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The Restoration Industry Association Inc. is proud to present the 2 Day Building Science Forum with the renowned experts, The Moisture Mob. If you are working, interested or involved in the restoration, indoor air quality, building and property insurance industry, we invite you to attend this exclusive event.


The Moisture Mob is a network of recognised subject matter experts who are passionate about disseminating accurate information to the industry on how moisture impacts materials and environments. The Moisture Mob comprises experts in the field of building science, concrete, flooring, roofing, building envelope, moisture detection, material deterioration and other subjects.


Collectively, they have published over 380 industry articles and papers and have held board and/or committee positions in organisations including the City of Tampa Historic Preservation Committee, International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), Society for Protective Coatings (SPC), Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) and others.


All the members of the Moisture Mob have decades of experience in their respective fields.


For the first time, several members of The Moisture Mob will be coming to Australia to run a live professional forum on building science for industry professionals. The forum agenda includes:


  • Don’t fall prey to made up science, using applied research for better results on your projects
  • An introduction to wood science technologies and evaluating job site conditions
  • What you need to know about inspecting and drying concrete
  • Best practices for testing moisture in concrete substrates
  • Best practices for commercial roof inspections, use of moisture locating technologies and how to interpret the readings to spot false positives
  • Understanding the use, application and differences between penetrating moisture meters and non intrusive meter technology
  • And much more!


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served during the two days.

Speakers Overview

Dr Ralph Moon


Dr. Ralph Moon has 43 years experience in the environmental regulation and consulting industry. He is currently the owner of Ralph E. Moon Consulting LLC., an insurance services company that investigates water-related damages for insurance claims.


Dr. Moon specialises in the origin, cause, and duration of loss and is actively involved in litigation services. Dr. Moon has presented at hundreds of insurance-related conferences, educational seminars and academic congresses. He has also contributed to over a hundred publications in technical and peer reviewed publications.

Robert (Bob) Higgins


Robert Higgins, also known as Concrete Bob, has been involved in moisture-related issues in concrete and waterproofing since 1976 and has been developing products for such use since 1980. Bob has contributed to, used as an expert resource or written over 100 papers involving moisture-related concrete issues including deterioration mechanisms, testing protocols, diagnosis, inspection and repair.


Bob also served on committees for organisations including the standards organisation, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), standards organisation, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and more.

Howard Brickman


Howard Brickman is the Founder and President of Brickman Consulting, a full service hardwood flooring consulting and contracting company, established in 1984. Brickman Consulting specialises in custom installations and has worked on projects including the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, Great Hall of Faneuil Hall, Hatch Memorial Shell, Henri Bendel Store and many more.


Howard also developed and teaches the Advanced Wood Floor Inspection Course in Washington DC, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas (and other US cities), a course which provides students instruction on psychrometrics, the wood-moisture relationship, inspection tools and more.

John T Hull


John T. Hull has over 25 years experience in the roofing and coatings industries. He is a recognised authority on roof restoration and moisture detection within the roof and building envelope. Mr. Hull has provided technical support, training and consulting in over 30 countries. His expertise in roof restoration has contributed to roofing projects at NFL stadiums, airports, universities, hospitals and even the White House.


John is a current member of the Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) and a Voting Member of the ASTM D08 Roofing Committee.

Andrew Rynhart


Andrew Rynhart is the CTO of Tramex Ltd. He was taught from a young age about moisture in buildings from his father who was the founder of Tramex Moisture Meters and inventor of the first commercially successful nondestructive moisture meters for building inspection.


For over four decades, Tramex has been an international leader in design and manufacturing of moisture and humidity meters. Andrew has worked in the business for almost 20 years having served in a variety of positions from the ground up. He has given a number of presentations, in the UK, Europe and the USA.


Pete Consigli – CR, WLS


Pete Consigli has been in the cleaning, restoration and indoor air quality (IAQ) industry for over 50 years. As an independent consultant based in Southwest Florida, Pete specialises in training, consulting and project management for the restoration, insurance and IAQ industries.


In 2008, Pete received RIA’s most prestigious honour for excellence in restoration, the Martin L. King award. In 2012 RIA made Pete the second honorary member to its association, only the third such honour in RIA’s 75+ years. He is also a Hall of Fame Inductee of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).

Event Location


The 2 day Building Science Workshop will be held in the Pullman on the Park, in Melbourne, Victoria, the same venue as the 2024 RIA Inc. Restoration Conference & Trade Show. Boasting 419 refurbished hotel rooms, 11 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom, the Pullman on the Park is the ideal venue for these events.


Do you need a place to stay while attending the event? The Pullman on the Park has offered a special rate, exclusive to event attendees. A booking link for this special rate will be sent in the booking confirmation email. Please note that this room rate is subject to availability and any booking/s need to be made by the 3rd June 2024.


Who Should Attend


If you are a restoration professional, building professional, indoor air quality professional, insurance professional, concrete professional, flooring professional, roofing professional or who is interested in building and restoration, you are invited to attend this event.

Event Details


Date: 4th – 5th June 2024
Registration time: 8:00 am – 8:30 am, Tuesday 4th June
Event times: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday 4th June, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Wednesday 5th June
Location: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Address: 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002




SPECIAL EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Save $200 off the standard ticket price, per ticket!


Early Bird Ticket (purchased between now and the 8th March 2024):


– Members: $995 (inc. GST)

– Non-members: $1,215 (inc. GST)


Early Bird Ticket (purchased between 9th March – 12th April 2024):


– Members: $1,095 (inc. GST)

– Non-members: $1,315 (inc. GST)


Standard Ticket (purchased after the 12th April 2024):


– Members: $1,195 (inc. GST)

– Non-members: $1,415 (inc. GST)


A 1.9% credit card processing fee applies to online bookings.


RIA Inc. Restoration Conference & Trade Show and 2 Day Building Science Forum Package Available


If you would like to attend both the RIA Inc. Restoration Conference & Trade Show and 2 day Building Science Forum, save an additional $95 (per package) on top of the special early bird/early bird price when you book your ticket/s with the Events package, before the 12th April 2024.


If you have already purchased your conference and trade show ticket and would like to attend the 2 day Building Science Forum, please purchase the Building Science Forum Package Rate ticket to receive the package discount.


Come along to this highly anticipated event, book your ticket/s today!