Structural Engineers Set Disaster Response Program

SOUTHFIELD — The Structural Engineers Association’s Southeastern Michigan and Saginaw Valley chapters will present “When Disaster Strikes,” a seminar for post-disaster structural evaluation, on Sept. 11 and 12.

The event will be held at The Engineering Society of Detroit, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, in Southfield. The event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. both days, and the program runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The purpose of this seminar is to train professional engineers, architects, and certified building inspectors in post-disaster structural evaluation of buildings. This training is the first step to becoming a qualified volunteer evaluator in the State of Michigan as well as a qualified federal resource in FEMA operations nationwide. It will prepare participants to take and pass the ICC certification exam as a Disaster Response Inspector.

Following a natural disaster, state and local governments may not have the resources on-hand to effectively assess the safety and serviceability of buildings within their jurisdiction in a timely manner. Following these catastrophic events, the government has a need to be able to call upon qualified volunteers with experience and training in building design and construction to structurally assess buildings and vertical structures within their jurisdiction.

The cost of the event is $250, which includes breakfast and lunch both days, workbooks and reference materials. The course also provides 12 continuing education credit hours.

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