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About Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.

Jax Kneppers Associates Inc. (JKA) is a dedicated team of construction consultants with a range of specialized skills ready to solve problems. Our clients include government agencies, developers, insurance companies, manufacturers, owners, design professionals. Our services include building envelope design, forensic engineering, structural engineering, schedule damages, cost estimating, planning management. We provide solutions from project conception to completion. We have provided solution and resolution to over 2500 projects ranging from thousand to billion dollar projects.

2016 Seasons Greetings – Jax Kneppers Associates (JKA)

2016 Seasons Greetings!

2016 Seasons Greetings from JKA!

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Best wishes for the season from all of us at JKA!

See the past holiday cards here.

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Jax Kneppers Talks About Mobile Collection Technology at the 2016 AACE Annual Meeting in Toronto

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Toronto SkylineJax Kneppers, President and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. and Imfuna, gave a presentation entitled “Mobile Collection Technology to Create Accurate Cost Estimates” at the 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, on June 27, 2016. The presentation was part of the annual event that spanned June 26 through June 29 that attracted cost estimators and engineers from all over the world.

Mobile Technology for Field Data Collection

The lecture focused on the following:

  • application of mobile technology for field data collection
  • database driven technology for efficient organization of data
  • advancing the professional practices by using cloud-based mobile collection technology
  • impact of mobile collection technology on the industry

Jax discussed the current practices of field data collection, which often use multiple devices such as digital cameras, dictaphones, note pads, drawings and tables, to capture different types of data. Using different  devices to separately capture dictations, measurements, notes, and photos made the entire process cumbersome. This is especially apparent when you start combining the massive amount of collected data from the different sources into a usable format. These current practices are laborious, time-consuming and inefficient.

The key to improve field data collection methods is technology according to Jax. With advances in mobile technology, one can consolidate the field tools into one device and noticeably improve the taking of photos and notes, and field sketching. Other advantages with using mobile technologies include better data resilience or integrity, and increased site mobility and safety.

Improved Inspection Efficiency

A comparison of time to complete common inspection activities between traditional methods and mobile technology methods showed an improvement of almost 64%. Since the data collected using the newer methods is digital, the speed in which reports, analyses and cost estimates were created dramatically improved.

The Team

The presentation was put together by Jax Kneppers, Dr. Borja Garcia de Soto, and Matthew Dick. Dr. Garcia de Soto has a PhD in Civil Engineering at Eidgenössishche Technische Hochschule Zürich, and has had extensive experience in civil engineering, project management, schedule analysis, cost estimating, BIM and forensic engineering. Matthew Dick is a construction consultant turned software developer at Imfuna and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA.

With a vast background in mechanical engineering, cost estimating, and forensic engineering, Jax Kneppers is the president and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc (JKA) and Imfuna.

About Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.

Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. is a construction consulting company with expertise in building envelope design, forensic engineering, structural engineering, scheduling, cost estimating, and construction planning management.

About Imfuna

Imfuna is a global technology company specializing in mobile apps focusing on digital inspections for the construction and rental property industries with offices in the UK, the US and South Africa.

About AACE International

AACE International is a non-profit association that serves the total cost management and cost engineering community. They provide members and stakeholders with the resources they need to grow their businesses. AACE International began as the American Association of Cost Engineering,  and then changed its name to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Afterwards, the official name of AACE International was adopted.

JKA Manager Dale Winchell to Speak at Landslide Claims Law Seminar

Landslide Claims Law Seminar

Dale Winchell in a plane cockpitDale Winchell (Manager, Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.) has been invited to speak at an intensive one-day seminar entitled “The Science and Law of Proving Landslide Claims, Strategies for Effectively Integrating the Science and the Law at Play in Landslide Litigation“.

Dale will be part of a panel to discuss “Practical Tips for Assembling the Case and Presenting the Science at Trial“. He will be joined by other experts in the field who will bring different perspectives on the topic including Daniel Pradel, Ph.D. (Professor, Engineering, UCLA), Frank Weirich, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa), and Michael F. Waldron, MAI (President and Principal Appraiser, Waldron & Associates, Inc.).

With more than 20 years of experience, Dale will provide insight on working with other team members, gathering evidence, testifying at trial, and ways to effectively work together with attorneys and other experts.

Other informative topics to be covered in the seminar include:

  • The Science of Landslides
  • Liability Theories and Defenses: The Current State of the Law
  • Case Studies of Landslide Claims From Start to Finish in Different Contexts

The seminar will be held at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel on July 8, 2016 and will also be webcast for those who cannot personally attend, and made possible by Law Seminars International, whose mission is to provide the highest quality continuing professional education programs for attorneys, industry executives, agency officials and other professionals.

More Info

For complete information, please visit the seminar page at the following link:
http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16LANDCA

2016 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar to be Held on May 12-13

The 2016 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar will take place at the Disneyland hotel in Anaheim this coming May 12 through May 13, and will once again feature many interesting topics regarding construction litigation.

The seminar began in 1993 and has become the premiere seminar for the members of the construction defect community. The many attendees coming from many different fields including legal, insurance, construction, and consulting, has made this the largest event of its kind worldwide.

For more information or to register, visit the West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar website.

National Architecture Week 2016

3D Model of BuildingEvery year, The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) celebrates National Architecture Week as a way to increase public awareness about the positive role that architects have in their communities. Below is the press release from AIA for the year 2016.

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AIA Celebrates National Architecture Week, April 10-16

Contact: Matt Tinder
202-626-7462
mtinder@aia.org

For immediate release:

Washington, D.C. – April 6, 2016 – National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign dedicated to elevating the public’s appreciation of design and to bring attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities. This year’s National Architecture Week will bring special focus on architects’ profound ability to impact communities through design and collaboration. In support of this theme the AIA will announce the recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards on April 12th. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residence. More information can be found here: http://ilookup.org/architecture-week-2016/

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2015 Seasons Greetings – Jax Kneppers Associates (JKA)

Best wishes for the season from all of us at JKA!

Have a Spectacular Holiday Season! Click on photo to enlarge.

Best wishes for the season from all of us at JKA!

See the past holiday cards here.

Congratulations to Frank Atwood for passing the LEED AP B+C exam!

Frank Atwood

Frank Atwood is now a LEED accredited professional.

Congratulations to Frank Atwood for recently passing the LEED AP B+C exam! He is now an accredited professional in LEED.

Dale Winchell to Speak at West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar

Dale Winchell in a plane cockput

Dale Winchell

West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar, which will take place at the Disneyland hotel in Anaheim this coming May 14 through May 15, will feature many interesting topics regarding construction litigation.

On Friday, May 15, one of these topics will be “Back to the Future with the Joint Defense Agreement – How to Use it to Benefit Everyone”, and will include Jax Kneppers Associates’ very own Dale Winchell. Mr. Winchell is scheduled to speak alongside Wendy Wilcox, Esq., Glenn Barger, Esq., Eric Michna, Lisa Unger, and Robert Friedenberg, Esq.

Dale has been a California licensed General Contractor since 1984. He will be bringing his experience and insights to the table and will  give his own perspective on the topic of Joint Defense Agreement as it pertains to the construction defect industry.

For more information or to register, visit the West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar website.