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Design of Monorail Systems
3 PDH - This course provides guidance for the design of a monorail beam system. The design concept presented is for a manually-driven trolley hoist on a single beam or girder based primarily on the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) Specification No. 74. Deflection limitations, fatigue, and operational safety will also be discussed. Two case studies are presented to show the effectiveness of a well-planned overhead material handling system. When this course has been completed, the reader will be familiar with the basic design of a single girder monorail system for bottom-running manual trolley hoists.

Optimum Design of Indeterminate Beams
3 PDH - This course is designed to assist structural engineers from all fields - civil to aeronautical - in developing initial design concepts. This is accomplished by determining an idealized optimum section property distribution for each of the most critical loading conditions. Even though, for many large structures encountered by civil engineers, it is impractical to vary the section properties continuously in accordance with the idealized optimum, it is very helpful to know what that idealized distribution is, so that it can be approximated within the limits of practicality.

Structural Design Criteria for Permanent Wood Foundations
4 PDH - A Permanent Wood Foundation (PWF) is an innovative building system that saves on home construction costs, provides for warm living areas, and adds to the home’s marketability. A PWF is an engineered foundation construction system that is a load-bearing, lumber-framed foundation wall sheathed with plywood that can resist and distribute earth, wind, and seismic loads and stresses that may crack other types of foundations. All lumber and plywood used in the construction is pressure-treated with preservatives to withstand decay from moisture and insect damage.

Texas ASCE Guidelines for the Evaluation and Repair of Residential Foundations - 3 PDH - As in the Guidelines, the course is largely non-technical. Technical details of residential foundation evaluation and repair are not discussed. As part of the course, the course author’s commentary is provided in the link below. A twenty-question quiz will test the student’s understanding of the subject.




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