Join local water damage contractors as we discuss the use of technology for remote readings for structural drying, creative solutions for unique mitigation scenarios, and how to avoid common mistakes made during insurance claims.
TUE 06/13/23 F019
Water Damage Mitigation Mini-Symposium
Time: 1000am - 200pm PST
THANK YOU to our host: Andrea Florescu and Marin Caba from American Water Damage Restoration (Edmonds)
945am - Doors Open
1000am - Opening Remarks
200pm - Clean up and tear down
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Water Damage Technology
Colby Wynn has owned and operated a local mitigation company, Affordable Restoration, for 3 years. With a great eagerness to perform water damage restoration at the highest levels he has attained many industry certifications including IICRC WRT (Water Restoration), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), AMRT (Microbial Remediation), FRST (Fire Restoration) as well as safety certifications for AHERA (Asbestos) and RRP (Lead based paint). Colby is also a Council Certified Indoor Environmentalist with the ACAC and provides IEP consulting services.
Colby will discuss creative ways that his company has been using remote monitoring technology to help them maintain compliance with the industry Standard of Care. He plans to quote specific references and standards while discussing the challenges contractors face with compliance. Colby believes that remote monitoring equipment provides part of the solution to achieving the standard of care while serving clients with excellence, his presentation will include real world examples from his own field experiences.
Creative Mitigation Solutions
Joyce Gabriel is a mitigation specialist who was leveraged her experience, training, and zeal for ongoing education to elevate her roles as well as her teams. She has over 10 years in the industry with exposure to many challenges and complexities on projects that require unique and creative resolutions. She currently serves as the the General Manager of Landall Restoration (Tacoma, WA) while she is building her own entrepreneurial dream as the owner of Expert Restoration (Olympia, WA).
Joyce will share some of the challenging scenarios that she has come across in her water damage experiences and how she has helped prepare her teams to form creative solutions to address various structural needs. Joyce places a high value on knowing and applying the industry Standard of Care. She will share how modern property restoration contractors can learn to see their roles through a new lens and source unique ways to fulfill their responsibilities to the customer, the structure, and best practices.
Insurance Claims Litigation
John Walker, Jr. is the COO of MAS Solutions. MAS was founded on the premise that their clients depend on MAS to represent them to the parties in a loss. Their professional adjusters, appraisers, and consultants engage with loss stakeholders – actively listening, gathering data, and providing comprehensive assessments. Relying on years of experience in their respective fields, the MAS team of property, auto and liability experts deliver quality reporting and reliable results daily.
John will be sharing from his unique perspective as an independent adjuster (IA), public adjuster (PA), and appraiser. John will share many of the issues he observes on water damage restoration scenarios and how property restoration contractors can better equip themselves and their teams to avoid unnecessary litigation.
The Science of Storm Recovery
The Science Panel for the Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery workshop brought Ralph E. Moon, PhD and Jeremy D. Beagle, CIH to center stage.
Ralph shared his wealth of knowledge in being called to projects for cause and origin. When he is conducting a claims inspection, he seeks to allow the conditions of the structure to speak for themselves.
Jeremy followed up with a practical discussion of some of the ways third-party consultants can miss the mark by not approaching the structure with a scientific process that leads them to make evidence-based conclusions. This process includes asking, “Why am I doing this?” as well as, “Is this accomplishing what it is intended?”
Ralph and Jeremy worked together in a supervisory capacity. We sat together during one of the FOP (Friends of
G. Pete Consigli, CR, WLS) Dinners and I had the joy of hearing more about their mentorship relationship. Ralph discussed at the workshop, echoing what Joseph Lstiburek also shared during the Andrew Ask Building Science Symposium, that seasoned professional must do their part to pass the torch to the next generation. Ralph stated that this process is about empowering young professionals to learn to do things the right way as they gain knowledge and independence in their processes.
Paul Donald (Encircle) and Shane Bailey (BSA) made special technology and creative solutions presentations for our Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery workshop.
Shane Bailey presented creative ideas for helping property owners and managers get ahead of disasters by mapping out their structure as well as their response plan. Shane reminded the audience that the building does not have a contingency plan.
Paul Donald shared data they gathered from members of the Encircle network who responded to Hurricane Ian. He made the comment that contractors should consider the third-party reviewer or the adjuster as their accountant.
