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This class was designed to give the flood adjuster more in depth information on identifying structural damage as a result of hydrostatic and/or hydrodynamic forces interacting with a structure during a flood event. The presentation includes a thorough explanation and calculation of hydrostatic forces on a structure using basic engineering calculations and reviews several case studies for each force reviewed. At the end of the one hour, interactive presentation, the audience should be able to identify hydrostatic and hydrodynamic forces applied to a structure and the associated damage from each.
CE Credits: 1 hour
Flood Engineering 202: Erosion, Scour, and Foundation Movement
This class was designed to give the flood adjuster more in depth information on identifying structural damage as a result of erosion and scour around typical foundation elements during a flood event that could lead to foundation movement. The presentation includes detailed descriptions of each and reviews several case studies for each. Pile foundations are discussed in detail as well as the affects of scour on them. Soil interaction with flood water is discusses as it relates to the reduction in bearing capacity of the soil. A video demonstration is included. At the end of the one hour, interactive presentation, the audience should be able to identify erosion and scour as well as typical foundation movements and associated damage.
CE Credits: 1 hour
Ceramic Tile Flooring: Installation, Failures, and Flood Damage
This class will detail the background of ceramic tile flooring in the US and a basic overview of the manufacturing process of tile. The course will look at proper installation of tile flooring and review installation guidelines provided by the Tile Council of North America as well as ANSI standards for tile installation. Movement joints within the tile fields will be discussed at length and students will be able to view movement joints as they are specified in building plans as well as joints installed in the real world. Installation of ceramic tile will be reviewed on both concrete slabs and well as wood framing along with common issues that are overlooked during installation that lead to future failure of the flooring. Several case studies of flooring failures will be reviewed and audience participation is encouraged.
CE Credits: 2 hour
Exterior Sheathing: Flood Damage Assessment
This presentation will review the purpose of exterior building sheathing with the insurance adjuster and the common types that may be encountered in the field. The course outlines the types of sheathing and effects of moisture exposure from a flood event. Also covered are FEMA designations, cleaning and mitigation issues from the industry standard IICRC manuals and common issues found after flood events. Case studies of varying levels of damage to different types of sheathing are discussed in an open forum where audience members are encouraged to discuss experiences and solutions with the group.
CE Credits: 2 and 3 hour available
Wind Vs. Wave
The program will detail wind damage by examining basic fluid mechanics of air pressure and how flowing air interacts with obstructions i.e. structures. Basic equations are derived to examine air pressure vs. water pressure to show the comparison of small amounts of water equaled to the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado classification. Basic flood characteristics are reviewed and common wave terminology is introduced to look at water waves and their interaction with land. Finally damage profiles are examined for both wind and water events. Numerous case studies of both are examined and discussed in detail by the class. At the conclusion of the class, the student should be confident to examine structures and make basic determinations of wind vs water damage.
CE Credits: 1 hour or 2 credit hour option
Fraudulent Water Losses
This course is designed for insurance fraud investigators, licensed adjusters, case managers, experts, and claims professionals whose duties require them to handle property claims related to water losses. This class will assist claims handlers with handling the claim, interview questions, how to decide what type of expert to hire, and an idea of what that expert should be providing to assist the claim.
CE Credits: 1 credit hour