Continuing Education University

  • Specification Strategies for the Use of Geosynthetics in Highway Pavements

    This educational unit takes a look at two specification strategies, method specifications and performance specifications, for highway applications. It examines their basis, advantages, and their disadvantages. Finally, this course examines selection criteria to help you determine which specification process is most appropriate for a given project. This specification strategy comparison will benefit civil, environmental, and structural engineers who design, or write specifications for public works, roadway, or highway projects. Take the course.

    Posted:
    August 2012
    Subject(s):
    Roadways
    Sponsor:
    Tensar International
  • Carpet Recycling Initiatives: Environmental Initiatives

    This course has been approved for 1 AIA HSW / SD hour, and 1 GBCI CE hour. It allows the participant to understand the innovations in the carpet industry’s recycling efforts. It will address sustainability and the key drivers of carpet recycling, products from recycled fibers and landfill diversion. In addition, it will provide information about carpet reclamation specification for a project. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2012
    Subject(s):
    Flooring
    Sponsor:
    The Carpet and Rug Institute
  • A History of Tension

    Frei Otto's Olympic Stadium for the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany, intimated a future filled with organic and mind-bending forms. Have tensile fabric structures lived up to their promise? This article addresses the materials used in tensile design, the advantages and challenges of this form of architecture, and advancements made within this fast-growing design segment. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Design
    Sponsor:
    Birdair
  • Bio-Based Building Solutions with Soy

    This article is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour and was originally published in the May 2012 print and digital editions of ARCHTIECT magazine. The soybean, often referred to as the miracle crop, provides a sustainable source of protein and oil worldwide. Because soy grows throughout the world, it represents a viable and renewable replacement for petrochemicals. Soybean oil is being applied in industrial applications such as plastics, coatings, adhesives, asphalt cement, and solvents to be used in the building and construction industry. This article examines bio-based building products manufactured with soy. Take the course.

    Posted:
    May 2012
    Subject(s):
    Renewable Materials
    Sponsor:
    United Soybean Council
  • Ground and Polished Concrete

    This course will take a closer look at what ground and polished concrete is, their benefits, and the different types of chemicals that are used to densify concrete. We'll also look at the basic methods used for coloring polished concrete and identify the different grades and classes used to define the depth of the cut and the level of reflectivity. Learn More! Take the course.

    Posted:
    May 2012
    Subject(s):
    Concrete, Polishing
    Sponsor:
    Scofield Systems
  • Advances in Concrete Consolidation

    This program will explain the importance of vibration speed in producing quality concrete, and will introduce new controlled-speed vibration equipment that can help reduce the incidence of surface defects. Take the course.

    Posted:
    April 2012
    Subject(s):
    Concrete, Concrete Construction
    Sponsor:
    Wyco Tool
  • Brick Cladding and Water Management

    1 LU AIA

    This learning unit is registered for one hour with AIA and NAHB and will address the benefits home builders and architects attain when choosing brick cladding as the primary exterior siding on homes. Brick, when compared to other exterior cladding options such as vinyl siding, fiber cement, stucco, and manufactured stone, is proven to be a superior choice for minimizing the potential for water intrusion and moisture issues. Also, brick has a long history of not only increasing curb appeal with aesthetic appeal, but also providing superior impact resistance and fire protection that are unmatched by other materials. 1 HSW hour, AIA; 1 NAHB hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Masonry Construction
    Sponsor:
    Brick Industry Association
  • Gate Operators: UL 325 Safety Code and Entrapment Mandates

    This course is registered for 1 HSW hour with AIA and will focus on gates and gate operators available in today’s market. We will identify the different types of gates, such as the three most common types: slide, swing and barrier; the most common drive types (chain driven, hydraulic slide and rack and pinion will be highlighted) as well as details on how they operate and with which type of gate they best work. We will move into more detail and highlight on some general installation rules and focus on the importance of operator placement and running wire for each type of gate. Finally, this course will wrap up by looking at the UL325 safety guidelines for gate operators and how they impact specifying and selecting a gate and operator. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2012
    Subject(s):
    Safety, Codes and Standards
    Sponsor:
    Lift Master
  • Proper Concrete Formwork

    You’ve no doubt felt the pinch of a down economy when you’re asked to come in at a lower bid than a competitor. Everyone in the design and construction industries is being asked to design and build better structures at a lower cost. This is easier to do for some types of projects than for others. Sometimes corners can be cut, and sometimes they can’t. This unit will look specifically at erecting concrete formwork. As you know, formwork determines the final shape of concrete but also, its strength, color and surface characteristics; where formwork is concerned, corners should not be cut. On some jobs you may need to use custom made forms, but there are commercial systems available that make work more efficient and less expensive, helping you to win bids. This program is intended for contractors and is not registered for continuing education credit. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2012
    Subject(s):
    Concrete, Formwork
    Sponsor:
    Doka