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Overview

Our Mission

To provide high quality online educational programs that will help you fulfill the Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) requirements mandated by many state boards of registration for professional engineers, architects and land surveyors.

Our Organization

Located just outside of Washington DC in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, PDHonline.org is owned and operated by licensed professional engineers. As a continuing education provider for engineers, surveyors and architects, PDHonline.org strives to promote and disseminate new ideas and advanced technologies for the benefit of all engineers, surveyors and architects. Since its establishment in 1999, PDHonline.org has provided online continuing education courses and professional development activities to tens of thousands of the professionals all over the world, including the members of ASCE, ASME, IEEE, ASHRAE, NSPE, AIA, ASID, SAME, AISC, ACI, SWE, PMI and NCEES.


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 pr...
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An Introduction to Environmental Regulations for Manufacturers and Industry

This three-hour course introduces the environmental regulatory system in the United States. It presents an introduction to the major federal environmental rules affecting manufacturers and industry. This course is organized to present these rules as follows: General requirements for chemical and materials management Air quality and emissions control regulatory program Water programs, includi...
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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, p...
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An Overview of Hazardous Gas Detection

This two hour online course provides the student with a basic understanding of the current technology of hazardous gas detection. The theory of gas detection and the practical application of gas detection were discussed in the course. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
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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 mitigati...
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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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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 usi...
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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 prim...
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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 enti...
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Contaminated Site Remediation Strategies Part I - Evaluation of Site Characteristics

This four-hour course, "Evaluation of Site Characteristics," is one of a series of courses prepared by the author on "Contaminated Site Remediation Strategies." The course series are designed to provide fundamental and practical approaches to the selection and design of remedial action and closure alternatives for contaminated sites. This course describes pertinent site characteristics and their...
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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...
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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, contractor...
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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.
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Design of High-Purity Water Systems

This course examines the specifications for high purity water as established by various standards setting organizations such as The American Society for Testing and Materials, National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards, and the US Pharmacopoeia. In addition, the course examines the nature of water, the types of contaminants in water, and treatment methods for the control of contaminant...
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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...
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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,...
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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 pa...
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Drilled Shaft Design and Construction – Part I

Once considered a specialty foundation for urban settings where vibrations could not be tolerated or where shallow foundations could not develop sufficient capacity, the use of drilled shafts as structural support have recently increased significantly due to heightened lateral strength requirements for bridge foundations and the ability of drilled shafts to resist such loads, especially enormous...
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Drilled Shaft Design and Construction – Part II

Once considered a specialty foundation for urban settings where vibrations could not be tolerated or where shallow foundations could not develop sufficient capacity, the use of drilled shafts as structural support have recently increased significantly due to heightened lateral strength requirements for bridge foundations and the ability of drilled shafts to resist such loads, especially enormous...
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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. T...
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Environmental Protection Agency Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure Plan

To safeguard the waters of the United States, licensed professional engineers must fully understand the EPA requirements and provisions contained in 40 CFR Part 112, Oil Pollution Prevention Act (Spill Plan Regulation). Most oil and petroleum storage facilities are required to have on file a SPCC Plan. This course will prepare engineers to be familiar with 40 CFR Part 112- Oil Pollution Preventi...
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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 inclu...
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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...
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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 i...
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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 pr...
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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 th...
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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...
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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 thro...
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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 an...
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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 consu...
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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...
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Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls (MSE) and Reinforced Soil Slopes (RSS)

Due to advantages in economics, constructability, and aesthetics, the construction of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls and Reinforced Soil Slopes (RSS) is now commonplace. This course is intended to enable the engineers and construction personnel to identifies and evaluate potential applications of MSEW and RSS as an alternative to other construction methods and as a means to solve cons...
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Micropile Design and Construction – Part I

Worldwide use of micropiles has grown since their original development in the 1950s, and in particular since the mid-1980s. In general, micropiles are applicable when there are problems with using conventional deep foundation systems like driven piles, drilled shafts, or augercast piling. Mircopiles are primarily used as elements for foundation support to resist static and dynamic loading condit...
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Micropile Design and Construction – Part II

Worldwide use of micropiles has grown since their original development in the 1950s, and in particular since the mid-1980s. In general, micropiles are applicable when there are problems with using conventional deep foundation systems like driven piles, drilled shafts, or augercast piling. Mircopiles are primarily used as elements for foundation support to resist static and dynamic loading condit...
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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 encounter...
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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 ...
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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 5-8...
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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 inclu...
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Principles of Water Conservation and Reuse

This two-hour course discusses the principles of water conservation and water reuse. Water is vital to sustain life and economic growth. It is an increasingly scarce resource which requires careful management of all competing uses. This course will increase your awareness of the concepts of conservation and reuse, mainly focused on commercial and manufacturing facilities. Techniques for critical...
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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 C...
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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 c...
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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 considera...
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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, schoo...
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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 pr...
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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 ...
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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 operati...
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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 p...
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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 o...
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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...
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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...
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Stormwater: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and Best Management Practices

This four-hour course includes three parts. Part 1 discusses the Storm Water Pollution Prevention (SWPP) Plan requirements for industrial facilities covered under the stormwater Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP). Part 2 discusses candidate Best Management Practices (BMPs) identified as applicable for stormwater programs at industrial facilities. These BMPs are specifically required under NPDES ...
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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 cu...
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The Unique and Unusual Properties of Water

Water is one of the most common and ordinary substances that we encounter on a day to day basis, yet most people do not truly understand the significance that water plays in shaping our environment and in sustaining life. This course provides an introduction to some of the unique and unusual properties of water - the exceptionally high freezing and boiling points, high heat capacity, high latent...
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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 wi...
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Water Supply: Sources and General Considerations

This online course provides guidance for selecting water sources and for developing suitable sources of supply from ground or surface sources. The contents cover water requirements, ground water and surface water supplies, water intake and pumping facilities, and water system design procedures. The course materials are based entirely on the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-230-07A) of the U.S....
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Water Supply: Water Distribution

This online course provides criteria for design and construction of potable water distribution systems. The contents cover pressure regulation alternatives, distribution mains, distribution systems pressures, service connections, distribution system equipment, distribution system design. The course materials are based entirely on the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-230-10A) of the U.S. Depart...
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Water Supply: Water Storage

This online course provides design criteria for water storage requirements. The contents include a typical design analysis for tanks and reservoirs, and provide guidance on the procedures to be followed in selecting sites for such storage works. The course materials are based entirely on the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-230-09A) of the U.S. Department of Defense: Water Supply, Water Storag...
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Water Supply: Water Treatment

This online course presents information on water quality standards and design criteria for water treatment processes. The contents cover criteria to be followed in determining the necessity for and the extent of treatment, and procedures applicable to the planning of water treatment projects. The course materials are based entirely on the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-230-08A) of the U.S. D...
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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 soft...
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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 soft...
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