Dewatering and Groundwater Control Pt 1

This course provides guidance for the planning, design, supervision, construction, and operation of dewatering and pressure relief systems and of seepage cutoffs for deep excavations for structures. It presents: description of various methods of dewatering and pressure reliefi techniques for determining groundwater conditions, characteristics of pervious aquifers, and dewatering requirements; guidance for specifying requirements for dewatering and seepage control measures; guidance for determi...
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Conduits, Culverts, and Pipes Pt 2

This course provides (a) guidance on the design and construction of conduits, culverts, and pipes, and (b) design procedures for trench/embankment earth loadings, highway loadings, railroad loadings, surface concentrated loadings, and internal/external fluid pressures. Reinforced concrete conduits are used for medium and large dams, and precast pipes are used for small dams, urban levees, and other levees where public safety is at risk or substantial property damage could occur. Corrugated met...
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Conduits, Culverts, and Pipes Pt 1

This course provides (a) guidance on the design and construction of conduits, culverts, and pipes, and (b) design procedures for trench/embankment earth loadings, highway loadings, railroad loadings, surface concentrated loadings, and internal/external fluid pressures. Reinforced concrete conduits are used for medium and large dams, and precast pipes are used for small dams, urban levees, and other levees where public safety is at risk or substantial property damage could occur. Corrugated met...
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An Introduction to Water Treatment

This course will provide an introduction to water treatment processes and technology. You will be introduced to factors to consider in selecting water treatment processes, preliminary treatment, aeration, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation basins, filtration, fluoride adjustment, taste and odor control, water softening, iron and manganese control, and corrosion and scale control in water treatment plants and distribution systems. You will learn about water treatment processes, termino...
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An Introduction to Water Desalination

This continuing education pdh class will introduce you to water desalination technologies, processes and methods. You will learn the importance of site and water source selection. You will be introduced to an approach for selecting the appropriate desalination technology and process. You will learn about distillation/condensation techniques, membrane techniques and ion exchange techniques. You will find out how to develop process concepts, evaluate their utility, and move forward into prelimin...
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An Introduction to Small Flow Waste Treatment Systems

This course will introduce you to small flow waste treatment systems such as septic tanks, waterless toilets, filtration and reuse systems, Imhoff tanks, and packaged treatment plants. You will learn about subsurface absorption and how to conduct percolation tests. You will learn how to utilize leaching wells, sand filters, mound systems and other methods of waste disposition. The systems you will be introduced to in this course will generally be applicable to facilities with a waste discharge...
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An Introduction to Sanitary Landfills

This is an introduction to the planning and design of sanitary landfills. You will learn about dry and wet landfills, site selection, site development plans, site layout, trench design, leachate control and treatment, gas control, runoff control, support facilities, and landfill closure issues. The main advantage of a sanitary landfill is that handling and processing of refuse is kept to a minimum. Handling is limited to the pickup and transport of the waste, the spreading of refuse, and cover...
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An Introduction to Low Impact Development

This course will introduce you to some of the basic concepts of Low Impact Development (LID) …. a stormwater management strategy concerned with maintaining or restoring the natural hydrologic functions of a site to achieve natural resource protection objectives and fulfill environmental regulatory requirements. You will learn about stormwater management using the hydrologic cycle approach, LID design goals and objectives, a comparison of LID to conventional stormwater management practices, a...
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An Introduction to Area Development Plans

This course provides an introduction to the Area Development Planning (ADP) process that is commonly used in developing new project sites. The planning procedures described are a guide that can be modified to suit specific project requirements. They provide a logical process intended to lead to a successful end result. Course Outline I. Introduction A. Land Use Planning: The Big Picture B. Area Development Plan C. Design Team II. The Area Development Plan A. Purpose B. The Ar...
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An Introduction to Mechanics Liens

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

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

This is a continuing education course on building radon-resistant homes and buildings. The course provides an introduction to radon and how it emits from soils and accumulates in homes as a dangerous and deadly gas. From the understanding of how important radon resistance is, this course gives a detailed description on the implementation of different types of radon-resistant systems, how they differ, and what system to use where. This course also gives detailed instructions for installing rado...
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Fly Ash Facts for Highway Engineers

Coal fly ash is a coal combustion product that has numerous applications in highway construction. Fly ash has been used in roadways and interstate highways since the early 1950s. In 1974, the Federal Highway Administration encouraged the use of fly ash in concrete pavement and urges states to allow partial substitution of fly ash for cement whenever feasible. This continuing education course provides basic technical information about the various uses of fly ash in highway construction that ...
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Asbestos: Standard for the Construction Industry

Asbestos is the generic term for a group of naturally occurring, fibrous minerals with high tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to heat, chemicals, and electricity. In the construction industry, asbestos is found in installed products such as sprayed-on fireproofing, pipe insulation, floor tiles, cement pipe and sheet, roofing felts and shingles, ceiling tiles, fire-resistant drywall, drywall joint compounds, and acoustical products. Because very few asbestos- containing products ...
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An Introduction to Sustainable Design for Buildings

“Sustainable design” is no longer a boutique concept in the design and construction of buildings and related infrastructure. It is widely required by government agencies and is becoming more and more in demand by responsible private owners. This webinar will tell you about the framework for applying sustainable design principles. You will learn the goals of each, opportunities you can use to pursue them, and resources that will help you reach them. When you have completed this seminar you ...
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An Introduction to Solar Collectors for Heating and Cooling of Buildings & Domestic Hot Water

