ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers Inland Empire Section


SEAW Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Training

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Red Lion River Inn - Room Shoreline B
Address: 700 N Division, Spokane, WA 99202 (Map)


Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Training

Presented by SEAW Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee


The SEAW Disaster Preparedness & Response Committee is hosting an eight-hour training session on Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluation Procedures to help participants develop the skills to properly assess buildings for occupancy following a major earthquake, flood, or wind event. The training will be based on the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP), incorporating material from ATC-20 (Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings) and ATC-45 (Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods).


Class participants will be eligible to register as building Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluators with Cal OES and in the new Washington State program WAsafe. Cal OES issues registration ID badges to SAP Evaluators that have successfully completed the program requirements. The program includes registered engineers, architects, and building officials in both public and private practice and utilizes these participants as volunteers to assist local governments in evaluating the safety of their built environments in the aftermath of a disaster when needed. (Bring your PE/SE, Architect, or Building Inspector license number for the application form. Download the list of accepted licenses and certificates.)


Training Description:


In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, buildings need to be evaluated to determine whether they are safe to use. The SAP/ATC evaluation procedures are internationally recognized standards for performing these post-disaster building safety assessments. This program is a must for engineers, architects and building officials committed to using their unique professional skills to assist following a catastrophic event.


This training will include:


A detailed presentation of SAP and ATC-20/45 manuals with examples of damaged buildings

The important role of engineers, architects, and building officials in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery

The process for conducting post-disaster rapid building assessments and completing damage assessment forms and placards

The significance of the green, yellow, and red placards

The process for volunteer call-ups following a disaster

Information on WAsafe, the building safety assessment program that is being developed for use in and by Washington State.

The instructor will lead the audience through evaluation exercises based on real-life examples of damaged buildings.


Instructor For Both Classes:

Ed Huston, PE, SE is a licensed civil and structural engineer in Washington and a principal in the firm of Smith & Huston, Inc., Consulting Engineers in Seattle. Ed has over 45 years’ of experience in structural design, evaluation, investigation, and code and standards development. He was the Lead Technical Consultant on the ATC-45 Field Manual and participated in the review of ATC-20-2. Ed has taught numerous ATC-20, ATC-45, and Cal OES SAP classes, both nationally and internationally. He continues to be a very active member of SEAW.


Space is limited to the first 50 registrants and will fill up fast, secure your spot, and register today!


Date: Thursday, March 15 & Friday, March 16, 2018

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

(Check-in begins at 7:30 am)



March 15, 2018

Red Lion River Inn

Room Shoreline B

700 N Division

Spokane, WA 99202


March 16, 2018

Meier Architecture Engineering

12 W Kennewick Ave

Kennewick, WA 99336


Registration Fees:

Early Registration (Ends February 23) - $135.00

Regular Registration (after February 23) - $155.00

Registration closes on March 7.



ATC-20-1 Field Manual - $24.00

ATC-45 Field Manual - $27.00

Price: $155 per attendee