Assessing the Vulnerability at Coastal Sites
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
In coastal areas, proper siting and design require an accurate assessment of the vulnerability of any proposed structure or building site, including the nature and extent of coastal hazards. Failure to properly identify and design against coastal hazards can lead to severe consequences, causing building damage or destruction.
This course discusses the following topics:
Additional details on hazard identification and risk assessment issues can be found in a number of references. One of the most comprehensive is a recent report, Multi-Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, produced by FEMA (1997b).
This course is
based entirely on the Chapter 7, Identifying Hazards of the FEMA Publication
Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA-55). This course includes a multiple-choice
quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
You will be quizzed on the subject document in its entirety.
At the completion of this course the student will be familiar with the most significant natural hazards that affect the coastlines of the United States and its territories, which can be divided into five general categories:
The course will also cover the following topics:
This course is intended for engineers or architects involved in design or construction of structures located in high-wind areas, coastal areas or other areas subject to flooding.
Benefit for Attendee
This course was intended to provide valuable design guidance for engineers or architects involved in the design of structures which are located specifically in high-wind or coastal areas.
This course provides
an overview of each of these hazards, describes their effects on residential
buildings and building sites, and explains where along the U.S. coastline each
hazard is likely to occur.
This course is based entirely on the Chapter 7, " Identifying Hazards" from the third edition of "Coastal Construction Manual" -Publication (FEMA-55).
The link to the course materials is as follows:
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for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first
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At the completion of this class the design professional should be able to design and size a complete radon reduction system (depressurization system) that can be used in various types of residential or small commercial applications.
The course text references sections located within other chapters of the complete FEMA document. Although this additional information is not required to complete the quiz, a link is provided below with information on how to contact FEMA to obtain a full copy of the document for reference.
Although additional information is not required to complete the quiz, a link is provided below with information on how to contact FEMA to obtain a full copy of the document for reference.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.