Continuing Education

May 2012 » Continuing Education

ZweigWhite's Professional Development Series is available in an online format that allows civil engineers to earn continuing education credit immediately by reading specially focused, sponsored articles or viewing archived webcasts and taking a quiz. Or, engineers can participate live in specially focused, sponsored ZweigWhite webcasts to receive professional development hours (PDHs). Webcasts are fully synchronized visual and audio presentations streamed over the Internet. These online events may provide interactive features such as desktop presentations for product demonstration.

To access the Professional Development Series portal, visit To access the Webcasts portal, visit

Most of the sponsored articles and archived and live webcasts award one PDH for successful completion. All PDHs are free. If you read or view the content, display an understanding of the stated learning objectives by taking a quiz, and follow the simple instructions, you can fulfill a portion of your continuing education requirements at no cost to you.

Note: ZweigWhite is an Approved Provider by the American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). However, it is the responsibility of the licensee to determine if this method of continuing education meets his or her governing board(s) of registration's requirements.

After creating a free account, ZweigWhite Professional Development Series portal users can enter their username and password to return to the portal. Quizzes can be taken online and graded immediately. If you answer at least 80 percent of the questions correctly, a certificate is made available immediately for printing or downloading. The portal also maintains a history of quizzes taken by registered users.

The following articles, previously published in CE News, Rebuilding America's Infrastructure, or Structural Engineer magazine, and special archived webcasts are currently available free online for PDH credit:


  • Guidelines for Development Around Tunnels and Seismic Compliance of Underground Structures;
  • The Design of Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials for Strengthening of Existing Structures;
  • Introduction to Infiltration Best Management Practices (BMPs);
  • Introduction to Decentralized Packaged Wastewater Treatment (PWWT) Systems;
  • Design Considerations for Pedestrian Truss Bridge Structures;
  • Energy Analysis That Fits Your Building Project;
  • Cistern Design Considerations for Large Rainwater Harvesting Systems;
  • Designing Structures for Tsunami Resistance;
  • New Seismic Stabilization Technology for Retrofits and New Construction;
  • Geosynthetics in Articulating Concrete Block Section Design;
  • Practical Considerations Related to the Use of Alternative Backfill Materials for Flexible Soil-interaction Structure Installation;
  • BIM in a Cloud I: What Structural Engineers and Architects Need to Know About Cloud Computing for Business Success;
  • BIM in a Cloud II: BIM and Cloud Computing for Structural Engineering;
  • Differential Shortening of Tall Steel Building Columns;
  • The Practical Differences in Material Properties of Flexible Pipe Products;
  • IPD, BIM, and Supply Chain Optimization: Bottom-line Benefits of 3D-enabled Lean Delivery for AEC Projects;
  • Siting Considerations for Open-Bottom Buried Precast Concrete Bridge Structures;
  • Performance-Based Specifications for Roadways;
  • Rainwater Harvesting and Re-Use: A Tool for Stormwater Runoff Reduction;
  • Articulated Concrete Block Design; and
  • Practical Factors and Considerations Related to Culvert Inspection.

Check monthly for new articles.

CE News and Structural Engineer webcasts usually must be viewed live to receive a certificate of attendance (PDH credit). However, the following free archived webcasts – at – are available (as of press time) for PDH credit with successful online completion and submission of a quiz:

  • Leveraging LiDAR Data in Transportation Design;
  • Vertical Evacuation and Structural Technologies;
  • From Point Cloud to CAD Deliverables; and
  • New Technology in Seismic Loading.

Check monthly for new, archived PDH-credit webcasts. See "Additional archived webcasts" for a list of free archived webcasts available at that contain valuable information but are not available for PDH credit.

Link to library of paid courses
The ZweigWhite Professional Development Series portal also contains a link to a large, paid course library that presents technical training for civil engineers and other AEC professionals, as well as PDH-approved courses that are designed to meet specific state licensing board continuing education requirements. Upon course completion, a completion certificate will be placed in your account and your results will be reported (if required) to the appropriate board on your behalf.

CE News' interactive online format is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any computer with Internet access. The online courses are designed using the latest techniques to be fast, informative, and user-friendly. Courses are available at fundamental, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Project management training
ZweigWhite's eLearning program – available at – makes management training readily available for A/E/P and environmental consulting firm professionals. The eLearning program provides a Web-based courseware model, delivered in a Flash movie format for on-demand learning.

The project management eCourses can help new and experienced project managers learn or refine skills that are critical to successful project management. Principals and other firm leaders will learn about aspects of project management that will help them manage project managers in their firm. Human resources professionals will become more familiar with the job requirements for project managers that will help them recruit staff.

Each ZweigWhite eCourse costs $125 and offers 1 Learning Unit with a score of 80 percent or better on a 10-question final evaluation. eCourses currently available include the following:

  • Managing Project Communications – Learn best-practice methods for communicating with your project team, clients, and stakeholders, including the best ways to deliver bad news. Managing Project Communications features step-by-step communication action plans, examples, and video advice from Ed Friedrichs, FAIA, ZweigWhite consultant and former CEO of Gensler, and Mark C. Zweig, chairman and CEO, ZweigWhite.
  • Basic Accounting Part One: Principles for Project Managers – This course explains commonly used accounting terminology and provides a review of the basic calculations. Participants gain a fundamental understanding of generally accepted accounting principles including accrual accounting, net service revenue, hourly rate calculations, multipliers for overhead and profit, and the difference between earned revenue and billed amounts.
  • Basic Accounting Part Two: Practical Applications for Project Managers – This course shows how to apply the terms and concepts from Basic Accounting Part One using real life examples of accounting and project management tools and reports. The course demonstrates multipliers in more detail and describes how budgets are set up from a top-down approach, including contingencies and direct expenses, and shows how to create earned revenue reports, progress reports, and project status reports.
  • Project Work Plan: the Process – Break down the Work Plan process while learning reasons behind doing a work plan, what the work plan means to the project manager, and the advantages and disadvantages of top-down, bottom-up, and combination work plans. The course includes video commentary on various philosophies behind work plan principles.

Additional archived webcasts
(no PDH credit)

  • Better Infrastructure Management with Information Modeling;
  • Infrastructure Projects: From Design Coordination to Completion;
  • Infrastructure Projects: Optimizing Designs Through Visualization;
  • Site Development: Planning for Sustainability;
  • Roads & Highways: Planning Ahead;
  • Better Planning with Information Modeling;
  • Delivering Success: One Year Early and Under Budget;
  • Are Vacuum Sewers Your Answer? and
  • The Infrastructure Lifecycle: Challenges and Solutions.


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