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2014 NEC SeriesShow

 

 

 

Sustainable SolutionsShow

 

Furniture DesignShow

 

Bathroom PlanningShow

 

Building Systems for DesignersShow

 

Drawing ShortcutsShow

 

International Building Code & MoreShow

 

The Ultimate Project Manager SeriesShow

 

Design of Reinforced Concrete Using the ACI CodeShow

 

New Non-Series Courses

Transit-Oriented Development WebcastShow
Date Launched: 4/04/2014 | More Information

This webcast introduces the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which is a walkable, high-density, compact, mixed-use form of development typically focused within close proximity of a transit station. The course focuses on TOD social, economic, and environmental implications in terms of transit ridership, property values, congestion relief, pollution reduction, community place making, and other aspects of transportation and urban policy. This course also addresses potential negative consequences of TOD including trampling neighborhood character, gentrification, and increasing urban sprawl and concludes with snapshots of successful TOD case studies.

Electric Power Transformers WebcastShow
Date Launched: 4/04/2014 | More Information

This course will cover information regarding electric power transformers and their application in commercial, business and residential facilities. Information about how electric transformers provide the proper voltage is included. Focus will be primarily on the utility type of transformer for power supplies needed to operate equipment, HVAC systems, lighting, and convenience power systems.

Electrical and Arc Flash Hazards (B)Show
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

Carelessness and improper shortcuts are two major causes of industrial accidents and injuries. Safety is especially important for those who work around electricity. Along with an understanding of basic electrical safety, workers frequently exposed to live electrical equipment need to have an understanding of what an arc flash is, how it happens, and how it can be prevented. The first topic of this course discusses the basic concepts of electrical shock, such as factors affecting a shock’s severity, the physical effects of shock, and the hazards associated with working near electrical equipment. The next topic describes the dangers of arc flash and arc blast, some potential causes of arc flashes, and how approach boundaries are a vital part of working in areas surrounding potential arc flash hazards. Protection plays a vital role in keeping workers safe at work. The final topic of the course discusses several methods used to ensure safety of not only workers but also the physical plant.

Developing and Implementing an EPA RMPShow
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

Any facilities that manufacture, use, store or otherwise handle certain extremely hazardous chemicals will be subjected to the EPA’s Chemical Accident Prevention regulations at 40 CFR part 68.To comply with this regulation, a facility must develop and submit an EPA Risk Management Plan, or RMP, and implement it in the facility. The primary goal of an EPA RMP is to protect communities from the release of toxic or flammable chemicals that are prone to cause immediate, serious harm to public and environmental health. Thus, it is important for the practitioners to have in-depth knowledge on how to develop an EPA Risk Management Plan so it can be applied in their respective facilities. This course will provide the practitioners and participants with an overview of the EPA Risk Management Plan, the history of the RMP Rule, and requirements for compliance with the EPA's 112(r) Risk Management Program rule (40 CFR Part 68). The different program levels of an EPA RMP will be discussed, in addition to steps for developing a Risk Management Plan. The course will also address the differences between OSHA PSM and EPA RMP Program Regulations, different elements of a RMP Plan, and how to conduct a hazard assessment. Details on dispersion modeling and consequence modeling and the selection and application of these models will be covered in this course, as well as risk communication strategies and the requirements for an Emergency Response Program.

Fracking: The OperationsShow
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

The intent of this course is to provide a correct and balanced view of fracturing underground rock with fluids in order to release a product to produce energy. The concept of using water to do work is nothing new. Pumping fluid below ground to fracture rock in order to release gaseous petroleum is a new process. In this course we will explore production development, fracture characteristics, well casing and cementing, and well integrity including a case study. We will also cover contamination concerns, issues for the public safety, frack fluids, and a comprehensive review of Safety Data Sheets.

