Second in our flood series, this advanced course will cover how flood and wind affect a structure, teach you to differentiate flood and wind damage where there is both, and explore what you should expect from an engineer’s report and how to interpret the findings.

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  • August 15, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Damage From Wildfires
    Presented by: Jim McCarthy, IAAI-CFI, Regional Fire Manager

    In 2017, the U.S. saw more than 66,000 wildfires that cost billions of dollars in residential and commercial property damages, and caused injuries and fatalities. Understand how wildfires start and how damages can be prevented, as well as what subrogation potential exists in wildfire losses.

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  • August 29, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Materials Testing
    Presented by: Don Mikel Jr., P.E., Engineering Manager

    Metal plumbing components often fail because they do not meet industry standards and good practice. This course will help you identify suspect product failures and determine why these failures occur. Explore how SEM and EDS technology can confirm material quality, and how the technical data obtained from these tools satisfies the requirements of product liability law.

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  • September 12, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Sinkholes
    Presented by: Juan Rafols, P.E., Forensic Engineer

    Sinkholes can cause extensive damages to property, utilities, and roadways, and ultimately lead to significant losses in property values. This course will define sinkholes, explore the different types, discuss areas that are prone to this peril, and explain how to investigate damages caused by sinkholes.

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  • October 10, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Commercial Truck Brake Failures and Product Liability Claims
    Presented by: Jeff Bradley, P.E.

    From our litigation services, this course will explore product liability claims stemming from commercial truck accidents caused by brake failures.  One of our mechanical engineering experts explores the evidence that is essential to both defense and plaintiff attorneys working these cases.

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  • October 24, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Advanced Commercial Roofing
    Presented by: Chris Scallion, P.E., Forensic Engineer

    This course provides an overview of complex issues regarding low-slope roof systems. Our expert will teach you to identify low-slope roof membrane systems, determine typical water intrusion causes, and to address repair versus replace remediation scenarios. At the end of the course you’ll have a better understanding of how to differentiate poor quality workmanship, age-related deterioration, and inadequate maintenance practices from storm damage.

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  • November 07, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Large Fire Losses
    Presented by: John Hill, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CFVI, Regional Fire Manager

    Large fire loss investigations can be complex and require the coordination of many parties. Our fire expert covers what adjusters need to know about how they can contribute to a successful fire investigation, from contacting the insured to protecting the scene and preventing spoliation.

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  • December 05, 2018
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Electrical Fires
    Presented by: Frank Miller Jr., P.E., CFEI, Forensic Engineer

    This course will explore the complexity of electrical fires as they pertain to residential and commercial structures, and provide an intermediate understanding of electrical failures to assist adjusters during their investigations. Topics covered include lightning and CSST fires and resistance heating fires.

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