Managing Risk and Regulatory Requirements of Designated Substances – WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading multidisciplinary forensic firm, is pleased to announce that our webinar series will continue with a NEW 2021 Spring/Summer syllabus. Our complimentary webinars incorporate a robust focus on education and each session is accredited for CE credits in various provinces across Canada. Join the thousands of insurance industry professionals who have participated in our past curriculums to learn from top experts across 13 distinct disciplines.

Join industry leading experts on Thursday, May 13th as they host a discussion on Managing Risk and Regulatory Requirements of Designated Substances. This dynamic webinar will be of importance to industry professionals such as insurance company personnel, risk managers, independent adjusters, the legal community + more.

Click HERE to Register

Join 30 Forensic Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Remediation team for a discussion focused on mitigation of risk through designated substance surveys (DSSs), addressing the legal requirements prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. This session will be of interest to insurers, building owners, and property managers, as it will highlight their responsibilities under the Act. It will speak to our recent experiences with incorrect, incomplete or lack of DSSs. These aspects resulted in designated substance spills, lead to increases in scope, exceeded budgets, and significant time delays for project completion. The presentation will highlight how these can contribute to secondary property damage, including health and safety risks for operations and maintenance staff, and suggestions for risk management.

WEBINAR

Managing Risk and Regulatory Requirements of Designated Substances

Date:

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Time:

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Click HERE to Register

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

SPEAKERS

Chris Ciasnocha, B.A.Sc., E.I.T.
Senior Associate, Multidisciplinary Remediation 
30 Forensic Engineering

Chris Ciasnocha is an experienced project manager, specializing in commercial and industrial environmental projects and assessments. Environmental projects and assessments include: designated substance surveys, indoor air quality assessments, mould assessments and their associated abatements and remediations. Christopher has extensive experience related to all facets of delivering environmental projects from initial assessment, preparation of scopes of work, inspections during construction phases and project closeout.

Deepak Bhathal, B.A., CRSP, CFEI
Senior Associate, Multidisciplinary Remediation 
30 Forensic Engineering

Deepak Bhathal is a Senior Associate in the Remediation Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. He is a purpose driven, community oriented Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) professional with over 10 years of experience in the engineering consulting and construction industries. Mr. Bhathal has extensive experience as the point of contact for clients, providing technical and best practices expertise. He has been the lead on various EH&S projects such as air quality and odour control, water quality, asbestos and mould sampling and abatement, occupational hygiene, HVAC and hazard assessments.

2021 Spring/Summer Seminar Series at a Glance & Registration

Please find complete curriculum details below
Click on any webinar title to register

Thursday, May 13th 1:00pm EST

Managing Risk and Regulatory Requirements of Designated Substances

Thursday, May 20th 1:00pm EST

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims on Stairways

Thursday, May 27th – 1:00pm EST

The Nuances of Collision Reconstruction and Human Factors Assessments in MVAs Involving Motorcycles

Thursday, June 3rd – 1:00pm EST

Assessments of Pedestrian and Cyclist Motor Vehicle Collisions

Thursday, June 10th – 1:00pm EST

Product Liability – Summer Fun Gone Wrong

Thursday, June 17th – 1:00pm EST

Product Liability – Fire & Water: An Iconic Insurance Duo

Thursday, June 24th – 1:00pm EST

Construction with an Insurance Mindset

Thursday, July 8th 1:00pm EST

Vehicle Data Forensics

Thursday, July 15th 1:00pm EST

The Digital Witness: The Use and Limitations of Photo and Video Evidence

Thursday, July 22nd 1:00pm EST

Municipal Litigation Risk Management:  The Human Factors in Current and Future Roadway Risk and Liability Assessments

Thursday, July 29th – 1:00pm EST

Municipal Litigation Risk Management: Emerging Municipal Construction Challenges

If you have any questions, please email:
Colleen Heffernancheffernan@30fe.com

Curriculum Details

Please click on the webinar titles to register

Managing Risk and Regulatory Requirements of Designated Substances

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 13th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Deepak Bhathal B.A., CRSP, CFEI, Christopher Ciasnocha B.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Synopsis: Join 30 Forensic Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Remediation team for a discussion focused on mitigation of risk through designated substance surveys (DSSs), addressing the legal requirements prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. This session will be of interest to insurers, building owners, and property managers, as it will highlight their responsibilities under the Act. It will speak to our recent experiences with incorrect, incomplete or lack of DSSs. These aspects resulted in designated substance spills, lead to increases in scope, exceeded budgets, and significant time delays for project completion. The presentation will highlight how these can contribute to secondary property damage, including health and safety risks for operations and maintenance staff, and suggestions for risk management.

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims on Stairways

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 20th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Dr. Andrew Huntley B.Sc., Ph.D., Claire Miller B.E.SC., P.Eng.

Synopsis: Andrew Huntley, B.Sc., Ph.D. and Claire Miller, B.E.SC., P.Eng. are pleased to discuss the role of multidisciplinary investigations in injury claims, with a specific focus on stairway falls. While many are familiar with the individual disciplines of building code, human factors assessments, or biomechanical investigations, the advantages of combining multiple disciplines in identifying technical issues associated with personal injury, especially on stairs, are less commonly discussed. We will bring real-world examples of where a multidisciplinary approach has been helpful in identifying technical issues in incidents involving stairs. The conversation will also consider best practices when multiple disciplines are involved, to ensure you are achieving the maximum benefit from these investigations.

The Nuances of Collision Reconstruction and Human Factors Assessments in MVAs Involving Motorcycles

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 27th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Dr. Adam Campbell B.Kin., Ph. D., Raffi Engeian B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng., Derek Wong B.Sc., B.A.Sc.

Synopsis: Despite there being relatively few motorcycles on the road compared to passenger vehicles, they are over-represented in collision rates with both vehicle and human elements to consider in liability assessments of collision avoidance. Raffi Engeian, B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng. will discuss approaches used to reconstruct collisions involving motorcycles, and how they differ from the more traditional approaches used to assess passenger vehicle collisions. Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph. D. will discuss the nuances of motorcyclist performance, and the behaviour of drivers observing motorcycles on the roadway, issues of lighting and expectations that foster collision potential

Assessments of Pedestrian and Cyclist Motor Vehicle Collisions

Date & Time: Thursday, June 3rd – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Chad Gooyers, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Please join us for a seminar on pedestrian and cyclist motor vehicle investigations. Hosted by Chad Gooyers, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Regional Director — Western Canada, and Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng., Regional Director — Ottawa, this session will focus on what to look for when handling motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists, as well as some of the biomechanical insights that can be integrated into traditional reconstructions of these incidents. Dr. Chad Gooyers will also provide an overview of the biomechanical techniques that can be used to establish whether proper helmet use would have prevented or mitigated the severity of head injuries sustained by unhelmeted cyclists.

Product Liability – Summer Fun Gone Wrong

Date & Time: Thursday, June 10th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Ben Desclouds, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng., Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.

Synopsis: With the summer months upon us, Ben Desclouds, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng. and Rob Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng. have put together a unique product liability presentation using case examples exclusively from the summer months. Specifically, when those leisure activities become stressful due to failures. They will illustrate the basic concepts of product design and product liability investigations using cases about boats, tubing ropes, water parks, jungle gyms, rope swings, pools, golf equipment, bicycles, gyms and much more. We will review the failures and identify any subrogation and recovery potentials.

Product Liability – Fire & Water: An Iconic Insurance Duo

Date & Time:  Thursday, June 17th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Olivia Yalnizyan, M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc., Rashmiya Raviraj B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Join Rashmiya Raviraj, B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng. and Olivia Yalnizyan, M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc. for another of our product liability series, focusing on the most destructive duo in insurance: fire losses and water losses. We will take you through the engineering fundamentals of product design and manufacturing, and where engineering inadequacies lead to failures and catastrophic losses. Fire losses and water losses are two of the most common and most devastating results of product failures. Using electrical and material failure examples we will demonstrate the relationship between product liability and product design and engineering. Ultimately, we’ll provide you with a greater understanding of the impact of product design on its failure, to help you identify, understand, and pursue more of these subrogation opportunities.

Construction with an Insurance Mindset

Date & Time: Thursday, June 24th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Jeff Reitsma MBA, PMP, P.Eng

Synopsis: Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng. will examine common cost and risk issues which we have seen arise over the course of remedial construction projects. As our team is often afforded a life-cycle view of an insurance event from emergency response through restoration and recovery, we have the ability to connect the dots between activities taken over the course of a file which can lead to significantly different outcomes for insured parties, insurers and restoration contractors. Specifically, we will review critical decision points & processes in the remedial construction process itself, related to:

• Impact assessment;
• Management and documentation of scope, schedule & budget;
• Contracts & dispute resolution; and
• Post-event litigation.

We will identify some common threads, tips and tricks, and issues to be mindful of — regardless of the type of project — to enable better outcomes on construction-related matters.

Vehicle Data Forensics

Date & Time: Thursday, July 8th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Harrison Griffiths B.Sc.E, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Join Harrison Griffiths, B.Sc.E, P.Eng. for a discussion which explores the types of historical electronic data stored in modern passenger vehicles, how that data can help your investigation above and beyond the typical reconstruction, and a look into some potential sources of data inaccuracies that highlight why it can be dangerous to take the data on face value without proper consideration and analysis.

The Digital Witness: The Use and Limitations of Photo and Video Evidence

Date & Time:  Thursday, July 15th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Nishan Perera B.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Synopsis: Join Nishan Perera, B.A.Sc., P.Eng. for a modern look into how photographs and video evidence can make or break a case in liability assessments involving motor vehicle collisions. Participants will learn about the photogrammetry process and how engineers can extract data that no longer exists. Participants will also learn about video evidence, how it can be misleading and the importance of correctly interrogating these digital witnesses to get the most reliable information possible.

Municipal Litigation Risk Management:  The Human Factors in Current and Future Roadway Risk and Liability Assessments

Date & Time:  Thursday, July 22nd – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Dr. Adam Campbell B.Kin., Ph. D.

Synopsis: As a trial-experienced Human Factors expert, Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph. D. will take you into the courtroom to expose the common reasons why road authorities are often found at-fault for collision events, and how autonomous/connected vehicles and infrastructure will shift the current liability landscape. Dr. Campbell will also deliver practical strategies that road authorities can use to reduce their litigation risks, today and in the future.

Municipal Litigation Risk Management: Emerging Municipal Construction Challenges

Date & Time: Thursday, July 29th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Jeff Reitsma MBA, PMP, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Please join 30 Forensic Engineering’s Construction Team, led by Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng. as they review recent experience in files highlighting areas of litigation risk for municipalities and their agents, including:

• Increased frequency and intensity of storms
• Small-scale renewable energy installations
• Innovative materials & methods of construction
• Green infrastructure

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

VANCOUVERCALGARYTORONTOOTTAWA

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 65 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

VANCOUVERCALGARYTORONTOOTTAWA

30 Forensic Engineering Launches NEW 2021 Spring/Summer Virtual Seminar Series Curriculum & Registration

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading multidisciplinary forensic firm, is pleased to announce that our webinar series will continue with a NEW 2021 Spring/Summer syllabus. Our complimentary webinars incorporate a robust focus on education and each session is accredited for CE credits in various provinces across Canada. Join the thousands of insurance industry professionals who have participated in our past curriculums to learn from top experts across 13 distinct disciplines.

As engineers, scientists and experts, we deal in complexities – but we don’t speak in them. Hear from industry leading professionals who are accustomed to delivering the facts in a way that’s detailed, insightful, and understandable to layperson and expert alike. These virtual and interactive seminars also provide the opportunity to speak with the experts directly and ask questions. 

With science as our foundation, our belief is that knowledge enables action. With that in mind, commencing on Thursday May 13th, 2021, we are offering the following complimentary and accredited weekly webinars.

2021 Spring/Summer Seminar Series at a Glance & Registration

Please find complete curriculum details below
Click on any webinar title to register

Thursday, May 13th 1:00pm EST

Managing Risk and Regulatory Requirements of Designated Substances

Thursday, May 20th 1:00pm EST

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims on Stairways

Thursday, May 27th – 1:00pm EST

The Nuances of Collision Reconstruction and Human Factors Assessments in MVAs Involving Motorcycles

Thursday, June 3rd – 1:00pm EST

Assessments of Pedestrian and Cyclist Motor Vehicle Collisions

Thursday, June 10th – 1:00pm EST

Product Liability – Summer Fun Gone Wrong

Thursday, June 17th – 1:00pm EST

Product Liability – Fire & Water: An Iconic Insurance Duo

Thursday, June 24th – 1:00pm EST

Construction with an Insurance Mindset

Thursday, July 8th 1:00pm EST

Vehicle Data Forensics

Thursday, July 15th 1:00pm EST

The Digital Witness: The Use and Limitations of Photo and Video Evidence

Thursday, July 22nd 1:00pm EST

Municipal Litigation Risk Management:  The Human Factors in Current and Future Roadway Risk and Liability Assessments

Thursday, July 29th – 1:00pm EST

Municipal Litigation Risk Management: Emerging Municipal Construction Challenges

If you have any questions, please email:
Colleen Heffernancheffernan@30fe.com

Curriculum Details

Please click on the webinar titles to register

Managing Risk and Regulatory Requirements of Designated Substances

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 13th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Deepak Bhathal B.A., CRSP, CFEI, Christopher Ciasnocha B.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Synopsis: Join 30 Forensic Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Remediation team for a discussion focused on mitigation of risk through designated substance surveys (DSSs), addressing the legal requirements prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. This session will be of interest to insurers, building owners, and property managers, as it will highlight their responsibilities under the Act. It will speak to our recent experiences with incorrect, incomplete or lack of DSSs. These aspects resulted in designated substance spills, lead to increases in scope, exceeded budgets, and significant time delays for project completion. The presentation will highlight how these can contribute to secondary property damage, including health and safety risks for operations and maintenance staff, and suggestions for risk management.

