This page provides detailed information about web-based 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||4 hours|
|ATC-45||Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods||4 hours|
|ATC-20 Standard and ATC-45||Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and
Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods
(includes ATC-45 training)
|Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings,
CalOES Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training, including
Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods
|3.5 hours x 22|
|FEMA P-154||Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Third Edition)||4 hours|
|FEMA P-154 and ATC-20||Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards (Third Edition)
and Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings
|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.
Please submit your training request using this fillable form or this PDF.
Individuals looking for training should contact his/her local Structural Engineers Association.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
Individuals looking for training should contact their local Structural Engineers Association.