Smart Sessions:  Topics and Trends That Matter
Jan
24
2:00 PM14:00

Smart Sessions: Topics and Trends That Matter

Join Crane Engineering for our first Smart Session – an afternoon of educational presentations that will provide valuable insights on trending topics that impact the work you do.

Following the series of educational discussions, the afternoon will feature a social event to serve as a prime opportunity to further chat with engineers and network with other guests. The event will also include tours of Crane's facilities for further insights on the technology and tools engineers use.

 

 

Smart Sessions Agenda

2:00-2:15 p.m.
Welcome/Introduction

2:15-3:10 p.m.
Rogue Particles: Sometimes It's the Little Things
Mark Weiss
This presentation will explore the analysis of small particulate contaminants and/or foreign object debris (FOD). In an effort to identify the FOD and its source, we'll be exploring the pros and cons of various analyses available when examining small contaminants, both as free and embedded particulate. We will also be looking at minimum sample sizes for various techniques.

3:10-4:05 p.m.
Virtual Testing: Use of Computer Simulation for Better Products
Christopher J. Brand, P.E.

Computer simulation software, such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), is widely used in the industry to do virtual mechanical tests. Using a 3D CAD model of a particular component or assembly, mechanical loads (e.g., forces, heat, wind) are applied and results are computed. These results give you deeper insight into the performance of your products than physical testing alone. Furthermore, test parameters can be changed and run easily, thus reducing the expensive investment of time and money for additional prototypes and testing.

4:05-5:00 p.m.
Reverse Engineering: If Only "Bob" Hadn't Retired!
Lloyd C. Meissner, P.E.

The techniques of reverse engineering are often required for a wide variety of reasons. These include:

  • Benchmarking a competitor’s product
  • Helping define legacy hardware not fully defined due to:
  • Source control drawing only
  • Supplier change, bankruptcy or catastrophic event (flood or hurricane)
  • Customer failures
  • Counterfeit hardware
  • Employee turnover

Reverse engineering will enable a much better description of the product to be defined to minimize design iterations.

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Social Event: Please stay for appetizers, beer and wine.

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Crane Engineering Smart Sessions:  Topics and Trends That Matter
Jan
25
1:00 PM13:00

Crane Engineering Smart Sessions: Topics and Trends That Matter

Join Crane Engineering for our first Smart Session — an afternoon of educational presentations that will provide valuable insights on trending topics that impact the work you do. CLE credits will be available for all sessions, including the Ethics session.

Following the series of educational discussions, the afternoon will feature a social event at our facility to serve as a prime opportunity to further chat with engineers and network with other guests. The event will also include tours of Crane’s facilities for further insights on the technology and tools engineers use.

 

 

Smart Sessions Agenda

1:00-2:00 p.m. (Concurrent sessions, pick one)

  • Carbon Monoxide Incident Investigation: Complex Causation and Complex Litigation
    Matthew W. Wilber, CGE, CFEI; Scott A. Sollars, P.E., CGE, IAAI-CFI

    This session will highlight common causes of carbon monoxide incidents, and the complexity associated with modern combustion appliances. The inter-relationship between appliances and the building envelope as well as the parties involved will be discussed.

  • Biomechanics: Motor Vehicles and Industrial Accidents
    André M. Loyd, Ph. D.
    This session will highlight the key role of biomechanics in motor vehicle and industrial accident litigation. It will show how biomechanics use all pertinent information to determine injury mechanisms and explore the difference between a medical doctor and a biomechanical engineer.

2:00-3:00 p.m. (Concurrent sessions, pick one)

  • From Uptown to Downtown: Issues Regarding Mixed-Use Multi-Level Construction
    James Panko, P.E.; Scott A. Nesvold, M.S., M.Eng., P.E.; Andrew J. Thielen, P.E.
    Multi-story wood construction has been a popular trend in recent years. This presentation will discuss various issues that can arise from this type of construction including story shrinkage, façade systems, mechanical systems and fire protection issues.

  • Motor Vehicle Technology Trends—Forensic Engineering in the Approaching Age of Autonomous Vehicles
    Luis C. Flores, P.E., ACTAR, CFEI, CVFI; Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI

    The presentation will focus on explaining different vehicle technologies available today that are paving the way for autonomous vehicles. We will discuss the impact from the investigation standpoint and potential theories of liability. Case studies will be used to illustrate some concepts.

3:00-4:00 p.m. (Concurrent sessions, pick one)

  • How to Use Experts to Successfully Navigate Slips, Trips, Falls
    James Panko, P.E., André M. Loyd, Ph.D.

    Slips, trips and falls can occur in a wide range of locations. This presentation will discuss how applicable building codes and standards will vary depending on the location of the accident and how these codes and standards may affect your litigation. This presentation will also highlight how biomechanical analysis can be used for evaluating claimed injuries relating to the alleged event.

  • Increasing Risks of Lithium-Ion Batteries and Counterfeit Products—Fires & Other Issues
    Steve M. Hamilton, P.E., CFEI

    Lithium-ion batteries have attracted significant attention due to the risk of fires on phones, laptops and other consumer products. This presentation will focus on explaining the technology and the factors that increase the risk of a battery failure. In addition, we will explore the role of counterfeit products and their increasing involvement in product failures.

4:00-5:00 p.m.

  • Ethical Implications of Working with Engineering Experts: The Intersection of Two Codes of Ethics
    Kristine Kubes, Kubes Law, and Thomas R. Crane, P.E.
    The joint program will provide an ethical refresher for both professions – legal and engineering. The presenters will provide their pragmatic viewpoint on the subject of how ethics both in engineering and from a legal perspective are similar and how this impacts the casework where the two fields come together.

    This presentation will qualify for one hour of Ethics licensing requirement of attorneys and professional engineers.

5:00-6:30 p.m.

  • Social Event: Please stay for appetizers, beer and wine.

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NASP 2017 Subrogation Litigation:  Skills and Management Conference
Apr
26
11:30 AM11:30

NASP 2017 Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference

Join us at the Omni Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona Thursday and Friday at the NASP 2017 Litigation:  Skills and Management Conference.  Steve Hamilton will be presenting "Failure Modes Due to Improper Maintenance and/or Repairs in Construction Vehicles/Heavy Equipment" on Thursday.  Scott Nesvold will be at booth #9 ready to talk to you about Crane Engineering's services.  

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Wisconsin Defense Counsel Spring Conference
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Wisconsin Defense Counsel Spring Conference

Crane Engineering/Safety Engineering Associates will be exhibiting at this year's Wisconsin Defense Counsel Spring Conference in Kohler, Wisconsin.  Join us for Scott Dillon's presentation How to Work with Scientific and Engineering Experts.  Our staff members, Jim Panko, and Curtis Beloy will also be available at our booth to introduce you to our services and expertise.  We look forward to meeting you this week at the American Club!

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ABA Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability
Apr
6
to Apr 7

ABA Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability

  • Arizon Biltmore Resort and Spa (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Safety Engineering Associates/Crane Engineering is sponsoring the 2017 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation conference. Join Hernán Mercado-Corujo, Curtis Beloy and André Loyd at our booth April 6-7, 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.  

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2017 MN IAAI Fire Investigation Conference
Mar
22
to Mar 24

2017 MN IAAI Fire Investigation Conference

Crane Engineering will be exhibiting at the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators 2017 Fire Investigation Conference in St. Cloud, MN March 22-24, 2017.  We will also have several of our engineers and specialists attending the conference throughout the week, including Scott Dillon, Steve Hamilton, Scott Sollars and Matt Wilber.  

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Jim Panko, P.E. and Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI will present a NASP Webinar "Unintended Consequences of Green Design"
Jul
26
12:00 PM12:00

Jim Panko, P.E. and Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI will present a NASP Webinar "Unintended Consequences of Green Design"

This webinar will cover subrogation opportunities that are a result of a construction or design errors and product failures that result from the use of newly developed green products and design. Designing and constructing buildings with new green or sustainable products can be very beneficial to the building owners. However, the push to have more environmentally buildings may come with some hidden unintended consequences. The recent movement towards “green” design has edged designers and contractors toward specifying and construction products that they may not be familiar with.

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Vehicle Fire O&C Investigation Seminar in Puerto Rico
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

Vehicle Fire O&C Investigation Seminar in Puerto Rico

I am privileged to be offering this exciting seminar on May 19th at the Professional College of Engineers and Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico (CIAPR). The 3-hour seminar will include discussions of the Scientific Method, Fire Science, Fire Dynamics, Vehicle Systems, and Scene/Vehicle documentation, among others. I will be sharing the different fire causes found during inspections on commercial, agricultural/farming, and mining vehicles and equipment, among others. These are all real world examples investigated over the last year, presented in case study format for their inherent value in helping other investigators understand what to expect and what to look for. They comprise a wide variety of causes, from mechanical and electrical to spontaneous heating.

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Crane Staff Taught at STEMLink at Normandale Community College
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Crane Staff Taught at STEMLink at Normandale Community College

On May 13, 2016 through the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Twin Cities Chapter (SHPE-TC)Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI and Luis Flores, P.E., ACTAR participated in STEMLink at Normandale Community College.  They taught 72 fifth grade students about the concept of fire and the science behind it (physics, chemistry).  Several experiments were conducted including how a candle works, how to extinguish a candle with CO2, getting water from a candle and more.  The concept of the fire tetrahedron (heat, oxidizer, fuel, chemical reaction) was also explained and illustrated.

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Scott A. Nesvold, M.S., M.Eng., P.E. will Present at the NASP Litigation Skills Conference
Apr
8
4:00 PM16:00

Scott A. Nesvold, M.S., M.Eng., P.E. will Present at the NASP Litigation Skills Conference

Scott A. Nesvold, M.S., M.Eng., P.E. will present Trending Use of Experts in Product Liability Cases along with Timothy S. Poeschl (Hanson Lulic & Krall, LLC) and Duane Wolf (Duane A. Wolf Engineering, PC) at the NASP Subrogation Litigation:  Skills & Management Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Tom Crane, P.E. to speak at the NASP Litigation Skills Conference
Apr
7
3:30 PM15:30

Tom Crane, P.E. to speak at the NASP Litigation Skills Conference

Thomas R. Crane, P.E. will present Product Liability:  The Past, Present and Future at the NASP Subrogation Litigation:  Skills & Management Conference on April 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

This conference kick-off presentation will give a high-level review of the state of product liability subrogation claims from the past to the present. Tom will discuss the current state of product liability subrogation and venture to predict what the future may hold.  He will examine product liability case handling to show how our industry has evolved and provide insight into what to expect as technology changes the way we handle cases, evidence, and communication.

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Luis Flores to Speak at the 2016 CLM Annual Conference
Apr
6
to Apr 8

Luis Flores to Speak at the 2016 CLM Annual Conference

  • Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Luis Flores, P.E., ACTAR, Civil Engineer/Accident Reconstructionist, will speak at the CLM Annual Conference held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, April 6-8.  His session is titled, Insurance Fraud – Fraud: An Unruly Predator of Epidemic Proportions.

A civil engineer, Luis Flores brings significant experience in vehicular accident reconstruction and forensic engineering to the firm, including airbag control module data imaging, evidence preservation, site documentation, and analysis. He provides litigation support, such as expert testimony and exhibit preparation, to Crane Engineering/Safety Engineering Associates’ clients that include insurance companies and law firms.

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Steve Hamilton and Matt Wilber present at MN IAAI Conference 2016
Mar
24
11:30 AM11:30

Steve Hamilton and Matt Wilber present at MN IAAI Conference 2016

Electrical Engineer, Steve Hamilton, P.E., CFEI will present "Electrical Origin Fires" at the MN IAAI Conference on March 24 in St. Cloud, MN. He will discuss how advances in technology and reliance on cheap manufacturing have created conditions that can lead to electrically caused fires.

Also on March 24 Matt Wilber, CGE, CFEI, Gas and Mechanical Systems Specialist, will present "Codes and Standards in Incident Investigations". This will include a discussion of various codes and standards, their inter-relationships and how they can play a role in incident investigations.

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Scott Dillon and Matt Jeske at the 2016 Minnesota International Association of Arson Investigators Conference
Mar
23
to Mar 25

Scott Dillon and Matt Jeske at the 2016 Minnesota International Association of Arson Investigators Conference

During the "Hot Topics" section on March 23 Fire Protection Engineer, Scott E. Dillon, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI, will give an overview of ASTM International and ASTM standards as they relate to fire investigation. Topics will include an introduction to the ASTM International organization, an overview of the ASTM standards development process and the technical committees and standards related to fire investigation.

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Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI will present "Large Loss Incidents in Industrial Settings" at Excel Engineering
Feb
11
11:30 AM11:30

Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI will present "Large Loss Incidents in Industrial Settings" at Excel Engineering

Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI will present "Large Loss Incidents in Industrial Settings" at Excel Engineering in Mounds View, Minnesota this Thursday. He will touch on incident site management, root-cause analysis, and the different tools used during a forensic investigation. Case studies (explosions, fires, mechanical & material failures) will be used to illustrate the concepts.

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Jan
20
11:30 AM11:30

Luis Flores, P.E., ACTAR and Jim Panko, P.E. presented to American Family

In January Luis Flores, P.E., ACTAR and Jim Panko, P.E. presented to American Family. Luis gave an introduction to accident reconstruction by going through the investigation process from the time law enforcement is on site to when the expert report is delivered. He detailed what tools and techniques are utilized when performing a vehicle and site inspection and investigation. He also explored the analysis portion of a reconstruction and ended with a brief look into autonomous vehicle technology.

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