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  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) - An Introduction

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    This interactive two-hour online course exposes you - the planning, design, and/or construction professional - to the importance of using Building Information Modeling (BIM).

    Fundamental changes are occurring within the design and construction industry due to the increased use of virtual modeling technology. One of the tools is BIM. Do you know what that is and are you ready to use it? This interactive online course exposes you, the planning, design, and/or construction professional, to the importance of using BIM (Building Information Modeling). It teaches you to work collaboratively throughout projects and helps you develop a thorough understanding of how BIM improves productivity throughout the design and construction process. We'll examine: (1) Origins of BIM; (2) distinguishing elements of BIM; (3) types of BIM applications available; (4) other products used in conjunction with BIM; (5) facility data included in BIM; and (6) who benefits from BIM. (Fundamental - 2 hours).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Define BIM.
    • Discuss the difference between BIM and other types of models.
    • Name the people who will benefit from using BIM.
    • List some of the potential benefits for using BIM.
    • Recite the current limitations of BIM.
    • Describe interoperability.

    Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

    Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.

    Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

    Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

    Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).

  • Downcycle, Upcycle, Precycle and Recycle: Waste Prevention and Reuse

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    This interactive webcast explores the concepts of downcycling (reclaiming), upcycling (refashioning), precycling (reducing waste), and recycling (reuse).

    This interactive webcast explores the concepts of downcycling, upcycling, precycling, and recycling. In an era of resource conservation, the idea of reuse is paramount to meeting sustainability goals. We will introduce green-minded professionals to the concepts of downcycling (reclaiming), upcycling (refashioning), precycling (reducing waste), and recycling (reuse). We will focus on the environmental, economic, and social benefits of these four types of waste prevention. In addition, we will look at the relationship between waste reuse and technological advancement. Lastly, we will explore case studies of cutting edge waste reuse and reduction. (Fundamental - 2 hours).   

    Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

    Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.

    Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

    Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

    Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).

  • Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities

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    This 2-hour online course discusses the importance of stormwater controls on construction sites, as well as a detailed look at specific construction-related pollutants.

    Stormwater discharge from construction activities can have a significant impact on the water quality of rivers, lakes, and coastal waters with pollutants like sediment, debris, and chemicals. Stormwater discharges from construction activities that impact one or more acres are regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program. This 2-hour course discusses the importance of stormwater controls on construction sites as well as a detailed look at specific construction-related pollutants. This course also provides participants with an overview of the new NPDES 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP), which is an update to 2008 CGP. In order to implement the new Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for Construction and Development point sources (C&D rule), construction site operators must meet new restrictions on erosion and sediment control, pollution prevention, and stabilization. (Advanced - 2 hours).   

  • Basic Blueprint Reading and Related Math

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    This 3-hour interactive online course focuses on basic blueprint reading for everyone from the architect, to the contractor, to the engineer, to the people who physically build the structure.

    Blueprints are like a game plan for the construction team, and being able to read them is a skill everyone needs to know. That includes everyone from the architect, to the contractor, to the engineer, to the people who physically build the structure. They all make important decisions based on blueprints. Part of being able to read blueprints includes recognizing common elevation symbols, and having some basic math skills. This 3-hour interactive online course covers those areas. It also reviews the basic parts of a residential blueprint, as well as how to read elevations. (Fundamental - 3 hours).   

    David Chitester

    David Chitester is a licensed P.E. in Michigan and Florida has over 35 years of experience. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. He also has an M.B.A that he received from Northern Michigan University in 1978. 
     
    David Chitester began his career with Bechtel Power and Blount Brothers where he gained field construction experience on projects ranging from $150 million to $500 million. For more than 30 years, he has provided services essential to a balanced mix of public and private sector clients. Mr. Chitester's expertise has been applied to multi-million dollar hotels and resorts, industrial process plants, power generating facilities, office and commercial buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and his background includes a number of years on active construction sites.

    David Chitester is a professional trainer and founder of RedVector.com Inc. and Chitester Management Systems. He has authored numerous online courses and taught live classes on ethics, laws and rules, building codes and the ADA. His courses have been approved by numerous state boards and private organizations including the: AIA, USGBC, FBPE, AICP, FCILB, ECLB, Florida Building Commission and many others.  

  • Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager

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    This 4-hour online course is designed for the professional who needs to develop a working knowledge of finance and accounting in order to be a better manager.

