Conservatism in Engineering: What is it, Who needs it, and Who pays for it

November 7, 2013 


Free for AIA members / $3 for non-members
Brown bag lunch (BYO lunch)

1.5 LU

SFF Host:  Doug Coe, Architect

Presenter:  Joshua B. Kardon, S.E.

Joshua B. Kardon is a structural engineer practicing is Berkeley, and is licensed in California and in 7 other States.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an allied affiliate of the AIA East Bay Chapter, and a former Board Member of the Chapter.

Program Description:

The Small Firm Forum meeting November 7, 2013 will include a presentation by Joshua B. Kardon, Structural Engineer on the topic of conservatism in engineering.  He will begin with an overview of structural engineering, who needs it, and what it is.  He will then define “conservative” and present several examples and consequences of engineering conservatism – or the absence of it – in the built environment.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Improve one’s understanding of what conservative engineering is.

2.  An improved understanding of where engineering conservative may be critical to the success of an architect’s project.

3.  An improved understanding of how to incorporate appropriate levels of engineering conservatism.

4.  An improved understanding of how and why to incorporate conservatism in a cost-effective manner.

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