Thursday, June 30, 2005

RedVector Launches New Affiliate Program

RedVector Launches New Affiliate Program, the leading provider of online continuing education to the design and construction industry, has launched a new affiliate program offering significant content and revenue opportunities to leading companies and organizations involved in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and related fields.Read more at:
RedVector Launches New Affiliate Program

UC San Diego to Simulate Terrorist Bomb Attacks

University of California San Diego structural engineers, together with a team of industry and university partners, are using a $7.5 million federal contract to develop and test blast mitigation technologies to harden buildings and bridges against terrorist bomb attacks l contract. Starting this month, more than 40 tests will be performed over the next two years in the new blast simulator lab at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering's Englekirk Structural Research Center. The UCSD blast simulator is the world's first laboratory to simulate the effects of bombs without the use of explosive materials. The project is led by UCSD structural engineering professors Gil Hegemier and Frieder Seible.
Related article:
Structural Engineers Receive $7.5 Million Contract to Test Bomb Blast Mitigation Technologies

Homeland Security Courses:
Homeland Security 1: Protecting Building Environments Against Airborne Chemical, Biological & Radiological Attacks
Homeland Security 2: DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings
Homeland Security 3: Safe & Secure Whole Building Design and Construction

Building the Bridges of Tomorrow

The Largest Construction Project in America Spans the Potomac

For four years, more than 900 laborers have been working for four years now on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which will stretch from Virginia to Maryland when complete in 2008. According to an article by Christy Goodman in the Washington Examiner, the Virginia approach is 33 percent complete, the Maryland approach is 24 percent complete and the bridge draw span is 30 percent finished. "This is one of a kind," said Chief Surveyor John Lehon, 42, of Baltimore. "This is the biggest construction project in the country right now."

Read the full article at:
Building the bridge of the future

Wireless Devices Sensing Devices Tested On Korean Bridge

University of Michigan researchers, in conjunction with Stanford University and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, found that a wireless network of 14 sensors performed as well as traditional cabled-based monitoring systems in a test on the Geumdang Bridge in Icheon, South Korea.

The results of the test will be presented later this month at the International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability in Rome. According to Jerome Lynch, U-M assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, there are several reasons scientists are trying to develop wireless networks to replace traditional cable-based monitoring methods used to assess the health or safety conditions of infrastructure.

Wireless sensors are potentially much less expensive, more functional, and take less time to install and upkeep. For instance, the wireless network on the Geumdang Bridge took just one hour to install, compared to an entire day for its cable-based counterpart, Lynch said. The battery-powered sensors are about as big as a deck of cards and cost about $100 each-$1,400 for the entire system-compared to $10,000 to $15,000 for the cable-based system.

Read the full Article:
Bridges and buildings "sense" cracks, damage with wireless devices

Bridge and Roadway Engineering Courses:
Bridge Design Basics (AASHTO LRFD)
Bridge Load Rating: With Step-by-Step Examples
Timber Bridge Design: With Step-by-Step Examples

Tips to Build Your Firm's Professional Education Program

Lynn Robbins, AIA, of Seattle-based Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners, won a Continuing Education Award for Excellence from the American Institute of Architects and offered these tips to help firms develop professional education capabilities:

1) Survey your professional staff annually to determine their continuing education needs.
2) During education sessions, break up attendees into teams and have them compete on how well they learned.

RedVector offers A/E/C companies customer services and pricing to meet specific needs. RedVector offers firms interested in building or enhancing in-house, uniform learning programs services that include:

Training & Development Solutions. We can help eliminate variable training and development costs without giving up the flexibility and choice through self directed learning.

Reporting Services. We provide you with course activity reports and can submit completed continuing education credits to state and local boards.

Conversion Services. RedVector can convert your library (existing manuals, white papers, seminars and procedures) into online, uniform training resources.

Continuing Education Approval Services. We will submit your training content to state boards and agencies that require continuing education for their licensed professionals.

Seminar Services. RedVector can help you generate custom content and manage seminar logistics for your traditional educational needs through our network of over 200 subject matter experts. Enterprise Services can save your firm 50 percent or more of your training and development costs, and will help improve the productivity of your entire organization. For more information, contact Donna Hamilton, Enterprise Account Director at or 813-864-2586.

Read more coverage of the Las Vegas AIA in Building, Design & Construction magazine.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Architects Focus on Continuing Education in Las Vegas

In a recent interview with Building, Design & Construction magazine, AIA continuing ed guru Thom Lowther estimates more than 35,000 continuing education modules were offered to architects last year. Panelists at the AIA Continuing Education training session in Las Vegas rated the most
popular topics as:

1) HSW: Health, Safey, And Welfare
2) "Green" Or LEED-Related
Security Issues
4) Technology
5) Special Building Types
6) Building Codes

RedVector staffers, who attended the meeting in Las Vegas, point out that online learning can help architects reduce costs and save time while meeting educational goals. Many courses focused on popular topics mentioned by Lowther are already available online, including these few examples:

HSW Courses:

ADA Guidelines: Accessible Routes
Fire Safety Design Basics: Means of Egress & Extinguishing Systems

Green or LEED-Related Courses
Green Building Materials: Product Selection & Specification
Sustainable Design - Materials, Are They Green?

Security Related Courses:

Homeland Security 1: Protecting Building Environments Against Airborne Chemical, Biological & Radiological Attacks
Homeland Security 2: DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings

Technology Related Courses:
2005 NEC: Wiring Methods
Beginning CAD R2005, Part 9: Advanced Techniques & 3D

Special Building Types Courses:
Building for Colleges & Universities: Academic Buildings
Building for Senior Living: Planning for Geriatric Medicine & Adult Day Care

Building Code Related Courses:

Interior Codes 1: Overview of Codes & Standards
National Electrical Code Grounding

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Volcano Dynamics Course Erupts at

Mount St. Helens is among 18 volcanoes in the United States recently classified as very high threats for volcanic eruption by the U.S. Geological Survey. Yellowstone is among 35 other volcanoes classified as high threats for eruption.

A new online course for engineers, surveyors, landscape architects and architects explores the fundamentals of volcanoes. Read the full article here:
Volcano Dynamics Course Erupts at