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Practitioner's Guide to Designing Buildings in Flood Zones

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Most structural engineers will at some point in their career design a building or structure in or near a body of water. It's important to understand the requirements and limitations placed on buildings in flood zones. This webinar will present an experienced practitioner's take on what a structural engineer needs to know in their practice.
Topics will include:

  • Overview of types of flood zones/sources of flooding
  • Regulatory headaches and managing client expectations
  • Subsurface conditions, erosion and scour, wave loads, hydrostatic pressure - why the foundation design should not be an afterthought
  • Elevated buildings: lateral bracing, breakaway walls, utilities, building access and other challenges
  • Wet floodproofing versus Dry floodproofing
  • Business practice issues and risk management
The presentation will include numerous real world examples of project situations and how to deal with them.
  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • This course is Diamond Review approved in 49 states. New York does not accept hours from recordings.


  • Kevin Chamberlain, P.E.

    Kevin Chamberlain, P.E., is C.E.O. and Principal of DeStefano & Chamberlain, Inc., a structural and architectural engineering firm in Fairfield, CT where he has practiced for over 25 years. He graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering. Kevin is Past-President of the Structural Engineers Coalition of ACEC/Connecticut. He currently chairs the CASE Guidelines Committee. Kevin is frequently called on to design buildings in flood zones and will share his experiences . . . both horror stories and successes.

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March 23, 2021
Tue 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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