Thank you Encircle and Building Science Authority for sponsoring this event.
Here are a few brief notes in recap of my experience at the Andrew Ask Building Science Symposium 2023
The main attraction for the Andrew Ask Building Science Symposium was the fourmember panel titled The Pioneers of Building Science. Each of these men has left an indelible imprint in the building sciences as well as in each other's lives. Their enduring relationship is a testament to the power of collaboration with other professionals who have similar zeal.
If I remember correctly, John Tooley shared the presiding vision for their career paths and the event, the question, “What is truth.” While many admire their success, it was refreshing to hear that none of them were overnight success stories. The path to the “top” is paved with trials.
Each member discussed the adversity that they faced in breaking into their industry, developing their skills, and building their businesses. Joe Lstiburek shared that he was broke, black-listed, and living in his mother’s basement.
Lstiburek was the primary speaker for the two-day event. Equal to his ability to comprehend the many elements of building sciences is his ability to distill these concepts into useful information. Attendees of the symposium walked away with a wealth of applicable knowledge.
Organizers of the event brought the pioneers as well as many emerging voices. I particularly enjoyed a presentation from Kimberly Llewellyn and Bryan Orr titled Chasing HVAC Unicorns. The information they shared was applicable to every discipline within the skilled trades.
Kimberly opened with a quote by Vitruvius, “This knowledge is the child of practice and theory,” going on to explain how both are necessary to develop as a professional. Bryan clarified that rather than making things more complex, aspiring professionals need to master the basics and collaborate with other professionals to innovate creative solutions. He shared a quote, “When we get lost in the complex we fail to be masters of the obvious.”
Bob Blochinger (Boca Raton, FL) and Casey Clark, Capital Restoration (Atlanta, GA) teamed up to share their Lessons Learned from Storm Response as our workshop Restoration Panel.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, presenters, and participants of the first workshop collaboration between Pete Consigil and The DYOJO.
Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery
Naples, Florida and online
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Listen to IAQ Radio for a recap of this event with Joe Hughes and Cliff Zlotnik.
The fourth week of January 2023 is going to be a week of networking and education LIKE NO OTHER. As course presenter Robert Blochinger says, "Come here and have a lot of fun and gain some education." For those planning to be in Naples, Florida on January 23rd through the 26th of 2023, we've go three events for you!
Early Bird Discounts for Remote Hurricane Recovery Workshop
Interested participants who will not be in Florida, do not fear! The DYOJO has a remote option available for the one-day "Lessons Learned from Storm Response and Hurricane Recovery" workshop. Early bird discounts expire SOON. Register yourself or your team to participate in this one-of-a-kind one-day workshop TODAY.
MORE INFORMATION: Visit thedyojo.com about this event and how to register. Also check out our media sponsors and supporters including
Online Storm Response Workshop
WHO: Property restoration contractors, insurance claims professionals, environmental assessors, and building science service providers.
WHAT: One-day workshop, in-person and remote, "Lesson Learned from Storm Reponse and Hurricane Recovery"
WHERE: In-person in Naples, Florida; Remote via Zoom
WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2023 730am - 530pm EST
HOW: Register via Eventbrite through The DYOJO
Workshop Agenda for Online Disaster Recovery Workshop
This one-day workshop includes presentations from industry leaders such as:
* The Legal Eagles - David Popper and Justin Peterson
* Remediation Panel - Michael Symula (Assessment) and IAQ Josh Winton (Remediation)
* Restoration Panel - Robert Bloechinger (Third-party consultant) and Casey Clark (Contractor)
* Science Panel - Dr. Ralph Moon (Expert witness and researcher) and Jeremy Beagle (Hygienist, IAQA 1st Vice President)
* Shane Bailey (Mechanical contractor)
* Edward Cross (The Restoration Lawyer)
* Peter Crosa (Independent adjuster)
* Special preview presentation of Encircle 's data regarding Industry Response from Hurricane Ian (What went Wrong, What went Right?)
* Interactive Workshop Special Guest Moderator Cliff "Z-man" Zlotnik
This event is approved for continuing education credits (CECs):
* American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
* IICRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
* Restoration Industry Association (RIA)
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