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Crane Engineering Smart Sessions: Topics and Trends That Matter

  • Crane Engineering 2355 Polaris Lane North Plymouth, MN 55447 (map)

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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