Coastal Engineering: Tsunamis
What is a tsunami? Tsunamis are destructive natural events that create extremely high storm surge and large waves causing large amounts of erosion, and extensive inundation jeopardizing structures and people along the nation's coastlines where these events can occur. This interactive online course will provide information about the magnitude of tsunami loads, tsunami evacuation shelters, and important issues regarding the placement of structures on tsunami-prone coastlines. Case studies will be included to illustrate techniques that are known to improve building survival of tsunamis.
- List building and siting techniques that can reduce damage from tsunamis.
- Identify important issues in the design and placement of tsunami evacuation structures.
- Recognize the magnitude of flood loads that can be generated from tsunamis and the resources available for more in-depth study.
- State how tsunamis are formed and the importance of sound building and early warning system strategies.
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Mr. Coulbourne has written articles for journals and given presentations, seminars and webinars for homebuilders, engineers, architects, building officials and homeowners on high wind and flood design and coastal construction issues and has taught as an Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware. He was the primary author and Project Manager for FEMA 55: Coastal Construction Manual. He has co-authored books and journal articles on high wind design issues and strategies including Guides to the Wind Load Provisions of ASCE 7-05 and ASCE 7-10, an ATC Design Guide on Basic Wind Engineering for Low-Rise Buildings and a book on Engineering Investigations of Hurricane Damage for ASCE. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a Fellow in the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. He actively participates on the ASCE engineering standards committees for ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction, and a new standards committee for improving tornado wind speeds using the EF Scale.
It was very helpful following along in ASCE 7-16.
By Paul V. (Engineer) on June 30, 2018
It was very helpful following along in ASCE 7-16. I would suggest having a copy beforehand.
By Bruce B. (Geologist / Geoscientist) on June 19, 2018
By Michael S. (Geologist / Geoscientist, Land Surveyor) on May 19, 2018
The class notes are missing some equations or some are just mentioned in th…
By Karim A. (Engineer, Professional Organization) on April 12, 2018
The class notes are missing some equations or some are just mentioned in the text. Scour depth is one were the definition of parameters in the equation is listed while the equation itself is not. One question about the scour depth uses the wrong coefficient (0.624 instead of 2.8 for calculating Ds) and the angle is also wrong (750 instead of 75)
Am I the first to take this course? I really liked the course, it's nice t…
By Keith H. (Architect) on December 24, 2017
Am I the first to take this course? I really liked the course, it's nice to have technical courses that aren't dumbed down. I do have an issue with the course, as formulas are introduced, but not example usage of the formula is provided. I don't need my hand held, but just a quick example, would really help, especially when the exam is based upon actual usage of his numerous formulas! Nice course, and this was really my only issue.
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