This continuing education course presents design criteria and cost analysis methods for the sizing and justification of solar heat collectors for space heating and cooling of buildings and domestic hot water (DHW) heating. Information is presented to enable engineers to understand solar space conditioning and water heating systems and conduct feasibility studies based on solar collector performance, site location, and economics. Both retrofit and new installations are considered. Course Out...
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An Introduction to Passive Solar Buildings

This continuing education course is an introduction to passive solar technology to heat buildings. It will tell you about the basic passive systems and climate considerations you need to know about. You will gain knowledge about guidelines for schematic design of passive solar buildings. You will learn the foundation you need to move forward with passive solar design as an integral part of your building design skills. Course Outline I. Systems A. Direct gain heating B. Daylighting C...
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An Introduction to High Temperature Water Heating Plants

This continuing education pdh course will introduce you to systems, equipment and design guidelines for high temperature water (HTW) heating plants. HTW systems are used for heating multi-building facilities such as campuses and industrial and commercial activities. The advantage HTW systems have over steam heating systems is that the pressurized water in HTW systems has a much greater thermal storage capacity, resulting in smaller pipe and pump sizes. In this course you will learn about the d...
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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...
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Introduction to Interior Lighting Design

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

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

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

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

This course covers the analysis of stress conditions at a point, stresses beneath structures and embankments, and empirical methods for estimating loads on buried pipes, conduits, shafts, and tunnels. Course Outline 1. INTRODUCTION 2. STRESS CONDITIONS AT A POINT 3. STRESSES BENEATH STRUCTURES AND EMBANKMENTS 4. SHALLOW PIPES AND CONDUITS 5. DEEP UNDERGROUND OPENINGS 6. NUMERICAL STRESS ANALYSIS 7. REFERENCES This course will give you guidance you can apply to the analysis of str...
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Design of Trombe Walls for Residential Use

Since ancient times, people have used thick walls of adobe or stone to trap the sun’s heat during the day and release it slowly and evenly at night to heat their buildings. Today’s low-energy buildings often improve on this ancient technique by incorporating a thermal storage and delivery system called a Trombe wall. Learning Objectives: The course introduces the student to the basics of Trombe wall design and construction, and related design principles.
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Design of Small Water Systems

This course provides information of interest to planners and designers of small water systems. Such systems generally cannot benefit from economies of scale, and proper management and operation are critical to produce satisfactory finished water quality. The major emphasis of this course is on the design of systems that will be effective and reliable, requiring a level of operation and management activity commensurate with their physical size and available sources. This course is intended...
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Concrete Methods and principles – Segment 4

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn the main causes of concrete cracking. This course introduces the main concrete defects and the causes of theses defects, ways to prevent these defects, and if applicable suggested repair procedure. This course covers the steel reinforcement t...
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Concrete Methods and principles – Segment 2

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic fundamentals of fresh concrete. This course introduces the basic properties of fresh concrete and ways to produce healthy concrete. This course provides basic coverage of concrete mixing and proportioning. This course provides basic bac...
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Concrete Methods and principles – Segment 1

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic fundamentals of concrete ingredients and their effect on the final product of concrete. This course introduces each concrete gradient in terms of its effect on the overall quality of concrete, specific properties required, and ways to m...
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Concrete Methods and principles - Segment 3

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and public officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic properties of hardened concrete in terms of strength and durability. This course introduces basic testing standards and principles used in concrete design. This course provides the DOs and DON’Ts to ensure good quality concrete and to...
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Concrete Methods and principles - Full 8 Hours Course

This course caters, mainly, to Engineers, Construction Project Managers, Contractors, Quality Control Managers, and Public Officers and private firm owners who deal directly or indirectly with concrete. Through this course, attendees are expected to learn basic fundamentals of concrete ingredients and their effect on the final product of concrete, fresh concrete and procedure to ensure quality concrete, hardened concrete, and main concrete defects; causes, repair, and protective measures. This...
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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...
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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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Cathodic Protection for Underground Structures

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

At the end of this course, one should be able to understand the basics of design and construction of breakaway walls as well as the rules and regulations that apply to the design and constructions of the breakaway walls. Learning Objectives: Brief background about the National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP. The NFIP, regulations and standards as far as breakaway walls are concern Design detailing of breakaway walls General standards and regulation concerning construction and design ...
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Boring Log Interpretation

A boring log is a description of exploration procedures and subsurface conditions encountered during drilling, sampling and coring. Learning Objectives: Topographic survey data including boring location and surface elevation, and bench mark location, and datum, if available. An accurate record of any deviation in the planned boring locations. Identification of the subsoils and bedrock including density, consistency, color, moisture, structure, geologic origin. The depths of the vari...
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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...
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Asphalt Concrete Pavement Recycling

This publication contains guidance for preparing plans and specifications and for ensuring the quality of recycled bituminous concrete. In addition, this publication provides useful information to design engineers, laboratory personnel, and inspectors concerning the mix design, plant production, and laydown of recycled pavement mixtures. The emphasis is on airfield pavements, however, the concepts also apply to other pavements. Recycling pavement materials has proved to be a feasible process t...
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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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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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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...
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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 heats of evaporation and fusion, and high surface tension. Brief discussions of general chemical bo...
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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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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 Prevention regulations and to have a better understanding of the requirements and other regulatory provision...
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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 pages). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the under...
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