Rimkus Connections: May Edition

May 1, 2024

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Turns 10!

At Rimkus, we understand the importance of taking measures to help prevent and mitigate wildfires. May 4th is the 10th anniversary of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, a campaign that serves as a vital initiative to raise awareness and empower communities to take action against the devastating impact of wildfires.

Each year, celebration of this day actively encourages those living in wildfire-prone areas to complete projects that can help make their homes and communities safer from wildfire. For us, supporting this event means advocating for safer communities and environments, as well as fostering a culture of resilience in the face of wildfire threats. Through education, collaboration, and proactive measures, we can work together to minimize the risk of wildfires and protect lives, property, and natural resources.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 5-10 is Hurricane Preparedness Week in the United States. This week underscores the necessity of preemptive measures to mitigate the devastating impacts of hurricanes. As specialists in assessing and managing risks associated with natural disasters, we know that proactive planning can be an essential step in safeguarding lives, properties, and businesses against catastrophic events like hurricanes.

By leveraging this dedicated week to raise awareness and promote preparedness strategies, we empower communities and organizations to fortify their resilience against the destructive forces of hurricanes.

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Achieving Net-Zero: Energy Audits and Modeling

As the costs of utilities continue to escalate, building managers face increasing pressure to identify and implement cost-saving measures for
their tenants. The architects, engineers, and construction professionals at
Rimkus are uniquely qualified to assist with the optimization of buildings.

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Marine Forensic Investigations

Accidents and incidents involving marine vessels and facilities occur on a regular basis. Our experts can evaluate the standard of care of marine design professionals and provide consulting services relating to new construction and ship repair disputes.

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Fire Suppression System Failures
and Subrogation

To support fire origin and cause investigations, Rimkus fire investigators apply their in-depth knowledge of best practices for fire investigation, fire
science, fire scene safety, and building systems. We can play a crucial role in determining the origin and root cause
of commercial kitchen fires, including failures in fire suppression systems.

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Foundations of Excellence: Elevating Structural Engineering Standards

When property is damaged, our Structural Engineering building experts apply years of design and construction experience to return spaces to pre-loss conditions. Working collaboratively, our engineers, architects, construction professionals, and other technical specialists can not only solve structural problems, but also help prevent them.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Subject matter experts and thought leaders

Rimkus 12th Annual Denver CE/CLE Seminar
May 2, 2024 – Greenwood Village, CO

“Human Biomechanics in Low-Speed Collisions” presented by Michael A. Teater, Ph.D., Consultant, Rimkus.

“Architect or Engineer: Who You Gonna Call?” presented by Seth L. Rosenman, AIA, Principal Consultant, and T. Scott Nunnery R.A., AIA, LEED AP, Premises Liability and Security Practice Leader, Rimkus.

“Human Factors in Accident Causation” presented by Kuba J. Glazek, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Rimkus.

“Ethics” presented by David Salmon, Founding Partner, Groelle & Salmon, P.A.

“ECMs and Airbag Modules” presented by Scott J. Simmons, P.E., Senior Consultant, Rimkus.

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Rimkus Michigan Live Burn CE Seminar
May 3, 2024 – Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Fire Investigations and New Technology Overview” presented by Michael Roberts, IAAI-CFI, NFPA-CFI2, NFPA-CFPE, FAA-Remote sUAV Pilot, Fire Consultant.

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Combination Products Summit 2024
May 3, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA

“Best Practices for Developing Use-related Risk Analyses and How to Avoid Unnecessary Headaches” presented by Jennifer Soosaar, Ph.D., Director, Human Factors, Core Human Factors, A Rimkus Company.

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Rimkus CE/CLE Webinar
May 8, 2024 – Online

“Injury Biomechanics: How People Get Hurt” presented by Fatiesa Sulejmani, Ph.D., ACTAR, Senior Consultant.

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AICLA Asian Claims Convention 2024
May 8, 2024 – Kuala Lumpur, MY

“Tunnels and Technologies” presented by Nick Barnham, MEng (Hons), CEng, MIStructE, MICE, Director, Technical, CCi, A Rimkus Company.

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Rimkus Richmond CE/CLE Seminar
May 16, 2024 – Glen Allen, VA

“Technology in Collision Reconstruction” presented by Mark Banks, ACTAR, Consultant.

“Lightning Damage Assessment” presented by William E. Heath, P.E., Senior Consultant.

“Identifying and Classifying Arson” presented by Nathanael E. Perkins, NAFI-CFEI, IAAI-FIT(V), Senior Fire Consultant.

“Residential Light Commercial HVAC Construction Defects” presented by Joel R. Skogen, P.E., LEED AP+, Senior Consultant.

“Analyzing Improper Stormwater Drainage, Design, and Maintenance” presented by Amanda L. Sahin, P.E., Senior Consultant.

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L2 i-CON International Construction Claims and ADR Conference Marathon 2024
May 16, 2024 – Kuala Lumpur, MY

“Debate: Use of ChatGPT or AI in Preparing Expert Report – Yay or Nay?” presented by Soh Lieh Sieng, Founding Partner, Contract Solutions-I, Nurul Sabri, Associate Director, Hka, Adrian Dobbie-Holman, Regional Director, CCi, A Rimkus Company, and Jamie Duncan, Director, Actus Construction Claims & Disputes.

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Rimkus CE/CLE Webinar
May 22, 2024 – Online

“Forensic Techniques for Environmental Claims” presented by Kieran J. Purcell, P.E., Director, Environmental Practice.

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RICS Australasia Commercial Management of Construction Conference
May 23, 2024 – Sydney, AU

“Inadequate and Inconsistent Design Documentation and Management are Significant Causes of Poor Project Outcomes and Disputes. How Can Commercial Managers Help the Designers Fix This?” presented by Ciaran O’Sullivan, Director, CCi, A Rimkus Company, Andy Tiplin FRICS, Senior Commercial Advisor, Rawlinsons, Helen Keown, Senior Estimator, Laing O’Rourke, and David Ashe MRICS, Head of Airport Dev, Melbourne Airport.

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Product and Materials Failure Expertise

Recalls can be the result of manufacturing defects, design issues, or unexpected and unintended user behaviors – for many manufacturers, issues due to user behavior can be particularly challenging. Click the button below to view recent product recalls in the United States.

Our Human Factors group can provide the expertise to analyze user behavior. We can help predict potential misuses before they happen or identify ways to address unexpected misuses when they are discovered in the field.

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Kuba J. Glazek, Ph.D.
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“Human Factors experts help clients understand how users, products, and the interactions between them contribute to accidents. We can analyze and evaluate user capabilities, limitations, motivations, and behaviors, as well as product designs, instructions, warnings, relevant standards, and foreseeable uses, which all contribute to a thorough understanding of contributory causes to accidents.”

Offering extensive experience in safety, forensic sciences, and failure analysis, Rimkus has a diverse group of qualified engineers, metallurgists and materials scientists, biomechanists, human factors experts, and safety professionals to conduct accident investigations involving products, equipment, and materials.

Our experts use specialized investigative techniques to analyze the full spectrum of the product cycle. We examine the entire life cycle, from inception to end use, including design, manufacturing, materials installation, training, operation, and maintenance.

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About Rimkus

Rimkus is a global leader in forensic engineering, life sciences, and built environment solutions, offering a highly qualified team of experts who help clients address complex challenges. Our comprehensive investigations and assessments, supported by sound methodology, science, and state-of-the-art technology, help clients make informed decisions related to a wide range of claims, projects, and the development of products. Our experts are trained to explain multifaceted issues in a manner that makes them understandable to clients and juries, contributing to equitable resolutions and a better, safer world for all.

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