Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards - Part 1: Preparation of Level 1 Data Collection

Course Number: BD-5004
Credit: 5 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: C. Sundararajan, Ph.D., MASCE, FASME
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Overview

In Potential Seismic Hazards - Part 1: Preparation of Level 1 Data Collection , you'll learn ...

  • What is the Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) procedure
  • How the procedure is used to identify buildings that are potentially seismically hazardous
  • The steps involved in completing a Level 1 Data Collection Form based on a sidewalk survey of a building

Overview

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Credit: 5 PDH

Length: 74 pages

The Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) procedure is used to identify buildings that are potentially seismically hazardous. The screeners can be civil engineers, structural engineers, architects, or other individuals with general familiarity or background in building design or construction.

The RVS procedure uses a methodology based on a sidewalk survey of a building and a Data Collection Form, which the person conducting the survey completes, based on visual observation of the building from the exterior, and if possible, the interior. This course discusses the preparation of Level 1 Data Collection Forms.

The RVS procedure has been used by private-sector organizations and government agencies to evaluate well over 100,000 buildings throughout USA. Some states require RVS of public buildings. For example, Oregon State requires RVS of K-12 public school buildings, community college buildings with an occupancy of 250 persons or more, hospitals with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriff’s offices, and other law enforcement agency buildings. Utah passed a bill in 2013 that school districts requesting bond monies perform Rapid Visual Screening or more detailed studies on all their buildings constructed before 1975 and provide the results to the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC).

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • How to identify a building’s location
  • How to determine important building characteristics, such as the number of stories and the “year built”
  • How to properly sketch and photograph the building being screened
  • The nine (9) building occupancy classes in RVS
  • How to identify soil type and geological hazards
  • How to determine whether there is sufficient separation between adjacent buildings
  • How building irregularities affect seismic performance
  • How to identify exterior falling hazards
  • The extent to which a Level 1 screening should address building structural damage and deterioration
  • How to identify the FEMA building type
  • Determining whether any additional action is required

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 30 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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