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.
PDHclass.com 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
- Leakage and Seepage of Concrete Dams
- Embankment Dam Inspection Techniques
- Slopes and Crests
- Seepage of Embankment Dams