Aesthetics of Glass

Join us for an exploration of the glass and glazing options which can influence overall building aesthetics. The program starts by reviewing individual glass choices such as color, coatings and ceramic frit. In addition, photographs of the options will be shown finished buildings as a means of visualizing he aesthetic effects. After reviewing individual options, participants will learn how glass features can be combined and incorporated together with finished projects.
AEC Daily

Infusing Color Throughout Kitchen & Bath Design

Provides an overview of the use of color in kitchen and bath design and includes discussions on color basics, physiological response to color, socio-cultural color associations, the history of color in the kitchen and bath, and infusing color in kitchen and bath design.
AEC Daily

Economics of Green Building

This LEED® Specific course provides an overview of the economics of LEED® green building design and includes discussions on economic, environmental and social impacts; market conditions, legislative pressures and consumer demand; and, tools and strategies to assess costs and benefits, ROI and simple payback.
AEC Daily

Start Your Own Business in Interior Decorating

In this course we will discuss the principles of interior decorating and design and the interior design business. The purpose of this course is to give the student tools, information, and strategies to equip them in a way that will give them the best chance of success when starting a business. We will discuss topics such as risk, economics, the global market, ethics, legal considerations, organization, human resources, and marketing. As a student reads, completes practices and assignments,...
Bronx Community College

Interior Decorating Career Prep

In this course we will discuss the principles of interior decorating and design and the interior design business.
Bronx Community College

Ethical Issues When Representing Clients with Disabilities in Civil Cases

Counsel representing clients with psychiatric disabilities face unique challenges in meeting their primary duty under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to allow their clients to decide the best course of action to take. This program focuses on this duty in the context of civil cases and discusses ethical rules relating to client competency, confidentiality of information concerning the client's disability, and the circumstances when an attorney may withdraw from representation. In additi...
American Bar Association

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 ...
PDH Library

An Introduction to Conservation Design (Part I)

The primary aim of this course is to assist communities and engineers in creating regulations conducive to conservation design. Conservation design is a density neutral design system that takes into account the natural landscape and ecology of a development site and facilitates development while maintaining the most valuable natural features and functions of the site. Conservation design focuses on the grouping of building sites thereby allowing for the preservation of green corridors, valuabl...
PDH Library

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...
PDH Source, LLC

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...
PDH Source, LLC

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...
PDH Source, LLC

Building Design Specifications and Tools

This course will introduce you to the most important resource available to engineers and architects engaged in the design of buildings and related infrastructure. It represents the collective knowledge of thousands of engineers and architects acquired over the past century. It will provide you with design guidance based on building and space types, design disciplines and objectives, and products and systems. It will provide you project management resources focused on project delivery teams, pr...
PDH Source, LLC

Bridge Maintenance and Repair

The construction of a bridge generally constitutes a significant cost in the operation of a transportation system. This cost can be avoided or at least delayed for many years by extending the bridge service life through a carefully planned program of maintenance and repair. This course describes such a program. First, maintenance and repair tasks common to most types of bridges such as cleaning deck drains, bank restoration, scour protection, debris and snow and ice removal are discussed. Then...
PDH Source, LLC

Bridge Inspection

A key component of any bridge maintenance and repair plan is a carefully thought-out program of bridge inspection. This course, after reviewing various bridge components in depth, provides a thorough discussion of bridge inspection procedures. The course would be especially suitable as a training course for consulting firms and government agencies responsible for bridge maintenance. Almost all types of bridges except suspension bridges are considered. The procedures discussed vary with the typ...
PDH Source, LLC

Bearing Capacity Analysis

This course will introduce you to methods for analysis of soils and rock to determine load bearing capacity. Stresses transmitted by a foundation to underlying soils must not cause bearing-capacity failure or excessive foundation settlement. The design bearing pressure equals the ultimate bearing capacity divided by a suitable factor of safety. The ultimate bearing capacity is the loading intensity that causes failure and lateral displacement of foundation materials and rapid settlement. The u...
PDH Source, LLC

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...
PDH Source, LLC

Landscape Design and Planting Criteria

Landscape plantings harmonize the development with the surrounding natural and human environment. The purpose of this course is to help engineers and architects understand the basic principles of landscape design. The course material provides planting design guidelines for preserving and improving the quality of the visual environment; prescribes standard practices and techniques for planting and initial care of plant materials; and includes guidance for the selection and establishment of turf...
PDHOnline

