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Continuing Education Course Catalog


Hail Damage Assessments
COURSE ID: TX 109615; LA 27594
An introduction into hail and the investigation of hail-related damage. This course covers topics such as the formation of hail and hail-producing weather, evidence of hail fall to vulnerable elements on properties, the use and misuse of weather data in hail damage assessments, definitions of “damage” and the misuse of the word, hail effects to various types of roofing, and case studies including common conditions often mistaken for hail damage and attempted fraud. This course will provide a prescriptive method for properly assessing hail damage to all types of structures, residential and commercial, big and small.

Understanding Wood Structures Part 1: Foundations
COURSE ID: TX 109616; LA 27595
An introductory course into the first element constructed on any structure, the foundation. This course will discuss foundation type selection, basic soil classification, expansive soil behaviors, foundation movement characterizations and causes, as well as damage assessments including plumbing leak investigations. This course will provide a basic understanding of foundation damage investigations as well as the intent and function of foundations as a key part of any structure. This course is prerequisite to other understanding wood structures courses offered by BSC.

Understanding Wood Structures Part 2: Gravity and Lateral
COURSE ID: TX 109617; LA 27596
An introduction into lateral systems of wood frame structures. This course discusses framing design, lateral design including wind and seismic (earthquake), foundation attachments, as well as case studies including construction document review of a residential addition. This course will provide a basic understanding of structural design of main wind force resisting systems. The presentation is preceded by a foundations course and provides information not widely understood by engineers that lack a structural background.

Asphalt Composition Shingles
COURSE ID: TX 113994; LA 27597
An introductory course into the most common roofing material used in North America, asphalt-composition shingles. This course will discuss wind loading on buildings, the behavior of asphalt-composition shingles in high winds, expected long-term conditions and aging, common manufacturing defects, as well as common installation deficiencies. This course will provide a basic understanding of asphalt composition shingles that will prove useful in investigations of the roofing material.

Power Surge – Electrical Losses
CEU Credits: 1
COURSE ID: TX 113985
When your clients report ‘Power Surge’ losses, how do you confirm the cause and related extent of damage? This course takes you through the different causes of ‘Power Surges’, ways that power surges can be mitigated, and the investigative actions undertaken by an electrical engineer to determine the cause and extent of damage. Inclusive of both commercial and residential losses, this course helps you understand power surges so that you may make the appropriate policy decisions.

Residential Electrical Losses
COURSE ID: TX 113986
While electrical losses at residential properties vary in complexity, these losses impact the living conditions of your clients and need quick resolution. When an electrical engineer is retained to investigate the electrical loss, what should you expect? This course covers residential electrical systems (single- and multi-family), loss types/cause determination, testing performed to determine the extent of loss, electrical code requirements/upgrades, and repair/replacement estimate evaluation. Upon completion of this course, you will have a basic understanding of the electrical evaluation process and how to decide which policy coverage applies for different electrical loss event types.

Understanding Hurricane Forces: Wind vs. Storm Surge
COURSE ID: TX 114571
This course is intended to provide the attendee with a basic understanding of how Hurricane forces effect structures on the Gulf Coast as well as an understanding of building systems that are intended to resist these forces.


Origin and Cause Investigation – Using the Scientific Method
COURSE ID: TX 113978
When fire losses occur, does it matter how the fire investigator arrived at their answer of how/why the fire occurred? The purpose of this course is to help the insurance adjuster develop a good understanding of the fire investigator’s approach to a proper fire scene investigation and how it impacts subrogation and/or other potential legal actions. Using the scientific method, real-world examples are used to guide you through a fire scene investigation to reach a conclusion starting with witness interviews, proceeding through discovery of pertinent data to develop multiple hypotheses, and ending with the selection of the final hypothesis. We will discuss how to prevent bias and reaching premature conclusions. This course includes real-world examples such as fires caused by cooking, electricity and fire-safe cigarettes.