Just Released: 10 Hours of New Courses!

RedVector is happy to announce seven new courses comprising 10 hours of content!  The first five courses listed are mostly for our Civil Engineering clients (Water, Structural, Environmental).  The sixth course in the list is for our Fire/Life Safety Engineers, and the last course is a one-hour ethics course for engineers.

3D Printing in Design and Construction

Did you know that additive manufacturing (3D printing or simply 3DP) is revolutionizing the way products are designed, built, and distributed across a wide range of industries including construction, medical, industrial, and consumer products. It is now possible to “print” 3D representations of designs almost as readily as you print a 2D drawing. However, many do not realize that there are actually many different additive manufacturing processes. Each offers different geometry, accuracy, material, and cost characteristics. Most engineers have erroneous ideas about the capabilities of additive manufacturing that prevent them from making effective decisions about the technology. As with any manufacturing process, you must understand its strengths and limitations in order to maximize its benefits. Will you be prepared to make informed decisions about the use of additive manufacturing in your work? Will you be ready to ride this new wave and benefit from these new advances?

This interactive online course will give you a foundational understanding of these different methods and the strengths and limitations of each method. You will also learn what characteristics make products most suitable to additive manufacturing. The course will also introduce you to basic principles in design for additive manufacturing.

Infrastructure 101: Repairing Pandora’s Box

What will you find when you open a manhole for repair? For most engineers and utility managers their first introduction to infrastructure “management” is an emergency call for a manhole collapse or similar catastrophic failure. In part, they can be prepared for this by understanding the root causes of failure and the appropriate types of repair and replacement necessary and by having an appropriate plan of action in place. Preventative and remedial plans require the same level of detail and understanding to avoid recurrence and “busted” budgets. A manhole repair need not be Pandora’s box.

In this interactive online course, we will discuss different approaches to infrastructure management, including various materials used in the rehabilitation of manholes. Alternative strategies used to improve safety, reduce public health or environmental risks, and reduce costs will also be covered.

SMART Instrumentation in Biological and Chemical Treatment

What is SMART instrumentation? The definition and implementation of “SMART Instrumentation” has evolved over the past five or six decades to its present state where we can literally and figuratively put cruise control on a bicycle; however, it does not ride itself. Proper implementation of a monitoring and control scheme for even a very small system can generate terabytes of useful information per year, all of it meaningless unless correlated, analyzed, trended, structured, and most importantly, acted upon.

In this interactive online course, we will discuss the quality and performance specifics, operational reliability, environmental safeguards, and safety risks for control and monitoring systems using SMART instrumentation. We will also cover the reduced costs that can be obtained using SMART instrumentation.

Designing Foundation Repairs

What is causing that crack in the building? How can you repair it? Building foundations provide structural support to buildings but are often damaged and rendered nearly useless by many natural events (hurricanes, drought, excessive rain, etc.). Most foundations can be repaired and returned to their original load capacity, but each foundation damage case can present unique challenges depending on the extent of damage, the foundation material used, the foundation depth in the ground, and the loads being carried by the foundation.

In this interactive online course, we will discuss different types of building foundations and several types of causes of foundation failures. We will also cover methods for foundation repair, as well as new materials and technologies used in repair.

Coastal Engineering: Hurricanes and Nor’easters

What is the difference between a hurricane and a nor’easter? What kind of damage can they cause to your building project? Hurricanes and nor’easters can be destructive natural events creating high winds, storm surge, large waves, and causing large amounts of erosion, jeopardizing structures built along the nation’s coastlines.

This interactive online course will provide information about how to build to better resist the effects of these storms, what foundation types perform better, and why these storms are so damaging to the built environment. A few case studies will be included to illustrate techniques that are known to improve building performance.

Fire Essentials and Fire Science

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, the cost of unwanted fire events accounted for $329 Billion, or 2.1% of the GDP. Understanding the fundamentals of fire behavior is critical for planners, designers and the construction trades to achieve a safe and sustainable society. Controlling and managing a friendly or hostile fire process or event is a specialty unto itself and requires a strong foundation in fire science for future education and professional development. All fields of engineering and design will be touched by this ever present tool and hazard.

This interactive online course will guide you through fire history, simplified explanations of the processes of various types of fires, health risks, and common control and suppression techniques for a hostile fire.

Ethics for Professionals

What are ethical guidelines and how do they apply to you in your professional field? Every day you face decisions that have ethical implications. While the welfare and safety of the public are everyone’s primary concerns, time, personal and resource pressures can often challenge these commitments. Taking a pro-active approach to workplace ethics is the best course of action to mitigate this risk, avoid legal problems, and build a working atmosphere of integrity, trust and purpose.

In this interactive online course, we will explore how to develop a strong and sustainable set of workplace ethics and guidelines designed to mitigate ethics creep, avoid legal implications, and build a solid, ethical foundation for a healthy workplace culture. We will explore common ethical topics and challenges and will detail the best practices when faced with thought provoking situations. We will also present the differences between a Code of Conduct and a Code of Ethics and how they can affect each professional differently.

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