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Introductory Lightning Protection Design per NFPA 780

Thomas Mason, P.E.

Course Outline

This two-hour course discusses the underlying principles of lightning, lightning damage to structures and equipment and conventional Franklin lighting protection. The design concepts will be demonstrated for industrial, commercial and institutional buildings. Drawings, photographs and a sample specification illustrate the concepts. The reference list shows sources for conventional Franklin components and sophisticated proprietary active systems.

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

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file (648 KB) Introductory Lightning Protection Design per NFPA 780. You need to open or download this document to study this course.

Course Summary

This course covered the concepts and available products for lightning protection systems. It introduced devices, interconnection diagrams, connection details and very general specifications. The links provide access to design and hardware suppliers. Following successful review of the reference material and the associated examination, the student should be able to discuss lightning protection principles, design and installation effectively with sales persons and management representatives.

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Lightning Protection Hardware and Service Providers

Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.