Electrical Surveying and Arc Mapping For The Forensic Fire Investigator

Mark Svare, PE and MSD Engineering, in partnership with Robert Schaal, IAAI-CFI of Gulf Coast FIRE, LLC and Jeffery Washinger, IAAI-CFI of  Investigative and Loss Control Services, Inc., are happy to announce the scheduled delivery of our Electrical Surveying and Arc Mapping for the Forensic Fire Investigator program.  The curriculum was developed utilizing a tiered learning approach with the objective of taking  students from a knowledge and understanding level of electricity and electrical systems as they apply to the residential environment through the comprehension and application level necessary for use in fire scene evaluation.  This program includes presentations and practical exercises on the following topics:

Fundamentals of Electricity

     Power Distribution Systems

     Residential Wiring Systems

     Electrical Protection Devices

     Electrical Safety

     Electrical Surveying with Arc Mapping


Fire investigators wanting to add to or expand their knowledge of electricity and electrical systems and expand their abilities to apply this knowledge in the forensic environment.

     Engineers wanting to expand their abilities and understanding of electricity and electrical systems and apply this knowledge in the forensic arena.    

    Students who are studying fire science, fire protection engineering, electrical engineering, or forensic fire investigation and who want to better understand electricity and electrical systems and the forensic evaluation of these systems.

Tuition Schedule TBA!



This program is an intensive, interactive forty hour training program delivered over five days that is intended to provide an up-to date knowledge of electricity and electrical systems in compliance with NFPA 1033 (section 1.3.7).  The course combines lectures with demonstrations and group exercises to illustrate and reinforce the concepts and theories presented during the program, including the design and installation of a scale residential electrical distribution system.  The exercises will be conducted in a small group format and group results will be summarized and discussed at the end of each session.  The program outline includes presentations and discussions on the following topics:

Fundamentals of Fire Investigation—a discussion of the application of NFPA 921 and 1033 to the electrical aspects of fire investigation.

Advanced Electrical Construction and Distribution Systems for the Fire Investigator—including an overview of terminology and residential distribution systems.

Overview of National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) as it relates to the Fire Investigator

Panel Construction Practical Exercise—including wire installation through various branch circuits and electrical devices.

Electrical Surveys and Arc Mapping –overview of the principles and practices of evaluating, inspecting, and documenting electrical systems during forensic fire investigations.

Case Studies/Case Histories demonstrating the practical application of electrical surveying and arc mapping in forensic fire investigations.

Electrical Survey and Arc Mapping Practical Exercise—practical demonstration of the skills and competencies of arc mapping analysis in forensic fire investigation.

Each student will receive a student manual, 2017 NFPA 921, 2014 NFPA 1033, and 2017 Ugly’s Electrical Reference book.

This course will include a multi-pronged final examination consisting of a practical exercise and a written examination.  All components must be mastered in order to receive a course certificate.

NOTE: This program does include a discussion and use of various electrical equations and concepts.  It is recommended that participants bring a scientific calculator or have an appropriate application on their computer or smartphone


Gulf Coast FIRE is an approved provider of Continuing Professional Development Training by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS).  Certificate Number 342 (This program is the equivalent of 40 Professional Development Hours based on the criteria outlined in Louisiana regulations.)


Cancellation Policies

Payment in full should accompany your registration request unless other arrangements are agreed to by MSD Engineering or Gulf Coast FIRE, LLC. 

Registrations are accepted on the understanding that the proposed program is given in good faith but may have to be re-scheduled or the speakers changed for reasons outside our control. MSD Engineering and Gulf Coast FIRE, LLC reserve the right to cancel or postpone the course, in which case fees will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation, MSD Engineering and Gulf Coast FIRE, LLC will not be held liable for delegates travel or accommodation expenses.

Delegates will receive a full refund for cancellations made at least 45 days prior to course commencement. No refunds will be made less than 45 days prior to course commencement but the tuition will be applied toward enrollment in the next scheduled program delivery. Substitutions may be made at any time. 

If you are unable to complete your registration using the online PayPal booking system please contact Gulf Coast FIRE, LLC at training@gcfireinvestigations.com to make alternative arrangements


Recommended Lodging:


Crystal Lake Convention Center
800 South Route 31
Crystal Lake, Illinois  60014 
Reservations: 1-877-410 6667

1555 South Route 31,
McHenry, IL 60050
 Reservations: 1-800-881-1523

Electrical Surveying and Arc Mapping For the Forensic Fire Investigator



This program will be presented in a modular format by an expert staff of licensed professional engineers and certified fire investigators who actively practice in the forensic fire investigation industry.  The course will include lecture and hands-on demonstrations and group practical exercises.  The staff has experience in the forensic investigation and analysis of fire origin and cause determination, specifically including the survey and analysis of electrical systems and componentery to assist in defining the area of origin and analyzing systems for cause or contribution to fire events.

Program Staff Includes:

Mark Svare, PE, Int. P.E., MSD Engineering, Master Electrician and Professional Electrical Engineer, Minneapolis, MN

Jason McPherson, PE, Int. P.E., MSD Engineering, Master Electrician and Professional Electrical Engineer, Grand Rapids, MI

Matt Dubbin, PE, Int. P.E., MSD Engineering, Professional Electrical Engineer, Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Nick Carey, IAAI-CFI, GIFireE, FSSocDIP, Guild Registered Electrician (US Master Electrician Equivalent) Hawkins and Associates, Ltd., London, United Kingdom

Robert Schaal, IAAI-CFI, Gulf Coast Fire Investigation, Research, and Education, Mandeville, LA

Jeffery Washinger, IAAI-CFI, Investigations and Loss Control Services, Inc., Apple Valley, MN

Crystal Lake, IL Delivery Confirmed!

April 9-13, 2018 - Registration Opening Soon!

Registration Limited to 20 Students!