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December 2018 ACECMN Presentation

Doug Fell presented "The Business Side of Emergency Response" to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACECMN) on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at  the Minneapolis Marriott West in Minnetonka, MN. 


There was a very good turnout with great questions during and after the presentation. Attendees now have a better understanding of how to address this growing side of the engineering consulting business due to the increase in frequency and intensity of natural and man-made disasters.


Thank you to ACECMN for setting up this event and to Kraus-Anderson for sponsoring the event. 


Visit www.ACECMN.org  for more information on ACECMN.


Visit www.krausanderson.com for mare information on Kraus-Anderson.

December 2018 ASCE Forensic Congress Paper

 Doug Fell coauthored the paper, "Forensic Engineering, the Heart in the Life Cycle of Structural Damage: From Emergency Response through Restoration to Final Repairs" for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Forensic Engineering 8th Congress held in Austin, TX. Papers from the 8th congress will be published and is a great source for a wide variety of forensic engineering topics.


Please visit https://www.forensiccongress.org/about for more information on the ASCE Forensic Congress.

January 14, 2019 Annual Institute for Building Officials Presentation

Doug Fell facilitated and presented with others at the Annual Institute for Building Officials event on "Understanding the Roles of Participants in Emergency Response to Catastrophic Damage" on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Earl Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. This course addressed how to deal with catastrophic damage to structures after a natural disaster. The roles of various participants of a catastrophic event were introduced and there was a focus on the adaptability of building departments to meet the high demands to address the situation. This session also covered the many different entities that become engaged in the emergency response and especially the importance of involving experienced structural engineers to assess structural stability in the built environment.


Representatives from MNOSHA (Minnesota OSHA), MNHSEM (Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management), MN Task Force 1, NCSEA SEER program, MNSEA Seer Committee, Wenck, Kraus Anderson Construction and MSD Engineering also presented to provide variety and depth to the presentation.


This course has been approved for 5.25 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers.


Please visit https://ccaps.umn.edu/annual-institute-building-officials/building for additional information regarding this event.

January 2019 CalOES SAP Trainer and Coordinator

Doug Fell recently became a CalOES SAP trainer and coordinator. The training occurred at the CalOES facility in Sacramento, CA.


CalOES SAP is the Safety Assessment Program of the California Office of Emergency Services. It has become a standard training certification for those providing assessments of structural damage after a disaster such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters.


Doug was previously certified as a CalOES SAP evaluator and is now a  trainer and coordinator of the CalOES SAP.


Please visit http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/disaster-mitigation-technical-support/technical-assistance/safety-assessment-program for more information on CalOES SAP.

NCSEA CalOES SAP Evaluator Webinars

Doug Fell was the instructor for the NCSEA offering of the CalOES SAP Evaluator webinar held on June 12, 2019. This is a six hour training webinar that allows those attendees meeting other requirements to become certified as a CalOES SAP Evaluator.


CalOES SAP is the Safety Assessment Program of the California Office of Emergency Services, It has become a standard training certification for those providing assessments of structural damage after a disaster such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters.


Doug will also be the instructor for the next NCSEA CalOES SAP Evaluator webinar to be held April 29, 2020.


Please visit   

https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/disaster-mitigation-technical-support/technical-assistance/safety-assessment-program for more information on CalOES SAP and   

http://www.ncsea.com/education/caloes/ for more information on NCSEA CalOES SAP webinars

NCSEA CalOES SAP Evaluator Simulcast Seminar/Webinar

Doug Fell was the instructor for the MNSEA/NCSEA offering of the CalOES SAP Evaluator seminar/webinar held on October 23, 2019. This was a six hour training simulcast seminar/webinar that allowed those attendees meeting other requirements to become certified as a CalOES SAP Evaluator.


CalOES SAP is the Safety Assessment Program of the California Office of Emergency Services, It has become a standard training certification for those providing assessments of structural damage after a disaster such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters.


Please visit   

https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/disaster-mitigation-technical-support/technical-assistance/safety-assessment-program for more information on CalOES SAP and   

http://www.ncsea.com/education/caloes/ for more information on NCSEA CalOES SAP webinars.

SEA-WI (Structural Engineer Association of Wisconsin): CalOES SAP Evaluator

Doug Fell was the instructor for the SEA-WI offering of the CalOES SAP Evaluator seminar held on March 6, 2020 in the Milwaukee, WI area. This was a six hour training seminar that will allow those attendees meeting other requirements to become certified as a CalOES SAP Evaluator.


CalOES SAP is the Safety Assessment Program of the California Office of Emergency Services, It has become a standard training certification for those providing assessments of structural damage after a disaster such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters.


Please visit   

https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/disaster-mitigation-technical-support/technical-assistance/safety-assessment-program for more information on CalOES SAP and   

www.SEAWI.ORG for more information

MNSEA (Minnesota Structural Engineer Association): Basic Training Event

Doug Fell will be assisting MNSEA and MNSEA SEER Committee in offering "Basic Training of Design Professionals for Site Visits"  originally scheduled to be held on March 18, 2020 in the Twin Cities area. This is 3.5 hour training seminar for design professionals intending to visit jobsites/construction sites.


This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Please visit www.mn-sea.org for more information on this seminar event.