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Rob attended a two-day seminar presented by SEM-Train covering Electrical Engineering principles and concepts for non-Electrical Engineers. Covered topics include current, voltage, inductance, capacitance, impedance, diodes, transistor, movs, and circuit analysis with calculations performed. Single and three phase electricity was reviewed including working with values in rectangular, phasor, and polar notation to work through circuit analysis problems. Additional topics covered included electronic instruments, variable frequency drives, NEC, arc flash, electrical schematics/wiring diagrams, controls equipment, power transmission/distribution, power factor correction, utility billing, and motors.
Rob attended a two-day seminar presented by Fire Findings Laboratories in Benton Harbor, Michigan, covering many aspects of residential dryer fires. Topics discussed included gas vs. electric operation, interior components, factors affecting lint, component failures, and dryer manufacturer identification. This hands-on seminar permitted inspection of many exemplar appliances and individual components to allow comparison between unburned and failed or nearly failing conditions.
Rob attended a seminar presented by NCSU Engineering Faculty entitled "Design, Construction, and Troubleshooting of Concrete Slabs-On-Grade + Pervious (Porous) Concrete". In addition to discussions on current trends with commonly encountered rigid concrete pavement, much discussion revolved around pervious (permeable) concrete pavements. These pavements reduce runoff and provide a level of added safety by limiting ponding surface water or ice accumulation yet have some load carrying capacity limitations that must be considered before selection. While not the solution for every client, pervious pavements may become common alternatives to runoff/sedimentation ponds in urbanized areas and replace some rigid pavement materials in areas where impervious surface limitations are required.
Rob attended the 2013 North Carolina and South Carolina chapters of the International Association of Arson Investigators (www.firearson.com) conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. Seminar topics presented for the portion attended included review of NFPA 921, NFPA 1033, emerging trends in fire investigations, technoglogies useful in fire investigations, interviewing techniques/tips, case studies, and expert witness roles. Discussions encompassing report writing, testimony presentation, investigative methodology, and use of the scientific method have wide-ranging applicability outside the scope of fire investigations extending to any forensic engineering investigation. The conferece agenda can be found at:http://www.nciaai.com/conference.
Mike will be attending ASCE's 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering in San Francisco, CA, October 31 through November 3, 2012 (http://content.asce.org/conferences/forensics2012/index.html), where he will offer a presentation based on the paper he authored entitled Study of Residential Damages in Coastal North Carolina from Hurricane Irene. The Congress will attract engineers and forensic specialists from around the world, with presentations on numerous damage, failure, evaluation, and reconstruction topics. Copies of the proceedings will be available for purchase from ASCE Press (http://ascelibrary.org/proceedings) after the Congress. Mike is a member of the Congress Steering Committee, as well as a Track Chair, and he will moderate sessions at the Congress. He is the outgoing Chair of ASCE's Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, the technical group that organized the Congress.