Monthly Webinars

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

  • December 18, 2019
    11:00 a.m. ET
    The Daubert Challenge: Lessons Learned From Fighting the Motion to Exclude
    Presented by: Emily Faith, JD

    Donan experts have testified hundreds of times and have been identified as experts in many litigated matters. In the course of Donan’s involvement, opposing parties have, on occasion, made motions to exclude our professionals, as identified expert witnesses. This course will review a variety of case studies and describe how Donan experts have survived motions to exclude their expert opinions and testimony.

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  • January 22, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Was the Heat on? Freeze Failures and Your Mechanical Engineer
    Presented by: Andrew J. Vane, P.E. and Lucas Stoller, P.E.

    The winter months produce more freeze failures than any other time of year. This course will explore the process by which pipes freeze and burst, and the tools needed to determine whether heat was maintained.

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  • February 12, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Toilet Failures
    Presented by: John Holiday, P.E.

    Toilet failures are often overlooked for subrogation potential. This course investigates these failures and explores the different types of toilet defects.

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  • February 26, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Damage to Foundations
    Presented by: Sean Cary, P.E., S.E.

    Foundation damage often appears as a result of foundation and slab movement. This course will explore how loads are applied through a structure and supported by a foundation system, and will investigate causes of failure.

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  • March 11, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Damage to Driveways and Sidewalks
    Presented by: Gary W. Ellis, P.E., NAFI-CFEI

    Driveway and sidewalk damage can become a hazard for those who encounter it. This course will discuss the different types of driveway and sidewalk damage, as well as how to determine whether damages are the result of a specific event.

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  • March 25, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Clothes Dryer Fires
    Presented by: Nathan P. Bromen, IAAI-CFI and Daniel Wilhelm, P.E., CFEI

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. Learn how to determine if a fire is the result of an appliance malfunction, design defect, or user-related issue and tips for maintenance to help reduce the chances of such fires.

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  • April 08, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Vehicle Hail Damage
    Presented by: Robert Whelan, Jr., P.E., MEng, CFEI, MBA and Dale Jackson, P.E., MBA, CFEI, CVFI

    Hail events can often lead to significant vehicle damage. This course takes a deeper dive into the analysis of vehicle damage following wind and hail events

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  • April 22, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Swimming Pool Damage
    Presented by: Paul Burtis, P.E.

    Why do above ground pools suddenly collapse? How do in-ground pools lift out of the ground? What causes vinyl liners to pull away from the pool walls? This course will address causes of damage to pools and addressing the time frame in which the damage occurred.

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  • May 06, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Window Failures
    Presented by: J. Marvin Aikens III, P.E., CFEI

    Windows can be the weakest point of a residential structure. Learn about the different types of windows and how to identify failure modes based on the age and quality of windows.

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  • May 20, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Wind and Hail 101
    Presented by: John Miller, P.E.

    This one-hour course will introduce the science behind wind and hailstone forces. Gain the knowledge and skill to perform an effective site study and learn how to conduct a thorough analysis of the most common causes of damage.

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  • June 03, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Investigating Flooring Damage
    Presented by: Richard Grimshaw, P.E.

    Identifying cause of damage (or perceived damage) to floor coverings can be a challenge. This one-hour course will explore damage to flooring products, how to investigate possible causes, and how to assess potential repair alternatives.

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  • June 17, 2020
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Commercial Roofing 101
    Presented by: Chris Scallion, P.E., RRC

    This one-hour course offers in-depth content on low-sloped roof systems and their components, durability, and common defects. Learn how low-sloped roofs are affected by wind, hail, and other perils, and how you can differentiate damages to determine an accurate cause.

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