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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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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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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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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Conduits, Culverts and Pipes

This online course provides guidance on the design and construction of conduits, culverts, and pipes. Design procedures for trench/embankment earth loadings, highway loadings, railroad loadings, surface concentrated loadings, and internal/external fluid pressures are presented. Life cycle cost and product service life of different materials are also discussed. The course materials are based entirely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-2902: Conduits, Culverts and ...
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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 software is also presented in the course along with their features and capabilities. This course include...
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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 software is also presented in the course along with their features and capabilities. This course include...
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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 considerations, and selection of appropriate geotechnical instrumentation. The manual provides guidance on si...
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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 contaminants in water. The design of most high purity water systems consists of a number of treatment methods i...
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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 construction problems. It focuses on the proper selection, design, analysis, performance, specifications...
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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 lateral loads from extreme event limit states often governing bridge foundation design, such as ves...
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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 lateral loads from extreme event limit states often governing bridge foundation design, such as ves...
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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 conditions, and less frequently as in-situ reinforcements for slope and excavation stability. Micropile ca...
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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 conditions, and less frequently as in-situ reinforcements for slope and excavation stability. Micropile ca...
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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 permits for stormwater discharges, as one part of the SWPP Plan. Part 3 includes several references ...
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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 relevance in selecting contaminated site closure options and remediation processes. The course is p...
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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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Pavement Design

This online course provides guidance for design of pavements and supporting materials for roads, streets, walks and open storage areas. The contents include procedures for conducting preliminary site reconnaissance, traffic analyses, and criteria for the design of subgrade, subbase, base courses, flexible and rigid pavements. The course materials are based entirely on the Technical Manual TM 5-822-5/AFM 88-7 of Joint Departments of the Army and Air Force USA: Pavement Design for Roads, Street,...
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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 includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course mate...
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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. Department of Defense: Water Supply, Water Distribution. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at th...
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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 Storage. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understa...
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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. Department of Defense: Water Supply, Water Treatment. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at ...
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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. Department of Defense - Water Supply: Sources And General Considerations. This course includes a mu...
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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. The course materials are based entirely on the DOD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-220-08FA: Engi...
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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, including drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater Solid and hazardous waste regulatory program This co...
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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 critically evaluating water use are described and some ideas on how to successfully implement saving program...
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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 currently has claimed this exemption. This information also will enable the student to better understa...
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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 using well-established, approximate solutions of bearing capacity. Principles for evaluating bearing ca...
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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 selection, design, and installation of pile foundations. The guidance is based on the present state...
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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, design, and installation of sheet pile walls. The guidance is based on the present state of the tec...
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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 chemically contaminated atmosphere, and/or severe climatic conditions. Retaining walls are defined as...
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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 natural site, and provides general site design guidelines and criteria for design of on-site vehicu...
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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 Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-1-400: Recreation Planning and Design Criteria (1987 e...
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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 procedures that can be employed on Corps and other civil projects, which can aid in attaining better...
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Introduction to Solar Energy

Solar energy travels from the sun to the earth in the form of electromagnetic radiation. In this course properties of electromagnetic radiation will be discussed and basic calculations for electromagnetic radiation will be described. Several solar position parameters will be discussed along with means of calculating values for them. The major methods by which solar radiation is converted into other useable forms of energy will be discussed briefly. Extraterrestrial solar radiation (that striki...
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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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