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Challenges in Complex Infrastructure Claims: Bridgeways and Roadways
- Oct 13, 2020
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Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 01:00 PM British Summer Time
Duration: 1 hour
This course will provide attendees with a review of technical geotechnical and structural engineering aspects of infrastructure claims. We will review generalized case studies in order to provide examples of damage associated with infrastructure construction claims and provide insight into policy language that is used in the evaluation of the coverage associated with these type claims. This webinar will broaden the understanding of causes of damage associated with infrastructure construction along with the available tools and the benefits of utilizing expert assistance in investigating those losses to assist in determining causes and coverage.
Stephen Jirsa, PE
Principal Consultant, Large Loss
Mr. Stephen Jirsa is a Principal Consultant with 25 years of engineeringexperience and leadership in forensic investigation, evaluation, analysis, anddesign of all types of buildings, structures, and components. Mr. Jirsa’s forensicexperience includes technical leadership of large complex multi-disciplinarylosses, as well as post-earthquake and post-hurricane assessments, structuralcollapse, and construction accidents. Mr. Jirsa’s roles have also involvedseismic design and evaluation, product development of building systems,building product certification and code approval, and structural and architecturalperformance testing. Mr. Jirsa has provided engineering expertise tocommercial, insurance, legal, construction, government, military, and health careclients and has provided expert testimony in deposition and trial.
Terrance Zich, PE, PG
Senior Project Engineer
Mr. Zich is a Geotechnical Field Supervisor/Geological Engineer with over 40 years of geotechnical engineering and geological experience. He has extensive forensic experience in cases involving environmental, geotechnical, and geological assessments. The forensic assessments include the evaluation of near surface foundation sub-grade and deep soil conditions as revealed in soil borings and geophysical testing, together with the observed details of structures including tunnels, for the evaluation of the soil characteristic relationship to the appearance of recorded distress. This information is used to form an opinion of the apparent cause or causes of reported distress from problematic subsurface conditions, including but not limited to sinkholes, shrink/swell clays, collapsible soils, organic and other buried debris, landslides and other soil failure events. Mr. Zich has been involved with construction defect investigations with regards to soils type and associated soils work. Mr. Zich has provided advice and testimony as part of litigation support services and has performed peer review of studies performed by other consulting firms.