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Designing to Lightning Standard, NFPA-780-2011

Thomas Mason, P.E.

This course presents examples and supporting reasoning for a NFPA 780 Franklin lightning protection system. Lightning behavior is not fully understood and damage can result to a structure protected by a system designed and installed per the Standard. But, you are in a strong position to argue that the best available technology was applied.

This course is limited to ordinary buildings below 75-ft high and buildings above 75-ft high. The Standard also includes masts, spires, steeples, flagpoles, grain-, coal- and coke- handling and processing structures, along with metal towers, tanks, air-inflated structures, guyed structures, roof top helipads, heavy-duty stacks, explosive magazines, wind turbines, trees and watercraft below 300-tons.

There is presently a legal and marketing firestorm regarding innovative lighting protection technologies, notable early streamer emission and active charge dissipation. Please do an internet search for hard scientific field data before specifying such systems, which are not NFPA-780 or UL approved.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.