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Safety Assessment Webinar

May 5, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP)

The American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania (AIA PA) & the Structural Engineers Association of Pennsylvania (SEAoP) have embarked on a mission to create a new initiative for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) called the Safety Evaluation and Emergency Response (SEER) Program. This program will utilize a collection of specially trained building professionals willing to perform safety assessments of structures following emergencies or large disasters.

The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP), presented by NCSEA, is highly regarded as a standard throughout the country for engineer emergency responders. The training has been reviewed and approved by FEMA’s Office of Domestic Preparedness. Based on ATC-20/45 methodologies and forms, the SAP training course provides engineers, architects and code-enforcement professionals with the basic skills required to perform safety assessments of structures following disasters.

Licensed design professionals and certified building officials will be eligible for SAP Evaluator certification and credentials following completion of this program and submission of required documentation. Non-licensed persons can take the class, and they will receive a paper certificate. Once they receive their architect’s or engineer’s license, they will be issued an ID card. Certification will be issued by CalOES. This course will award 5 hours of continuing education.

This course will award 5 hours of continuing education.


When: May 5, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Where: EwingCole – Federal Reserve Bank Building

100 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA
*Please arrive promptly and bring ID for security at the Fed.
      : Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
333 Baldwin Road

Pittsburgh, PA

Fee: $50 for AIA and SEAoP members and $100 for non-members
*Includes webinar, lunch and afternoon snack

space is limited

Bring a Laptop computer, tablet or other device with SAP Student manual pre-loaded. Download document here

Additional documents recommended (available for purchase here):
  • ATC-45 Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings After Windstorms and Floods ($27 or $21.60 for 5 or more)
  • ATC-20-1 Field Manual: Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings ($24 or $19.20 for 5 or more)

About Our Speaker:
Jim Barnes, P.E., has worked for 20 years for the State of California’s disaster agency, named the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Mr. Barnes has served as the lead statewide coordinator for the Safety Assessment Program (SAP) for seven years and has given approximately 150 classes on the subject since 2004. He traveled to New Zealand in June 2011, as part of an Applied Technology Council team to investigate safety assessment methods and issues in response to their February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Mr. Barnes has co-authored articles on safety assessment and serves as the lead for preliminary damage assessment for potential federal disasters in California.

Webinar Schedule
10:30 a.m.     Sign in & Additional Paperwork
11:15 a.m.     Webinar Begins – Introduction

11:30 a.m.     Chapter 1: Safety Assessment Program Overview
12:30 p.m.     Chapter 2: Safety Assessment Process, Procedures
1:30 p.m.       30-minute break

2:00 p.m.       Chapter 3: Building Evaluations
2:30 p.m.       Chapter 5: Lifeline Systems and Facilities
3:00 p.m.       Chapter 6: Non-Earthquake Hazards
3:30 p.m.       Chapter 7: Field Safety
4:00 p.m.       15-minute break

4:15 p.m.       Chapter 4: Exercise and Review
5:00 p.m.       Webinar Adjourns

For more information about the SEER program visit:
If you have any questions, contact:


May 5, 2016
10:30 am - 5:00 pm