Monthly Webinars

Earn CE credits and deepen your understanding of property loss without leaving the office.

  • January 27, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Origin Stories: Chimney Fires
    Presented by: Nathan P. Bromen, IAAI-CFI

    Chimney fires often aren’t detected immediately. As cold weather approaches, homeowners find that they have flue damage, cracks, or lapsed maintenance that delay the comforts of a fireplace. Acquire the knowledge you need to identify the indicators of a chimney fire and how to mitigate the damage in this course.

    This course offers CE credit for AL, FL, IN, MS, NM, NC, TX, and WY, with pending approval in GA and OK.

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  • February 10, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Product Failure Trends: Dishwashers
    Presented by: John Kenney, P.E.

    As one of the most heavily used appliances in your house, the dishwasher is a dream – until it fails. Seal leaks, tub leaks, and valve damage can all cause costly water damage to your property, as well as time and money to repair. Learn how to spot failures in dishwashers as well as their potential causes.

    This course offers CE credit for AL, FL, MS, NM, NC, and WY, with pending approval in GA, IN, TX, and OK.

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  • February 24, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Product Failure Trends: Materials Lab
    Presented by: Adrian Hruszkewycz, P.E.

    Some product failures go beyond nondestructive testing. Enter the metallurgical lab, where chemical analysis, cross-sectioning and mounting, and x-rays and electron microscopes delve into complex failures. This webinar will detail the processes available to take a deeper dive into destructive joint testing.

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  • March 10, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Constructing the Scene: Retaining Wall Failure
    Presented by: Jared Powell, P.E.

    A retaining wall is a necessary protection for a property, so it’s vital that it be constructed properly. Unfortunately, retaining wall failure is a common reason to seek out a forensic investigator. Let us take you through best construction practices, common modes of failure, and how to resolve a retaining wall claim quickly through expert knowledge.

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  • March 24, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Nature vs. Structure: Earthquakes
    Presented by: Barry Speer P.E.

    In parts of the United States, earthquakes and the resulting damage are inevitable. Let us take you step by step through the triage process surrounding investigations: what can you handle and when should you call in an expert?

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  • April 07, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Origin Stories: Vehicle Fires
    Presented by: James Ross, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

    A vehicle fire can be as devastating as a house fire, and it requires a unique touch. This course details the investigation process surrounding a vehicle fire, including how to obtain vehicle history, identify ignition sources, and handle the vehicle prior to the investigation.

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  • April 21, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Nature vs. Structure: Tornado Damage to Residential Structures
    Presented by: J. Marvin Aikens III, P.E., CFEI

    The last several years have seen an increase in tornado activity throughout the United States, and property owners have reported more tornadic wind-related damages. This webinar will outline the Enhanced Fujita scale, how to identify the extent of damage caused by a tornado, and when to recommend repair vs. rebuilding following a storm.

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  • May 05, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Nature vs. Structure: Lightning Damage to Residential Structures
    Presented by: Gaetano Fuschetto Jr., P.E., CFEI, CVFI

    Lightning doesn’t have to strike twice to do some serious damage. Let an Electrical Engineer walk you through the process of an electrical investigation, common lightning damage, and research in the field to ensure you get the most out of your investigator.

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  • May 19, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Origin Stories: Marine Fire Investigations
    Presented by: James Sielehr, IAAI-CFI

    Marine fire investigations come with terminology and procedures all their own. Better understand how to expedite your marine fire claims and recognize subrogation potential using best practices demonstrated in step-by-step case studies. Our presenter will also define different types of vessels, failure modes, and legal considerations surrounding marine fires.

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  • June 02, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Nature vs. Structure: Wind and Water
    Presented by: John Miller, P.E.

    Wind and moving water can often simultaneously cause damage to a structure, especially during storm events. Find out the best way to differentiate between these two types of damage, even when they’re both present; what evidence to document and how; and how to support your findings with research.

