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Guided Online Courses

  • ASCE announces new asynchronous online instructor-led programs in which you move through a 6 or 12-week learning experience with your peers.

  • The Guided Online Course content includes video lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, live webinars and weekly discussion topics to help you master the course material.

    Unlimited, 24/7 accessibility to weekly modules. Complete coursework at the time and pace that is most convenient for you, using your own devices.

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    Courses Currently Taking Place:


    The Fundamentals of Crane Lift Plan Preparation

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends: Friday, July 14, 2017
    The main intent of this course is to familiarize practitioners with the codes and standards that apply to crane and rigging safety and how to incorporate this information into the preparation of safe and practical lift plans. Familiarity with cranes is not required. All concepts can be easily followed by any professional of the A/E industry. This course is co-sponsored by the Construction Institute. 

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    The Fundamentals of Forensic Engineering

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends: Friday, July 14, 2017
    This course explores the pathology of the built environment. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the underlying technical and human factors that cause and contribute to failures of constructed facilities. You will also will gain introductory knowledge of how to conduct a forensic investigation, with focus on the role of field, laboratory, and office-based analysis. Guidelines for developing and executing an investigation will be presented, and the role of design professionals as expert witnesses will be explored. Numerous case studies will be presented to illustrate concepts, including many from the instructor’s personal experience. This course is co-sponsored by the Committee on Technical Advancement and the Forensic Engineering Division.

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    The Fundamentals of Water Treatment Processes: Physical, Chemical and Biological

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends: Friday, July 14, 2017
    This course provides a thorough understanding of the major unit processes used in water treatment, including chemical, physical, and biological processes. Several case studies throughout the course will illustrate how water utilities are incorporating multiple chemical, physical, and biological treatment processes into their water treatment plants. At the conclusion of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the theory of the processes, as well as the real-world application of each unit process.

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    Low Impact Development: A Holistic Approach to Urban Stormwater Management

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends: Friday, July 14, 2017
    Low Impact Development (LID), is a well-established approach now integral to numerous land development guidelines and regulations nationwide. This course will cover the fundamental principles of LID, the critical importance of water-centric site planning, and the nature-based engineered devices used and unit process in them that control runoff quantity and quality. The course will emphasize LID as a holistic approach that includes conventional stormwater management. This course is co-sponsored by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute.                                          

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    Price and Bidding: Lump Sum Jobs

    The 6-week course begins: Monday, June 5, 2017 and ends: Friday, July 14, 2017 
    This course teaches the fundamentals of pricing a typical lump sum contract, including development of direct and indirect costs, applying profit margins, and putting the estimate together to develop a responsive lump sum bid package.

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    Price and Bidding: Unit Price Jobs

    The 6-week course begins: Monday, July 17, 2017 and ends: Friday, August 25, 2017 
    This course teaches the fundamentals of pricing a typical unit price contract, including the development of fixed and variable costs, applying profit margins, and putting the estimate together to develop a responsive unit bid price package.

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    Quantity Take-Off: Civil/Utilities

    The 6-week course begins: Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends: Friday, June 2, 2017
    This course teaches the fundamentals of construction cost estimating, including the development of a work breakdown structure. Technical focus is on QTO for typical civil/utility systems; including, but not limited to earthwork, trenching and piping, and pavement.

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    Seismic Loads

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, April 24, 2017 and ends: Friday, July 14, 2017
    This course provides a detailed description of the ASCE 7-16 procedures for seismic load analysis of buildings and other structures. For buildings, the course begins with a brief history of the development of ASCE 7 and then presents a sequence of topics that will lead you through the process of determining the seismic hazard, selecting the seismic-force resisting system, evaluating configuration irregularities., and determining the most appropriate method of analysis. Next, requirements for system modeling and structural analysis are presented by example. The last two weeks of the course concentrate on the seismic load analysis of non-building systems and nonstructural components. Significant changes from ASCE 7-10 to ASCE 7-16 are highlighted throughout the course.

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    Drinking Water Treatment Technology

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, January 23, 2017 and ends: Friday, April 14, 2017

    Drinking Water Technologies are rapidly changing to meet a variety of regulatory requirements, emerging contaminants, and customer demands. This course will focus on understanding how these technologies work and when to apply them. Knowing the breadth and depth of drinking water technologies is important for anyone involved in drinking water. Learn more!

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    Earthquake Engineering for Structures

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, January 23, 2017 and ends: Friday, April 14, 2017

    This course introduces the fundamental concepts of earthquake engineering, and provides the foundation for understanding the analysis and design requirements in ASCE 7. Covered in the course are seismic hazard analysis, structural dynamics, development of response spectra, inelastic behavior of structures, seismic resistant structural systems, and seismic load analysis. Learn more!

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    Quantity Take-Off: Structures

    The 6-week course begins: Monday, January 23, 2017 and ends: Friday, March 3, 2017

    This course teaches the fundamentals of construction cost estimating, including the development of a work breakdown structure. Technical focus is on QTO for typical structural systems, including earthwork, reinforced concrete, and brick/block. Learn more!

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    Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, January 23, 2017 and ends: Friday, April 14, 2017

    As providing sustainable and disaster resilience infrastructure continues to be at the forefront of the national discourse, existing buildings are coming under greater scrutiny. Whether it is an adaptive reuse project triggering a retrofit from the local jurisdiction or an owner looking to enhance the safety of their property, seismic evaluation and retrofit are topics structural engineers are frequently confronted with. This course seeks to demystify the commonly used standards and to explain the differences between seismic evaluation and retrofit of an existing building and new building design. Learn more!     

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    The Foundation for Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Infrastructure Asset Management

    The 12-week course begins: Monday, January 23, 2017 and ends: Friday, April 14, 2017

    The main intent of this course is to familiarize practitioners with applications of GIS within asset management and with methods to quickly capitalize on the efficiencies of using GIS in infrastructure management applications. General GIS and asset management concepts will be covered throughout this introductory course. Learn more!     

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  • Benefits of the Guided Online Course

    • Highly interactive
    • Instructor-led programs
    • Video lectures
    • Weekly discussion board topics
    • Interactive exercises and case studies
    • Modules to complete weekly, at the time and pace that is most convenient for you
    • Mobile-friendly
  • Course Details

    Course Duration: 6 or 12 weeks
    Expected sitting time per week: Up to 2.5 hours
    Total video lecture content: 16 hours
    Total interactive exercises: 3 hours
    CEUs: 1.0 or 2.0

  • Questions?

    Contact the Continuing Education Department

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