Wind Load Design Criteria

Become familiar with design parameters for wind loads that are applicable to the methodologies permitted in the Florida Building Code, Section 1609. With the adoption of the 2010 Florida Building Code, and previous 2001, 2004, and 2007 versions, change has occurred with regard to the design, construction, and inspection of buildings now being built. These changes include the following: 1. Building officials and plan reviewers are looking for more information on the plans and in the sp...
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Stormwater Management

Become familiarized with the fundamental issues and best practices surrounding stormwater management. This course provides a general overview with some issues described in more detail and relates to Florida specifically where appropriate. The subject of stormwater management is quite broad and involves other regulatory and engineering concerns, so when needed, the practitioner is referred to other sources where more detailed information and requirements may be found. This course is accep...
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Project Risk Management

Risks must be considered in all engineering projects. This course examines both the positive and negative sides of risk management. This course assists the engineer in dealing with risk by helping the engineer to identify risks; quantify, prioritize and develop responses to risk; outlining of methods for setting up contingencies; handling risk during the project, and closing a risk. Merriam-Webster defines risk as “the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as an injury or ...
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Project Management

Learn about the foundational project management principles necessary to effectively meet all expectations with regard to final project delivery, including the established goals of time, budget, and quality. The manner in which a business organization manages its projects is the key to developing and retaining clients and being a profitable operation. Everyone in an organization is involved, either directly or indirectly, in projects which the organization undertakes. Each person can contrib...
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Mechanical Systems I

Learn theoretical and current practical knowledge in the area of mechanical systems and various mechanical components. The purpose of this course is to provide practitioners with the theoretical as well as current practical knowledge in the area of mechanical systems and various mechanical components and to strengthen the relationships of materials science to manufacturing techniques. This course is accepted for credit by all states except New York.
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Mechanical Engineering Overview

Reviews the subjects of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, designed for professional engineers of all experience levels. The course provides a review of the basic principles of mechanical engineering as they relate to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. It is designed for the experienced professional engineer desiring a refresher course or for the professional engineer whose undergraduate curricula did not include air conditioning. The course was authored by Char...
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Managing Engineering Services Contracts

Learn how to improve the efficiency of the design and construction process, reduce the probability of a professional liability claim, and improve the likelihood of expectations being met. The central theme of this course is achieving expectation management. Almost all of the information contained herein is intended to enhance that process. While the course is primarily directed to practitioners that serve as consultants to clients with whom they have a contract, the philosophies and procedu...
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Laws and Regulations Applicable to the Practice of Engineering in Maryland

Fulfills the requirements of Chapter 6, paragraph 03 A (1) by providing 1 hour of continuing education on the Maryland statutes and rules applicable to the practice of professional engineering. The course provides a thorough review of Subtitle 23, Chapter 6, paragraph 03 A (1) through a series of questions on each section of the Law and Rules that will prepare the student to correctly answer questions in the evaluation examination at the end of the course. PDH Now is an approved provider...
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Law and Rules for Professional Engineers of Indiana for 2014-2016

Fulfill the requirements of 864 IAC 1.1-15-3(C) by reviewing 1 hour of continuing education on Indiana statutes and rules. The course provides a thorough review of Indiana Code-31 and Title 864 of the Indiana Administrative Code through a series of questions on each section of the Law and Rules that will prepare the student to correctly answer questions in the evaluation examination at the end of the course. The course will conclude with a 10-question examination to measure the effective...
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Infrastructure Planning

The main concepts of infrastructure planning in the public sector, including the environmental, social, and institutional assessments. This course presents the main concepts of infrastructure planning in the public sector, including the environmental, social, and institutional assessments and discusses many planning methodologies and approaches. The purpose of this course is to provide practitioners involved in planning public infrastructure projects with guidelines to be considered and ...
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Grounding and Bonding of Electrical Systems

An introduction to grounding and bonding and application information for engineers with all levels of electrical design experience. This course familiarizes engineers with electrical system grounding and bonding issues associated with solidly grounded systems under 600V. This course can serve as an introduction to grounding and bonding for engineers with little or no professional electrical design experience. The course also presents practical, but not widely known, grounding and bonding ap...
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Green Development