Fracking: Environmental ConsequencesShow
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

Hydraulic fracturing is done with surprising precision and with an eye on the environment, yet it is interesting how the public reacts to the practice in relation to other techniques used throughout the world. Valid points are made on both fronts. The major concern against fracking resides in the overall health and well-being of people close to a well site, as well as the land, water, and air that might be adversely affected. With proper examination and logic, this course was developed to provide insight and reason in a practice fueled by profit for some and by civil concern for others. We will explore the history, public and media perception, and environmental and economic impacts.

Modern Shale Gas DevelopmentShow
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

The course provides an overview of modern shale gas development, as well as a summary of federal, state, and local regulations applicable to the natural gas production industry, and describes environmental considerations related to shale gas development. It describes the importance of shale gas in meeting the future energy needs of the United States including its role in alternative energy strategies and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The course is intended to serve as a technical summary document, including geologic information on the shale gas basins in the U.S. and the methods of shale gas development. By providing an overview of the regulatory framework and the environmental considerations associated with shale gas development, it will also help facilitate the minimization and mitigation of adverse environmental impacts. By so doing, the course can serve as an instrument to facilitate informed public discussions.

Ethical Decision Making WebcastShow
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

Professionals associated with site, building, or neighborhood planning, design, and development have a unique charge to make ethical decisions with the welfare of both the environment and citizens in mind. The goal of this course is to expose professionals to some of the most common ethical considerations within planning, design, and construction professions and give the opportunity to learn how to create a built environment that improves the quality of life of a community while adhering to simple strategies to facilitate ethical practice in the work place.

The Importance of the International Building Code (IBC) in the Design and Construction of Safe Buildings Webcast Show
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

This three-hour webcast gives participants an introduction to the International Building Code (IBC), which is a model building code developed by the International Code Council (ICC). The IBC Codes provide minimum safeguards for people with regard to building safety. Focus will be on the importance of the code in regard to fire prevention, ingress/egress, and structural stability. Discussions will also include additional codes (e.g., International Plumbing Code) that when referenced by the IBC are adopted, as well. This webcast distills the IBC down to relevant code sections, chapters, and working examples that illustrate fundamental code concepts.

Emergency Electric Power WebcastShow
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

This webcast covers information regarding emergency electric power- primarily with respect to emergency and standby internal combustion diesel engine-generators. This webcast is an introduction to emergency and standby power systems and includes a review of practical applications.

Smart Workplaces: Sexual Harassment Prevention Overview for Team MembersShow
Date Launched: 3/27/2014 | More Information

Regardless of your position, from entry-level associate to senior manager, everyone needs to be aware of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual Harassment is an issue that affects everyone in the workplace: Women, Men, Straight, and Gay. This interactive online course is designed to help you gain a general knowledge of sexual harassment. This course will make you think about your own behavior and the behavior of your co-workers, supervisors, managers, clients, and vendors. Through the scenarios and activities, you will have the opportunity to explore the meaning of sexual harassment and the behaviors and actions associated with it. Note: This program is not a substitute for legal counsel and it is not intended to provide you with the knowledge of an attorney.

HEPA High Efficiency Filters WebcastShow
Date Launched: 3/6/2014 | More Information

This webcast covers essential information regarding HEPA high efficiency filters and their importance in HVAC air handling systems. The course will include technical information about HEPA filters, as well as how HEPAs are constructed, tested, and maintained. We will also cover documentation regarding testing and maintenance of this important HVAC system component.

Electric Power Generation WebcastShow
Date Launched: 3/6/2014 | More Information

This webcast is an introduction to the basics of generating electricity and primary types of generation. The main pieces of equipment used in electrical power generation are covered, as well as how generation is managed to meet demand from customers.

Electric Power Substations WebcastShow
Date Launched: 3/6/2014 | More Information

This webcast covers basic information regarding electric power substations and the distribution of electric power, including components of power substations, individual equipment components, and electric power distribution systems. General information related to operational aspects of substations and distributing electric power is included.