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims on Stairways

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 20th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Dr. Andrew Huntley B.Sc., Ph.D., Claire Miller B.E.SC., P.Eng.

Synopsis: Andrew Huntley, B.Sc., Ph.D. and Claire Miller, B.E.SC., P.Eng. are pleased to discuss the role of multidisciplinary investigations in injury claims, with a specific focus on stairway falls. While many are familiar with the individual disciplines of building code, human factors assessments, or biomechanical investigations, the advantages of combining multiple disciplines in identifying technical issues associated with personal injury, especially on stairs, are less commonly discussed. We will bring real-world examples of where a multidisciplinary approach has been helpful in identifying technical issues in incidents involving stairs. The conversation will also consider best practices when multiple disciplines are involved, to ensure you are achieving the maximum benefit from these investigations.

The Nuances of Collision Reconstruction and Human Factors Assessments in MVAs Involving Motorcycles

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 27th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Dr. Adam Campbell B.Kin., Ph. D., Raffi Engeian B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng., Derek Wong B.Sc., B.A.Sc.

Synopsis: Despite there being relatively few motorcycles on the road compared to passenger vehicles, they are over-represented in collision rates with both vehicle and human elements to consider in liability assessments of collision avoidance. Raffi Engeian, B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng. will discuss approaches used to reconstruct collisions involving motorcycles, and how they differ from the more traditional approaches used to assess passenger vehicle collisions. Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph. D. will discuss the nuances of motorcyclist performance, and the behaviour of drivers observing motorcycles on the roadway, issues of lighting and expectations that foster collision potential

Assessments of Pedestrian and Cyclist Motor Vehicle Collisions

Date & Time: Thursday, June 3rd – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Chad Gooyers, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Please join us for a seminar on pedestrian and cyclist motor vehicle investigations. Hosted by Chad Gooyers, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Regional Director — Western Canada, and Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng., Regional Director — Ottawa, this session will focus on what to look for when handling motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists, as well as some of the biomechanical insights that can be integrated into traditional reconstructions of these incidents. Dr. Chad Gooyers will also provide an overview of the biomechanical techniques that can be used to establish whether proper helmet use would have prevented or mitigated the severity of head injuries sustained by unhelmeted cyclists.

Product Liability – Summer Fun Gone Wrong

Date & Time: Thursday, June 10th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Ben Desclouds, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng., Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.

Synopsis: With the summer months upon us, Ben Desclouds, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng. and Rob Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng. have put together a unique product liability presentation using case examples exclusively from the summer months. Specifically, when those leisure activities become stressful due to failures. They will illustrate the basic concepts of product design and product liability investigations using cases about boats, tubing ropes, water parks, jungle gyms, rope swings, pools, golf equipment, bicycles, gyms and much more. We will review the failures and identify any subrogation and recovery potentials.

Product Liability – Fire & Water: An Iconic Insurance Duo

Date & Time:  Thursday, June 17th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Olivia Yalnizyan, M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc., Rashmiya Raviraj B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Join Rashmiya Raviraj, B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng. and Olivia Yalnizyan, M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc. for another of our product liability series, focusing on the most destructive duo in insurance: fire losses and water losses. We will take you through the engineering fundamentals of product design and manufacturing, and where engineering inadequacies lead to failures and catastrophic losses. Fire losses and water losses are two of the most common and most devastating results of product failures. Using electrical and material failure examples we will demonstrate the relationship between product liability and product design and engineering. Ultimately, we’ll provide you with a greater understanding of the impact of product design on its failure, to help you identify, understand, and pursue more of these subrogation opportunities.

Construction with an Insurance Mindset

Date & Time: Thursday, June 24th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Jeff Reitsma MBA, PMP, P.Eng

Synopsis: Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng. will examine common cost and risk issues which we have seen arise over the course of remedial construction projects. As our team is often afforded a life-cycle view of an insurance event from emergency response through restoration and recovery, we have the ability to connect the dots between activities taken over the course of a file which can lead to significantly different outcomes for insured parties, insurers and restoration contractors. Specifically, we will review critical decision points & processes in the remedial construction process itself, related to:

• Impact assessment;
• Management and documentation of scope, schedule & budget;
• Contracts & dispute resolution; and
• Post-event litigation.

We will identify some common threads, tips and tricks, and issues to be mindful of — regardless of the type of project — to enable better outcomes on construction-related matters.

Vehicle Data Forensics

Date & Time: Thursday, July 8th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Harrison Griffiths B.Sc.E, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Join Harrison Griffiths, B.Sc.E, P.Eng. for a discussion which explores the types of historical electronic data stored in modern passenger vehicles, how that data can help your investigation above and beyond the typical reconstruction, and a look into some potential sources of data inaccuracies that highlight why it can be dangerous to take the data on face value without proper consideration and analysis.

The Digital Witness: The Use and Limitations of Photo and Video Evidence

Date & Time:  Thursday, July 15th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Nishan Perera B.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Synopsis: Join Nishan Perera, B.A.Sc., P.Eng. for a modern look into how photographs and video evidence can make or break a case in liability assessments involving motor vehicle collisions. Participants will learn about the photogrammetry process and how engineers can extract data that no longer exists. Participants will also learn about video evidence, how it can be misleading and the importance of correctly interrogating these digital witnesses to get the most reliable information possible.

Municipal Litigation Risk Management:  The Human Factors in Current and Future Roadway Risk and Liability Assessments

Date & Time:  Thursday, July 22nd – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Dr. Adam Campbell B.Kin., Ph. D.

Synopsis: As a trial-experienced Human Factors expert, Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph. D. will take you into the courtroom to expose the common reasons why road authorities are often found at-fault for collision events, and how autonomous/connected vehicles and infrastructure will shift the current liability landscape. Dr. Campbell will also deliver practical strategies that road authorities can use to reduce their litigation risks, today and in the future.

Municipal Litigation Risk Management: Emerging Municipal Construction Challenges

Date & Time: Thursday, July 29th – 1:00pm EST/11:00am MST/10:00am PST

Speakers: Jeff Reitsma MBA, PMP, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Please join 30 Forensic Engineering’s Construction Team, led by Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng. as they review recent experience in files highlighting areas of litigation risk for municipalities and their agents, including:

• Increased frequency and intensity of storms
• Small-scale renewable energy installations
• Innovative materials & methods of construction
• Green infrastructure

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

VANCOUVERCALGARYTORONTOOTTAWA

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

Water Loss Investigations: Beginning Claims with Subrogation and Recovery in Mind – WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering and On Side Restoration Services have teamed up to create an exciting and informative presentation regarding water loss investigations and all things subrogation and recovery.

