I'm All Shook Up - Forensic Investigations

January 22, 2020
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Delafield Brewhaus
3832 Hillside Dr
Delafield, WI 53018
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Property damages from nearby blasting or construction events are a common complaint, particularly in congested urban areas. This presentation compiles information from numerous past forensic investigations of damage claims. It addresses common risk sources, threshold vibration levels which may cause damage to various types of structures (including concrete and masonry construction), how human perception of vibration can influence damage claims, and steps that may be taken to minimize damage risk.

Richard T. Kaczkowski, P.E. is a Vice President with CTLGroup, an internationally recognized expert consulting and testing firm headquartered in Skokie, IL. He has conducted  hundreds of structural and building envelope investigations to diagnose the cause of construction problems or damages, and to remedy them. He also spent nearly ten years in the Research & Development Department of a leading building materials manufacturer, where he led a laboratory group responsible for the development of new building products and their certification testing to applicable building code requirements. Rich serves on ASTM Technical Committees dealing with masonry, roofing, and overall performance of buildings. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer and/or Structural Engineer in twenty states.

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