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Register for the NAFE Summer Conference

 $500 per day or $250 for your first NAFE Conference


July 27 - 29, 2018 in Buffalo NY at the Hyatt Regency

Reserve your hotel room


Saturday evening - 6 pm

Join us for a 90-minute narrated Buffalo River History Tour on the River Queen! Hear the story of the Erie Canal, Buffalo's history as the largest grain port in the world and experience the nation's largest collection of standing grain elevators from just a few feet away.  Come travel along the waterway that made Buffalo one of the biggest and richest cities in the world while you... gaze up at the magnificent structures that drove its growth. Hear the stories of Buffalo's scoopers - residents and immigrants alike - who worked the docks and mills, feeding the nation and the city's "Guilded" economy. Join us for one of Buffalo's most unique cultural experiences.   (The ship's capacity is limited to 48 guests - first come, first served)


Special Member Benefit at July 2018 NAFE Buffalo Conference – NAFE members attending the July 2018 NAFE Buffalo Conference will have the opportunity to be photographed with the NAFE-branded backdrop screen for use in the NAFE Member Directory, on your Facebook page, LinkedIn page or on your website.  The photo will be e-mailed to you following the NAFE Conference.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this new NAFE member benefit, please contact NAFE Executive Director Art Schwartz ( or check in with Art at the 2018 NAFE Buffalo Conference.

Program and Schedule 

Friday, July 27, 2018

8:00      NAFE Committee Meetings - Meeting room open for committees to meet

9:15      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Morning Session (including Committee Reports) 

11:30    Lunch break (on your own)

1:00      NAFE Board of Directors Meeting - Afternoon Session (Board Business)

3:30      ASTM E58 Forensic Engineering Technical Committee meeting - adjourns by 5:00pm 

6:00 to 9:00 pm  NAFE Reception (cash bar) and dinner at the hotel 


Saturday, July 28, 2018  -  (7 CPDs) 


7:00 am Round Table Discussion (includes breakfast)

8:15 am Opening Remarks and Introductions – Martin Gordon, PE (2018 NAFE President)

8:30 MORNING Technical Session

The following authors are expected to present: 

David Komm, PE – “Forensic Engineering Analysis of the Energetic Failure of Plastic Pool Chlorinators”

Daniel Couture, P Eng – “Forensic Engineering Analysis of an Apartment Freezing Sequence Using Heat Flow Equations

Rune Storesund, PE – “FE Evaluation of Embankment Slope Failure on San Francisco Young Bay Mud

Thomas May, JD and David Icove, PhD, PE – “Computer Fire Modeling and the Law: Application to Forensic Fire Engineering Investigations

Edward Fronapfel, PE – “Forensics as a Result of Substantial Completion Request”

Robert Peruzzi, PhD, PE – “FE Analysis of Video Screens for a Business Dispute Over Requirements and Specifications

Stephen Jenkins, CEng – “Forensic Issues that Arise from Recirculating Hot Water Systems

Stephen Jenkins, CEng – “Forensic Investigation of the Failure of a Large Marine Propeller Shaft


12:30 Round Table Discussion (includes lunch)

2:00 AFTERNOON Technical Session  (To be announced)

4:40-5:00 Follow-up Q & A Session for Technical Presentations

5:00 Adjourn

6:00      Cocktails (Cash Bar) aboard the Buffalo River History Tour


7:30      Dinner on your own

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - To be announced (7 CPDs) 

7:00      Networking Breakfast

8:15      Opening Remarks:  Martin Gordon, PE – 2018 NAFE President 

9:00      “Deposition and Trial Testimony – Case Studies and Critiques” - Jeff DiPalma, Esq. (Defense Atty.), Julie Jordan, Esq. (Plaintiffs Atty.) and Hon. Richard Kloch (State Supreme Court Judge & Faculty Member of UB Law School

11:30     “Forensic Engineering Analysis of Treadmill Injuries: A Case Study”,  Harold Josephs, PhD, PE


12:00    Round Table Discussion (includes lunch)

1:30      “Forensic Engineering Photography Techniques” - Bring your Nikon or Canon 35mm camera for this interactive workshop  - Andy McNeill (20 year law enforcement background)

3:30       “Application of Professional Surveying to Forensic Engineering Investigations” - Pat Tami, PLS. (President of NCEES)

4:30      Open Q&A Session - All Speakers – All Topics - Moderator: Robin Davies, PE

5:00      Adjourn

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