Join industry leading experts on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 as we will explain how key decisions made at the outset of a claim can drastically improve subrogation and recovery efforts later on in the claims process. Our presentation will follow the loss investigation paths for a various types of water losses from the following systems:

  • Plumbing systems (e.g. fridges, sinks, filters, washing machines)
  • HVAC systems (e.g. chillers, fan coils, riser piping)
  • Fire Sprinklers Systems (e.g. sprinkler heads, dry system piping)

For each of the above system components we will provide a background on the purpose of the components, a description of the common failure mechanisms, and case study examples. We will provide tips, tricks, and best practices that can be used in future water loss investigations.

WEBINAR

Water Loss Investigations: Beginning Claims with Subrogation and Recovery in Mind

Date:
Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Time:
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Click HERE to Register

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

SPEAKERS

Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.
Senior Vice President & Practice Lead
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC 
30 Forensic Engineering

Rob is a Senior Forensic Materials Engineer, with 20 years of industry experience. For the past 7 years, Rob has acted as the Principal of the Materials Failure analysis group at -30- Forensic Engineering. Rob possesses over 12 years of failure analysis and related work experience in the Aerospace industry. He has specialized experience in the causes of failure of a wide variety of consumer and industrial products. He also investigates personal injuries associated with a wide variety products including power tools, amusement rides, scaffolding, lifts, doors, glass bottles/cups, hoisting equipment, and many other products.

Ben Desclouds, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.
Senior Associate
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC 
30 Forensic Engineering

Ben is a Senior Associate in the Materials Failure Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management, Materials Engineering, from McMaster University. Ben specializes in analysis of the structure, properties, mechanics and production of materials, as well as project management. He has participated in a diversity of investigations during his time at 30 Forensic Engineering, including product and glass failures, cases involving residential and commercial sprinkler and plumbing systems, and the characterization and/or identification of materials. Ben is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Alan Reyno
Project Management Training and Development Facilitator 
On Side Restoration

Alan has over 30 years of emergency restoration industry experience starting as laborer and moving through the positions of Project Manager to Branch then Regional Manager for On Side. Alan holds certifications in many of the restoration disciplines (CDS WRT ASD AMRT FSRT OCT HST) with advanced specialization in water mitigation and Applied Structural Drying. Day to day managerial roles and experience with cat events such as Hurricane Andrew have prepared Alan for the next level in his career as mentor with training the project management teams nationally at On Side.

Click HERE to Register

2020 Ontario Risk & Insurance Management Society (ORIMS) Virtual Conference

October 6th, 2020 (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM) – ORIMS, RIMS Canada and Sedgwick are pleased to present a virtual session of three fantastic presentations which focus on important and current areas of risk management. Please see below for the complete speaker line-up and click the official ORIMS registration link HERE to enroll for this dynamic webinar.

30 Forensic Engineering is proud to have two of our leading experts (Jeff Reitsma MBA, PMP, P.Eng. and Dr. Adam Campbell B.Kin., Ph. D.) contributing to this vital conversation and sharing ideas with other leaders of the risk management community.  

Click the ORIMS Registration HERE to Enroll

30 Forensic Engineering Launches Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Virtual Seminar Series Curriculum & Registration

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm, is proud to announce its dynamic FALL/WINTER weekly series of webinars that are well-suited towards insurance industry professionals.

As engineers, scientists and experts, we deal in complexities – but we don’t speak in them. Hear from industry leading professionals that are accustomed to delivering the facts in a way that’s detailed, insightful, and understandable to everyone – layperson and expert alike. These virtual and interactive seminars will also provide you with the opportunity to speak with the experts directly and ask questions. 

With science as our foundation, our belief is that knowledge enables action and with that in mind, commencing on October 15th, 2020, we are offering the following complimentary weekly webinars.

2020/2021 Fall/Winter Seminar Series at a Glance & Registration

Complete curriculum details are located below
Please click on the webinar titles to register

Thursday, October 15th – 1:00pm EST

What Would a ‘Normal’ Driver Do? Human Factors in Collisions and Municipal Liability Assessments

Thursday, October 22nd – 1:00pm EST

Latest Technologies Used to Investigate Heavy Truck Collisions

Thursday, October 29th – 1:00pm EST

Post-loss Remediation – Technical Pitfalls Leading to Cost Escalation

Thursday, November 5th – 1:00pm EST

Assessments of Restraint Use and Effectiveness during Motor Vehicle Collisions

Thursday, November 12th – 1:00pm EST

New Technologies for Assessing Vehicle Collision Claims

Thursday, November 19th – 1:00pm EST

Equipment Failures: Fire, Breakdown, Failure

Thursday, November 26th – 1:00pm EST

Assessments of Snowmobile and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Collisions

Thursday, January 14th —  1:00pm EST

Product Liability Investigations: How Everyday Objects Can Cause Big Problems

Thursday, January 21st – 1:00pm EST

Sustainable Safety Principles, and Design Strategies in an Era of Innovative Mobility Planning

Thursday, January 28th – 1:00pm EST

Sprinkler and Fire Alarm Systems Failures

Thursday, February 4th – 1:00pm EST

Innovative Approaches in Forensic Geotechnical Investigations

Thursday, February 11th – 1:00pm EST

Renewable Electrical Failures – Prevention, Response and Safety

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

Curriculum Details

Please click on the webinar titles to register

What Would a ‘Normal’ Driver Do? Human Factors in Collisions and Municipal Liability Assessments

Date & Time:  Thursday, October 15th – 1:00pm EST

Speakers: Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph. D.

Synopsis: In many collision assessments, focusing only on the vehicle often falls short of understanding the complete liability landscape. Join Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph.D., as he uncovers the many novel ways that human factors assessments are uniquely useful to determining if drivers behaved normally, whether they should have avoided the collision, and whether roadway design contributed to various types of collision situations.

Latest Technologies Used to Investigate Heavy Truck Collisions

Date & Time: Thursday, October 22nd – 1:00pm EST 

Speakers: Djordje Miholjcic, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Synopsis: This presentation will explore the various types of technologies heavy trucks are equipped with, including event data recorders, dashcams, and fleet tracking technology. Djordje Miholjcic, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of these emerging technologies when used in collision reconstruction.

Post-loss Remediation – Technical Pitfalls Leading to Cost Escalation

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29th – 1:00pm EST 

Speakers: Claire Miller, B.E.SC., P.Eng., Deepak Bhathal, B.A., CRSP, Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng.

