Engineering related

Mold is a natural part of the environment and can be found almost anywhere that moisture and oxygen are present. Mold spores belong to the Fungi kingdom and are commonly found in moist areas such as soil, plants and dead or decaying matter. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves, dead trees and other debris; however, indoors mold growth should be avoided. Mold can create problems in the built environment ranging from a simple nuisance to extreme health conditions and deterioration of building materials.  This course covers the basics of mold investigations, reviews various remediation methods, preventive measures and includes numerous case studies of real life applications of these topics.

This is a 1 hour course. 

Lead based paint was commonly used on the interior and exterior of both residential and commercial buildings prior to 1978. Lead Based Paint was banned from use in residential houses in 1978 and yet it continues to present a hazard today.  The presence of lead in all types of building structures can present a health hazards and result in contamination to the soil and groundwater outside a building if not properly maintained. Learn about the history of lead in paint, the health effects and the many regulations which govern the presence of lead based paint.

This is a 1 hour course.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral mined from the ground and was a common building product in both residential and commercial buildings.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began banning some asbestos related products in the 1970s. The 1989 Partial Ban on manufacturing, import, processing, and distribution of some asbestos-containing products was enacted. EPA also banned new uses of asbestos which prevent new asbestos products from entering the marketplace after August 25, 1989. This course includes some history and background on the use of asbestos, its health effects and the regulations which govern the presence and use of asbestos.

This is a 30 minute course. 

Geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering that addresses the engineering behavior of earth materials including soil and rock. This course covers the purpose of conducting Geotechnical Subsurface Investigations, the types of equipment used and the many types of field sampling and testing that can be performed.  Also included is a summary of typical laboratory testing that can be performed followed by a discussion of different building foundation types and the design criteria associated with each type.

This is a 1 hour course.

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is a method of evaluating the potential for contamination at a property based on it historical development and uses as well as the history of the nearby adjacent properties.  It is a common tool for evaluating risk in real estate transitions.  This course covers the purpose of a Phase I ESA in more detail as well as a review of the components of the assessment.  A discussion of the 2002 Brownfields Revitalization Act and the All Appropriate Inquiry, both of which resulted in significant changes to the ESA process in 2002 is included.  The course closes with a summary of post ESA requirements to maintain the validity of the assessment in the future.

This is a 1 hour course. 

Construction Materials Testing (CMT) is an engineering field that deals with the properties of building materials and a comparison of the material properties when installed at a construction site compared to the specified or design requirements for the project.  This course explores the purpose of performing construction materials testing followed by a thorough discussion of typical testing that is performed.  The course includes a discussion of testing associated with mass earthwork and soil compaction, foundation bearing capacity for foundations, concrete, structural steel, asphalt and masonry.

This is a 1 hour course.