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2018 RIA Forensics Conference
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The RIA Forensic Conference

November 15-16 2018 | Cincinnati Airport Marriott

Download the Fall Technical Conference Advance Program 

This is not your typical conference!

Finally, a conference that is organized to be practical, actionable, and profitable for organizations that resolve situations with higher risk environmental contaminants. Forensic restoration is often misconstrued as crime and trauma scene clean-up; but it is much more. It is the bridge for restoration contractors to understand how to move from common projects such as fire and water to those that are complicated by environmental hazards; regardless of whether those hazards are currently regulated.

This event offers a carefully selected mix of topics and presentations which provides essential overview information and opportunities to build detailed technical skills. Plan to join the event in Cincinnati to learn about potential pandemic organisms that could explode into the international news like Ebola did a few years ago. Sign up to hear an objective view of various decontamination systems for biological contaminants as well as methods for evaluating project success. Participants will “learn through doing” by thinking through preparations for addressing widespread biological contamination.

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  Crime and Trauma Scenes   Terrorism    Unattended Death  

  Suicide   Hoarding   Infectious Disease   Illicit Drug Labs  


 Click on the topics below to learn more.



Schedule at a Glance*

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

1:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Social Event: The Benefect Bullseye Challenge

6:00 pm

Welcome Reception & Dinner


Thursday, November 15, 2018

7:00 am - 4:30 pm

Registration Open
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:30 am Introduction & Conference Kick-off
8:30 am - 9:30 am A Proper Prioritization of Multiple Contaminants on a Forensic Restoration Project Site: Dick Driscoll
9:30 am - 10:15 am Uncovering Evidence During a Trauma Clean Up: Gordy Powell
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:30 am Hoarders: The Biological, Fire, and Structural Dangers of Hoarding: Derrick Denis
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Tons of Avian Contamination: Addressing an Extreme Case of Bird Infestation with Lessons for Situations Which are More Common than Recognized: Dave Schultz
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm  Fentanyl Decontamination: The Dangers and the Latest Science of What Works For Decontamination: Travis J. Worst
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm  Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm  Evaluating the Usefulness of ATP Meters for Forensic Restoration: Cassidy Kuchenbecker
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm An Objective Evaluation of the Numerous High-Level Decontamination Systems That Are Available for Biological Hazards: Panel Discussion


Friday, November 16, 2018

8:00 am - 10:15 am
Thinking the Unthinkable: Preparing to Respond to a Public Contamination Incident 
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break 
10:30 am - 11:15 am Let Me Tell You A Story: Moving From Restoration to Forensic Work: Chris Yanker
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Lessons From Some Of Our Most Interesting Cases
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Model Awareness Training Being Utilized to Prepare Building Owners and Contractors to Deal with Multiple Environmental Hazards in New York City: Morris Neapolitano
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm The Care and Feeding of Forensic Restoration Clients: TBA 
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm How to Market Forensic Restoration - Panel Discussion: Michelle Blevins
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm  Wrap Up 


*Schedule is subject to change


Travel and Hotel

In order to provide great return on investment, the Forensic Conference is being held at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott Hotel. It is a half mile from the airport and a free shuttle is provided which eliminates the need for a rental car. The property is newly renovated and extremely comfortable despite the modest room rates. The food service is excellent and the conference format minimizes the need to "forage for sustenance" away from the event. 


RIA has a room block at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott. You can reserve your room at $139 per night. Please note, the deadline to book at the group rate is October 17, 2018.

Call to make a reservation today: 1 (859) 586-0166



*Official RIA Forensics Conference Social: Benefect Bullseye Challenge*

What: 4 hours of shooting competition with 25 shooting stations (with transportation)

When: November 14th 1:00 - 5:45pm

Where: Impact Shooting Center 

How: $45/participant (option at the end of registration process)




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