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A Guide to Inspecting Concrete and Masonry Dams

COURSE NO: G07-005
A Guide to Inspecting Concrete and Masonry Dams
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the different methods and procedures for inspecting concrete and masonry dams.


This course introduces the basic principles of concrete and masonry dam inspection. It is estimated that there are about 80,000 dams in the US, many of which are reaching the end of their expected useful lives. With the inventory of aging dams, maintenance and inspection become more critical. At the same time, the useful life of a many newer dams can be extended by regular maintenance of deficiencies which are discovered during routine inspections.


The material presented in this course will provide important background information and is a brief refresher on key terminology used in FEMA dam inspections.


This 7 PDH online course is intended for civil, geotechnical and mechanical engineers as well as others who want to learn more about inspecting concrete and masonry dams.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the characteristics of concrete and masonry dams
  • Familiarizing with the construction of concrete and masonry dams
  • Familiarizing with concrete dam joints, interior features, and water conveyance structures
  • Learning about dam inspection techniques
  • Familiarizing with crack surveying and surface mapping
  • Understanding the causes of deterioration and surface defects
  • Learning about displacement and misalignment and differential movement
  • Familiarizing with leakage and seepage
  • Gaining insight into maintenance concerns and previous repairs
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Inspection of Concrete and Masonry Dams”, which is based on a workbook published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty-five (35) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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