NEWS | September 14, 2021

Upcoming Webinar: After the Storm - Using a Rational Approach to Assess Wind and Storm-Related Property Damage


Wind events like hurricanes, derechos, and tornados often cause significant property damage and sometimes structural failure -- effects that are clear to any observer. However, the significance, extent, and root cause of certain less-than-catastrophic damages are typically less obvious. This can lead to contentious disagreement among interested parties. 

In this complimentary, one-hour webinar, WJE structural engineers Joshua BoggsMatthew Fadden, and Christopher Lipp will provide an overview of the effects of different types of wind events on structures. In addition, they will discuss how engineers and insurance professionals define "damage" for various building components and how engineering-based assessments can be used to develop impartial opinions on cause and extent of damage. 

By the end of the presentation, you will be able to:

  • Explain how various types of wind-related events affect structures,
  • Describe common types of wind-related issues for which forensic engineering may be utilized to solve a problem or resolve a dispute, 
  • Summarize how technology can be utilized to collect and present results of damage assessments efficiently, and 
  • Distinguish between sound engineering-based approaches to developing opinions on cause and extent of damage and unsound methods disguised with pseudo-engineering.

There will be plenty of time for your questions during the presentation. You are also eligible for one American Institute of Architects (AIA) Learning Unit for your participation.


After the Storm: Using a Rational Approach to Assess Wind and Storm-Related Property Damage
Thursday, September 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT