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Coastal Construction - Determining Site-Specific Loads

COURSE NO: S05-013
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Coastal Construction - Determining Site-Specific Loads
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides the design professional and others with guidance on how to determine, by calculation or graphical interpretation, the magnitude of the loads placed on a building by a particular natural hazard event or a combination of events. The calculation methods presented in this course are intended to serve as the basis of a methodology for applying the calculated loads to the building during the design process.


All coastal residential buildings should be designed and constructed to prevent flotation, collapse, or lateral movement due to the effects of wind and water loads acting simultaneously. Throughout this course, the recommendations of the engineering standards ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 2010) will be followed unless otherwise noted. ASCE 7-10 includes procedures for calculating dead and live loads; loads due to soil pressure, fluids, wind, snow, atmospheric ice, and earthquake; and load combinations.


This 5 PDH online course is intended for structural engineers, design and construction personnel, and other technical professionals who are involved in coastal construction projects.
Learning Objectives

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

  • The following site-specific loads for coastal buildings:
    • Dead Loads
    • Live Loads
    • Snow Loads
    • Flood Loads
    • Tsunami Loads
    • Wind Loads
    • Tornado Loads
    • Seismic Loads
  • Determining the combination loads for coastal buildings
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 8, "Determining Site-Specific Loads" of the Coastal Construction Manual, published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Publication FEMA 55, Volume II.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this FEMA publication.
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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