Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM MST
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Kimpton Hotel Born 
1600 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202

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Bo Donegan 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 

Join Exponent and Vertex's team of engineers and experts for an afternoon of CLE sessions followed by Cocktails and Hors d' oeuvres

November 21st, 1-5 pm CLE Sessions
Reception from 5-7 pm
Attend any or all CLEs that interest you.

Kimpton Hotel Born

Three General Credit Hours and One Ethics Hour Applied for

Valet Parking covered by Vertex & Exponent (please pull up to valet under breezeway, off of Wewatta & 16th)

Free to any registrant and attendee! 

 TRACK 1: Construction, Ethics and Property Claims 

1:00-2:00 pm

Differential Movement in Soils, taught by Dr. CJ Coccia, Ph.D., PE. A crash course on differential movement in soils and how floor level surveys can assist in the development of subsurface investigation strategies, the understanding of historic and future soil movement, and foundation repair methodologies. 

2:00-3:00 pm

Delay Claims: Proving and Quantifying Damages taught by Zachary Bradshaw, PE and John Euwema. Delay claims and associated damages often account for the majority of affirmative claims submitted on a given project. Claimants often present unexpectedly large damage amounts, raising the question: which damages are recoverable, and what's required for the minimum burden of proof? Using a case study, this course demonstrates the process for evaluating and responding to affirmative claims regarding damages claimed in conjunction with alleged schedule/productivity issues.

3:00-4:00 pm

Understanding the Architect’s Standard of Care, taught by Richard Vose, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. This presentation offers an overview of elements that contribute to what compromises the Architect’s Standard of care in today’s design and construction industry. 

4:00-5:00 pm

Ethical Issues When the Carrier and Client/Client’s Personal Counsel Disagree About the Direction of Settlement Negotiations, taught by Brad Ramming, Esq. and Jane Young, Esq.  The fact pattern arises from a case where there was a deductible in play and the carrier wanted to pay a certain amount to settle the case, but personal counsel for the insured, would not authorize retained counsel to make the offer, absent an agreement on treatment of the deductible. 

TRACK 2: Vehicle Accidents, Materials & Fire

1:00-2:00 pm

Engineering Causal Analyses, taught by Dr. Kaitlin Spak, PhD, PE, and Dr. Shane Kennett, PhD, PE, CWI.  Litigation often relies on engineering cause determination for an accident, but how do you know what the true cause of an event is?  Learn how to identify direct, contributing, and root causes, and how technical experts applied these concepts in case studies for litigation support and corrective actions

2:00-3:00 pm

Plastics in Building and Construction – the good, the bad, and the ugly, taught by Manuel Garcia-Leiner, Ph.D. Lately, building and construction materials have evolved towards lighter, easy to install and aesthetically pleasant materials in part due to the introduction of plastics in their formulation and structure. This seminar presents a series of litigation case studies involving plastics in building and construction applications (i.e. decking, siding, flooring, piping, etc.) with focus on issues related to their formulation, manufacturing process, and other factors influencing their performance.

3:00-4:00 pm

Analysis techniques and applications used in multi-disciplinary evaluations: A discussion of modern tools that can aid in presenting a clear explanation of how a vehicle accident occurred, taught by Jason Skiera, PE, and Young Bui, Ph.D.  The results from accident reconstruction and human factors analyses are distinct yet complementary in assessing causal or contributing factors in motor-vehicle accidents. This discussion will provide examples of methodologies and tools that each discipline may utilize to aid in understanding the circumstances of an incident. Topics will include a comparison of typical driver behavior to that where the physical evidence provides insight on case-specific behaviors. Finally, a case study will be presented demonstrating the multi-disciplinary approach to addressing various aspects of a case.

4:00-5:00 pm

Fire Science & Investigation, taught by Todd Hetrick, PE, CFEI, CFI, CVFI. Proper application of the scientific method is the only accepted methodology for fire and explosion investigation.   An introduction to the basic elements of fire science, which provide the tools for the investigation, and to critical elements of the investigation process, as prescribed by NFPA 921, will be presented.  Case studies of previous investigations will be explored with an emphasis on the analysis of fire patterns and the application of the scientific methods.