Commercial Application Transformers WebcastShow
Date Launched: 3/06/2014 | More Information

This webcast covers basic information regarding electric power transformers and their application in commercial, business, and residential facilities. General information about how electric transformers provide the proper voltage is included. We will focus primarily on the utility type of transformer for power supplies needed to operate equipment, HVAC systems, lighting, and convenience power systems.

HEPA High Efficiency Filters WebcastShow
Date Launched: 2/10/2014 | More Information

This interactive webcast covers essential information regarding HEPA high efficiency filters and their importance in HVAC air handling systems. The course will include technical information about HEPA filters, as well as how HEPAs are constructed, tested, and maintained. We will also cover documentation regarding testing and maintenance of this important HVAC system component.

Electric Power Generation WebcastShow
Date Launched: 2/10/2014 | More Information

This interactive webcast is an introduction to the basics of generating electricity and primary types of generation. The main pieces of equipment used in electrical power generation are covered, as well as how generation is managed to meet demand from customers.

Electric Power Substations WebcastShow
Date Launched: 2/10/2014 | More Information

This interactive webcast covers basic information regarding electric power substations and the distribution of electric power, including components of power substations, individual equipment components, and electric power distribution systems. General information related to operational aspects of substations and distributing electric power is included.

Commercial Application Transformers Webcast Show
Date Launched: 2/10/2014 | More Information

This interactive webcast covers basic information regarding electric power transformers and their application in commercial, business, and residential facilities. General information about how electric transformers provide the proper voltage is included. We will focus primarily on the utility type of transformer for power supplies needed to operate equipment, HVAC systems, lighting, and convenience power systems.

Phytotechnologies: Using Plants to Clean Up WebcastShow
Date Launched: 2/06/2014 | More Information

Phytotechnologies are a set of techniques that make use of plants to achieve environmental goals. This course will highlight the advantages and limitations of phytotechnology—whereby plants uptake and remove contaminants. We will also cover the cost-effective, natural cleanup methods that have a growing role in the following areas: remediation of environmental contaminants, eco-restoration, engineered wetland systems, and biofuels. The course will conclude with a discussion of current scientific case studies.

Power Transmission and Distribution Webcast Show
Date Launched: 2/06/2014 | More Information

This webcast covers transmission and distribution of electric power, including components of transmission lines, transformers, switchgear, substations, and electric power distribution systems. General information related to electric service loads is covered, as well as operational aspects and costs involved in transmitting and distributing electric power.

Modern Environmental Laws WebcastShow
Date Launched: 2/06/2014 | More Information

There are a series of federal laws and Executive Orders since 2005 that have reinforced the federal government’s commitment to energy conservation and environmental sustainability, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) Executive Order 13423, Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), and Executive Order 13514. This webcast will discuss the mandates outlined in these federal laws and executive orders that require NetZero energy for all new federal construction and alterations by 2030 and a reduction of water consumption of 20% by FY 2020. The course also includes new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management requirements, expanded water reduction requirements for federal agencies, and address waste diversion, local planning, sustainable buildings, environmental management, and electronics stewardship.

Ethics: Shades of Green Webcast Show
Date Launched: 1/17/2014 | More Information

This webcast will focus on how our professional ethics are no longer black and white, they are shades of green. Not only do professionals have an obligation to design for the health, welfare, and safety of people they represent; they also have an obligation to safeguard the environment. This course will discuss why professionals have a green ethical obligation to promote excellence of design and endeavor to conserve and preserve the integrity and heritage of the natural and built environment. We will focus on how professional societies and registration boards are holding professionals accountable for sustainable design and planning practices and to consider the environment in everything they do.

Understanding the Energy Independence and Security Act WebcastShow
Date Launched: 1/17/2014 | More Information

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) established energy management goals and requirements while also amending portions of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA). This webcast will discuss the Federal energy management and water conservation requirements in several areas, including: Section 431 - Energy Reduction Goals for Federal Buildings, Section 432 - Facility Management/Benchmarking, Section 438 - StormWater Requirements, and other important high performance building requirements. This course will also discuss case studies of EISA implementation.

