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09/30/2019: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Coastal Engineering: Hurricanes and Nor'easters, Monday, September 30 , 2019, 12pm-2pm Eastern

09/30/2019: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Coastal Engineering: Hurricanes and Nor'easters, Monday, September 30 , 2019, 12pm-2pm Eastern

2 hrs. Webinar

Level: Intermediate

Item#: RV-W093019

SME: William Coulbourne, P.E., F. ASCE, F. SEI

Hurricanes and nor'easters can be destructive natural events creating high winds, storm surge, large waves, and causing large amounts of erosion, jeopardizing structures built along the nation's coastlines. This webinar will provide information about how to build to better resist the effects of these storms, what foundation types perform better, and why these storms are so damaging to the built environment. A few case studies will be included to illustrate techniques that are known to improve building performance.
Note: This is a live webinar delivered via GoToWebinar. Session instructions will be emailed to you 24-48 hours prior to the webinar and the morning of the webinar. If you have not received your instructions for any reason please call RedVector Client Support (1-866-546-1212) the day of the event. Webinars are live and interactive. Students will have the ability to directly interact with and ask questions of the presenter.
Course Objectives
  • Identify building techniques that can reduce damage from hurricanes and nor'easters to create safer buildings for occupants.
  • Reduce future damage to coastal-built structures, communities, and cultural and historic resources caused by sea level rise and coastal erosion.
  • Recognize the magnitude of flood loads and that can be generated from coastal storms and the resources available for more in-depth study of risk reduction strategies.
  • Select appropriate methods to use when rebuilding damaged structures after coastal events to ensure residents feel secure about their safety and assets.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: William Coulbourne, P.E., F. ASCE, F. SEI
William Coulbourne, P.E., F. ASCE, F. SEI Photo
Mr. Coulbourne has a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states. He is a national expert in wind and flood mitigation and has been involved in FEMA Mitigation Assessment Teams and natural hazard damage assessments for 20 years. He has been involved as an investigator or Project Manager with every major hurricane, tornado and flood since 1995, and was involved in a building collapse caused by terrorism and a tsunami in Japan. He has investigated failures and mitigation design techniques for thousands of buildings including residential structures, schools used as shelters, hospitals, and other critical facilities. He holds Certifications in Structural Engineering and Building Inspection Engineering.

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.
Mr. Coulbourne is a member of the Florida International Wall of Wind Technical Advisory Panel, a member of an Expert Panel for the Texas Department of Insurance investigating methods for determining hurricane damage caused by wind and water, a member of ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission Executive Committee, a Board Member of the American Association of Wind Engineering, and a newly elected member into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Via Department of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech.