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Seminars

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Arbitration and Mediation:  A Hands-On Workshop for Engineers — NEW
0.8 CEUs

Very often, engineers find themselves involved in disputes that require arbitration hearings or mediation proceedings; are you prepared? This course is designed to provide all parties involved in engineering and construction with a thorough understanding of how to deal with arbitration and mediation. Many construction and engineering contracts require arbitration and mediation for handling disputes that inevitably arise. Arbitration and mediation are also required by most courts. You will gain practical, hands-on advice and guidance. This workshop provides valuable, timely, and immediately useful skills for engineers. 0.8 CEUs.

Significant Changes from ASCE 7-10 to ASCE 7-16
0.8 CEUs

This seminar discusses all significant changes between the 2010 and the 2016 editions of the ASCE 7 standard following a chapter-by-chapter sequence. Each change is explained, the background to it is given to the extent practicable, and its impact is also discussed when that can be assessed. The emphasis is on what practicing engineers need to know to implement the changes in their design with confidence and full understanding.

Monday, September 24, 2018–Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Deep Foundations: Design, Construction, and Quality Control
1.4 CEUs

This seminar will present modern techniques for the design, installation, and verification of deep foundations. Throughout the last two decades, major changes have occurred in the deep-foundations industry: for example, LRFD and computer-software changes. New and improved methods have been mainstreamed into practice for the design and installation of all types of deep foundations. This seminar will present modern design procedures for deep foundations including discussions on these new developments. 

Financial Management for the Professional Engineer
1.4 CEUs

Learning to respond to income statement, balance sheet, and project data is critical to the success of every A&E and planning firm. This seminar will teach the design professional how to read, interpret, and react to this vital information. The seminar will examine primary benchmarks including income and balance sheet multipliers and ratios measuring the performance and health of the firm. It will also explore valuation and processes available for the eventual transition of firm ownership. 

HEC-RAS Computer Workshop
1.6 CEUs

The HEC-RAS modeling system was developed as part of the Hydrologic Engineering Center's "Next Generation" software and replaces several existing Army Corps of Engineers programs including the HEC-2 water surface profile program. HEC-RAS incorporates various aspects of hydraulic modeling including water surface profile computations and bridge hydraulics. This intensive, hands-on, two-day seminar and computer workshop will prepare the engineer and water resource professional to use the HEC-RAS computer program in real-world situations. Led by experts with experience in hydraulic modeling, you will learn how to conduct water surface profiles, bridge hydraulics, and floodplain information studies using the steady flow capabilities of HEC-RAS. This is a hands-on seminar. You must bring your own laptop. 

Liability of Engineers: How to Stay Out of Trouble
1.4 CEUs

This seminar will cover the legal responsibilities of engineers and their liability for design, job site inspection, safety, and contract administration. Participants will receive practical, hands-on advice and guidance on how to avoid problems through best practices, documentation, the right contract language, and how to effectively resolve disputes. It will be presented in an informal, interactive style using real-life examples. 

Structural-Condition Assessment of Existing Structures
1.4 CEUs

This seminar is an intensive overview of material evaluation practices and procedures necessary to determine the structural-condition of buildings, bridges, and other structures. Included are assessment approach, structural material and system evaluation, state-of-the-art information on visual inspections, destructive and nondestructive testing, hands-on experience essential to evaluating concrete, masonry, wood, and metal structures, report writing, and case studies. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018–Friday, September 28, 2018

Earth-Retaining Structures:  Selection, Design, Construction, and Inspection
1.4 CEUs

This seminar provides you with critical knowledge and skills to take advantage of the cost-effective use of earth-retaining structures in rural and urban construction for transportation, commercial, and industrial development. From start to finish - from selection and design to construction and general development - the instructors will lead you through the myriad of more than 16 different retaining-wall families from which you can choose. 

Investigation, Analysis, and Remediation of Building Failures
1.4 CEUs

This seminar will discuss the practical engineering issues involved in the investigation, analysis, and remediation of various building failures. The presentation starts with a definition of failure and explores the types of structures that tend to fail more often than others. Attendees will learn about the process of investigation for both simple and complex failures. For each of the common structural systems - steel, concrete, masonry, and wood - the instructor outlines the most common causes of failure and explains how they tend to occur. The problems with anchor bolts, investigation of fire-damaged buildings, and failures of the building envelope are addressed as well. The emphasis of this seminar is on the technical issues. 

Leadership Development for the Engineer
1.6 CEUs

What makes a leader? What special traits of character do I need or maybe already possess to meet the challenges I will face? When am I to lead as opposed to manage? How do I prepare myself to serve as a leader? What processes must I use to help in making courageous leadership decisions? How do I build a strong, trusting team? How can I communicate effectively? How do I lead through change? If you need help answering any of these questions – attend this course! 

Seismic Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Using ASCE 7-16
1.4 CEUs

When designing buildings and other structures in accordance with the ASCE/SEI 7-17 Minimum Design Loads of Buildings and Other Structures, some considerations of seismic-resistant design are required for most building structures in the United States. This seminar will focus on the main lateral-force-resisting systems in building structures while providing some coverage for nonstructural components and for nonbuilding structures. A brief overview is also provided for analysis of structures with seismic-isolation systems or passive energy systems. 

Two-Dimensional Modeling Using HEC-RAS
1.6 CEUs

This intensive, workshop-oriented seminar will prepare the engineer and water resource professional to use the HEC-RAS computer program for modeling two-dimensional (2D) unsteady flow applications. Led by experts from WEST Consultants with practical experience in hydraulic modeling, you will learn how to approach and construct a 2D model for unsteady flow conditions and to effectively view and analyze results. This is a hands-on seminar. You must bring your own laptop.

Wind Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Using ASCE 7-16
1.4 CEUs

This seminar will present the fundamentals of wind engineering and how to determine wind loads on buildings and other structures. It is based on the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Minimum Design Loads of Buildings and Other Structures. While much of the instruction will focus on assessing wind loads, a portion of the seminar will review wind-damage experience. 1.4 CEUs.

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