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Welcome to RBA’s list of FREE Continuing Education courses for architects, interior designers, engineers and anyone in the A/E Community. To get started, simply create an account or login if you’re already an RBA member (above left), select a course you are interested in, learn about the newest building products and technologies in that course, and take the conclusion quiz. RBA will report all credits to the AIA and provide you with a Certificate of Completion for your records. Notice that once you login, all courses you have taken to date appear with a check beside them!
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DIVISION - SPECIAL TOPICS
An Introduction to BIM & Automated Specifications
NARRATED VIDEO In this advanced one hour course, we will discuss Building Information Modeling and how this technology has optimized the building design process. We will take a more in depth look at how current specification management works and discuss an idea for improving the currently disjointed method. We will introduce automated specification management systems and present a tutorial to detail the features and functions of this new specification system. Finally, we will discuss best practices for introduciing automated specification management into you firm's workflow.
INT00A - Sponsored by InterSpec / eSPECS
Roof Hatch & Smoke Vent Design: Life Safety & BIM Integration
This course will explain benefits of roof hatch & smoke vent design, life safety & BIM integration. The designer will have a better understanding of code regulations for life safety and will be able to properly size and place vents in accordance with these codes. Through an illustration and demonstration on BIM modeling, the designer will be able to better integrate roof hatches and smoke vents into their next project.
BCD07A - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
DIVISION 3 - CONCRETE
Integrally Colored Concrete
Find everything you need to know about coloring concrete with integral (mixed in) colors. Review the wide spectrum of colors that are used, the application process, and the benefits of integral color concrete that give it a long-lasting appeal.
DAV03A - Sponsored by Davis Colors
DIVISION 4 - MASONRY
Assuring Water Resistance of Masonry Construction
Understand the importance of a properly installed water barrier. Learn how to solve the problem of masonry damage caused by water trapped in the wall.
MOR04A - Sponsored by Mortar Net USA, Ltd.
DIVISION 5 - METALS
Access Ladders & Stairways: Design and Code Solutions
This course will discuss different types of ladders and various applications in which they can be safely used. The designer will also learn about codes and minimum requirements necessary to adhere to standards both dimensionally and for fire ratings.
PLL05B - Sponsored by Precision Ladders, LLC
Architectural Castings: Traditional Elegance & Tomorrow's History
NARRATED VIDEO In this courase you will learn about the history and evolution of bonze and brass castings and their impact on the world. From siple beginnings to modern day technology you will gain insight and understanding of the sand casting process. The benefits of cast metal signs and plaques will be identified versus other sign options. There are virtually unlimited options available for communicating your message with cast signs and plaques. You will also learn about the cost effectiveness, quick turnaround time, and long term benefit of using cast metal signs
MDM05A - Sponsored by Midland Manufacturing Co.
Design Engineering and Exterior Light-Gauge Steel Framing Basics
This course provides a basic overview of exterior light-gauge steel framing, as well as the characteristics and usage of different types of exterior deflection systems. Review how to avoid common mistakes when framing, and the ASTM standards for light-gauge steel framing products.
DIE05H - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Designing With Shear Walls For Low To Midrise Construction
Understand how to design with shear walls for low to midrise construction. The components, location, test standards, advantages and disadvantages, as well as what should be considered when specifying shear elements are illustrated in this course.
CEM05C - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
Dynamic and Static Head-of-Wall Joint Fire Protection
Through an evaluation on head-of-wall assemblies, as well as the UL standards for approval, the design professional will have a better understanding of the components involved with each application. In addition, we will review what design professionals should consider when specifying protection of dynamic or static head-of-wall joints.
CEM05D - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails
In this one hour course, we will learn how various styles of guardrails and their hardware can offer safety and contribute to design freedom. We will also learn about codes related to guardrails, what materials and infill options you have and how they affect the budget for your next project.
SCR05A - Sponsored by SC Railing
Innovations in Extruded Aluminum Corners and Trims
This course focuses on the emerging use of extruded aluminum trim products in single family, multi family and light commercial construction. Participants of this course will be provided and overview and examination of the benefits of extruded aluminum trim products as compared to traditional trim materials. The course goes into detail and defines what extruded aluminum trims are, how they are manufactured and the short and long term benefits of using extruded aluminum trims versus traditional trim materials.
ETR05A - Sponsored by EasyTrim Reveals
Introduction to Expanded Metal and Applications
Be able to describe the benefits of expanded metal and how it is installed, including what the current standards are. Learn how to write specifications using industry standard nomenclature on various patterns.
EMM05A - Sponsored by EMMA
Light-Gauge Steel Framing Connection Products: Specifying Tested Connection Products That Limit Liability
UPDATED! - Define the use of light-gauge steel framing connection products. Discuss practical applications of deflection clips, support clips, and the various methods of installation for different types of connectors.
DIE05F - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Pedestrian Cable Railings: Guardrails with Cable Infill
Discuss the unique design requirements for a railing using cable as a railing in-fill. Review the different types of cable construction methods, and explain the proper mounting and tension requirements when installing a pedestrian cable railing.
UTL05B - Sponsored by The Cable Connection Inc.
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Structural Wall Framing
Review the IBC 2012 Code Compliance requirements for cold-formed structural studs and the minimum requirements per ASTM C955. The installation procedure for cold-formed structural studs per ASTM C1007 and fire-rated construction are described in this course.
DIE05J - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Step Up to Safety
learn how to select the appropriate pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings to improve the safety of your building stairway design
learn the way pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings can complement your building design and improve the safe means of egress from your building with proper installation
NYS05B - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
DIVISION 6 - WOOD AND PLASTICS
ASSURING STUCCO PERFORMANCE USING NON-CORROSIVE COMPONENTS
Find out how plastic accessories and components can enhance your stucco construction through strong and noncorrosive field performance, ease of handling, moisture resistance, and aesthetic.
PLC06A - Sponsored by Plastic Components
Designing With Structural Insulated Panels
Become familiar with structurally insulated panels (SIP) and their applications, energy strategies and current industry assembly standard. Illustrate SIP design and engineering methods.
SIP06C - Sponsored by Structural Insulated Panel Association
Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) For Commercial and Residential Structures
In this course, we will gain insight into the growing need for and use of fire retardant treated wood (FRTW). We will explore both interior and exterior FRTW and discuss treatment options. Through a review of applications, codes, and standards, the design professional will have a better understanding of how to incorporate FRTW into their next project.
VIA06B - Sponsored by Viance, LLC
Improving Timber Connections Through Design
Compare traditional mortise and tenon joinery with embedded timber connectors, and become familiar with the parts of a common frame, installation processes, and design for: tension, compression, and shear utilizing steel embedded connectors. This course will help you specify different styles of connectors for wood to wood, wood to concrete, and wood to steel connections.
TLX06A - Sponsored by Timberlinx
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