Synopsis: This will be a multi-disciplinary presentation focusing on common technical issues that lead to cost-escalation on remediation projects. A consideration of 30 Forensic Engineering’s experience with ‘how to / how not to’ manage a loss event and remediation in an insurance context. Topics will include life safety, code upgrades, building permits, temporary building envelopes, designated substances and impact mapping, and construction administration and controls. This presentation will appeal to insurers, adjusters, and remedial contractors as well as lawyers engaged in cost disputes associated with insurance projects.

Assessments of Restraint Use and Effectiveness during Motor Vehicle Collisions

Date & Time: Thursday, November 5th – 1:00pm EST

Speakers: Chad Gooyers, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng.

Synopsis: As vehicle technology and computerization continues to advance the capabilities of modern passenger cars on the roadway, the need and ability to capture and decode the data measured by dozens of sensors is becoming more important. In particular, when assessing motor vehicle collision claims, the historical data recorded by several different computer systems in modern passenger cars today can shed light on the vehicle’s motion, the driver’s behaviour, and in some cases even provide photographic documentation of the events as they happen. Join collision reconstructionists Raffi Engeian, B.A.Sc., M.B.A., P.Eng., and Harrison Griffiths, B.Sc.E., P.Eng., for a discussion on new technologies that add to the growing list of electronic data that can be obtained and used to help assess your claims. These include imaging data from now-common Event Data Recorders, infotainment systems using the Berla iVe system, and more recently the Toyota-specific Vehicle Control History.

New Technologies for Assessing Vehicle Collision Claims

Date & Time: Thursday, November 12th – 1:00pm EST

Speakers: Raffi Engeian, B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng., Harrison Griffiths, B.Sc.E, P.Eng.

Synopsis: With increasing pressure to expedite projects or reduce cost, insufficient expertise or field data has become a more prevalent issue leading to failure or damage of structures and foundations. As forensic engineers, we have attested how buildings, bridges, or other structures have failed due to a lack of subsurface investigation or soil-structure interaction analysis.

Equipment Failures: Fire, Breakdown, Failure

Date & Time: Thursday, November 19th – 1:00pm EST 

Speakers: Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.

Synopsis: There are many types of industrial equipment and losses associated with this equipment can vary widely. Losses range from fires which spread to the entire facility to, water leaks, to mechanical failures that render the equipment in operative. In this presentation we will present case studies on a variety of industrial equipment, including presses, compressors, industrial diesel engines, hydro-electric turbines, gas turbines, and furnaces.

Assessments of Snowmobile and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Collisions

Date & Time: Thursday, November 26th – 1:00pm EST

Speakers: Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., CFEI, CVFI, P.Eng., Chad Gooyers, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Synopsis: Please join us for a seminar on snowmobile and ATV collision investigations. This seminar will focus on what to look for when handling matters involving snowmobile and ATV collisions, as well as some of the challenges that may arise during engineering and biomechanical assessments of these incidents. Mark Paquette, P.Eng., will discuss the collision reconstruction considerations unique to these incidents. Dr. Chad Gooyers will provide an overview of the biomechanical techniques that establish rider motion, injury causation and helmet effectiveness.

Product Liability Investigations: How Everyday Objects Can Cause Big Problems

Date & Time: Thursday, January 14th —  1:00pm EST

Speakers: Ben Desclouds, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng., Olivia Yalnizyan, M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc.

Synopsis:

Join Ben Desclouds and Olivia Yalnizyan for an informative session on product liability and the investigation path for determining causation of various types of unique failures. We will be discussing how failures in the everyday materials and mechanical system in our lives can cause significant property damage and personal injury. We will also be discussing how the increasing interconnectedness of mechanical systems and technology is creating new types of failures and risks.

Throughout the presentation we will be providing case examples touching on a variety of topics such as:
• Pool equipment
• Glass failures (windows and beer bottles)
• Gym equipment
• Doors and chairs
• Water leak detection devices
• Sprinkler systems and CPVC piping

And more!

Sustainable Safety Principles, and Design Strategies in an Era of Innovative Mobility Planning

Date & Time:  Thursday, January 21st – 1:00pm EST

Speakers: Dewan Karim, M.A.Sc., MITE, P.Eng., PTOE

Synopsis: Join Dewan Karim, M.A.Sc., MITE, P.Eng., PTOE, for a discussion on current and emerging future mobility, and safety and liability management issues on highways, city streets, rail corridors and private property. Vision zero development and its core principles will be addressed to better understand common traffic safety issues, including general road maintenance, winter maintenance, and typical road operations. Furthermore, the presentation will address safety concerns related to new mobility such as rideshare, bikeshare, scooter share and other shared mobility modes. We will also discuss highway safety, including engineering route permit procedures, rail safety and urban planning issues, and emerging autonomous vehicle safety.

Sprinkler and Fire Alarm Systems Failures

Date & Time: Thursday, January 28th – 1:00pm EST 

Speakers: Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.

Synopsis: Sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems are intended to prevent damage when fire events occur. Unfortunately, these systems often fail, and releasing volumes of water that cause large losses. Often during these losses, fire alarm systems do not perform as intended and fail to warn building operators of the water release event. In this presentation, we will discuss various types of sprinkler systems, the important components of these systems, and the ways in which failures commonly occur. We will also address how fire alarm systems interconnect to sprinkle systems and what information can be downloaded from these systems to aid in sprinkler investigations. In addition to discussing how failures occur and the methodologies of sprinkler/fire alarm system investigation, we will also discuss the requirements for system installation, maintenance, and testing.

Innovative Approaches in Forensic Geotechnical Investigations

Date & Time: Thursday, February 4th – 1:00pm EST 

Speakers: Vito Schifano, Ph.D., P.E., C.Eng., Xiangyu Li, B.Eng., M.Sc., P.Eng.

Synopsis: The discipline of Geotechnical Engineering has expanded rapidly in the past years to include a wide variety of applications to infrastructure, buildings, mining and environmental sectors. This presentation illustrates novel approaches and methods of forensic geotechnical engineering origin and cause investigations, technical assessment related to repair/remediation strategies and construction risk assessment, monitoring and mitigation.

After an initial introduction on general concepts of forensic geotechnical engineering and geotechnical failures, the presentation will focus on innovative approaches and technologies in forensic investigations. Eventually, a number of real case histories will be discussed.

This webinar will facilitate the following learning outcomes to insurance adjusters and lawyers that provide services involving property losses:
• Understand the types of properties and losses that will require geotechnical expertise to perform adequate forensic engineering investigations.
• Understand the latest methodologies to investigate structural failures due to geotechnical causes.
• Innovative methods and technologies to optimize the effectiveness of geotechnical investigations.

Renewable Electrical Failures – Prevention, Response and Safety

Date & Time: Thursday, February 11th – 1:00pm EST

Speakers: Daniel Pelkman, RSE, RME, CCEI, C.Tech, NABCEP, CFEI, Rashmiya Raviraj, B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng., Grant Elligsen, P.Eng, CRSP, LEED-AP O&M, C-NRPP

Synopsis: This will be a combination health & safety and electrical presentation, speaking to the nature roof-top solar installations and electrical systems in general being a bit ‘out of site, out of mind’. The presentation will be of interest to insurers and property managers, and speak to 30FE’s experiences in common electrical equipment failures and hazards, how those can contribute to secondary property damage, health and safety risks for maintenance/inspection staff, and suggestions for risk management.

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

VANCOUVERTORONTOOTTAWA

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

Fire Losses from Start to Finish: WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm continues its in-demand weekly webinar series with the fourth instalment in the popular curriculum. Join industry leading experts on Thursday, June 4th as they lead a discussion on: Fire Losses from Start to Finish.  This dynamic webinar will be of importance to industry professionals such as: insurance company personnel, risk managers, independent adjusters, legal community + more.

Click HERE to Register

As forensic experts in the industry, our focus with fire losses and fire investigations is to identify the origin and cause of failures and to examine opportunities for subrogation. To ensure that we are seeing the loss in full picture, we involve our fire investigators within our various disciplines to carefully analyze contributing factors to fire losses.

The purpose of this webinar is to present the typical flow of our fire loss investigations from start to finish (i.e. the first phone call from our clients to a tangible written report). Fire related forensic investigations may require determining the origin and cause of a loss, assessing the pre-existing conditions at the loss location and exploring potential subrogation opportunities. Depending on what stage of investigation we are engaged at, we design our approach to verify that we are seeing the loss in full picture.

This webinar will facilitate the following learning outcomes to insurance adjusters and lawyers that provide services involving property losses relating specifically to fire:

  • Understanding the various stages of involvement of fire loss investigations
  • Important questions to ask and documentation to collect for the assessment of pre-loss conditions and various other contributing factors to the loss
  • Step by step process relating to our testing, analysis and reporting of our findings
  • Reaching a determination of the origin and cause of fires, fire classifications and subrogation opportunities

WEBINAR

Fire Losses from Start to Finish

Date:

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Time:

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

Click HERE to Register

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

SPEAKERS

Tom Pepper B.Eng., CFEI, P.Eng.
Practice Lead
Building & Fire Code
tpepper@30fe.com

30 Forensic Seminar Series at a Glance
(click on webinar titles to register)

Joint Examinations and Site Assessments During COVID-19

Thursday, May 14th – 11:00am EST

Water Loss Investigations in Condo and Office Towers – Systems Overview and Failure Case Studies

Thursday, May 21st – 11:00am EST

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims

Thursday, May 28th – 11:00am EST

Fire Losses from Start to Finish

Thursday, June 4th – 11:00am

Soil-Structure Interaction – Losses Requiring Geotechnical and Structural Expertise

Thursday, June 11th – 11:00am EST

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims – Biomechanics, Building Code and Human Factors

Thursday, June 18th – 11:00am EST

How to Stop Building Envelope and Environmental Issues from Turning Small Losses into Big Losses

Thursday, June 25th —  11:00am EST

Human Factors & Collision Reconstruction – Cover Your Bases in Liability Assessments

Thursday, July 9th —  11:00am EST

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

                VANCOUVER                TORONTO                           OTTAWA

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims – WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm continues its in-demand weekly webinar series with the third instalment in the popular curriculum. Join industry leading Collision Reconstruction experts on Thursday, May 28th as they lead a discussion on: Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims.  This dynamic webinar will be of importance to industry professionals such as: insurance company personnel, risk managers, independent adjusters, legal community, special investigation units + more.

Click HERE to Register

This webinar will discuss various fraudulent collision claims that we have encountered in recent years, focusing on claims that we have frequently assessed in the past year (i.e., hit-&-runs). We will centre our discussion on the tell-tale signs and methodologies that help us determine whether collision damage supports and validates the reported circumstances. We will also discuss the technologies that are useful in validating reported circumstances, the latest being the Berla iVe system. At the conclusion of the webinar, attendees will be better equipped to identify collision claims that require further investigation. Top collision reconstruction experts, Raffi Engeian, B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng. and Nishan Perera, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., will be leading this discussion.

WEBINAR

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims

Date:

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Time:

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

Click HERE to Register

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

SPEAKERS

Raffi Engeian B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng.
Senior Associate
Collision Reconstruction
rengeian@30fe.com

Nishan Perera B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Intermediate Associate
Collision Reconstruction
nperera@30fe.com

30 Forensic Seminar Series at a Glance
(click on webinar titles to register)

Joint Examinations and Site Assessments During COVID-19

Thursday, May 14th – 11:00am EST

Water Loss Investigations in Condo and Office Towers – Systems Overview and Failure Case Studies

Thursday, May 21st – 11:00am EST

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims

Thursday, May 28th – 11:00am EST

Fire Losses from Start to Finish

Thursday, June 4th – 11:00am

Soil-Structure Interaction – Losses Requiring Geotechnical and Structural Expertise

Thursday, June 11th – 11:00am EST

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims – Biomechanics, Building Code and Human Factors

Thursday, June 18th – 11:00am EST

How to Stop Building Envelope and Environmental Issues from Turning Small Losses into Big Losses

Thursday, June 25th —  11:00am EST

Human Factors & Collision Reconstruction – Cover Your Bases in Liability Assessments

Thursday, July 9th —  11:00am EST

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

       VANCOUVER   TORONTO             OTTAWA

30 Forensic Engineering Launches Virtual Seminar Series Curriculum

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm, is proud to offer a dynamic weekly series of webinars that are well-suited towards insurance industry professionals.

As engineers, scientists and experts, we deal in complexities – but we don’t speak in them. Hear from industry leading professionals that are accustomed to delivering the facts in a way that’s detailed, insightful, and understandable to everyone – layperson and expert alike. These virtual and interactive seminars will also provide you with the opportunity to speak with the experts directly and ask questions. 

With science as our foundation, our belief is that knowledge enables action and with that in mind, commencing on May 14th, 2020, we are offering the following complimentary weekly webinars.

Seminar Series at a Glance

Complete curriculum details are located below
Please click on the webinar titles to register

Thursday, May 14th – 11:00am EST

Joint Examinations and Site Assessments During COVID-19

Thursday, May 21st – 11:00am EST

Water Loss Investigations in Condo and Office Towers – Systems Overview and Failure Case Studies

Thursday, May 28th – 11:00am EST

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims

Thursday, June 4th – 11:00am EST

Fire Losses from Start to Finish

Thursday, June 11th – 11:00am

Soil-Structure Interaction – Losses Requiring Geotechnical and Structural Expertise

Thursday, June 18th – 11:00am EST

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims – Biomechanics, Building Code and Human Factors

Thursday, June 25th – 11:00am EST

How to Stop Building Envelope and Environmental Issues from Turning Small Losses into Big Losses

Thursday, July 9th —  11:00am EST

Human Factors & Collision Reconstruction – Cover Your Bases in Liability Assessments

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

Curriculum Details

Please click on the webinar titles to register

Joint Examinations & Site Assessments During COVID-19

Date & Time: Thursday, May 14th at 11am 

Speakers: Grant Elligsen P.Eng, CRSP, LEED-AP O&M, C-NRPP, Ben Desclouds B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng., Harrison Griffiths B.Sc.E, P.Eng., Robert Sparling B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.

