Start date: February 19, 2020
End date: February 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

IBHS Disaster Dynamics Academy Presents


Commercial Hazards


When & Where

February 19 – 20, 2020
IBHS Research Center – Richburg, SC

What to expect

Join us for a special Disaster Dynamics Academy (DDA) to explore the vulnerabilities of commercial buildings when confronted with high winds, wind-driven rain, hail, and wildfires. We will also discuss the importance of installation details and proper maintenance to combat the hazards that our commercial structures face. The day and a half event features both classroom and laboratory sessions.

This unique opportunity focuses on the intersection of weather science, building science, and insurance operations—and is part of a broader effort to translate our research in ways that provide tangible value for our members.

Who should attend?

Member company staff in claims, marketing, product management, research, underwriting, and any others who are interested.


To register, please send attendee’s name, email address, company and title, to Sherry Melton at

This is a past event. 

Day 1

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions, Ian Giammanco and Chris Flynn

9:15 – 9:45 IBHS Research Center Tour

9:45 – 11:15 Commercial Structures: Inspection, Maintenance & Aging

Laboratory and Classroom Sessions:

  • Classroom session: Maintenance and aging: An aerial survey
  • Outside “Stronger” Building Investigation (Flashing, Roof cover, and Roof Mounted Equipment
  • Hands on with roof cover materials

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:15 Wind Attack on Commercial Structures: Hazard, Vulnerability and Mitigation

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Lab Session: Flashing & Pressure Loading Actuator testing of standing seam metal roof, Murray Morrison

2:00 – 2:15 Open Q & A

2:15 – 3:15 Hail and Commercial Roofing, Richard Herzog, Haag Global

3:15 – 4:00 Lab Session: Hail impacts on membrane roofs, Tanya Brown-Giammanco & Chris Sanders

4:00 – 4:05 Break

4:05 – 4:50 Wildfire: Hazard and Mitigation, Dan Gorham and Faraz Hedayati

Day 2

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 Wind-Driven Rain: An Avoidable Loss, Rich Gallagher, Zurich

10:00 – 10:40 Lab session: Pressure Loading Actuator Wind-driven rain testing, Murray Morrison

10:40 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:30 IBHS FORTIFIED Commercial Success Story, Chuck Miccolis, Chris Cioffi & Josh Peterson (American Family)

Closing Remarks
Chuck Miccolis & Ian Giammanco



Thoughts from Past Attendees



“This information was very helpful and is of value to my role in the claims organization. Info regarding the inaccuracy of observer data is a key callout as it is often foundational in deploying claim associates. I would recommend [DDA] to all Directors in our Underwriting, Product and Claim organizations.”

DDA Attendee

“I am responsible for my company’s disaster response, so the information about your deployment and tracking was very helpful.”

DDA Attendee

“I focus on the pricing aspect of CAT perils, so learning more about the science behind the perils is extremely helpful.”

DDA Attendee

“We will integrate the information from this into risk assessment modeling.” 

DDA Attendee

“I left with several ideas for improving post-loss analytic practices.”

DDA Attendee