Webinars Post

Under the Weather: Getting to the Root Cause of Wind & Snow Damage

June 10, 2020

Over the past several years, climate change has been tied to a rise in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as wildfires, high winds, and heavy snowfall. These events have, in turn, had a major impact on insurers, who paid out $1.9 billion in 2018 from the effects of extreme weather events that took place across Canada. However, while snow and ice, wind and water are often contributing factors, the damage caused by extreme weather is sometimes merely symptomatic of other preexisting issues.

In this webinar we will be examining losses “caused” by extreme weather events and investigating further to determine the root cause of the damage. In doing so, we will be discussing:

  • Structural Design of Buildings
  • Snow and Wind Loading
  • Roof Structures

We will also be looking at applications for drones in structural investigations with video footage that showcases their unique and strategic abilities.

Recommended for:

  • Property adjusters
  • Contractors
  • Risk managers
  • Brokers

Presenters

Nabi Goudarzi, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Nabi specializes in the forensic structural investigation of buildings and the design of retrofitting schemes for damaged or under-designed structures. Nabi has conducted structural assessments of existing steel, concrete, masonry and wood buildings under gravity loading, vibration and seismic forces. He has also designed steel and concrete structures, including high-rise residential and office towers, commercial retail units, and long-span steel trusses.

Darren Keuhl, Drone Operator

Darren is a Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems Operator specializing in pre-loss and post-loss site inspections, field investigations and aerial scene mapping using Pix4D and Drone Deploy software. He is also a Level 3 Traffic Collision Investigator and a Level 4 Collision Reconstructionist with over 30 years of policing experience.