Synopsis: 30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm, is hosting an informative and free webinar which will discuss joint examinations and site assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join experts on Thursday, May 14th as they lead this dynamic discussion.

Four experts from across disciplines of 30 Forensic Engineering will discuss our procedures and best practices for conducting joint-vehicle examinations, joint-laboratory examinations, and site assessments while practicing physical distancing during COVID-19. They will review the additional safety procedures we have implemented, including an in-depth look at our lab – a controlled environment we have set up to safely accommodate joint examinations of materials and vehicles while adhering to the latest health advisories. The presentation will cover precautions we take during examinations, as well as during travel to and from site, and recommendations upon arriving back home to keep friends and family safe. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. As an essential service, it is 30 Forensic Engineering’s goal to work with our clients to overcome the obstacles that prevent timely investigation and delivery of expert opinion in support of the legal and insurance industries.

Water Loss Investigations in Condo & Office Towers: Systems Overview & Failure Case Studies

Date & Time: Thursday, May 21st at 11am 

Speakers: Robert Sparling B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng. and  Ben Desclouds B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.

Synopsis: Join Robert Sparling and Ben Desclouds for an informative session on water losses and the investigation path for condo and office tower building system failures. Water releases in condos and office towers can result in significant amounts of damage. With new buildings getting taller every day, the potential for larger losses increases. Our presentation will follow the loss investigation paths for a various types of water losses from the following systems:

  • Plumbing systems (e.g. fridges, sinks, filters, washing machines)
  • HVAC systems (e.g. chillers, fan coils, riser piping)
  • Fire Sprinklers Systems (e.g. sprinkler heads, dry system piping)

For each of the above system components we will provide a background on the purpose of the components, a description of the common failure mechanisms, and case study examples. We will provide tips, tricks, and best practices that can be used in future water loss investigations. Gathering the proper information at the outset of a claim will help later-on in the claims process during the subrogation phase.

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims

Date & Time: Thursday, May 28th at 11am 

Speakers: Raffi Engeian B.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng. and Nishan Perera B.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Synopsis: This webinar will discuss various fraudulent collision claims that we have encountered in recent years, focusing on claims that we have frequently assessed in the past year (i.e., hit-&-runs). We will centre our discussion on the tell-tale signs and methodologies that help us determine whether collision damage supports and validates the reported circumstances. We will also discuss the technologies that are useful in validating reported circumstances, the latest being the Berla iVe system. At the conclusion of the webinar, attendees will be better equipped to identify collision claims that require further investigation.

Fire Losses from Start to Finish

Date & Time: Thursday, June 4th at 11am 

Speakers: Rashmiya Raviraj B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng. and Tom Pepper B.Eng., CFEI, P.Eng.

Synopsis: As forensic experts in the industry, our focus with fire losses and fire investigations is to identify the origin and cause of failures and to examine opportunities for subrogation. To ensure that we are seeing the loss in full picture, we involve our fire investigators within our various disciplines to carefully analyze contributing factors to fire losses.

The purpose of this webinar is to present the typical flow of our fire loss investigations from start to finish (i.e. the first phone call from our clients to a tangible written report). Fire related forensic investigations may require determining the origin and cause of a loss, assessing the pre-existing conditions at the loss location and exploring potential subrogation opportunities. Depending on what stage of investigation we are engaged at, we design our approach to verify that we are seeing the loss in full picture. 

This webinar will facilitate the following learning outcomes to insurance adjusters and lawyers that provide services involving property losses relating specifically to fire:

  • Understanding the various stages of involvement of fire loss investigations
  • Important questions to ask and documentation to collect for the assessment of pre-loss conditions and various other contributing factors to the loss
  • Step by step process relating to our testing, analysis and reporting of our findings
  • Reaching a determination of the origin and cause of fires, fire classifications and subrogation opportunities

Soil-Structure Interaction – Losses Requiring Geotechnical & Structural Expertise

Date & Time: Thursday, June 11th at 11am 

Speakers: Jeff Reitsma MBA, PMP, P.Eng., Vito Schifano Ph.D., P.E., C.Eng. and Pablo Robalino M.Sc., P.Eng., PMP

Synopsis: With increasing pressure to expedite projects or reduce cost, insufficient expertise or field data has become a more prevalent issue leading to failure or damage of structures and foundations. As forensic engineers, we have attested how buildings, bridges, or other structures have failed due to a lack of subsurface investigation or soil-structure interaction analysis.

The purpose of this webinar is to present the typical requirements applicable to losses where structural and geotechnical expertise is necessary to perform forensic engineering investigations.  Geo-structural forensic investigations may require determining the origin and cause of a loss and assessing the condition of properties comprising structures and foundations. Experts may also need to specify and implement emergency response and remediation actions. Evaluating risk at different stages of a project is essential in identifying the necessary measures to eliminate or reduce risk and ensure safety.

This webinar will facilitate the following learning outcomes to insurance adjusters and lawyers that provide services involving property losses comprising structures and foundations (e.g., building and non-building structures, bridges, infrastructure, industrial plants and commercial facilities, retaining structures, and others):

  • Understand the types of properties and losses that will require structural end geotechnical expertise to perform forensic engineering investigations.
  • Find out the latest methods to investigate the condition of soils, foundations, or structures where soil-structure interaction is relevant.
  • Understand the importance and benefits of assessing risk at different stages of a loss from initial investigation to remediation.
  • Find out suitable methods to monitor the condition of structures and foundations.

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims: Biomechanics, Building Code & Human Factors

Date & Time: Thursday, June 18th at 11am 

Speakers: Rob Parkinson B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Adam Campbell B.Kin., Ph. D. and Tom Pepper B.Eng., CFEI, P.Eng.

Synopsis: Rob Parkinson, Adam Campbell, and Tom Pepper are pleasured to discuss the role of multidisciplinary investigations in injury claims. While many are familiar with the individual disciplines of building code, human factors assessments, or biomechanical investigations, the advantages of combining multiple disciplines in identifying technical issues associated with personal injury are less commonly discussed. We will bring real-world examples of where a multidisciplinary approach has been helpful in identifying technical issues involved in a loss. The conversation will also consider best practices when multiple disciplines are involved, to ensure you are achieving the maximum benefit from these investigations.

How to Stop Building Envelope & Environmental Issues from Turning Small Losses into Big Losses

Date & Time: Thursday, June 25th at 11am 

Speakers: Grant Elligsen P.Eng, CRSP, LEED-AP O&M, C-NRPP, Christopher Ciasnocha B.A.Sc., E.I.T., Emily Saleh B.Eng., P.Eng.  and Meghan Brady M.Env.Sc.

