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Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams

COURSE NO: C04-055
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH provides basic guidelines for selecting and accommodating inflow design floods for dams based on current and accepted practices.


Appropriate selection of the Inflow Design Flood is the first step in evaluating and designing a dam to address hydrologic potential failure modes and reduce risks to the public. Existing guidelines of most state and federal agencies for evaluating the hydrologic safety of dams were written in the late 1970s. Since that time, significant technological and analytical advances have led to better watershed and rainfall information, improvements in the analysis of extreme floods, greater sophistication in means to quantify incremental dam failure consequences, and tools for evaluating hydrologic events in a risk-based context.


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to geotechnical and civil engineers, dam owners or regulators, and other technical personnel interested in gaining a better knowledge on inflow design floods for dams.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning about the dam classification system
  • Understanding the guidelines for selecting the inflow design flood
  • Learning about spillway characteristics (mainly controlled versus uncontrolled)
  • Familiarizing with routing the inflow design flood
  • Familiarizing with freeboard requirements
  • Defining terminology and acronyms associated with the overall scope of the course
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review "Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), publication FEMA P-94, dated August 2013.
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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 4 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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