FREE and open to all government staff that do building inspections, as well as housing non-profits and healthcare providers. It is not open to the private sector. Lunch will NOT be provided, but coffee and light snacks will be.
Course description: Provides instruction on rapid and detailed evaluation procedures for evaluating flood or windstorm-damaged buildings, as well as opportunity to practice inspection forms on paper and electronically. ATC-45 Field Manuals will be provided for use during class only. The ATC-45 Field Manual provides guidelines and procedures to determine whether damaged or potentially damaged buildings are safe for use after windstorms or floods, or if entry should be restricted or prohibited. The seminar also covers related topics including evaluation of non-structural damage; how to deal with owners and occupants of damaged buildings; and field safety issues.
Instructor: Ed Huston is a licensed civil and structural engineer in Washington, and is licensed in seven other states. He is a principal in the firm of Smith & Huston, Inc., Consulting Engineers in Seattle, Washington. Ed has over 40 years of experience in structural design, evaluation, investigation and code and standards development. He has been very active in the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) and the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations (NCSEA).
Ed has served on the board of directors and as President of the Applied Technology Council,(ATC), a national nonprofit organization whose goal is to develop and disseminate engineering applications for mitigating the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment . Ed was the Lead Technical Consultant for the development of ATC 45 - A Field Manual for Safety Evaluations of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods in YEAR. He also served on the Project Engineering Panel for the ATC Design Guide 2: Basic Wind Engineering of Low-Rise Buildings, and was a reviewer for the ATC 20-3 Case studies in Rapid Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings. Ed has participated in events after hurricanes, floods, high wind events, and earthquakes.