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Post-Disaster Building Safety Assessment Training

SAP Training

Photo from the January 2020 earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Image by Ricardo Arduango.

  • COST

    $200 for AIA, BSCES, or SEAMASS members | $250 for non-members

  • TYPE





    6.5 LU/HSW AIA | 6.5 PDH credits are available

*Pre-registration is required for this event.

This workshop certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). Professional architects, engineers and building officials will become certified to assist local governments and perform safety evaluations of the built environment in the aftermath of a natural disaster or catastrophe. Participants will learn to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes as seen in Puerto Rico, in addition to wind and water damage. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES Building Evaluator ID card from the state of CA.

All building industry professionals are welcome to attend. In addition, certain licensed practitioners will be eligible to perform post-disaster assessments after successfully completing SAP training as certified Building Evaluators. Eligible participants include: licensed architects, registered professional civil, structural and geotechnical engineers, and certified building inspectors.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Accurately conduct post-disaster rapid building assessments and complete appropriate damage assessment forms.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council's ATC-20: Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC-45: Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods damage assessment procedures.

This workshop is limited to 70 participants who register on a first come, first served basis, and the workshop materials will be distributed digitally to each participant upon arrival. Each participant is required to bring a laptop to follow along with the presentation and to access the SAP Student Workbook.

Upon completion, participants will have the ATC-20 Field Manual, the ATC-45 Field Manual and the Safety Assessment Program Student Workbook. Participants will be asked to fill out a Cal OES ID card form and to have their photo taken for the ID card. ID cards will be processed and mailed to participants within 3-4 weeks of completing the workshop. If a participant is looking to deploy to Puerto Rico, they will be made aware of an expedited process for attaining their ID cards during the workshop.

The Engineering Center Education Trust