Relocation of a home to a new site above the design flood elevation (DFE) can offer the greatest security from future flooding.
Relocation involves moving an entire structure to another location. Selection of the new site is usually conducted by the homeowner, often in consultation with a design professional to ensure that critical site selection factors such as floodplain location, accessibility, utility service, cost, and homeowner preference meet engineering and local regulatory concerns. Relocation as a retrofitting measure not only relieves anxiety about future flooding, but also offers the opportunity to reduce future flood insurance premiums. This information in this course could also be useful in relocation projects that do not involve flood protection.
This course is based on the FEMA publication, Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures, Chapter 5R Relocation and a Case Study from Chapter 6 of the same. It is intended to provide knowledge that may be used to protect residential structures from flooding by relocating the home.
Following completion of this course the student will be introduced to the proper method to:
select the house moving contractor
analyze the existing site and structure
select, analyze, and design the new site
prepare the existing site
analyze and prepare the moving route
prepare the structure
prepare the new site
move the structure
restore the old site
Intended Audience: This course is intended for Geotechnical, Civil, Environmental, Water Resources, and other engineers whose job description requires a general knowledge concerning the repair of flood-damaged homes.
Publication Source: US FEMA
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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.