Learn from the recent growth history of the state of Florida and the mechanisms used to institute Green Development. This course introduces the engineer to the components of sustainability or “Green Development.” In 1990-2000, Florida’s population grew by 23.5%, with an increase of 3 million people. Approximately 6,000 people move to Florida each week. Over the last 5 years, the number of new single-family detached homes built each year in the state has grown steadily from 117,310 ...
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Geotechnical Engineering Overview

A brief review of the basic geotechnical properties of soils needed for foundation analysis and design. Topics such as grain-size distribution, consistency and plasticity of soils, soils permeability, effective stresses, consolidation, shear strength will be presented. This course is accepted for credit by all states except New York.
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Florida Law and Rules 2015-2017

Fulfills the requirement for 1 hour of instruction on the Florida engineer licensure law and the rules of the board. This is a required course for all engineers seeking Florida licensure renewal for the next licensure period. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers as course #0009804. As the course meets the NCEES continuing education guidelines of “a course with a clear purpose and objective that will maintain, improve, or expand the skills or knowled...
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Florida Building Code (2014 - 5th Edition), Chapter 9: Fire Protection Systems (Course #733.0)

Advanced course on Chapter 9: Fire Protection Systems, 2014 Florida Building Code, 5th Edition. This four hour advanced course on Chapter 9: Fire Protection Systems provides an in depth review of the General Regulations of the Florida Building Code for Fire Protection Systems for Florida Professional Engineers who specialize in the design of Fire Protection Systems under the code. The course emphasizes the design responsibilities of the Professional Engineer using the Code and evaluates the...
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Florida Building Code (2014 - 5th Edition), Chapter 16: Building Structural Design (Course #732.0)

Advanced course on Chapter 16, Building Structural Design, 2014 Florida Building Code 5th Edition. This course satisfies requirements of Chapter 471.0195, F.S., which requires all licensees actively participating in the design of engineering works or systems in connections with buildings, structures, or facilities covered under the Florida Building Code to take advanced continuing education courses on the Florida Building Code. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Professional...
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Ethics I for Professional Engineers

Reviews the approach of the study of ethics, 5 prominent theories of ethics, and the application of these theories to serving the public as a Professional Engineer. Ethics is defined as the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy. The purpose of this course is to provide guidelines for ethical conduct for practitioners engaged in engineering activities. The course concludes with an evaluation exam covering all three chapters of the text. This course is designed...
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EE 101: An Introduction to Electrical Engineering Concepts for the non-Electrical Engineer

Guides non-electrical engineers through the many questions that arise when they must interact with and understand the subject of electrical power. For many non-electrical engineers (civil, mechanical, structural, fire protection, and other design professionals), understanding how electricity "works" and knowing how to specify equipment that utilizes electricity can be confusing. Electricity can't be pumped out of the ground like oil or captured from moving air like wind energy. So it is ...
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Design-Build Project Delivery

Familiarize yourself with Design-Build project delivery concepts, a rapidly-growing trend in North American engineering projects. Design-Build Project Delivery familiarizes practitioners with Design-Build procedures and concepts. The course is authored by William H. Palm, P.E., a consulting engineer with over 30 years experience in private practice. This course contains information as to best practices in the area of design build activity. This course meets the NCEES Guidelines of a c...
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Construction Project Scheduling

Learn effective methods of scheduling construction projects and assure construction managers that projects will be completed in a timely and cost-effective manner. Time is money! The time needed for completion of a construction project and the money required to complete it are most often the major concern to all parties involved in a project. The owner may be interested in shortening each phase of the project or s/he may want to extend the project due to budget cuts, but there is a close re...
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Common Sense Ethics

Principles needed to live an ethical life and build a desired professional reputation as a Professional Engineer. This course discusses ethical issues and theories. It covers the human nature of ethics, ethical issues, ethical theories, and a common sense approach to ethics. The course concludes with an evaluation exam covering all four chapters of the text. The course is designed to fulfill the requirements of 864 IAC 1.1-15-3(b) of the Indiana Board of Professional Engineers and Chapte...
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Administering the Construction Project

Learn how to guide construction projects from the pre-construction phase to project close out successfully. Administering the Construction Project is authored by William H. Palm, P.E. and reviews the management and administrative procedures that practitioners will need to guide construction projects from the pre-construction phase to project close out successfully. The course will benefit professional engineers serving as project managers or field representatives by presenting techniques th...
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Writing for Artists

Writing is performance. Visual artists, designers, musicians, writers, dancers, filmmakers, actors, artists of every kind come together in a supportive workshop environment to develop their writing skills. Students practice the skills of argumentation, research, and clarity of expression that benefit critical pieces as well as the kinds of writing they are likely to have to produce as professional artists or critics in the field. In the first half of the class, students learn the craft of cr...
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Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach

We examine the tensions between artistic integrity, economic viability, and stakeholder benefit in arts management. Readings and case studies foster student understanding of the economic and social importance of the arts. Students also acquire practical skills--organizational, financial, strategic, and promotional--applicable to day-to-day and long-term management of nonprofit and commercial ventures in the arts. The backgrounds and interests of the students enrolled help the instructor determ...
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Interior Design

Explore the design process by developing a commercial or residential project in a studio environment. Begin from a concept and develop your idea into a coherent interior space, exploring issues of spatial layout and significance, materials and finishes, lighting, and furniture. Present your final project, complete with rendered drawings and a materials board. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting, Basic Interior Space Planning, or equivalent experience. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certif...
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Interior Lighting

An introduction to theory, technique, and creative lighting concepts basic to all interiors. Study materials, color, luminaires, luminaire selection, layout, and approaches to various building types. Prerequisite: Basic Drafting or the equivalent. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permission of program
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Model Design Studio

New technologies have been developed for taking design projects from concept to prototype, but design studios continue to build models and prototypes by hand. Models, mock-ups, and prototypes are among the most effective tools designers use for studying and developing design concepts before actual construction begins. The special skills required for this kind of work are important for any designer who plans to work in interior design, architecture, or product design. Students work on a range o...
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Furniture Design

Students investigate all aspects of furniture design, including materials, fabrication techniques, form, style, drawing, and production. Emphasis is placed on scale, human factors and industrial application. This course also covers the relationship of interior space, structure, and product purpose to object design. This is not a studio fabrication course, although scaled prototypes may be produced. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degree students with permi...
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Perspective Drawing for Interiors

Learn the mechanical skills needed to visually communicate spatial concepts. Develop the ability to translate floor plans into three-dimensional interiors by exploring the principles of one- and two-point perspective drawing. Learn about isometric views, plan and section perspective, introductory pencil rendering, and concepts of light and shadow. Bring to the first class an 11 ̋ × 14 ̋ drawing pad, a pencil, and a ruler. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open t...
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Interior Rendering

Learn about rendering materials, methods, and techniques. Use watercolor, marker, pencil, ink, and mixed media to learn color mixing and color theory, as well as shade and shadow. Apply rendering techniques to room drawings, plans, and elevations. Make media comparisons to determine the best use for each finish based on your abilities. Use what you’ve learned to create presentations using color and materials boards. Limited to 16. Open to Non-Credit and Certificate Students. Open to Degre...
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Basic Drafting

An introduction to the preparation of drawings for architectural purposes. Topics include identification and use of drafting equipment, drafting in scale, basic lettering, line weights, and standard notation conventions. The emphasis is on orthographic projections related to floor plans, elevations, and ceiling plans. Trade information related to the practice of architectural and interior design is integrated throughout the curriculum. Gain the skills and techniques necessary to express any de...
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Basic Interior Space Planning

This is an introduction to planning inte-rior spaces for students without drafting skills. Learn what it means to be an interior designer and apply conceptual approaches to interior design problems. Through sessions on color, scale and proportion, lighting, furniture arrangement, floor and wall treatments, and client psychology, learn to conceptualize and plan creative solutions for interior spaces. Master freehand drawing of floor plans. Complete one interior design project, from beginning ...
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Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media: Universal Design for Digital Media