HVAC Design Webcast Show
Date Launched: 1/15/2014 | More Information

This interactive webcast covers essential design information related to HVAC systems. Typical HVAC equipment and systems are covered, including key control concepts that provide reliable system operation. This course will be comprehensive in nature, reviewing most common types of air handling systems utilized today.

HVAC Distribution Webcast Show
Date Launched: 1/15/2014 | More Information

This interactive webcast covers common design principles for HVAC distribution systems. We will review these distribution systems based on the various types of HVAC systems where they are used. The various HVAC operating concepts will also be reviewed and how they affect the design of the distribution system.

Going Grey: Designing for an Ageing Society Webcast Show
Date Launched: 1/15/2014 | More Information

As baby boomers age, more focus has been given to the design of spaces for an ageing society. Designing for older individuals requires consideration of a different lifestyle. Not only do planners and designers need to consider different technical and task-related boundary conditions, they also must take into account the physical and cognitive abilities and limitations of an aging population. This webcast examines the connection between the elderly population’s specific spatial needs and the design of their spaces, with inclusion of requirements for disabled elderly through the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This course also considers the most common types of accommodations that designers should consider to meet the needs of the disabled elderly.

Protecting Your Communications System from Transients and Surges WebcastShowDate Launched: 1/15/2014 | More Information

Lightning and power surges cause millions of dollars in damage each year. In this webcast you will learn how to use surge protection and proper grounding methods to improve reliability of communications network and reduce damage to equipment.

LEED V4 and the Future of Green WebcastShow
Date Launched: 1/15/2014 | More Information

The US Green Building Council has just unveiled its 4th version of the LEED certification standards known as LEEDv4. In this course, we will focus on the differences between LEED v4 and its predecessor, LEED 2009. The course will cover the reasoning behind the new update as well as describe new credit categories and the changes that are to be implemented per individual credit. The course goes on to examine LEED v4 technical content and point distribution. The overall objective of the course is to take a comprehensive look at LEED v4 standards of New Construction relative to previous LEED versions and come away with a good working knowledge of its new project criterions and its impact on the future of sustainable new construction.

Changes in the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition Show
Date Launched: 5/30/2013 | More Information

Supporting Agile frameworks… more processes… a new knowledge area… alignment with ANSI… alignment with ISO 21500… 119 more pages… new PMP exam… different planning actions… The new edition of the most popular project management standard, the PMBOK Guide, is now publicly available, and you might have heard of its changes and wonder how you should update your knowledge and how it affects your day to day project management efforts. Well, this simple and short course provides you with everything you may need to know about the changes. It easily and clearly explains their real meanings and describes the ways by which they are connected to each other by going deeply into their root causes.

NCBEEC Laws and Rules-General Statutes of NC & Title 21 NCAC 18B V.13 Show
Date Launched: 5/1/2013 | More Information

The North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors is the State agency responsible for the administration and regulation of electrical contracting. This course presents two documents that pertain to electrical licensing codes and standards within North Carolina: Title 21 NCAC 18B, General Statutes of North Carolina (Electrical Contractors), Chapter 87 - Article 4 (Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors).This course is extremely helpful for all North Carolina electrical engineers who are looking to be more informed on the rules and regulations that pertain to their licensing and the work they are qualified to perform.

Safe Work Permits Show
Date Launched: 4/2/2013 | More Information

This course summarizes the various components of the Safe Work Permit process that should be used within a facility or organization for work being performed by construction and maintenance contractors and employees. The Safe Work Permit process is based around a written form and is a communication tool used to inform employees of safety requirements. Maintenance and construction type activities can then be coordinated with appropriate personnel within the facility to help avoid safety concerns and potential conflicts. The Safe Work Permit can be critical for the success of a site safety program and can be applied to a variety of facilities, including manufacturing facilities, construction sites, etc.





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