Inspection & Troubleshooting

Las Vegas Feb 6-9, 2023

Live Workshop 

The Stone and Tile Troubleshooting program is a full 4 days with the certification test on the last day.  Class size is limited. The cost of the course is $2500 per person.

To register, contact Fred Hueston directly at 321-514-6845.

This is an advanced course about how to use troubleshooting and inspection to diagnose stone and tile failures. Students will learn about the entire life cycle of stone, from geological formation and quarrying and slab production to fabrication and installation, as well as post-installation problems and solutions like repair, restoration, stain removal, and slip resistance. From gaining an understanding of the structure of different kinds of stone and materials to physical and chemical testing, and much more, students gain a higher understanding of stone as a renewable surface material. Armed with this knowledge, students can gain the confidence to write reports and offer expert witness testimony.

Many restoration and installation contractors, architects, building engineers, maintenance staff, and other professionals who deal with stone and tile installation and restoration have benefitted from this comprehensive course.

This course is taught by Frederick M. Hueston, an internationally recognized stone and tile consultant, failure investigator, and expert witness. According to Hueston, “The amount of failures, poor installations and other issues with stone and tile flooring are on the rise. This workshop is perfect for fabricators, restoration and installation contractors, as well as architects, building engineers and maintenance staff who have to deal with stone and tile installation and restoration.”

Students will learn about the entire life cycle of stone, from geological formation and quarrying and slab production to fabrication and installation, as well as post-installation problems and solutions like repair, restoration, stain removal, and slip resistance. From understanding the structure of different kinds of stone and materials to physical and chemical testing, and much more, students gain a higher understanding of stone as a renewable surface material. Armed with this knowledge, students can gain the confidence to write reports as subject matter experts and offer expert witness testimony.

Course Content

  • The Geology of Stone
  • Understanding the structure of different kinds of stone and materials
  • Identification of stone and tile types
  • Quarry techniques that affect the final product
  • Production of tile and slabs
  • Fabrication and installation requirements
  • Physical and chemical testing
  • Stone and tile forensic investigation
  • Diagnosis of problems
  • Stone and tile restoration
  • Repair and replacement
  • Stain removal
  • Troubleshooting
  • Report writing, including sample reports
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Slip resistance
  • Laboratory testing
  • Course test


"To all the contractors and specifiers that ever wanted to know why floors fail or what should be done to prevent a failure, take Fred's in-depth flooring forensic class for all the answers. This class will forever change the way you approach and solve design and installation problems. I personally took this class in 2006 and it has help me solve some major issues in the field and project still in design. Try it out you won’t regret it!" 

--Jim Medina