Hurricane Mitigation: Design and Construction Lessons
After major hurricane disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dispatches Building Performance Assessment Teams (BPATs) to evaluate the successes and failures of buildings to withstand the wind and flood forces of these storms. The teams document the results of their evaluations in building performance assessment reports. This 4-hour interactive online course summarizes the BPAT reports for Hurricanes Georges and Fran-major storm events of the last decade.
The goal of this course is to expand the reader's knowledge of:
- Building and foundation types typically used in coastal areas
- The ability of various building and foundation types to withstand coastal surge, riverine flood, and wind forces of hurricane strength
- Design and construction practices that can reduce building damage in hurricanes
This course is of interest to engineers, architects, contractors, and code enforcement officials.
There is a test included at the end of each scenario of this course.
After completing this course, you should have a basic understanding of:
- Describe the building and foundation types typically used in coastal areas
- Illustrate the ability of various building and foundation types to withstand coastal surge, riverine flood, and wind forces of hurricane strength.
- Explain design practices that can reduce building damage in hurricanes.
- Describe construction practices that can reduce building damage in hurricanes
- AEC Complete
This course can be used for CE or applies to the State Licenses and Professional Organizations listed below.
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For 28 years, Nancy Armitage has worked as a technical writer, technical editor, trainer, and course content developer in the software, engineering, and construction industries.
She has researched, edited, and developed courses in the areas of writing improvement for engineers and administrators, and toxic substance safety and remediation.
She has written newspaper feature stories, advertising copy, proposals, grant applications, magazine articles, newsletters, technical report sections, public information literature, and software user manuals.
Ms. Armitage has edited and managed document production for software requirements and detailed design reports; technical papers; and water, wastewater, solid waste, and transportation master plans, design reports, construction specifications, construction permit applications, operation and maintenance manuals, rate studies, environmental audit reports, Applications for Development Approval for Developments of Regional Impact (ADAs/DRIs), and environmental impact statements (EISs).
enjoyed learning different construction requirements for unfamiliar hazardu…
By Brad H. on January 9, 2018
enjoyed learning different construction requirements for unfamiliar hazardus conditions
Nancy Armitage did a outstanding job of writing and presenting the course o…
By Sidney W. (Architect, Interior Designer) on December 15, 2017
Nancy Armitage did a outstanding job of writing and presenting the course on Hurricane Mitigation: Design and Construction Lessons; having lived most of my life in the midwest and at least 300 miles from the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. My practice has had very little involvement with Hurricane Ravage locations even though I have been involved with projects on most continents. So for me this was an entirely new topic and field of architecture and engineering and I found it to be quite interesting, especially with the hurricanes of 2017 and destruction from Texas to Florida. Nancy did provided a great amount of information and it was well received. Thank you Nancy and Red Vector.
Useful information for coastal planning.
By Patrick H. (Engineer) on May 3, 2018
Useful information for coastal planning.
Slightly dated but information applicable to most applications.
By Glenn B. (Engineer) on December 30, 2017
Slightly dated but information applicable to most applications. Well organized and well presented.
Concise evaluation of analysis of hurricane impacts, compliance with applic…
By Christopher U. (Engineer) on October 13, 2017
Concise evaluation of analysis of hurricane impacts, compliance with applicable codes, and recommendations for change. Material presented in logical format, with appropriate charts and diagrams.