    "Follow the money" - V.I. Warshawsky. Any business organization, whether for-profit, not-for-profit, or government, must account for and plan for their financial resources. Finance and accounting in a business organization is simply a scorecard - a tool for managing the organization so that it can achieve the goals set out for it. All organizations must invest in renewing current products or programs and services, and invest in developing new ones. Bills need to be paid, payroll made, and decisions made as to whether or not to invest in a new idea. This four hour online course is designed for the professional who needs to develop a working knowledge of finance and accounting in order to be a better manager. One cannot run any part of a business without having a working knowledge of finance and accounting. Having this knowledge enables you to do something with the reports that come out every month, to work with vendors and customers in negotiating payment terms and credit, and in planning for the future. I suspect that along the way we will dispel some notions and myths, and hopefully ingrain in you a new perspective on your day to day decisions as well as a better appreciation of what your boss is up against. (Fundamental - 4 hours).

    Peter Lucash, MBA, MPH

    Mr. Lucash holds an MBA and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. He has 20 years of management experience in teaching/training, consulting, and small and growth businesses and professional service firms. He is Principal of his own firm advising management in strategic and business planning, organizational development and marketing.

    He is on faculty at the University of Phoenix Online, teaching marketing and management courses. He is the author of two books published by McGraw Hill, and has developed and presented hundreds of presentations and seminars for McGraw Hill Healthcare Education Group, CPE, Inc., The Business Network, Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Small Business Resource Center, Medical Society of the State of New York and others.

    His professional affiliations include the American Society for Training and Development, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Medical Group Management Association and the Rotary Club of Charleston (SC).

  • Design-Build: An Introduction

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    This 2 hour interactive online course will review the most critical aspects of the design-build process, starting with why the process is being used by owners and concluding with some of the most common challenges of the system.

    This 2 hour interactive online course will review the most critical aspects of the design-build process, starting with why the process is being used by owners and concluding with some of the most common challenges of the system. The specific topics to be covered are: (1) An Historical Perspective of Design-Build; (2) What Causes Owners to Consider Design-Build?; (3) Potential Drawbacks and Challenges to Design-Build; (4) Why is Design-Build Growing So Rapidly?; (5) Procurement of a Design-Builder; (6) Organizational Form of the Design-Builder; (7) Design-Build Payment and Contracting Methodologies; (8) Standard Form Design-Build Contracts; (9) Design-Build Contracting Issues; (10) Design-Build Liability Concerns; (11) Surety Bonds and Third Party Guarantees; (12) Professional Liability Insurance; and (13) Licensing. Even though this is an introductory course, the text for each of these subjects is comprehensive and will provide even those experienced in design-build with an excellent perspective of the process. The author of this course, Michael C. Loulakis, is an attorney in a construction law firm where he represents domestic and international clients on construction-related matters. He has extensive experience on international design-build and EPC projects, particularly in the power generation and telecommunications sectors. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end. You must have Flash Player Version 7 or higher to view some parts of this course. We also recommend you view this course in Internet Explorer. (Fundamental - 2 hours).   

    Michael Loulakis, Esq., DBIA

    Michael C. Loulakis is a senior shareholder in the construction law firm of Wickwire Gavin, P.C. where he represents domestic and international clients on construction-related matters. His extensive and diverse background in the design-build process allows him to provide comprehensive legal representation to clients on design-build projects around the world, including advising owners on project delivery systems, contract drafting, claims administration, and dispute resolution. Mr. Loulakis has extensive experience on international design-build and EPC projects, particularly in the power generation and telecommunications sectors. He has been lead counsel on projects in Pakistan, India, Guatemala, Mexico, as well as Europe, the Middle East, Nigeria and South Africa. 

    Mr. Loulakis' background in the design-build process has also allowed him to represent clients on design-build projects around the world and in the power, telecommunications, health care, public facility, and transportation sectors of the construction industry. His role on these projects ranges from advising owners about project delivery systems to contract drafting, claims administration, and dispute resolution. Mr. Loulakis also provides strategic planning advice to contractors and design professionals who are interested in participating in the design-build contracting arena.

    He is a national speaker on design-build and the author of numerous publications, including a highly acclaimed interactive CD-ROM program entitled Construction Project Delivery Systems: Evaluating the Owner's Alternatives. A member of the DBIA's Board of Directors and former Chairman of DBIA's Manual of Practice Subcommittee, Mr. Loulakis had principal responsibility for drafting DBIA's Design-Build Contracting Guide and its family of contract documents. He graduated with honors from Tufts University with a degree in civil engineering and received a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law.

  • Environmental Risks in Construction

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    This 2-hour interactive online course contains case summaries of six court decisions involving design professionals or contractors who performed environmental remediation work or encountered environmental conditions on job sites and incurred risk or liability as a result.

    This 2-hour interactive online course contains case summaries of six court decisions involving design professionals or contractors who performed environmental remediation work or encountered environmental conditions on job sites and incurred risk or liability as a result. Other cases that are discussed include potential Superfund liability of an engineer, suits against remediation engineers and contractors, asbestos liability of a construction contractor, and the question of whether damages are covered under a commercial general liability policy. There will be a multiple-choice quiz at the end of this course. You must have Flash Player Version 7 or higher to view some parts of this course. We also recommend you view this course in Internet Explorer. (Intermediate - 2 hours).