Design of Small Water Systems

This online course provides guidance and criteria for the design of small water supply, treatment, and distribution systems. Water quality, water quantity, water sources, water treatment, pumping, storage and distribution are discussed. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-503: Design of Small Water Systems (1999 edition, 83 pages). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the under...
PDHOnline

Conduits, Culverts and Pipes

This online course provides guidance on the design and construction of conduits, culverts, and pipes. Design procedures for trench/embankment earth loadings, highway loadings, railroad loadings, surface concentrated loadings, and internal/external fluid pressures are presented. Life cycle cost and product service life of different materials are also discussed. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-2902: Conduits, Culverts and ...
PDHOnline

What Do Engineers and Architects Need to Know about Finite Element Methods? (LIVE WEBINAR)

Finite element method is a powerful engineering analysis tool, and has been widely used in engineering since it was introduced in the 1950s. This course presents the basic theory and simple application of the finite element method (FEM) along with the common FEM terminology. The emphasis of this course is on the fundamental concepts of finite element analysis. A list of major finite element software is also presented in the course along with their features and capabilities. This course include...
PDHOnline

What Do Engineers and Architects Need to Know about the Finite Element Method?

Finite element method is a powerful engineering analysis tool, and has been widely used in engineering since it was introduced in the 1950s. This course presents the basic theory and simple application of the finite element method (FEM) along with the common FEM terminology. The emphasis of this course is on the fundamental concepts of finite element analysis. A list of major finite element software is also presented in the course along with their features and capabilities. This course include...
PDHOnline

Rock Foundations

This course provides engineers and contractors with design guidance and technical criteria for design of rock foundations based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Manual on Rock Foundations. The manual provides a minimum standard to be used for designing a satisfactory rock foundation for the usual situation. It discussed design considerations, factor of safety, construction considerations, and selection of appropriate geotechnical instrumentation. The manual provides guidance on si...
PDHOnline

Design and Permitting of Small Public Water Supplies in Florida (Chapters 64E-8, 62-550 and 62-555 FAC)

Students of this six-hour course will benefit by becoming familiar with the Regulations of the Florida Administrative Code governing design and permitting of public water supplies and the resources available on the internet. This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
PDHOnline

Pavement Design

This online course provides guidance for design of pavements and supporting materials for roads, streets, walks and open storage areas. The contents include procedures for conducting preliminary site reconnaissance, traffic analyses, and criteria for the design of subgrade, subbase, base courses, flexible and rigid pavements. The course materials are based entirely on the Technical Manual TM 5-822-5/AFM 88-7 of Joint Departments of the Army and Air Force USA: Pavement Design for Roads, Street,...
PDHOnline

General Provisions and Geometric Design for Roads

This online course provides general provisions and geometric design criteria for guidance in the design of roads, streets, walks, and open storage areas. The course materials are based entirely on the Technical Manual TM 5-822-2/AFM 88-7 of Joint Departments of the Army and Air Force USA: General Provisions and Geometric Design for Roads, Streets, Walks, and Open Storage Areas. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course mate...
PDHOnline

Engineering Use of Geotextiles

This online course describes various geotextiles, test methods for evaluating their properties, and recommended design and installation procedures. The contents cover physical properties, functions, design methods, design details and construction procedures for geotextiles as used in pavements, railroad beds, retaining wall earth embankment, rip-rap, concrete revetment, and drain construction. The course materials are based entirely on the DOD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-220-08FA: Engi...
PDHOnline

Stormwater: The No Exposure Exemption for Industrial Activity

This two-hour course discusses the No Exposure Exemption for stormwater permits that becomes applicable March 23, 2003. The requirement that an industrial facility must have "no discharge of pollutants in stormwater from industrial activities" is defined. The conditions that meet "No Exposure" are described. This information will be useful for any manufacturing facility that is considering or currently has claimed this exemption. This information also will enable the student to better understa...
PDHOnline

Bearing Capacity of Soils

This course provides guidance for calculation of the bearing capacity of soil under shallow and deep foundations supporting various types of structures and embankments based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Design Manual on Bearing Capacity of Soils. This manual presents estimates of obtaining the bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations for certain soil and foundation conditions using well-established, approximate solutions of bearing capacity. Principles for evaluating bearing ca...
PDHOnline

