Project Risk Management

Risks must be considered in all engineering projects. This course examines both the positive and negative sides of risk management. This course assists the engineer in dealing with risk by helping the engineer to identify risks; quantify, prioritize and develop responses to risk; outlining of methods for setting up contingencies; handling risk during the project, and closing a risk. Merriam-Webster defines risk as “the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as an injury or ...
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Project Management

Learn about the foundational project management principles necessary to effectively meet all expectations with regard to final project delivery, including the established goals of time, budget, and quality. The manner in which a business organization manages its projects is the key to developing and retaining clients and being a profitable operation. Everyone in an organization is involved, either directly or indirectly, in projects which the organization undertakes. Each person can contrib...
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Mechanical Engineering Overview

Reviews the subjects of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, designed for professional engineers of all experience levels. The course provides a review of the basic principles of mechanical engineering as they relate to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. It is designed for the experienced professional engineer desiring a refresher course or for the professional engineer whose undergraduate curricula did not include air conditioning. The course was authored by Char...
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Grounding and Bonding of Electrical Systems

An introduction to grounding and bonding and application information for engineers with all levels of electrical design experience. This course familiarizes engineers with electrical system grounding and bonding issues associated with solidly grounded systems under 600V. This course can serve as an introduction to grounding and bonding for engineers with little or no professional electrical design experience. The course also presents practical, but not widely known, grounding and bonding ap...
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Florida Building Code (2014 - 5th Edition), Chapter 16: Building Structural Design (Course #732.0)

Advanced course on Chapter 16, Building Structural Design, 2014 Florida Building Code 5th Edition. This course satisfies requirements of Chapter 471.0195, F.S., which requires all licensees actively participating in the design of engineering works or systems in connections with buildings, structures, or facilities covered under the Florida Building Code to take advanced continuing education courses on the Florida Building Code. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Professional...
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Ethics I for Professional Engineers

Reviews the approach of the study of ethics, 5 prominent theories of ethics, and the application of these theories to serving the public as a Professional Engineer. Ethics is defined as the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy. The purpose of this course is to provide guidelines for ethical conduct for practitioners engaged in engineering activities. The course concludes with an evaluation exam covering all three chapters of the text. This course is designed...
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Emergency and Standby Power Systems

Practical emergency and standby power system application information for both beginning and seasoned electrical design professionals alike. The nature of electrical power failures, interruptions, and their duration covers a range in time from micro seconds to days. In the face of possible failures of normal electrical utility power sources, a reliable alternative supply of electric power must be provided for facilities and systems that cannot go without power. This course can serve as an...
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EE 101: An Introduction to Electrical Engineering Concepts for the non-Electrical Engineer

Guides non-electrical engineers through the many questions that arise when they must interact with and understand the subject of electrical power. For many non-electrical engineers (civil, mechanical, structural, fire protection, and other design professionals), understanding how electricity "works" and knowing how to specify equipment that utilizes electricity can be confusing. Electricity can't be pumped out of the ground like oil or captured from moving air like wind energy. So it is ...
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Design-Build Project Delivery

Familiarize yourself with Design-Build project delivery concepts, a rapidly-growing trend in North American engineering projects. Design-Build Project Delivery familiarizes practitioners with Design-Build procedures and concepts. The course is authored by William H. Palm, P.E., a consulting engineer with over 30 years experience in private practice. This course contains information as to best practices in the area of design build activity. This course meets the NCEES Guidelines of a c...
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Construction Project Scheduling

Learn effective methods of scheduling construction projects and assure construction managers that projects will be completed in a timely and cost-effective manner. Time is money! The time needed for completion of a construction project and the money required to complete it are most often the major concern to all parties involved in a project. The owner may be interested in shortening each phase of the project or s/he may want to extend the project due to budget cuts, but there is a close re...
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Administering the Construction Project

Learn how to guide construction projects from the pre-construction phase to project close out successfully. Administering the Construction Project is authored by William H. Palm, P.E. and reviews the management and administrative procedures that practitioners will need to guide construction projects from the pre-construction phase to project close out successfully. The course will benefit professional engineers serving as project managers or field representatives by presenting techniques th...
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Systems Failure Anatomy of a Blackout Part 2

This course gives a detailed description of the electrical system blackout of August 14th, 2003. Being one of the largest blackouts in US history, it affected more than 50 million people in the eastern United States territory. This is the second part of a two part series and covers the spread of the blackout throughout the Eastern Interconnect and then how and why it ultimately stopped. After taking this course, one will be able to explain and understand the scope of the blackout, the signi...
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Systems Failure Anatomy of a Blackout Part 1