    J. Kent Holland

    J. Kent Holland is a construction lawyer located in Tysons Corner, Virginia, with a national practice (formerly with Wickwire Gavin, P.C (1986 – 2007), and now with Construction Risk Counsel, PLLC) representing design professionals, contractors and project owners. He is founder and president of a consulting firm, ConstructionRisk, LLC, providing consulting services to owners, design professionals, contractors and attorneys on construction projects - including assistance with contract drafting, review and negotiation; change order and claims analysis (preparation or defense); risk management advice concerning insurance coverage – including assistance with negotiating and drafting the terms and conditions of policies and endorsements, advice to insurance underwriters; guidance to those procuring insurance; change order and claim preparation, analysis and defense; contract preparation; contract review and contract negotiation.

    From 1982 through 1986, he was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with responsibility for assisting the Agency in deciding wastewater treatment construction grants disputes, contractor claims, bid protests, suspension and debarment matters and minority business enterprise matters.
     
    Mr. Holland is a frequent speaker for groups such as the American Bar Association and the International Risk Management Institute on the subjects of construction, environmental and insurance law and risk management. He has written several books, including “Contract Guide for Design Professionals,” (2012); “Working on Purpose,” (2011); “Risk Management for Design Professionals in a World of Change,” (2010); Risk Management & Contract Guide for Design Professionals (2006); Construction Law & Risk Management - Case Notes and Articles, (Vol. I. 2003 and Vol. II. 2006)); Architectural/Engineering Contracts Risk Management Guide (1997); and EPA Construction Grants Disputes: Surviving the Audit (1990). He has also has written chapters in several manuals and books for publishers including, Wiley Law, Aspen Law, and International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). He is publisher of a web-based construction risk management library and legal newsletter at http://www.ConstructionRisk.com, where he can be reached at Kent@ConstructionRisk.com. His free monthly electronic newsletter by the same name, analyzing recent legal cases and risk management issues impacting design professionals and design-builders.
     
    Mr. Holland has served as a risk management consultant for the Design Professional Liability units of Zurich North America Insurance and Arch Insurance Group, and currently provides risk management services for those and other insurance carriers and insurance brokerage firms, as well as for design professional firms. In that capacity he has reviewed thousands of contracts of design professionals to comment on risk allocation and insurability of risks. He has assisted in drafting several unique insurance policy forms, including Owner's Protective Professional Indemnity Insurance (OPPI), and Contractor's Protective Professional Indemnity and Liability Insurance (CPPI) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Professional Liability Insurance.
     
    He is active in the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Construction Forum of the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Holland is a 1979 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law.

  • Facilities Management

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    This 1-hour interactive online course is an overview of the facilities management function within a company.

    This 1-hour interactive online course is an overview of the facilities management function within a company. The course begins with details of the responsibilities of a facility manager and then provides additional details of the maintenance responsibilities. The details include maintenance objectives, types of maintenance activities, and the maintenance process workflows. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end. You must have Flash Player Version 7 or higher to view some parts of this course. We also recommend you view this course in Internet Explorer. (Fundamental - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Define facilities management.
    • Describe the responsibilities of a facilities manager.
    • Explain the life cycle of a facility and its equipment.
    • Explain the typical responsibilities of the maintenance organization at a facility.
    • Explain the types of maintenance activities carried out by a facility maintenance organization.

    Terry Wireman

    Mr. Wireman is a Vice President of Vesta and member of the Vesta Advisory Board. He provides strategic guidance to Vesta and helps the company shape its market strategy and long-term direction. For over two decades, he has been specializing in the improvement of maintenance management and reliability. Mr. Wireman helps customers develop "World Class" maintenance and reliability policies and practices. As an international expert in maintenance management, he has assisted hundreds of clients in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim to improve their maintenance effectiveness. In addition, he has authored 15 books and numerous white papers and articles related to maintenance management process and technology. He has recently given Vesta an exclusive license for the use and delivery of his proprietary methodologies for maintenance and reliability. Mr. Wireman is committed to keeping Vesta on the forefront of thought leadership pertaining to maintenance and reliability strategies. (www.Vestapartners.com)

  • Construction Contract Law - Advanced

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    This 4-hour interactive online course provides a general introduction to "Construction Contract Law," including basic principles of contracts and key aspects of construction contracting, including contracts between project owner and contractors, and between owners and their design professionals.

