Ground Improvement for Dam Safety – Part 1

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NOTE – Due to the Corona virus limiting access to live events, the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (The Board) has announced that prerecorded video courses and webinars will be treated as live events at least through December 31, 2020.  A quiz is not required for live events, which now includes this course. You can read the board’s statement at the end of this outline and on The Board’s site at the following link: has confirmed with The Board that previously recorded educational videos are considered by The Board to be equivalent to previously recorded webinars. Therefore, under this Update, quizzes are not required for pre-recorded educational videos for NC engineers and surveyors.

This version of this course satisfies requirements only for NC registered engineers and surveyors. This version should only be used for other states if self-study courses are accepted.

Ground Improvement for Dam Safety, Part 1

This first course in a 2-part series introduces methods which may be used to prevent dam failure from settlement, excessive deformation, liquefaction flow, and stability failures. After completing this course, dam owners and engineers involved in the design or improvement of dams will be better to select the most appropriate method or methods of ground improvement for the dam in question.

The content of this course is the Federal Interagency Committee on Dam Safety video “Ground Improvement for Dam Safety Tape 1”.

The the video course material may be viewed at the following link:

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end and is intended to provide 1 hour of professional development.


At the conclusion of this course, the student will have learned or been exposed to the following topics:

  • Basic Challenges
  • History
  • Ground Modification Methods
  • General Considerations
  • Methods for Evaluating Ground Improvement
  • Tests
  • Method Considerations

VERIFICATION OF COURSE ATTENDANCE has chosen the following method to verify attendance in accordance with The Board’s update. This course includes a 1-question quiz at the end. The quiz asks the following question: “Did you view the video material for this course and do you understand The Board’s Update, and do you understand that this is offered only to North Carolina Engineers and Surveyors?”. If you answer yes, then you pass the quiz and a certificate is issued for your records.

The following UPDATE by The Board was sent to NC registered PE’s and Surveyors:

CPC Update
APRIL 17, 2020

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of current in-person educational opportunities, we realize many licensees who may not have previously used online educational offerings may now be looking to take advantage of these online offerings to fulfill their continuing professional competency (CPC) requirements.  Many professional associations and societies, private continuing education providers, universities and community colleges have long provided educational content online, which has been acceptable for CPC credit subject to the Board Rules.  Below are some of the relevant Board Rules related to online educational content.

Board Rule 21 NCAC 56.1705(d) allows Credit for correspondence, televised, Internet, videotaped, audiotaped, and other courses or tutorials, provided an exam is required for completion, shall be based upon one PDH unit for each hour assigned to the course, provided such hours are a reasonably estimated time for an average professional to complete the course.
Further, Board Rule 21 NCAC 56.1706(2), requires the licensee to have attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates, or other documents supporting evidence of attendance, which can include a combination of registration confirmation, invoice, image capture of screen, or notes to show that the licensee “attended” the “presentation.”  Ultimately, the licensee attests to the Board on the renewal form and the maintained CPC log that the reported hours were obtained.

Per Board Rule 21 NCAC 56.1703(3) No exam is required for attendance at a webinar presentation if attendance is documented as addressed above.
Additionally, your Board’s CPC Committee recently met and agreed that webinars previously recorded did not require an exam in order to earn credit for PDHs, so long as attendance is documented as addressed above.

Our web site has a Continuing Education page, which addresses many CPC related frequently asked questions.  If you can’t find the answer on the web site or still have questions about obtaining your Professional Development Hours online, please contact Martha Michalowski (

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