About this course

Dry floodproofing can be described as a combination of operations plans, adjustments, alterations, and/or additions to buildings that lower the potential for flood damage by reducing the frequency of floodwaters entering the structure. Dry floodproofing can have advantages over other flood protection options when space around the structure is limited.

This course is intended for use by engineers, architects, contractors and planners. It is intended to provide knowledge that may be used to improve a structure’s resistance to flooding.

This course is based on the FEMA publication, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Homes, Chapter 5 Dry floodproofing and the case study from Chapter 6 of the same document on the Borges residence.

Better understand the principles of protecting a structure from flooding
Know emergency action plan
Be introduced to inspection and maintenance plan
Understand selection and design of sealant systems
Understand selection and design of shield systems
Understand construction considerations of sealant and shield systems
Understand drainage collection systems
Understand backflow valves
Understand emergency power
Understand the non-residential construction

Intended Audience: This course is intended for Structural, Geotechnical, Civil, Environmental, Water Resources, and other engineers whose job description may require a basic knowledge of dry floodproofing procedures.

Publication Source: US FEMA

4 hours
Certificate of completion
Beginner level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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D. Allen Hughes, PE / AUTHOR

Mr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with BS and MS degrees in civil engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in NC, FL, GA and VA. He is also licensed as a Certified BMP inspector in North Carolina. Mr. Hughes began his engineering career in 1992, when he was employed by S&ME. In 1997 he established the geotechnical engineering firm Piedmont Geotechnical, Inc., PA, which he has managed since then. In 2006 he established D. Allen Hughes Engineering, Inc., which he also managed since then. Since then he has gained significant experience in the analysis, design, investigation, and testing of subsurface conditions, special inspections, BMP inspections, and residential and commercial 3rd party inspections.