Oct 6, 2006
The High Chapperal
Mike Pay-oh-tay


Presenter: Dr. Gene Cole

Bio: Dr. Gene Cole is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on the microbial ecology of indoor environments, with special emphasis on identification and reduction of pollutant reservoirs and sources, bioaerosols, human exposure assessment and control, cleaning and restoration, mold and sewage remediation, and biocides.

He has been a contributor to multiple editions of the IICRC S500 Water Damage Restoration Standard and the S520 Mold Remediation Standard, and is a co-author of “Suggested Guidelines for Remediation of Damage from Sewage Backflow into Buildings.”

Dr. Cole holds both a Master of Science degree in Public Health Microbiology, and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Biohazard Science & Occupational Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Topic: The Science of Sewage

Description: In this widely and eagerly anticipated follow up to the 1994 paper, “Suggested Guidelines for Remediation of Damage from Sewage Backflow into Buildings,” Dr. Cole will explore Microbial Hazards, including emerging pathogens, antibiotic resistance/virulence, and vector-borne agents; Chemical and Radiological Hazards, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals, pharmaceuticals, genotoxicants, and radioactive elements. Additionally, he will look at Exposure Reduction, including health status, practices and equipment.


Presenter: Scott Warrington

Bio: Scott Warrington is the Director of Technical Support and Supervisor of Education & Customer Service at Bridgepoint Systems/Aramsco. A veteran of 50 years in the cleaning and inspection industries, Warrington works with Tom Forsythe in the development of research protocols and review of results in his position with Bridgepoint/Aramsco.

Topic: The Effectiveness of Carpet Protectors on Different Fiber Types

Description: Is carpet protector safe to use and does it work equally well on all types of carpet fiber? For example, do the needs and characteristics of wool require a different protector than nylon? Does a hydrophobic/water repelling fiber such as olefin benefit from a protector? Does protector even adhere to it? Warrington will present the results of a study developed and conducted with Bridgepoint/Aramsco chemist Tom Forsythe that looked at the effectiveness of different protector types when used on different fiber types.


Presenter: Dr. Ralph Moon

Bio: Dr. Ralph E. Moon is a principal and director of building sciences at GHD Services, Inc. in Tampa, FL. Dr. Moon contributes regularly to technical and peer-reviewed publications and participates in engineering and trade conferences. His research interests are varied and frequently address questions that arise during insurance loss and warranty claims investigations. Dr. Moon was awarded a B.S. from Western Michigan University and a M.S., Ph.D. and post-doctoral studies at the University of South Florida.

Topic: The Use of Tile Tapping as an Investigative Tool

Description: The science and application behind the use of “tile tapping” is beneficial for the flooring inspector so as to understand the legal defensibility of the method. This presentation will describe the effectiveness of various tile tapping instruments as compared between the human perception of sound to a frequency analysis provided by a microphone. The comparison will underscore the complex frequencies emitted during tile tapping and demonstrate why the selection of the right tool aids the investigator. The presentation will differentiate the effectiveness of tapping marble, travertine, ceramic, limestone, sandstone and porcelain tiles and demonstrate which methods are best suited to identify de-bonded tiles. The presentation will also demonstrate the detection limit of the method and examine whether an audible analysis can differentiate between separations that occur between the tile and the thin set and the thin set and the concrete foundation. The presentation will end with a discussion on the impact of heat (150oF), cold (17oF) and flooding on competently bonded tiles.


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