McElroy Metal Offers Online AIA Course on Metal Roof Design

McElroy Metal is offering a continuing education course in metal roof design for architects at The course, “Metal Roof Design: Top 10 Problems and How to Solve Them,” is based on an article and seminar conducted for the Roof Consultants Institute by metal roofing industry experts Brian Gardner and Charlie Smith. The article can be accessed by members via this link.

Metal roofing is gaining in popularity in both commercial and residential markets due to its durability, low operational cost and sustainability. Owner expectations for this product family have increased as well and now include heightened aesthetics and long-term performance. While metal roofing systems are certainly up to these challenges, when they fail due to improper installation, the results are costly. Consequently, it’s imperative designers have full knowledge of metal roof design and detailing. The course covers 10 problems metal roof designers face and describes how these problems can be prevented through proper design.

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MBMA Releases Continuing Education Series

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), in cooperation with Architectural Record magazine, has released a continuing education series titled, “The Benefits of Metal Building Systems from a Whole Building Perspective.” Specifically targeting architects and building professionals, the course discusses the benefits of using metal building systems by highlighting their flexibility, economical and sustainability attributes.
Participants will receive one AIA LU/HSW credit for completing the online course. The course is available through Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center website.

“Metal building systems are a part of today’s architecture because they can be used for many applications. The process of creating a successful structure starts with understanding the various elements and options available, including energy, sustainability and acoustical considerations,” says Dan Walker, PE, MBMA’s associate general manager. “This course was designed around a whole-building approach to educate industry professionals about the benefits of utilizing modern metal building solutions for almost any low-rise application.”
The continuing education series includes an overview of the AC472 quality assurance program developed by the International Accreditation Service (IAS); the use of Athena Impact Estimator software to perform a whole-building, cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis; and framing systems illustrations. Learning outcomes include the participant’s ability to:

  • describe the advantages of metal building systems
  • examine the benefits of writing specifications that require the IAS AC472 quality assurance program
  • identify metal building structural components and their corresponding applications
  • explain how the Athena Impact Estimator can be used to determine the sustainable benefits of metal building designs
  • analyze current metal building design options and construction processes in terms of quality, versatility, sustainability and constructability

Cheetah Learning Offers Discounted Rate for Online Course on Project Management

Cheetah Learning, a PMI Registered Education Provider (PMI-REP) of Project Management training, announced that the company will be celebrating the transition into spring and the beginning of Daylight Saving Time by offering a deeply discounted rate on one of its online courses, Cheetah Action Project (CHAP). From March 7-13, 2016, students can register for the 60-PDU online CHAP course for just $1,200—a 50 percent discount from its list price of $2,400.

Designed around the the Project Management Process Groups described in the ANSI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), CHAP brings together theory and practice by leading students through the planning and execution of a project of their choosing. The program has been recognized by many professionals in the project management field as an excellent training program with real-life applicability.

One alumnus of the program found that CHAP helped him connect project management principles to his career. “I really think that the course outline and assignments are well thought out and quite relevant to, at least, what I do in my daily work,” he says. “Templates are easily managed and customized. I recommend Cheetah Action Project to all PM professionals.”

According to Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning, the CHAP course is a tool that allows project managers to identify those projects and goals best aligned with their innate strengths, and provides them with a clear process for completing these projects. “It is much easier to achieve any goal you set when you make it your priority to use your innate strengths the best way for you,” LaBrosse says.

“But just making it your priority to use your innate strengths the best way for you is only the first step. The next step is making it your priority to go after those goals that really matter to what is most important to you.”

Cheetah Learning aims to help project managers successfully transition into spring by making this popular course accessible to a wider range of students. LaBrosse finds the CHAP course to be an ideal tool to help project managers gain momentum with their projects by identifying and pursuing goals best aligned with their unique talents.