Design of Pile Foundations

This course provides engineers and contractors with design guidance and criteria for design of pile foundations based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Design Manual on Design of Pile Foundations. This manual provides information, foundation exploration and testing procedures, load test methods, analysis techniques, allowable criteria, design procedures, and construction consideration for the selection, design, and installation of pile foundations. The guidance is based on the present state...
PDHOnline

Design of Sheet Pile Walls

This course provides guidance for the safe design and economical construction of sheet pile retaining and flood walls based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Design Manual on Design of Sheet Pile Walls. This manual provides information on foundation exploration and testing procedures, analysis techniques, allowable criteria, design procedures, and construction consideration for the selection, design, and installation of sheet pile walls. The guidance is based on the present state of the tec...
PDHOnline

Retaining and Flood Walls

This course provides engineers and contractors with guidance for the safe design and economical construction of retaining and flood walls based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Design Manual on Retaining and Flood Walls. This manual is intended primarily for retaining walls which will be subjected to hydraulic loadings such as flowing water, submergence, wave action, and spray, exposure to chemically contaminated atmosphere, and/or severe climatic conditions. Retaining walls are defined as...
PDHOnline

Site Planning and Design

Site planning is the art of evaluating a site, determining an appropriate program of activity and organizing that activity on the site. Site design is the art of arranging facilities on the site in support of the desired activity. This course describes the site planning and design process used to develop a project which fulfills facility requirements and creates the optimal relationship with the natural site, and provides general site design guidelines and criteria for design of on-site vehicu...
PDHOnline

Recreation Planning and Design Criteria

This online course provides guidance to the planning and design of recreation areas, sites, and facilities. Basic design considerations for major components of recreation areas are presented. The objective of this course is intended to produce safe, efficient, cost effective recreation facilities that are accessible and enjoyable to all. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-1-400: Recreation Planning and Design Criteria (1987 e...
PDHOnline

Painting: New Construction And Maintenance

This course provides painting guidance to engineering, operations, maintenance, and construction personnel and other individuals responsible for the protection of structures based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Manual on Painting - New Construction And Maintenance. It gives broad-base instructions on corrosion and corrosion protection using protective coating and state-of-the-art procedures that can be employed on Corps and other civil projects, which can aid in attaining better...
PDHOnline

How To Become Registered as an Architectural Engineer

Engineers who have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) registration examination (formerly called the Engineer-in-Training….EIT exam) or both the FE and the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) registration examination in another discipline (such as civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering) and who have experience in the design of buildings and related infrastructure should consider becoming registered as an Architectural Engineer (AE). For those engineers who h...
Online Engineering PDH

Basics of Passive Solar Heating

The principles of passive solar heating, such as basic types of systems, their description, and the components making up any passive system are presented in this course. Sources of data for heating requirements and available solar radiation throughout the U.S are identified and discussed along with a method for estimating the rate of heat loss from a home. The use of these three inputs in a method for estimating performance of a passive heating system of specified size at a specified location ...
Online Engineering PDH

Architectural Design

This course will introduce you to the principles of architectural planning and design. Because architectural design is largely a subjective process, the "casebook" approach is used to illustrate it. In this instance, the architectural design of libraries is the "case" to be discussed. You will learn about space allocation criteria, core functional areas, site evaluation and location, handicapped accessibility issues, sustainable design considerations, general design guidelines, site desig...
Online Engineering PDH

Low-Slope Roofing I

Low-Slope Roofing I is written to help practitioners become more familiar with roofing terminology and concepts and more skilled in designing built-up roofing (BUR) systems. Features: The monograph provides a comprehensive overview of BUR, a type of low-slope roofing system specified on about 35 percent of new buildings in the United States. The information presented is relevant to new, so-called hybrid systems—those comprising multiple plies of felts and bitumen covered by a modified...
National Council of Architectural Registration Board

Improving Building Performance

Why invest the time, resources, and personnel to undertake a post-occupancy evaluation or POE? Because organizations sponsoring buildings, occupants of the buildings being evaluated, and designers of those buildings ultimately benefit. Features IBP introduces the three different types of POE—indicative, investigative, and diagnostic—as well as its phases—planning, conducting, and applying. Learn how and why POE is considered a subphase of a more systemic analysis known as building...
National Council of Architectural Registration Board

