Common ADA Errors in Facilities Design

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that new construction and alterations to existing facilities comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The Justice Department is the government agency responsible for enforcing the ADA. As part of its enforcement efforts, the Department has conducted numerous on-site investigations of newly constructed or altered public accommodation facilities and has observed certain common ADA problems. In this course, a sampling of common access...
PDH Source, LLC

Classification of Wetlands

This classification, to be used in a new inventory of wetlands and deepwater habitats of the United States, is intended to describe ecological taxa, arrange them in a system useful to resource managers, furnish units for mapping, and provide uniformity of concepts and terms.Wetlands are defined by plants (hydrophytes), soils (hydric soils), and frequency of flooding. Ecologically related areas of deep water, traditionally not considered wetlands, are included in the classification as deepwater...
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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...
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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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Tropical Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Miscellaneous

This course provides an introduction to special considerations in design of plumbing, HVAC, electrical distribution and miscellaneous features and systems in tropical climates where high humidity, heat, heavy rain and seafront conditions are common. Course Outline 1. MECHANICAL 2. ELECTRICAL 3. SPECIALTIES 4. EQUIPMENT 5. FURNISHINGS 6. SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION This course will give mechanical, electrical, architectural, structural and civil engineers and other design and construction ...
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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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Introduction to Fire Protection Systems

The Introduction to Fire Protection Systems Course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the basics of combustion; codes and standards related to fire protection; a discussion of water based fire extinguishing systems focusing on sprinkler systems; a discussion of non-water based and special application fire suppression systems; and concludes with a discussion of various fire detectors. The course is divided into five (5) modules that can be studied in any desi...
PDHOnline

Noise and Vibration Control

Mechanical equipment, such as cooling towers, generates noise and vibration during its normal operation. It is an important aspect of the building design to control the undesirable noise and vibration. This course provides the criteria and guidance required for design and construction of those features related to noise and vibration control of mechanical equipment systems most commonly encountered. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Technical Manual TM...
PDHOnline

Mechanical and Electrical Design of Pumping Stations

This online course provides information and criteria pertinent to the design and selection of mechanical and electrical systems for flood-control pumping stations. Details about equipment requirements, material and system selection considerations, testing and maintenance requirements, station wiring and equipment grounding requirements, and environmental protection are also discussed. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-3105...
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

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...
Online Engineering PDH

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...
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 Voltage Fundamentals

There are many types of alarm systems in operation throughout the world today. As the technology becomes available, many different, new alarms appear in the marketplace. Alarm systems encompass an exceedingly large array of possibilities. These systems are very effective in protecting persons and property, are intrinsically dependable and difficult to bypass. Many individuals and industrial organizations rely on these systems for protection and information. The scope of this course is to discu...
RedVector

Electric Power Substations & Distribution

Delivery of electricity is made possible by sophisticated distribution systems that transmit huge volumes of high voltage electricity from generating stations. Through these systems, the electricity is transformed into lower voltages for commercial and residential use. This interactive online course covers basic information regarding electric power substations and the distribution of electric power, including components of power substations, individual equipment components, and electric power ...
RedVector

Commercial Application Electric Transformers

This course covers basic information regarding electric power transformers and their application in commercial, business and residential facilities. General information about how these electric transformers provide the proper voltage for commercial facilities is included. This course will focus primarily on the utility type of transformer for power supplies needed to operate equipment, HVAC systems, lighting, and convenience power systems.
RedVector

Advanced Energy Conversion Analysis

If you have a good basic foundation in energy conversion analysis, this course will take you up another step to a more advanced understanding of the subject. In this interactive course you will learn about the ideal simple and basic power cycles, power cycle components/processes and compressible flow components and their T - s and h - T diagrams, operation and major performance trends. You will review basic elements of Carnot Cycle, Brayton Cycle, Otto Cycle, Diesel Cycle, compression, combust...
RedVector

Building Systems for Designers - Electrical Appliances and Communications Equipment

As we all know from talking with parents and grandparents and from watching old movies and TV shows, technology at home and in the office has changed considerably. Many of the items we consider necessities in our modern world would seem like magic to our ancestors. This course will give you the evolution of our most commonly used appliances as well as current information to use in designing for today’s homes and offices. We’ll focus on kitchen appliances, laundry equipment, and data and co...
RedVector

Electric Fire Alarm Systems

This course covers an important topic involving the safety and wellbeing of building occupants to alert them with electrical fire alarms in the event of emergency or a fire event. This type of system provides a means for safe evacuation of personnel from buildings when these types of emergencies arise. A full description and review of electric fire alarm systems is provided to give you an excellent resource for the field of fire alarms. We will focus on information for electrical alarm systems...
RedVector

Power Transmission and Distribution Webcast

This webcast covers transmission and distribution of electric power, including components of transmission lines, transformers, switch gear, substations, and electric power distribution systems. General information related to electric service loads is covered, as well as operational aspects and costs involved in transmitting and distributing electric power.
RedVector

Electric Power Substations Webcast

This webcast covers basic information regarding electric power substations and the distribution of electric power, including components of power substations, individual equipment components, and electric power distribution systems. General information related to operational aspects of substations and distributing electric power is included.
RedVector