This course gives a detailed description of the electrical system blackout of August 14th, 2003. Being one of the largest blackouts in US history, it affected more than 50 million people in the eastern United States territory. This is the first part of a two part series and covers conditions prior to the start of the blackout sequence and casual events leading to the power system cascade. After taking this course, one will be able to explain and understand the conditions leading up to the s...
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An Introduction to Interior Lighting Design

This course will introduce you to principles of lighting design for building interiors. The concepts and considerations of visibility, glare, uniformity and illuminance will be explained and discussed. You will learn about lighting controls and their importance in operation of lighting systems and energy conservation. You will learn about recommended applications for a wide variety of luminaires and lamps. Application of these principles and equipment will be illustrated with recommendations a...
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An Introduction to Electrical Systems for Medical Facilities

This course will introduce you to electrical systems for medical facilities, including hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and medical and dental laboratories. You will learn about general electrical requirements, exterior electrical systems, alternate power sources, interior electrical systems and lighting requirements. You will become familiar with system requirements, equipment needs, patient safety and system reliability. You will gain the overview you need to address medical facility d...
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An Introduction to Electric Power Requirements for Buildings

This course will introduce you to an approach you can use to determine electric power requirements for buildings and multi-building developments and activities. You will learn about terminology, and acquisition and analysis of preliminary load data you will need. You will learn how to estimate individual loads, emergency loads, area loads, and loads for entire developments and activities. You will learn about basic considerations for power sources and considerations when purchasing primary ele...
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An Introduction to Communication Systems for Medical Facilities

This course will introduce you to communication systems for medical facilities, including hospitals, medical clinics, and medical and laboratories. You will learn about communication distribution facilities, telephone system requirements, telecommunications infrastructure systems, dedicated intercom systems, entertainment and educational television systems, radio frequency distribution systems, nurse call tone visual systems, nurse call audiovisual systems, public address and program distribut...
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An Introduction to Mechanics Liens

A mechanic's lien is a security interest in the title to property for the benefit of those who have supplied labor or materials that improve the property. The lien exists for both real property and personal property. This continuing education pdh course will have you study mechanics lien law as applied in the United States. You will be introduced to the history of mechanics liens, who can file mechanics liens, the creation, perfection, and enforcement of liens, the priority of liens, and th...
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An Introduction to Cathodic Protection

This is an introduction to cathodic protection for underground structures such as tanks and pipelines. It covers the two principal methods used to mitigate corrosion: the sacrificial anode and impressed current systems. It introduces you to the nine steps in designing a sacrificial anode system, the thirteen steps in designing an impressed current system, and the field testing requirements needed for both. This is an introduction to the design and application of cathodic protection systems to ...
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An Introduction to Sustainable Design for Buildings

“Sustainable design” is no longer a boutique concept in the design and construction of buildings and related infrastructure. It is widely required by government agencies and is becoming more and more in demand by responsible private owners. This webinar will tell you about the framework for applying sustainable design principles. You will learn the goals of each, opportunities you can use to pursue them, and resources that will help you reach them. When you have completed this seminar you ...
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Power Plant Load Shedding and Cogeneration

This course provides an introduction to electric power plant load shedding and cogeneration. When a power plant or an individual power generating unit experiences a gradual increase in load, or a sudden but mild overload, the unit governors will sense the resulting speed change and increase the power input to the generator. The additional load is handled by using the spinning reserve; that is, the unused capacity of the generator. However, if all generators are operating at maximum capacity, t...
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Introduction to Interior Lighting Design

This course will introduce you to principles of lighting design for building interiors. The concepts and considerations of visibility, glare, uniformity and illuminance will be explained and discussed. You will learn about lighting controls and their importance in operation of lighting systems and energy conservation. You will learn about recommended applications for a wide variety of luminaires and lamps. Application of these principles and equipment will be illustrated with recommendations a...
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Interior Electrical Distribution Systems

This publication provides an introduction to interior electrical distribution systems for buildings and related infrastructure. Topics covered include transformers, service entrances, switchgear, switchboards, panelboards, motor controls and motor control centers. Course Outline 1. INTRODUCTION 2. GENERAL POWER SYSTEM CRITERIA 3. POWER DISTRIBUTION AND UTILIZATION 4. GLOSSARY This is an introduction to electrical distribution systems for buildings and other interior infrastructure co...
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Exterior Electrical Power Distribution