Going with the Flow

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to: Describe the elements in a combined sewer system and explain why such systems are prone to overflows. Identify landscape features that are considered green infrastructure. Explain how green infrastructure can help prevent combined sewer overflows and coastal and inland flooding. Explain how green infrastructure strategies can be adapted for different climates and regions. Credits: 1.00 HSW
Architectural Record

Anti-Slip Stair Products: Solutions for Enhanced Safety

Learning Objectives At the end of this course you will be able to: Define the functions and elements of stairway assemblies. Explain the importance of designing safe, code-compliant stairways and the need for anti-slip safety stair products. State the various codes, standards and installation options related to stair design. Discuss the types of anti-slip safety stair product options that are available to specify for best performance for a range of applications and project requirements....
Architectural Record

Durable Exteriors with Cement Backer Board Systems

Learning Objectives At the end of this course you will be able to: Describe exterior applications with cement backer boards Explain the composition and purpose of cement backer boards Discuss and compare cement board masonry veneer (CBMV) systems with conventional masonry veneer installation methods in terms of durability, mold and moisture resistance, and other factors Discuss and compare cement board stucco systems (CBSS) systems with traditional stucco installation in terms of durabi...
Architectural Record

Growing Bolder: Specifying Western Red Cedar for Architectural Applications

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to: List the grades and standards applied to Western Red Cedar, explaining their impacts on appearance, durability and environmental qualities. Describe the differences and benefits of using Western Red Cedar clear grades and knotty grades, including their resilience and sustainability benefits. Discuss the applications and situations in which one can specify clear or knotty Western Red Cedar, or both, such as for siding, ...
Architectural Record

Green Walls: Integrating Nature into Buildings

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to: Identify and differentiate between various types of green wall systems and the current trends related to them. Determine the applicable benefits of green wall systems for different settings and user groups. Specify and design basic level green wall systems for exterior and interior applications. Recognize the significance of maintenance in the success of a green wall system and outline a maintenance plan for owners an...
Architectural Record

Cable Railing Systems

Learning Objectives At the end of this course you will be able to: Describe the History of Cable Railing Discuss Building Code Requirements Explain Engineering Requirements Evaluate Material Selection Options Discuss Design & Aesthetic Considerations Describe Sustainability & Green Design AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW Course Outline: This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and the...
Architectural Record

Building with Wood

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to: Outline the environmental benefits of building with wood. Describe the structural and fire-resistive properties of light-frame and solid-panel wood construction. Describe the structural strategies that design teams are deploying in order to use wood in taller buildings and to create longer spans. Discuss the code-compliance issues that relate to using wood in unconventional building applications. Credits: 1.00 HSW
Architectural Record

Specifying a Safe Dock Lift

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to: Identify the comparative advantages of using a dock lift to move goods from one level to another. Describe the different factors to be considered when specifying a dock lift. Explain how undersizing a dock lift creates a potentially dangerous situation. Evaluate different types of dock lifts on the market in terms of how they meet a building’s loading and unloading requirements. Credits: 1.00 HSW
Architectural Record

Simplified Steel Stair Design for Commercial and Institutional Buildings

Learning Objectives At the end of this course you will be able to: Identify and recognize the overall parameters, general code requirements and preliminary design outcomes in a building stair design. Determine the specific requirements and options for stair treads, risers and landings in building stair systems. Differentiate between the specific requirements and options for stair guards and handrails in commercial and industrial buildings. Formulate construction specifications for steel...
Architectural Record

Elevators, Sustainability, and LEED

Learning Objectives At the end of this course you will be able to: Explain five key advances that are helping elevators save energy. Describe how elevators can contribute to improved indoor and outdoor environmental quality over their full life cycle. Discuss where elevators can and cannot help achieve LEED points. Describe what to look for in a sustainable elevator company. AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW This course was approved by the GBCI for 1 GBCI credit hour(s) for LEED Credenti...
Architectural Record

Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations - The Next Level of Transparency

At the end of this course you will be able to: Understand the need to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment Introduce Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Interpret Environmental labels Understand, Read and Interpret Environmental Product Declarations Explain how EPD’s are currently being used and applied Describe the differences between LCA and an EPD Apply these tools (LCA/EPD) to formulating product specification choices AIA logo Credits: 1.00 HSW Course Outline: This cou...
Architectural Record

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