Commercial Application Transformers Webcast

This webcast covers basic information regarding electric power transformers and their application in commercial, business, and residential facilities. General information about how electric transformers provide the proper voltage is included. We will focus primarily on the utility type of transformer for power supplies needed to operate equipment, HVAC systems, lighting, and convenience power systems.
RedVector

Understanding the Energy Independence and Security Act Webcast

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) established energy management goals and requirements while also amending portions of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA). This webcast will discuss the Federal energy management and water conservation requirements in several areas, including: Section 431 - Energy Reduction Goals for Federal Buildings, Section 432 - Facility Management/Benchmarking, Section 438 - StormWater Requirements, and other important high perfor...
RedVector

Protecting Your Communications System from Transients and Surges Webcast

Lightning and power surges cause millions of dollars in damage each year. In this webcast you will learn how to use surge protection and proper grounding methods to improve reliability of communications network and reduce damage to equipment.
RedVector

International Building Code & More: Code Officials and Code Processes

This course concentrates on the code process as a whole. It introduces the different types of code officials and the various steps that should be taken for a smooth approval of a design. It also discusses how to document the code information effectively and how performance and sustainability requirements need to be incorporated from the beginning of a project. An important thing to remember is that the interior of a building must be designed in conjunction with the codes, standards, and federa...
RedVector

Building Systems for Designers - Electrical Systems Basics

Our reliance on electricity has serious implications for environmental quality and resource conservation. Lighting consumes 25 to 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings. This adds heat to a building’s interior and increases energy use for air conditioning. In this course we will review basic principles of system design and the various sources of power. We’ll also explore the design process, system components, and end-point devices. Posted by arrangement with John Wiley & ...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Chapter 2: Wiring and Protection

The National Electrical Code® (NEC®) is the United States standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. Since 1911 the NFPA® has been making updates to the NEC Code document. The NEC is updated and published every 3 years. This is the second of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA. Chapter 2 is primarily concerned with correctly sizing and protecting circuits. Every article in this cha...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Articles 90, 100, and 110 (Introduction & Chapter 1)

The National Electrical Code® (NEC®) is the United States standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment. Since 1911 the NFPA® has been making updates to the NEC Code document. The NEC is updated and published every 3 years. This is the first of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA. This course provides coverage of significant changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every ne...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Chapter 3: Wiring Methods and Materials

This is the third of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA®. The 2014 NEC provides an accurate, reliable, and authoritative account of the hundreds of significant revisions in the 2014 Code. This Course provides coverage of significant changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include ...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Chapter 4: Equipment for General Use

This is the fourth of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA®. The 2014 NEC provides an accurate, reliable, and authoritative account of the hundreds of significant revisions in the 2014 Code. This course provides coverage of significant changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include e...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Chapter 5: Special Occupancies

This is the fifth of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA®. The 2014 NEC provides an accurate, reliable, and authoritative account of the hundreds of significant revisions in the 2014 Code. This course provides coverage of significant changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include e...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Chapter 6: Electric Signs and Outline Lighting

This is the sixth of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA®. The 2014 NEC provides an accurate, reliable, and authoritative account of the hundreds of significant revisions in the 2014 Code. This course provides coverage of significant changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include e...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Condensed Version

This is a condensed summary of the most significant changes covering the eight Chapters of the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA®.
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - A Summary of Changes for Chapters 5-8

This Course provides a summary of the significant changes, for chapters 5-8 of the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include entirely new articles. Some changes are revisions to existing requirements while others are deletions to some existing requirements. To view these changes in detail, please take the “2014 NEC Changes” courses. Although not required, it is recommen...
Electrical Engineering Continuing Education

2014 NEC Changes - Chapter 7: Special Conditions

This is the seventh of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA®. The 2014 NEC provides an accurate, reliable, and authoritative account of the hundreds of significant revisions in the 2014 Code. This course provides coverage of significant changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - Chapter 8: Communications Systems

This is the eighth of several courses covering the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) created by the NFPA®. The 2014 NEC provides an accurate, reliable, and authoritative account of the hundreds of significant revisions in the 2014 Code. This course provides coverage of significant changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include e...
RedVector

2014 NEC Changes - A Summary of Changes for Chapters 3 and 4

This Course provides a summary of the significant changes, for chapters 3 and 4, of the 2014 National Electrical Code®. With every new edition of the NEC, some of the changes include new requirements to sections, while some of the changes include entirely new articles. Some changes are revisions to existing requirements while others are deletions to some existing requirements. To view these changes in detail, please take the “2014 NEC Changes” courses. Although not required, it is rec...
RedVector

Electric Power Transformers Webcast

This course will cover information regarding electric power transformers and their application in commercial, business and residential facilities. Information about how electric transformers provide the proper voltage is included. Focus will be primarily on the utility type of transformer for power supplies needed to operate equipment, HVAC systems, lighting, and convenience power systems.
RedVector

Texas State Laws & Rules for Electricians

At the conclusion of this course, you will have a better understanding and knowledge of the laws and rules which govern electricians in the State of Texas. You will be able to: 1) Identify the various professions and sub-professions regulated by the Texas laws and rules for electricians, and the responsibilities and limitations of each license 2) Describe licensing requirements and enforcement 3) Identify work that is exempt from the laws and rules chapter covered in this course 4)...
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