This publication provides policy and guidance for design criteria and standards for electrical power and distribution systems. The information provided here must be utilized by electrical engineers in the development of the plans, specifications, and calculations, and must serve as the minimum electrical design requirements. It is applicable to the traditional electrical services customary for Design-Bid-Build construction contracts and for Design-Build construction contracts. Project conditio...
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Energy Storage for Solar and Wind Power

Wind and solar energy are intermittent sources of energy: the wind does not blow continuously nor does the sun always shine. If wind and solar power are ever to provide a significant portion of national energy use, devices are required that store the energy as it is generated and distribute the energy as it is needed. This course describes a number of such devices. The three most promising technologies are singled out for detailed study: pumped storage hydropower (PSH), compressed-air energy s...
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Electrical Systems for Medical Facilities

This course will introduce you to electrical systems for medical facilities, including hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and medical and dental laboratories. You will learn about general electrical requirements, exterior electrical systems, alternate power sources, interior electrical systems and lighting requirements. You will become familiar with system requirements, equipment needs, patient safety and system reliability. You will gain the overview you need to address medical facility d...
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Electrical Generators for Power Plants

This publication provides an introduction to electrical generators for power generating plants. Course Outline 1. TYPICAL VOLTAGE RATINGS AND SYSTEMS 2. GENERATORS 3. GENERATOR LEADS AND SWITCHYARD Learning Objectives: Learn about typical voltage ratings and systems; Learn about power plant service power systems; Learn the fundamentals of the common bus system; Learn the fundamentals of the unit type system; Learn design principles for station switchgear; Learn about generat...
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Electric Power Requirements for Buildings

This course will introduce you to an approach you can use to determine electric power requirements for buildings and multi-building developments and activities. You will learn about terminology, and acquisition and analysis of preliminary load data you will need. You will learn how to estimate individual loads, emergency loads, area loads, and loads for entire developments and activities. You will learn about basic considerations for power sources and considerations when purchasing primary ele...
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DOE Smart Grid: an Introduction

The U.S. electric power infrastructure—the grid—will face large challenges in the next 20-30 years as population and associated energy demand increase, environmental regulations become more strict, and the possibility of terrorist attacks must be considered. Fortunately, we have a way forward. Federal and state policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders are coming to agree that a “Smart Grid” is not only needed but achievable. The Department of Energy lists five fundamental...
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Communication Systems for Medical Facilities

This course will introduce you to communication systems for medical facilities, including hospitals, medical clinics, and medical and laboratories. You will learn about communication distribution facilities, telephone system requirements, telecommunications infrastructure systems, dedicated intercom systems, entertainment and educational television systems, radio frequency distribution systems, nurse call tone visual systems, nurse call audiovisual systems, public address and program distribut...
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Accessibility Standards: Minimum Requirements

This course will introduce you to minimum requirements for handicapped accessibility for buildings and related infrastructure. You will learn about the terminology, scope and technical requirements for accessible elements of buildings, routes, parking lots and related features. Course Outline 1. PURPOSE 2. GENERAL 3. MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUCTIONS AND DEFINITIONS 4. ACCESSIBLE ELEMENTS AND SPACES: SCOPE AND TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS This is an introduction to minimum requirements for handic...
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Sustainable Lighting Design

This publication discusses how to provide sustainable lighting design to achieve the required LEED or other certification level in accordance with owner’s objectives. Incorporating sustainable goals into the design process requires a careful analysis of both the cost and the benefits of the strategies outlined in the rating system. Any design strategy has both synergies and tradeoffs with other building systems and the project budget. Lighting design addresses several sustainable issues and ...
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Renewable Electricity Futures Study-Grid Effect

Since its origin in the early 1920s, the U. S. electrical grid has evolved to handle power sources whose output is predictable and can be controlled. Examples are coal, oil, natural gas, and hydropower. Because the output from these sources is controllable, operators of the grid can work with power plant operators to increase or decrease power production as the load on the grid varies. Through an intricate system of load balancing developed by many people over the years, grid operators are thu...
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Protecting Birds from Power-Line Hazards

Every year, many birds are killed through collision with power lines or through electrocution. Electric utilities have a strong incentive to reduce these deaths because 1) power outages may result, and 2) the utilities risk prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Endangered Species act. Both civil and criminal penalties may be levied. This course describes principles that individual utilities may use to formulate an Avian Protection Plan (APP). A utility that creates an APP f...
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