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Come celebrate July 4th with NAFE and NSPE
NAFE Summer Conference – Program Details
July 5 – July 6, 2014
Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Hotel Reservations:
- Or call 888-421-1442, and mention NSPE -

Due to the July 4th Holiday, the NAFE Conference has been shortened and re-ordered.
Also, the NAFE Board of Directors Meeting and ASTM E58 meeting that typically accompany the July
conference will be held via videoconference - participate by signing up on the conference registration

Register Now - use attached form - late fees after June 27!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Special Half-Day Educational Seminar – 2:00pm to 6:00pm: 4 PDHs
Cost: $250 for Members/Affiliates/NSPE Members (only $125 for first-time attendees),
$300 for Guests

The Forensic Engineer’s Involvement in Fire Investigation:
NFPA 921 and Beyond
2:00pm – 3:00pm: NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 – Bruce Wiers, PE (NAFE 755S)
3:00pm – 4:00pm: NFPA 921 and Daubert – James Petersen, PE (NAFE 631S)
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Mechanical Investigations – Joseph Leane, PE (NAFE 524M)

See seminar and presenter details below

6:00pm – 7:00pm: NAFE Cocktail reception (cash bar)
7:00pm: NAFE Dinner (cost: $75)

Sunday, July 6, 2016
Regular Seminar – 8:30am to 5:00pm: 8 PDHs
Cost: $500 for Members/Affiliates/NSPE Members (only $250 for first-time attendees),
$600 for Guests

7:30am: Breakfast buffet
8:30am: President’s Welcome and Introductions
9:00am: “The Forensic Engineer in State and Federal Court”
– Richard M. Ziernicki, PhD, PE (NAFE 308F)
9:30am: “Forensic Engineering Analysis of Walking/Running Into a Glass Panel”
– Michael C. Kravitz, PE (NAFE 451F)
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NAFE Summer Conference 2014 – July 5-6, 2014 – Washington DC
10:00am: “Forensic Engineering Investigation of a Three Vehicle Accident”
– Martin E. Gordon, PE (NAFE 699M)
10:30am: “Forensic Engineering Uses and Abuses of Infrared Technology”
– Robin J. Girard, EI (NAFE 471C)
11:00am: “Forensic Engineering Investigation of Head Impact Caused by Passenger Exiting a
Moving Vehicle”
– Jon O. Jacobson, PhD, PE (NAFE 401F)
11:30am: NAFE Member Business Meeting
12:00pm: Lunch buffet and Roundtable Discussions

2:00pm: “Forensic Engineering Usage of Surveillance Video to Reconstruct Accidents”
- Richard Ziernicki, PhD, PE (NAFE 308F), William Pierce, PE, Angelos Leiloglou, M. Arch
2:30pm: “Effects of Evidence Spoliation on Forensic Engineering Analysis of Alleged Brake Servicing
– John Leffler, PE (NAFE 709S)
3:00pm: “Forensic Engineering Evaluation of an Automated Warehouse Accident”
– Michael D. Leshner, PE (NAFE 559F)
3:30pm: “Forensic Engineering Analysis of a Mobile Refuse Collection Vehicle Accident”
– Drew Peake, PE, DEE, CIH, CSP (NAFE 460F)
4:00pm: “Forensic Engineering Analysis of Emeralds Found off Key West, Florida”
– Gerald Zadikoff, PE (NAFE 751M)
4:30pm: President’s Review of Roundtable Discussions and Engineering Colloquia
5:00pm: Meeting and Conference concludes

Session Organizer, Michael D. Leshner, PE - NAFE Education Committee Chair

Part 1 - 2:00pm to 3:00 pm - Bruce Wiers, P.E.
 A brief introduction to, and history of two documents commonly used in fire investigations: NFPA 921,
Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, and NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications
for Fire Investigator.
 Roles of the Forensic Engineers (FE) and Origin and Cause (O&C) investigators as parts of a litigation
 FE investigation dependence on the work of the O&C.
 What a FE needs to know about NFPA 921.
 How the use of NFPA 921 has affected the fire investigation process.
NAFE Summer Conference 2014 – July 5-6, 2014 – Washington DC
Part 2 - 3:00pm to 4:00 pm - James Peterson, P.E.
 How NFPA 921 affects Forensic Engineering investigations, and how Forensic Engineering principles
are/are not reflected in 921.
 How following NFPA 921 is an accepted and reliable methodology that can help a FE survive a Daubert
motion, and conversely how not following it can present challenges with Daubert.
 How to conduct a Forensic Engineering fire investigation utilizing a reliable methodology not based on
NFPA 921, and how to be prepared to defend your position when cross-examined.
Part 3 - 4:00pm to 6:00 pm - Joseph Leane, P.E.
 A review of Mechanical Engineering in fire investigations, including fuel gas systems and appliances,
solid fuel burning appliances, and cellulose insulation issues related to appliance chimneys and vents.
 Case studies will be presented to demonstrate concepts.
The Speakers
Bruce Wiers, PE is president of Nederveld Inc., a multi-discipline Engineering and Surveying Company, and
he oversees the forensic engineering and fire investigation department. He has a mechanical engineering
degree from the University of Michigan, is a licensed professional engineer in several states as well as a
certified fire investigator, certified fire and explosion investigator, certified vehicle fire investigator, certified
building inspection engineer, certified microbial consultant and certified microbial remediation supervisor.
James Peterson, PE attended Kearney State College and the University of Nebraska where he received
Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. He worked at valve companies Fisher
Controls, Crane Valve, Rego, Engineered Controls, Sherwood and finally Smith-Blair before starting Petersen
Engineering in 1995. He specializes in products liability matters related to fuel gas incidents – all over the
country. He serves on several Underwriters Laboratories Standards Technical Panels, as well as NFPA and
ASTM committees. He is licensed in Iowa, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas.
Joseph Leane, PE is co-owner of Hazard, Keefe & Leane Engineering. Joe has Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in
several states, a certified fire investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators, and has
investigated hundreds of fires involving mechanical equipment. Hazard, Keefe & Leane Engineering is a
Forensic consulting firm, which provides Mechanical Engineering services to product manufacturers, insurance
companies and attorneys for claims investigation and litigation.
Register Now - use attached form - late fees after June 27!
Walk-in meeting registrations accepted!


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