2015 Speaker Engagement Fourth Quarter Update

Rimkus is pleased to announce that our professional consulting staff will again be presenting several continuing education seminars through the balance of the year. Their lectures will embrace a variety of topics, involving a number of disciplines that focus on forensic investigations to help meet the needs of risk managers, attorneys, and claims professionals.


National Events


CLM Atlanta Conference
November 5, 2015 – Atlanta, GA

"Environmental Site Investigations and Remediation: Forensic Issues from Assessment to Zero-Valent Iron" will walk attendees through the process of an environmental claim from the time of the incident through the resolution process. The presenters will provide the necessary steps that should be undertaken by claims managers, attorneys, and consultants as they are brought into an environmental claim. The focus of this presentation will be on the initial early steps that each party must undertake to ensure an environmental claim is properly handled.       

Speaker Panel

Richard S. Baron, Foley, Baron, Metzger and Julep, PLLC
Jeannette Paull, Endurance Specialty Insurance, Ltd.
Kieran J. Purcell, P.E., LEED® AP, National Environmental Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

The CLM's Atlanta Conference is a two-day educational experience where students are offered sessions in three tracks - Construction, Environmental, and Claims/Litigation Management. A wide range of important issues will be covered during the interactive sessions. Participants will learn about the latest developments and strategies while networking with other industry professionals. Click herefor more information.

NASP Annual Conference
November 10, 2015 – Reno, NV

"Manufactured Fireplaces and Chimney Fires: Expectations for Fire Investigations and Guidance for Subrogation Success ” will provide attendees with a basic understanding of fire analysis and the detection of improper installation of manufactured fireplaces with respect to resolving subrogation issues involving fire-related claims. A representative case study will be presented that illustrates the application of these tools.

Speaker Panel

Lindsay E. Dansdill, Partner, Grotefeld, Hoffmann, Schleiter, Gordan and Ochoa
JeffreyM. Zielinski, Member, de Luca and Levine
Joseph R. Filas, B.S., CFI, CFEI, Fire Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.             

The NASP Annual Conference will reflect on where the industry is with regards to subrogation to provide the most current information in the areas of Auto, Management, Workers' Comp, Health, Property, and Product Liability Subrogation. Click herefor more information.

PLRB Eastern Regional Conference
November 10, 2015 – Atlanta, GA

Subrogation: “Top 10 Failures with Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Systems” will educate attendees on the most common types of failures of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems found in buildings today. The panel will present multiple case studies and review techniques for evaluating MEP losses, such as identifying potential responsible parties, assessing repairs versus replacement, and preparing cost estimates for various repair options.

Speaker Panel

Marc P. Madonia, Esq., Senior Associate, Clausen Miller, P.C.
Jeffrey H. Peters, P.E., LEED® AP, BD+C, MAC, CEICC, CSDS, CMCC, Vice President, National MEP Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.                        

The PLRB Eastern Regional Conference is a two-day event which provides industry professionals the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of CE credits. Regional critical claims topics will be presented and give attendees the opportunity to gain knowledge to broaden professional development skills.Click herefor more information.

ASCE Forensic Engineering 7th Congress
November 17, 2015 – Miami, FL

“Professional Ethics and the Standard of Care in Hurricane Damage Investigations” intends to gather key professionals involved in property insurance damage assessments to explore the combination of legal, technical, and ethical issues surrounding hurricane damage assessments and to highlight practices that lead to high quality, transparent, unbiased engineering investigations for use in the determination of insurance coverage.

Speaker Panel

Troy A. Morgan, Managing Engineer, Exponent
Josh B. Kardon, President, Josh B. Kardon and Associates
William C. Bracken, President, CFM, Bracken Engineering
Kerra Hicks, Associate, Balch and Bingham, LLP

Wes Jordan, PE, SE, LEED® AP, Vice President, National Property Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

"Ceiling Failures," is a paper that discusses various types of ceiling failures, with an emphasis on drywall (gypsum board) and plaster systems commonly found in residential construction.  Ceiling construction materials and installation standards will be reviewed, including a discussion on common installation defects and reparability concerns.  The authors will present several case studies from their collective experience, and present recommendations for evaluating ceiling failures.

Authors

Presenter:Wes Jordan, PE, SE, LEED® AP, Vice President, National Property Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Ross A. Kimble, PE, Senior Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group
Andrew J. Sharer, PE, Senior Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group

“Richmond Hill Subdivision Explosion Case Study,is a paper that discusses a natural gas explosion which occurred on November 10. 2012, in the Richmond Hill subdivision on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana, causing 2 deaths and extensive property damage. The purpose of this paper is to share the authors’ experience in this investigative effort, with a focus on the type and extent of damage found in the homes surrounding the explosion source.

Authors

Presenter:Andrew J. Sharer, PE, Senior Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Wes Jordan, PE, SE, LEED® AP, Vice President, National Property Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Ross A. Kimble, PE, Senior Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

TheAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Forensic Engineering 7th Congress brings together academics, engineers, architects, and industry leaders to learn and discuss current topics in forensic engineering. Click herefor more information.
 

