Training for assessing buildings and other structures following a natural and or man-made disaster. Protocols will be presented for on the spot evaluations and decisions regarding continued use and occupancy of damages structures.
APT’s Disaster Response Initiative (DRI) spearheaded by the Preservation Engineering Technical Committee (PETC) is working with APT Outreach Committee to provide two Applied Technology Council (ATC) courses (ATC-20 SAP and ATC-45) in a two day workshop. ATC-20 SAP is geared toward post-earthquake assessment of buildings, and includes the California Office of Emergency Safety Assessment Program (SAP). ATC-45 is geared toward the evaluation of buildings following windstorms and flooding events such as that imposed by hurricanes and typhoons. These courses will present the methodology for detailed evaluations which enable rapid decisions concerning occupancy postings defining inspection, restricted use and or unsafe. The coursework includes special procedures for evaluating essential buildings, non-building structures and geotechnical hazard. The attendees can obtain a certificate documenting their participation in the course from ATC. Licensed architects, engineers and building inspectors can also obtain a CAL SAP photo ID Card to assist California during times of disaster.
The workshop will discuss the importance of preservation-minded professionals and contractors in the protection of heritage buildings. In addition to the ATC courses, case studies will be presented by APT that demonstrate how these assessments can be implemented responsibly with an eye toward minimizing unnecessary restrictions and destruction of these heritage structures.