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Inspection of Embankment Dams (FEMA Guidleines)

COURSE NO: G06-004
PDH CREDIT: 6
COURSE PROVIDER: Allen Hughes, P.E.
Inspection of Embankment Dams (FEMA Guidleines)
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will introduce you to the basic guidelines of dam inspections in accordance with FEMA guidelines. It is estimated that there are about 75,000 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 new dams may be extended by regular maintenance of deficiencies which are discovered by proper inspections.

 

If you are new to dam safety inspection, the material presented in this course will provide important background information. The discussion of the inspection process is designed to provide the inspector with guidance for conducting a comprehensive inspection of an embankment dam.

 

If you have experience with embankment dams, this course will provide a brief refresher on key terminology used in FEMA embankment dam inspection. Since terminology can differ from agency to agency, you may find it helpful to take this course to become familiar with how terms are used in this module.

 

This 6 PDH online course is intended for use by engineers, dam owners, maintenance contractors, operators, inspectors, dam safety regulators, consultants and landscape architects interested in gaining an understanding of embankment dam inspections according to FEMA recommended practices.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the basic principles of inspecting embankment dams
  • Learning about the different types and characteristics of embankment dams
  • Learning about the principal features of an embankment dam
  • Understanding the procedures for inspecting the upstream and downstream slopes of embankment dams
  • Understanding the procedures for inspecting the crest and abutments of embankment dams
  • Understanding the procedures for inspecting the downstream toe and seepage collection drains of embankment dams
  • Identifying and explaining the characteristics of seepage, cracking, instability, sinkholes and depressions
  • Identifying and explaining the potential consequences of seepage, cracking, instability, sinkholes and depressions
  • Identifying and explaining the characteristics of inadequate maintenance
  • Identifying and explaining the potential consequences of inadequate maintenance
  • Explaining what actions should be taken to protect the dam embankment
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course you will need to review the FEMA Publication titled, "Inspection of Embankment Dams", updated on September 26, 2013.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Inspection of Embankment Dams (4.35 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete this course review you will need to take a multiple choice quiz of thirty five (35) questions to earn 6 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 may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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