    This 4-hour interactive online course provides a general introduction to 'Construction Contract Law' including basic principles of contracts and key aspects of construction contracting, including contracts between project owner and contractors, and between owners and their design professionals. This course includes all the same text as the 2 credit-hour, beginning level "Construction Contract Law" course by the same author. However, this course adds review and discussion of numerous clauses from AIA Document A201 in order to demonstrate the contract principles and appropriate contract risk management. In addition, a number of key clauses from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) contract documents are also described. Also, case notes of court cases addressing construction contract matters are presented as a means for the student to review the language and reasoning of the courts. The relationships between contractors and design firms and the potential responsibilities and liabilities that design firms may have to contractors, lenders and other third-parties will be briefly reviewed as well, but design firm contracts are dealt with more extensively in a separate course by the same author. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end of each section. You must have Flash Player Version 7 or higher to view some parts of this course. We also recommend you view this course in Internet Explorer. (Advanced - 4 hours).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    After completing this course, you will be able to:

    • Describe the basic principles of contract law.
    • Apply the essential, legal elements of a contract and what is needed for contract implementation, modification and change.
    • Explain construction contract clauses and appropriate risk allocation and management.
    • Describe litigation theories that are argued between various parties in a construction project and how the contract terms and conditions are interpreted and applied in litigation.

    J. Kent Holland

    J. Kent Holland is a construction lawyer located in Tysons Corner, Virginia, with a national practice (formerly with Wickwire Gavin, P.C (1986 – 2007), and now with Construction Risk Counsel, PLLC) representing design professionals, contractors and project owners. He is founder and president of a consulting firm, ConstructionRisk, LLC, providing consulting services to owners, design professionals, contractors and attorneys on construction projects - including assistance with contract drafting, review and negotiation; change order and claims analysis (preparation or defense); risk management advice concerning insurance coverage – including assistance with negotiating and drafting the terms and conditions of policies and endorsements, advice to insurance underwriters; guidance to those procuring insurance; change order and claim preparation, analysis and defense; contract preparation; contract review and contract negotiation.

    From 1982 through 1986, he was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with responsibility for assisting the Agency in deciding wastewater treatment construction grants disputes, contractor claims, bid protests, suspension and debarment matters and minority business enterprise matters.
     
    Mr. Holland is a frequent speaker for groups such as the American Bar Association and the International Risk Management Institute on the subjects of construction, environmental and insurance law and risk management. He has written several books, including “Contract Guide for Design Professionals,” (2012); “Working on Purpose,” (2011); “Risk Management for Design Professionals in a World of Change,” (2010); Risk Management & Contract Guide for Design Professionals (2006); Construction Law & Risk Management - Case Notes and Articles, (Vol. I. 2003 and Vol. II. 2006)); Architectural/Engineering Contracts Risk Management Guide (1997); and EPA Construction Grants Disputes: Surviving the Audit (1990). He has also has written chapters in several manuals and books for publishers including, Wiley Law, Aspen Law, and International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). He is publisher of a web-based construction risk management library and legal newsletter at http://www.ConstructionRisk.com, where he can be reached at Kent@ConstructionRisk.com. His free monthly electronic newsletter by the same name, analyzing recent legal cases and risk management issues impacting design professionals and design-builders.
     
    Mr. Holland has served as a risk management consultant for the Design Professional Liability units of Zurich North America Insurance and Arch Insurance Group, and currently provides risk management services for those and other insurance carriers and insurance brokerage firms, as well as for design professional firms. In that capacity he has reviewed thousands of contracts of design professionals to comment on risk allocation and insurability of risks. He has assisted in drafting several unique insurance policy forms, including Owner's Protective Professional Indemnity Insurance (OPPI), and Contractor's Protective Professional Indemnity and Liability Insurance (CPPI) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Professional Liability Insurance.
     
    He is active in the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Construction Forum of the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Holland is a 1979 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law.

  • Basic Electricity II

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    This 3-hour interactive online course expands on the fundamentals introduced in Basic Electricity I and introduces mesh analysis as a method to solve complex DC circuits.

    This 3-hour interactive online course expands on the fundamentals introduced in Basic Electricity I and introduces mesh analysis as a method to solve complex DC circuits. Both substitution and matrix analysis methods are used to solve the loop problems. Three important theorems, Superposition Theorem, Thevenin’s Theorem, and Norton’s Theorem are introduced to aid in reducing complex problems to a simpler form. This course also covers the analysis of capacitors and inductors in DC circuits including calculating capacitor and inductor voltage and current levels at different time periods. (Intermediate - 3 hours).     

    Lee Layton, P.E.

    Mr. Layton holds a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University and an MBA. He is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia and North Carolina. He has over 35 years experience in the electric utility industry. His area of expertise includes distribution design, planning, metering, system operations, and relaying. 

    Mr. Layton has taught numerous training courses for other utility professionals in the areas of metering, relaying, equipment application, and distribution line design and authored over 100 papers on utility operations.