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Solar Power addresses how energy is produced on the sun, is transmitted to the earth, and is converted into electrical form. The design of a solar panel is covered, addressing the significant engineering issues. The conversion and control issues associated with PV systems are also covered.
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Design of reinforced concrete spread footings is the focus of this course. Fundamental assumptions for determining the soil pressure distribution under footings are presented along with commonly used formulas. Structural design of footings to comply with Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-02 and ACI 318-05) is addressed. Individual topics include: loads, load factors, load combinations, resistance factors, materials, flexure, shear, reinforcement details, development length, and embedment reinforcement. Brief comparisons are made to illustrate the primary differences between footing design by ACI 318-02 and the previous version ACI 318-99. Changes in course content due to the 2005 revisions to ACI 318 were minor and are addressed with a course revision sheet.
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This course is designed to familiarize Designers with pervious concrete (PC) as a stormwater best management practice through infiltration. Discussion will include PC mix design, design issues affecting PC pavement, including soils and stormwater infiltration, site hydrology, pavement sizing, siting & layout, site preparation, PC placement and post placement landscaping, monitoring, and long term care and maintenance. In particular Piedmont soil types and infiltration rates are discussed. ASTM standard test for measuring infiltration rates through porous pavements is demonstrated. The historical evolution of pervious concrete paving and its many benefits are also covered. Some attention is given to good and bad installation practices. Intended audience: This course will be of direct interest to those in the Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning fields, including county engineers, city engineers, public works officials, transportation engineers, DOT personnel, consultants, and all those with responsibilities for stormwater design and control.
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This course will explore the causes behind the pincushion effect, which include misunderstanding of surveying rules and laws, and attempt to point to solutions found in case of law and common sense. No set of rules will ever be able to cover surveying situation. Even our Standards of Practice recognize that there must be room for professional judgment. The purpose of this course is to show the other side of the coin, if you will, to the boundary determination survey problem.
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This course gives training in all aspects of unpaved roads. Construction procedures, maintenance, erosion control, choice of soils, stream crossings, surface treatments, and more. Emphasis is on cost-effective design and construction. Very practical course. The course is for State DoTs, County Engineers, US/State Forest Service, US/State Parks departments, timber/mining industry engineers, professional engineers, consultants, and contractors.
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Seismic Design Part 1 covers the basic knowledge necessary to understand structural dynamics and earthquake engineering in the context of structural design. The first portion of the course is a brief overview of structural dynamics which defines terms and general concepts to aid in understanding how structures respond to dynamic loads and why we design structures the way we do. The second component of the course is an overview of basic seismology and earthquakes. Material presented in this section includes why earthquakes happen, where they are likely to happen, what is meant by earthquake magnitude and what are the effects of earthquakes on infrastructure. The final two segments of the course describe the earthquake hazard in the United States and the basic premise for seismic design according to current codes. The overall goal of this course is to provide the background necessary to understand structural behavior under dynamic loads, earthquake hazard and effects, and the current prescriptive code requirements. Course Objectives: Develop a fundamental understanding of the response of structures to dynamic loads; Develop a fundamental understanding of the terminology, mechanisms, causes and effects of earthquakes; Be familiar with the seismic hazard across the United States; Understand the basic premise of the current design methodology prescribed by U.S. codes
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Today with the common use of GPS and modern technology, science seems to be getting the upper hand in this age old struggle between the Art of Surveying and the Science of Surveying. This has resulted in surveyors setting many additional corners, in some cases next to established property corners. In some instances this has resulted in court fights and lawsuits that are totally unnecessary. The modern surveying profession needs to understand more about the art of accepting and proofing evidence of existing property boundary locations. Learning to survey properly not just based on technology or mathematical calculations.
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This course provides an overview of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. This course can serve as a refresher or update on key planning, safety, and design issues pertaining to human-powered transportation modes for the practicing transportation engineer and planner. The material is divided into three basic topics: an overview of safety, mode usage, and evolution of federal policies, basic design concepts and considerations for pedestrians, and basic design concepts and considerations for bicyclists.
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The objective of the course is to provide basics elements of contract law to enable the engineer or surveyors practitioner to work with legal counsel when negotiating and drafting a complex contract or negotiating and entering into a simple contract. Sample NSPE, AIA and simple contracts are provided.
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Concrete slab on grade is the single most common structural element used in the building industry today. This course, first of a series on concrete construction and design, examines the construction of high quality residential slabs on grade from the viewpoints of the contractor and engineer. Videotape and computer modeling are used extensively as an elaborate residential driveway is planned, modeled, constructed and finished. Planning is covered in detail. Various methods of preventing and limiting cracking are examined in depth.
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The objective of the course is to provide a framework for evaluating situations that may violate professional ethics by providing sources of codes and canons of ethical conduct and examples of ethical cases. The intent is to provide a basis for substantiating ethical decisions in professional practice.
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