Inspecting Dams – Embankment, Concrete and Masonry

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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.

Inspecting Dams – Embankment, Concrete and Masonry

This course introduces the basic principles of embankment, concrete and masonry dam inspection. It is estimated that there are more than 80,000 dams in the US, many of which are reaching the end of their expected useful lives. With the inventory of aging dams, maintenance and inspection become more critical. At the same time, the useful life of a many newer dams may be extended by regular maintenance of deficiencies which can be discovered during routine inspections.

The content of this course are two videos which take 50 minutes combined to view. “Inspection of Embankment Dams” and “Inspection of Concrete and Masonry Dams”, produced by FEMA. Both videos are supplementary material to more extensive text-based courses. The videos offer the highlights of the material presented in the text courses and you can study either topic in more detail by taking the longer, text-based courses.

Engineers, dam owners, dam safety officials and maintenance contractors will gain an understanding from this course of the areas to be inspected on concrete or masonry dams according to FEMA recommended practices.

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

A copy of the The Board’s Update Statement is posted at the end of this outline. has confirmed with The Board that previously recorded educational videos are considered by The Board to be equivalent to previously recorded webinars.


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

  • Concrete and Masonry Dam Inspection Techniques
  • Concrete Deterioration
  • Surface Defects
  • Displacement
  • Leakage and Seepage of Concrete Dams
  • Embankment Dam Inspection Techniques
  • Slopes and Crests
  • Seepage of Embankment Dams
  • Deficiencies has chosen the following method to verify attendance in accordance with The Board’s update. This course includes 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.

To view the video on Inspecting Concrete and Masonry Dams, click or go to the following link:     

To view the video on Inspecting Embankment Dams, click on the following link:       

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 (

The following 2 videos should be viewed as part of the completion of this course.

To view the video on Inspecting Concrete and Masonry Dams, click or go to the following link:    

To view the video on Inspecting Concrete and Masonry Dams, click on the following link:             

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