Trainings

This page provides detailed information about in-person trainings available from the Applied Technology Council (ATC).
The following seminar selections are available to Sponsors:
 

Seminar Training Title Training Duration1
ATC-20 Standard Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings 5 hours
ATC-20 SAP Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and
CalOES Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training
6 hours
ATC-45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods 5 hours
ATC-20 Standard and ATC-45 Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and
Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods
7 hours2
ATC-20 SAP and ATC-45 Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings,
CalOES Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training
, and

Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods
1.5 days
FEMA P-154 Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Third Edition) 5 hours
FEMA P-154 and ATC-20 Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Third Edition)
and 
Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings
8 hours3
FEMA P-154 and ROVER Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Third Edition),
and 
Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk
6 hours4
FEMA P-154, ATC-20
and ROVER
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Third Edition),
Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings,
and 
Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk
2 days
1 Training duration does not include breaks.
2 Due to common elements in the two trainings, the combination seminar is shorter than the sum of the duration.
3 The duration of this training does not account for a class exercise.
4 The duration of this training does account for a class exercise.


Please submit your training request using this fillable form or this PDF.
Individuals looking for training should contact his/her local Structural Engineers Association.
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General Information:

ATC will coordinate the availability of the speaker, to be selected based on your location and training requirements. Our pool of trainers can adapt the presentation to meet the requirements, experience, and expertise of almost any audience.  The requestor is responsible for local logistical arrangements and associated costs (if any) including securing meeting space, providing audio/visual equipment (LCD projector and screen), recruitment and registration of participants, and refreshments (optional).  Upon receipt of the completed Request Form or Request PDF, ATC will develop an agreement summarizing the services and materials to be provided by each organization, as well as the estimated cost of providing those services and materials.  ATC’s fee for presentation services and expenses vary based on the training location and any additional time required to customize the training to the Sponsor’s participants (if needed).  Upon execution of an agreement, a form will be provided to request materials.

ATC-20, Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings

The ATC-20 documents are written for use by qualified professionals who would be required to make on-the-spot evaluations and decisions regarding continued use and occupancy of damaged buildings.  The methodology provides procedures for rapid and detailed evaluations that result in posting them as INSPECTED (green placard), RESTRICTED USE (yellow placard), or UNSAFE (red placard). Also included are special procedures for evaluation of essential buildings (e.g., hospitals), evaluation procedures for nonstructural elements and geotechnical hazards, and limited guidance on human behavior following earthquakes.  Rapid evaluations typically take 10-30 minutes per building and provide an initial general assessment of damage and safety, typically from the exterior of the building; the suggested personnel include building inspectors, civil and structural engineers, architects, and disaster workers.

There are two options of the ATC-20 seminar available:

  •  Standard: A 5-hour postearthquake safety evaluation of buildings training based on ATC-20 series of documents, following the chapter order in ATC-20-1, Field Manual. Certification: Although the presentation includes a substantial amount of information on safety evaluation of buildings, and a satisfactory evaluation can subsequently be made by all attendees, ATC Board policy requires that attendees not be "ATC-Certified" nor "ATC-Licensed" by the presentation Sponsors as being fully qualified to perform safety evaluation assessments.  Such a certification might be misconstrued by others to imply more than it should. (Of course, presentation Sponsors can "Sponsor-Certify" the attendees.) Participants who complete the training can obtain a certificate documenting their participation.
  • SAP Training: A 6-hour postearthquake safety evaluation of buildings training based on ATC-20 series of documents that also incorporates requirements of the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP). This training includes considerations for safety evaluations following wind, blast, and flood events, evaluation of non-building engineered structures (bridges, pipelines, etc.), and the post-disaster organization and procedures used in California.  Certification: Participants who are registered engineers, architects, and building inspectors may apply for the SAP photo identification card upon completion of the training and make themselves available to provide mutual aid following a California earthquake.  Please allow additional time for completion of the SAP registrations after the conclusion of the training.

ATC can provide the necessary and recommended training materials, upon request, as listed below:

  • It is highly recommended that each trainee receive a copy of the ATC-20-1 Field Manual for use during and after the training, and that at least one copy of the ATC-20 Procedures (ATC-20), Addendum (ATC-20-2), and Case Studies (ATC-20-3) are available in your library for future reference. Sponsors who contract with ATC for presentation services can purchase the related training materials at discounted prices.
  • SAP training requires that a printed copy of the SAP Student Evaluator Manual is provided to each participant.

Please note that ATC is the sole source for the copyrighted ATC-20 series.  Placards and forms may be downloaded free of charge here.

ATC-45, Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods

The ATC-45 Field Manual is an adaptation of the ATC-20 methodology and other relevant procedures and is written for use by building officials, volunteer design professionals, and other emergency response personnel who are called upon after windstorms and floods to determine whether damaged, or potentially damaged, buildings are safe for occupancy.  The methodology provides procedures for rapid and detailed evaluations that result in posting them as INSPECTED (green placard), RESTRICTED USE (yellow placard), or UNSAFE (red placard).

It is highly recommended that each trainee receive a copy of the ATC-45 Field Manual for use during and after the training. ATC can provide these materials to the Sponsor upon request.  Please note that ATC is the sole source for the copyrighted ATC-45 Field Manual. Placards and forms may be downloaded free of charge here

 

FEMA P-154, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Third Edition)

In this training, participants learn how to identify potentially hazardous buildings before earthquakes occur, according to the methodology set forth in the Third Edition of FEMA P-154, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards. The training covers methods and processes that enable personnel to rapidly screen buildings for their expected safety and usability during and after earthquakes. Local officials can use these data to plan and prioritize further engineering and vulnerability analysis, emergency-response needs, and mitigation projects. The Third Edition document was completed in January 2015 and includes an additional level of screening form, as well as many other enhancements. The webinar on FEMA P-154 is a condensed version of the in-person training and does not include a class exercise.

 

 

Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk (ROVER)

In this course, participants learn how to utilize Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk (ROVER). ROVER is open-source software that automates the paper-based screening procedures documented in the Second Edition of FEMA 154, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards, published in 2002. Building-specific data are entered into ROVER in the field via smartphones or other devices that have GPS capability, and the data are aggregated in a PC-based server. ROVER includes many productivity-enhancing features, such as automated geolocation, integrated digital photography and sketching capabilities, and automated retrieval of site-specific soil and hazard data from U.S. Geological Survey maps.


If you would like to schedule an in-person training seminar 

please complete and submit the training request form or PDF form.

Individuals looking for training should contact their local Structural Engineers Association.

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