Examines the standards and methods for designing digital material which is not only accessible for persons with disabilities but also effective and usable for all users and all platforms. We will review standards for usability and accessibility, focusing on the concepts of universal design, web standards, and accessibility best practices. Topics to be covered include (x)html standards, structured coding procedures, semantic web design, user-centered design, validation tools, among others. May ...
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Drawing for Non-Majors

Explores varied drawing techniques and media. Introduces concepts relevant to the understanding of drawing and the creative process. May not be repeated.
University of Colorado Boulder

Performance Benefits of Insulated Metal Panels

Provides an overview of the sustainable and building performance benefits of insulated metal wall and roof panels and includes discussions on materials, design and finish options, construction life cycle, enhanced building performance and energy conservation, and applications.
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Commercial and Industrial IMP Building Envelope Solutions

Provides an overview of the insulated metal panel in commercial and industrial building applications, its components and manufacturing, design options, and contribution to energy performance and build speed savings.
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Under-Slab Vapor Retarders/Barriers: Restricting Moisture Infiltration

Provides an overview of the causes and consequences of moisture problems beneath concrete slabs in flooring applications, as well as a discussion on the types and characteristics of under-slab vapor retarders/barriers.
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Rust Prevention 101

Provides an overview of the of importance of rust prevention and treatment and includes discussions on the rusting process, surface preparation, coating types, and choosing appropriate coating systems.
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Moisture Protection for Concrete and Masonry

Provides an overview of methods of reducing moisture intrusion in concrete and masonry walls with an emphasis on the role of sealers and coatings.
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High Performance Barrier Wall Systems Using Insulated Metal Panels

Provides an overview of insulated metal panels as barrier wall within rainscreen wall systems, their performance benefits and contribution to energy efficiency.
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An Introduction to Priming

Provides an overview of the key reasons to apply a primer to every surface before painting a topcoat. Surface preparation, typical primer applications, stain-blocking and functionally specific primers are discussed.
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Specifying Stock Components for Architectural Metal Work

The course includes a discussion on: how to choose the best material for your job; available systems and their components; engineering data and the formulas to provide safe installations.
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Aggregate Piers for Settlement Control and Bearing Capacity

Provides an introduction to ground improvement technology and an in depth look at aggregate piers, their function, installation and benefits.
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Use of Coatings to Prevent Mold and Mildew Damage

Provides an overview of advances in antimicrobial mold and mildew-proof primers, paints, wallcovering installation systems, waterproofing coatings and remediation cleaners. Permeability of wallcovering and coatings to install them with, plus green building specification information for high performance, low VOC coatings for the prevention of mold and mildew are also reviewed.
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Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture

Provides an overview of the role sound masking systems play within the context of speech privacy, with a focus on the principles of speech privacy, the fundamentals of how speech privacy is achieved, and what metrics are used to measure it.
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A Practical Look at Green Buildings for Contractors

This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings. This course will provide an overview of what a green building is, different ways that Contractors and their trades can get involved, and the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility when executing a LEED® project.
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Sustainable Community Planning Essentials

Provides an overview of sustainable community design, with a focus on applying the six basic planning principles to integrate buildings into communities, which in turn creates healthy, peaceful, environmentally conscious spaces.
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Sustainable Solid Waste Management Planning

Provides an overview of the importance of developing an integrated waste management plan (IWMP), and includes discussions on the environmental impacts of waste, the keys elements of an IWMP and the steps involved in developing a comprehensive IWMP.
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Creating a LEED® Healthcare Facility from Groundbreaking to Completion

Provides an overview of how a collaborative team effort between the owner, designers and contractors can establish project goals for sustainability and energy efficiency that result in LEED® certification of a healthcare facility.
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Sustainable Building Materials: LEED® Application for Transparency and Environmental Accountability

Sustainability through multi-attribute assessments are introduced to help the building professional utilize more comprehensive sources. This course addresses new techniques, risks, and basic leadership skills for successful sustainable projects. Furthermore, it looks at how design and construction teams can cooperate with material suppliers in tracing a material’s life-cycle from raw material extraction, manufacture, installation, and finally, material end-of-life considerations. The new Gre...
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