Building a Storm-Resistant Safe Room

Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme windstorms injure and kill people, and cause millions of dollars worth of property damage in the United States. Even so, more and more people build homes in tornado- and hurricane-prone areas, possibly putting themselves in the path of such storms. This course is based on the FEMA publication, “Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business” and covers the design and construction of storm-resistant sa...
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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...
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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...
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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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Building Automation Systems after September 11th

This 3-hour course intends to describe the Building Automation System (BAS) for commercial buildings. BAS represent the state of art microprocessor based technology, which integrates the security, fire protection, electrical, telecommunication and HVAC systems at one centralized location. BAS ensures efficient, comfortable and safe environment in the building. The course is intended for use primarily to the students, end users, consultants, architects, contractors and HVAC designers. This cour...
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Sizing Plumbing Water System

Plumbing water distribution systems are designed on the idea of the most probable peak demand loading, which reflects the worst-case scenario for a system. These types of systems require different considerations than large-scale water distribution networks. The difference is primarily attributed to uncertainty regarding the use of plumbing fixtures, hence uncertainty in demand loadings. This 3-hour course provides comprehensive design methodology and underlying principles of plumbing water...
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Basic Pump Parameters and the Affinity Laws

Students of this three-hour course will be provided with important concepts associated with the operation of centrifugal pumps to include pump performance parameters, design considerations, efficient operation, and the affinity laws. This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
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Understanding Net Positive Suction Head

Students of this four-hour course will be provided with an introduction to one of the important aspects of proper pump selection: Net Positive Suction Head. This course will review the various aspects of Net Positive Suction Head, including centrifugal pump operation fundamentals, liquid vapor pressure, specific gravity, absolute pressure, and cavitation. Examples of pumping systems, complete with hydraulic analytical solutions, are provided to aid in the understanding of the presented materia...
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Cooling Water- 'Problems And Solutions'

This 3 hours course provides basic knowledge about the cooling water problems and solutions. The course provides insight to the commonly debated water problems and treatment approaches. The course is compiled in a simple question & answer format to reduce the learning time. The course is intended for use primarily to the students, end users, operators, energy & environmental auditors, contractors, O&M engineers and sales people. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is ...
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Cooling Water Systems - An Overview of Cooling Towers

This 4-hour course provides comprehensive information on Cooling Towers. Cooling towers find application in almost all sorts of industries varying from small process plants to the large refineries, petrochemical complexes, fertilizer plants, manufacturing units and power plants. It is difficult to imagine an industry without a cooling tower. The air-conditioning systems for large facilities like commercial complexes, hospitals, hotels, theaters, airports, residential complexes and shopping arc...
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HVAC Made Easy - Environmental Issues and Refrigerants

This two-hour course discusses the issues related to Ozone layer depletion, Global warming, Green house effect and the Refrigerants. The refrigerants are considered to be one of the major sources of ozone layer depletion. The environmental concerns have put a tremendous pressure on the phase out of certain refrigerants, which have traditionally ruled the global air-conditioning & refrigeration industry for decades. Current and anticipated future restrictions limit or prohibit the use of ozone ...
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HVAC Made Easy - Selection Tips for Chiller Compressors

This two-hour course provides comprehensive information on the air-conditioning chillers. The chiller package comprising of refrigerant compressor is a heart of main cooling system. The chiller is a single most expensive item of the air-conditioning system that influences the life cycle economics. The course focuses on the key issues pertaining to chiller selection and their applications. The practical considerations and assessment criterion is addressed in brief and is a recommended reading r...
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Introduction to Metallurgical Failure Analysis

This three hour online course discusses the various types of failure mechanisms and the process of conducting a metallurgical failure analysis. Failure Analysis is one of the most useful techniques for ensuring the safety and reliability of products and plant facilities/components. The main benefits are the prevention of failure in a similar equipment, and improvement in useful service life through design or material modifications. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which ...
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Selection Tips For Air-Conditioning Cooling Systems

This two hour online course provides comprehensive information on the air-conditioning cooling systems. It details the type and characteristics of commonly used cooling systems with illustrations, advantages and disadvantages. The course is intended for use primarily to the students, end users, consultants, architects, contractors and HVAC designers. The course focuses on the practical aspects of selection and is a recommended guide for the beginners and experience people involved in conceptua...
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LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations

The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. In recent years, the demand for high-performance buildings has grown tremendously as a result of increased awareness of the need for sustainable development. The LEED Rating System is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance buildings that are designed and built to minimize resource consumption, to reduce life cycle costs, and to maximize health and environmental performance across a wi...
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Selected Topics in Mechanics of Materials

Whether you are an engineer or an architect, it is essential to have a basic understanding about mechanics of materials. This course introduces engineers and architects to the principles involved in designing typical components such as drive shafts, floor beams, pressure tanks, and bolted connections found in machines or structures. The content of this course covers stress, strain, mechanical properties of materials, axial loading, torsion, bending, deflection and column stability with the emp...
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Selection and Sizing of Rupture Discs

This course covers the non-reclosing type of pressure relief devices known as rupture discs. It reviews the codes that govern rupture discs and the standard formulas and equations that are used to determine their proper selection and sizing. The course is directed toward Chemical and Mechanical Engineers in the process industries but should provide appeal to general practitioners as well. As a prerequisite, the student should have a basic familiarity with pressure vessels and piping systems. T...
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Selection and Sizing of Pressure Relief Valves

Students of this three-hour course will be provided with an introduction to the types and styles of pressure relief valves, the requirements for their placement and use, and the methods to determine the correct size of valve to use. This course summarizes reference data and technical recommendation based on many years of industry's experience in sizing, selecting, testing, installing and operating pressure relief valves. Sufficient data is supplied to properly size and select pressure relief v...
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Safeguarding HVAC Systems Against Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Attacks

This course identifies actions that a building owner or manager can implement without undue delay to enhance occupant protection from an airborne chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) attack. The intended audience includes building owners, managers, and maintenance personnel of public, private, and governmental buildings, including offices, laboratories, hospitals, retail facilities, schools, transportation terminals, and public venues (for example, sports arenas, malls, coliseums). This...
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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...
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An Introduction to Indoor Air Pollution

The subject of indoor air pollution is not without some controversy. Indoor air quality is an evolving issue; it is important to keep informed about continuing developments in this area. This short course is not a detailed technical treatise on indoor air pollution; it is intended for Architects and Engineers who are interested in a general introductory overview of IAP, its various categories, probable causes, and suggested remedial actions. A substantial portion of this course content is base...
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An Engineer's Guide to Plumbing Cross-Connections

Public health officials have rightfully been concerned about cross-connections and back-flow connections in plumbing systems and in public drinking water systems. This course will help Civil, Sanitary, and Mechanical Engineers increase their knowledge of the probability of contamination of drinking water through cross-connection. Numerous documented cases of cross-connection contamination are presented in the course as illustration. This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.
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Assessing Risk Factors in Machinery

This four-hour course provides the basic knowledge required to assess the potential risk factors associated with machinery. The course quantifies reliability, design, production, life cycle, environmental, and safety factors so they can be assessed. Additional business/management related factors are also covered. Weighting risk factors and the use of risk multipliers is introduced. Risk mitigation strategies are covered in a follow-on course. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the ...
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Identifying Risk Factors In Machinery

This two-hour course provides an overview of the basic knowledge required to identify the potential risk factors associated with machinery. The attendee will understand the information required to determine risk. Assessment of risk including survey techniques and risk mitigation are covered in a follow on course. This basic course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end. The course reviews the importance of reliability, design, production, life cycle, environmental, and safety factors as th...
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Plumbing Systems

Plumbing systems are important aspects of the building design. This course presents criteria pertinent to the design of drainage (sanitary and storm), water, and fuel gases. Energy conservation requirements are also discussed. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Design Manual 3.01: Plumbing Systems (1986 edition, 86 pages). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course mate...
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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...
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Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) is an important aspect in building design. This course provides guidelines for design of mechanical systems for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC). The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Technical Manual TM 5-810-1: Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (1991 edition, 18 pages). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of cours...
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Selecting a Centrifugal Pump to Handle a Viscous Liquid

Students of this two-hour online course will be provided with a basic understanding of fluid viscosity and its effects on the performance and efficiency of centrifugal pumps. The course presents definitions, effects and recommendations for conveying viscous fluids. It presents established predictive techniques to estimate viscous pump performance. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
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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...
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Heating and Cooling of Agitated Liquid Batches

The course developed the derivation of the heating and cooling application equations, along with simplifying assumptions. Two examples were given: heating in a jacketed agitated vessel, and cooling with a submerged coil in an agitated tank. The physical property data required for the examples consisted of readily available information: an average batch liquid density, an average batch liquid heat capacity, saturation temperatures of the heating and cooling mediums used.
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Design of Industrial Ventilation Systems

This course is an introduction to the design of industrial ventilation systems. You will be introduced to general design criteria, controls, operational considerations and commissioning. You will also be provided with a more detailed discussion of two of the more common industrial ventilation applications: wood shop facilities and paint spray booths. You will learn about general and design criteria, design procedures, controls, operational considerations and commissioning. For wood shop facili...
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Boiler Control Systems: An Introduction

Course Description This course provides an introduction to criteria for the design of heating plant instrumentation. A heating plant may contain one or more boilers. The plant may be an individual plant serving a single building or a compact group of buildings, or a central plant serving many buildings and facilities through an extensive distribution system. The heating plant instrumentation discussed is, in general, for a saturated steam power boiler heating plant. The information provided ...
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Advanced Wastewater Treatment

This course will introduce you to advanced wastewater treatment processes that provide higher quality wastewater discharge than achievable with primary and secondary treatment alone. You will learn about polishing ponds, post-aeration, microstraining, filtration, activated carbon adsorption, phosphorous removal, land application systems, nitrification, denitrification, three-stage biological systems, and anaerobic contact processes.
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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