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  • June 16, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Product Failure Trends: Fractography
    Presented by: Adrian France, P.E.

    The majority of water-related product failures involve some kind of fracture. Fractography puts the tools in your hands to apply the right expertise to identify failure cause and origin and subrogation potential for a claim. Our expert presenters will explain this science, including its limitations and capabilities.

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  • July 07, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Nature vs. Structure: Wind Beyond Roofing
    Presented by: Richard Grimshaw, P.E.

    Can wind damage siding? Can it shift the foundation? This course reviews the sources of wind damage and how it can affect a structure from the top to the bottom and from the outside in. You’ll learn how to identify how deeply wind damage can affect a structure and how to detect key indicators.

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  • July 21, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Troubled Water: Residential Water Intrusion
    Presented by: Casey McKinley, P.E.

    Water is the leading cause of property damage – 1 in 50 homeowners will file a water damage claim annually! Gain the knowledge on determining the source and duration of water intrusion, how to mitigate damage, and problems from the common to the rare, as well as how to differentiate between the many types of water intrusion.

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  • August 04, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Constructing the Scene: Wood Deck Construction and Failure Methods
    Presented by: Steven Little, P.E.

    Decks can be crucial for our social lives, storage, and aesthetic value, but their failures can lead to costly repairs or personal injuries. Learn the common failures of decking and the construction methods to prevent this potential safety issue.

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  • August 18, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Troubled Water: Multi-unit Water Intrusion and Building Envelope Defects
    Presented by: Jeff Coyne, P.E.

    Water can find its way into a structure through any opening, and in multi-unit structures, one tenant’s problem can quickly spread. In this webinar, learn how to identify the most common entry points for water and how to mitigate water loss in large buildings.

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  • September 01, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Troubled Water: Managing Wall System Drainage
    Presented by: Paul Burtis, P.E.

    Homeowners are often caught off-guard when home inspections reveal deficiencies in stucco or veneer. This course will keep you in the know about stucco requirements, common deficiencies, and installation errors, as well as how to mitigate these factors. Moreover, you’ll learn to recognize deficiencies without destructive testing.

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  • September 15, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Nature vs. Structure: Flooding Beyond Direct Structural Damage
    Presented by: Jonathon Woodard, P.E.

    2020 was a record year for hurricane events, which caused flooding throughout impacted areas. The forces associated with a flood event can be destructive but causes of structural damage from flooding often extends deeper than these direct forces. Learn about the different types of flood damage and how to address repairs.

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  • October 06, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Product Failure Trends: Forensic Testing 101
    Presented by: Stephanie Adams, P.E.

    Protect your evidence with an in-depth understanding of the investigation process and the importance of a single chain of custody. Explore how a streamlined expert investigation can not only provide answers but also shine light on subrogation potential.

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  • October 20, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Product Failure Trends: Faucets
    Presented by: John Holiday, P.E.

    Homeowners demand a lot of their faucets, and so much affects their durability: from material to installation to maintenance, a lot can cause a faucet to fail before its life expectancy. Learn how to recognize common modes of failure in faucets and their components, and what to look for in preventing premature failure.

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  • November 17, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Origin Stories: Electric + Fire
    Presented by: John Heinen, IAAI-CFI(V)/ECT, CFEI

    Electricity plays a part in every fire investigation, and it can be difficult to understand what factors are at play in your claim. Find out about the most common culprits and how to ensure your investigator is keeping up with the updated NFPA guidelines for fire investigation and electricity.

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  • December 01, 2021
    11:00 a.m. ET
    Nobody Wants Their Expert Excluded: Daubert Challenges and Motions to Exclude
    Presented by: Emily Faith, JD

    If your claim goes into litigation, the last thing you want is for your expert to be excluded. Learn how to select an expert based on their credentials and qualifications, how the use of the scientific method  by your expert helps ensure admissibility of their opinions, and important considerations in responding to a Daubert Challenge or a motion to exclude. Don’t miss out on this vital crash course!

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