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SAP Training: AIA Disaster Assistance Program and Building Evaluator Training

  • Date

    Monday, July 22 2019

  • Time

    9:00am-3:30pm

  • Location

    AIA National

Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California. 

Presented by: Paula Loomis, PhD, FAIA, FSAME, LEED BD&C, PMP, AICP, CPHC, GGP 

Presenter bio:

Dr. Paula J. Loomis, PhD, FAIA, FSAME, LEED BD&C, PMP, AICP, CPHC, GGP is the Deputy Civil Engineer for the Coast Guard (CG) with responsibility for approximately 42,000 facilities at over 2000 sites including master planning, programming, design, construction, and operations as well as vehicles, support equipment and waterway aids to navigation. She also leads the career fields of planning, architecture, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. Dr. Loomis is currently responsible for the CG redevelop efforts following super storm Sandy, Joaquin, and other recent events. Her personnel respond to weekly emergencies providing both rapid response and long-term strategic solutions.


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the important role architects and associated building professionals play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery;
  • Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate
    damage assessment forms;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 Post-earthquake
    Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC 45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods damage assessment procedures; and
  • Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card.