Synopsis: A look at how a small failure becomes a large failure from a building envelope and environmental perspective. Join three of our experts from multiple disciplines of 30 Forensic Engineering who will discuss how building envelope and environmental issues can transform a small failure into a large failure. They will discuss what building envelope and environmental failures are and the related matters. They will also present case studies that demonstrate how routine building envelope or environmental assessments can uncover a major loss, and how critical decisions can have a significant impact on the scope of work that is required to bring the insured back to a pre-loss condition. An open discussion Q&A will follow at the end of the presentation.

Human Factors & Collision Reconstruction: Cover Your Bases in Liability Assessments

Date & Time: Thursday, July 9th at 11am 

Speakers: Adam Campbell B.Kin., Ph. D. and Mark Fabbroni B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Synopsis: There was a time that a collision reconstruction was believed to provide all the information needed to understand why a collision occurred. However, the advancement of complex litigation strategies has changed that approach. Nowadays, modern collision assessments require a detailed understanding of both vehicle and human elements. Join Dr. Campbell and Mr. Fabbroni as they discuss the power of combining collision reconstruction and human factors in crafting your litigation and claims strategy, from file intake to trial.

VANCOUVERTORONTOOTTAWA

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

Best Practices: Safe Joint Examinations & Site Assessments During COVID-19 WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm, is hosting an informative and free webinar on Thursday, May 14th, 11:00am – 12:00pm (EST) which will discuss joint examinations and site assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic. This dynamic discussion will be of importance to insurance industry professionals who are interested in continuing business during COVID-19: insurance company personnel, independent adjusters, legal community, forensic engineering experts, + more are all welcome.

Click HERE to Register

Join four experts from multiple disciplines of 30 Forensic Engineering who will discuss our procedures and best practices for conducting joint-vehicle examinations, joint-laboratory examinations, and site assessments while practicing physical distancing during COVID-19. They will review the additional safety procedures we have implemented, including an in-depth look at our lab which is a controlled environment we have set up to safely accommodate joint examinations of materials and vehicles during COVID-19. The presentation will cover not only precautions to take during the examinations, but also during travel to and from the site, and recommendations upon arriving back home to keep your friends and family safe. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. As an essential service, it is 30 Forensic Engineering’s goal to work with our clients to overcome the obstacles that prevent timely investigation and delivery of expert opinion in support of the legal and insurance industries.

SPEAKERS

Grant Elligsen P.Eng, CRSP
Senior Associate
Multidisciplinary Remediation
gelligsen@30fe.com

Ben Desclouds B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.
Senior Associate
Materials Failure
bdesclouds@30fe.com

Harrison Griffiths B.Sc.E., P.Eng.
Intermediate Associate
Collision Reconstruction
hgriffiths@30fe.com

Robert Sparling B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.
Senior Vice President & Practice Lead
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
rsparling@30fe.com
*Opening Remarks*

WEBINAR

Joint Examinations & Site Assessments
During COVID-19

Date:

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Time:

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan: cheffernan@30fe.com

Click HERE to register for this FREE webinar


Related News:

Scope of Work Developed by 30 Forensic Engineering to Issue Clearance for Cleaned & Disinfected Work Areas

Additional Resource Links:

Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Government of Ontario 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment

Government of Canada COVID-19: Resources for Canadian businesses

World Health Organization

Insurance Bureau of Canada COVID-19: How coverage is triggered

Ecclesiastical Insurance COVID-19 : A guide for businesses and organizations

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
paquino@30fe.com

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources
sdobrenan@30fe.com

VANCOUVER  TORONTOOTTAWA

COVID-19 Impacted Facilities: Remediation, Clearance and Best Practices for Risk Management – WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is hosting an informative and free webinar which will discuss the remediation, clearance and best practices for COVID-19 impacted facilities. Please join industry leading experts on Friday April 3rd as they lead this dynamic discussion. Please see registration information below.

The 30 Forensic Engineering Remediation team will discuss remediation and clearance techniques for facilities impacted by COVID-19, specifically the impact of infected employees and/or visitors.  The Team will briefly review the current state of the science and the regulatory framework related to workplace health & safety and will then focus on some case study findings to help inform better decision-making and identify best practices for risk management, followed by a Q&A session.  This discussion will be of interest to those who have questions about cleaning, disinfection and the associated risk management related to providing a safe and clean environment for their employees, commercial partners, and customers.

WEBINAR

COVID-19 Impacted Facilities:
Remediation, Clearance and Best Practices for
Risk Management

Date:
Friday April 3rd, 2020

Time:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Click HERE to Register

If you have any questions, please email: atvrtkovic@30fe.com

SPEAKERS

Grant Elligsen P.Eng, CRSP, LEED-AP O&M, C-NRPP
Senior Associate, Multidisciplinary Remediation
gelligsen@30fe.com

Grant is a Senior Associate in the Remediation Group at 30 Forensic Engineering with project management and leadership experience, specializing in commercial, retail, industrial and residential environmental projects and assessments. Grant has extensive experience in all facets of delivering indoor environmental projects and occupational health and safety assessments. Grant’s environmental experience includes: air quality, industrial hygiene, designated substances, noise, water quality, Legionella and confined space assessments.

Christopher Ciasnocha B.A.Sc., E.I.T.
Senior Associate, Multidisciplinary Remediation
cciasnocha@30fe.com

Chris is an experienced project manager, specializing in commercial and industrial environmental projects and assessments. Environmental projects and assessments include: designated substance surveys, indoor air quality assessments, mould assessments and their associated abatements and remediations. Christopher has extensive experience related to all facets of delivering environmental projects from initial assessment, preparation of scopes of work, inspections during construction phases and project closeout.

Meghan Brady M.Env.Sc.
Intermediate Associate, Multidisciplinary Remediation
mbrady@30fe.com

Meghan is an Intermediate Associate with the Remediation Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. She holds a Master of Environmental Science degree from the University of Toronto and specializes in biophysical interactions between terrestrial and aquatic systems. Meghan possess a wide range of environmental experience from the private consulting, academic research, and federal government industries. Meghan’s experience includes transportation spill cleanup projects, indoor and outdoor environmental assessments, and working with statistical and ecological models to address environmental issues.

Click HERE to register for this FREE webinar

Additional Resource Links:

Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Government of Ontario 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment

Government of Canada COVID-19: Resources for Canadian businesses

World Health Organization

Insurance Bureau of Canada COVID-19: How coverage is triggered

Ecclesiastical Insurance COVID-19 : A guide for businesses and organizations

Scope of Work Developed by 30 Forensic Engineering to Issue Clearance for Cleaned & Disinfected Work Areas

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations
Trucking

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories: