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.
Hernán Mercado-Corujo, P.E., CFEI, CVFI and Jim Panko, P.E. will be at the Iowa Defense Counsel Association's 52nd Annual Meeting & Seminar September 22-23 at the Stoney Creek Conference Center in Johnston, Iowa. Stop by Booth #4 to catch up with them!
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.
Crane Engineering is a feature sponsor at the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association 2016 Diversity Seminar on June 2 from 3 to 7:15 p.m. at the AT&T Building in Minneapolis. For more information: http://www.mdla.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=807573&group
Crane Engineering is a sponsor at the DRI Construction Law Seminar in New Orleans, LA June 1-3. This year's theme is "Preparing a Foundation for a Stormy Future". Stop by our booth: #201! https://www.dri.org/Event/20160050
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.
Crane Engineering will be hosting our 7th annual STEM days May 17-18. Approximately 200 fifth graders from around the Minneapolis-Metro area will participate in experiments led by Crane Engineering staff members focusing on fire science, physics and motion, electricity, chemistry and more.
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.
This will be a unique seminar opportunity. We will summarize legal and engineering aspects of site and incident management and discuss case studies and lessons learned in the following areas:
- Large losses
- Fire and explosions
- Collateral damage
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.