Perrin National Construction Defect Conference
November 19, 2015 – Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Hear from the Experts: Update on Technology in Construction Defect Litigation” will provide attendees with valuable insight into current and emerging technologies that can be utilized in construction defect cases to lessen the high costs of destructive investigations and testing, and how these same technologies can be utilized to provide demonstrative exhibits for trials and mediations.

Speaker Panel

Moderator: Stewart D. Reid, Esq.m Wood, Smith, Henning and Berman, LLP
Richard Basom, Manager, SEA Ltd.
Athena Bozek, Unit Manager, The RiverStone Group
Ed Martinet, President, LiMa Consulting, Inc.
Jack Dolan, PE, Eastern Region Construction Division Manager, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

The Perrin Conferences 1st Annual National Construction Defect Conference is a two-day event which will provide attendees the opportunity to attend CLE programming on developing legal topics to stay ahead of the game. CLE for all states will be available. CE Adjuster Credits will be provided for CA, FL, NH, and TX. Click herefor more information.

Regional Events


5th Annual Forensic CE Seminar
October 9, 2015 – San Antonio, TX

Live Fire Demonstrations and Post-Fire Demonstration and Structure Evaluation Discussions presented by Bryan L. Skelly, IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI, CVFI, South Central Region Fire Manager, Rimkus Fire Practice Group and Mickey D. Parker, P.E., Senior Consultant, Rimkus Property Practice Group.

“Analyzing and Documenting a Vehicle Crash,” presented by Cliff L. McCarter, ACTAR, Senior Consultant, Rimkus Forensics Practice Group.

“Human Factors: Nighttime Visibility,” presented by Jason D. Jupe, M.S., P.E., Division Manager, Rimkus Forensics Practice Group.

“Technology and Vehicle Accident Reconstruction,” presented by Chris A. Cuellar, AAS, Lead Animator/Graphic Artist, Rimkus Video Graphics Practice Group and Jason D. Jupe, M.S., P.E., Division Manager, Rimkus Forensics Practice Group.

The 5th Annual Forensic CE Seminar will provide attendees the opportunity to see fire demonstrations and live vehicle crashes. 6 hours of Texas CE credit and at least 1.5 hours of ethics CE credit will be available. Click here for more information.


8th Annual Forensic CE Seminar
October 15, 2015 – Coral Springs, FL

“First Party First Rate Defense,” presented by Charles Watkins, Esq., Jarred Dichek, Esq., Law Offices of Kubicki Draper, PA, and Paul R. Marsenison, P.E., District Manager, Rimkus Property Practice Group.

“Construction Vibration Property Damage Investigations,” presented by Jack Dolan, P.E., Eastern Region Construction Division Manager, Rimkus Construction Practice Group.

“Construction Defect Litigation Management in Subrogation,” presented by Courtney Siders, Esq., Powers, McNalis, Torres, Teebagy Luongo.

“Using Video Graphics in Biomechanical Accidents,” presented by Ming Xiao, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Consultant, Rimkus Biomechanics Practice Group, and Chris A. Cuellar, AAS, Lead Animator/Graphic Artist, Rimkus Video raphics Practice Group.

“Pedestrian – Bicycle Accident Reconstruction,” presented by Michael S. Lutz, P.E., Senior Consultant, Rimkus Forensics Practice Group, and Michael J. Urban, P.E., ACTAR, Senior Consultant, Rimkus Forensics Practice Group.

The 8th Annual Forensic CE Seminar is a one-day event which will include a variety of topics such as First Party Property Fraud, Construction Vibration Investigations, Video Graphics in Biomechanical Accidents and Bicycle Accident Reconstruction. Up to 3 hours of CLE credits and 3 hours of CE credits are available. Click herefor more information.

Minnesota CPCU Chapter’s 61st All-Industry Day
October 26, 2015 – St. Louis Park, MN

“Forensic Accounting and Arson Investigation,” presented by Michael W. Wiseman, M.S., Vice President, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

“Investigating Moisture Intrusion Claims,” presented by Richard T. Abbott, P.E., S.E., Senior Consultant, Rimkus Property Practice Group.

“Business Interrupted – Insured’s Perspective of BI Claims,” presented by Michael W. Wiseman, M.S., Vice President, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

“Property Damage Assessments - Catastrophe,” presented by Richard T. Abbott, P.E., S.E., Senior Consultant, Rimkus Property Practice Group.

TheMinnesota CPCU Chapter’s 61st All-Industry Day is a one-day educational seminar on a variety of topics. A total of 6 MN and WI CE credits are available. Click herefor more information


AGC 2nd Annual Alabama Construction Law Summit
December 1, 2015 – Hoover, AL

“Use of Technology for Construction Claims,” will be presented by Jack Dolan, P.E., Eastern Region Construction Division Manager, Rimkus Construction Practice Group.This presentation will provide insight into emerging and existing technologies that can be utilized to provide a cost effective alternative to destructive testing and investigations, as well as providing a safe means to evaluate and investigate collapsed and inaccessible structures and components. Additionally, Mr. Dolan will also highlight the use of technologies in providing demonstrative exhibits for trials and mediations.

The Chapter of theAssociated General Contractors of America (AGC) 2nd Annual Alabama Construction Law Summit is a one-day educational seminar on a variety of topics pertaining to the construction industry. Click herefor more information.