Educational Event

AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training

July 28, 2018
9:00 am -4:30 pm
Albuquerque NM


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 CA.


All building industry professionals are welcome to attend. In addition, certain licensed practitioners will be eligible to perform post-disaster assessments after successfully completing SAP training as certified Building Evaluators:

  • Licensed architects
  • Registered civil, structural, or geotechnical engineers
  • Certified building inspectors


At the end of this training, the participant 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.
  • Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card

Terrance Brown, FAIA

Terrance (Terry) Brown, FAIA, is a former Chair and Special Advisor to the AIA National Disaster Response Committee and is the co-author of the AIA’s first Disaster Assistance Handbook. Brown’s work in disaster assistance spans over 35 years and reaches from the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia and Sri Lanka, to Guatemala, Central America and across the USA and Canada.  He led an eight-person team of architects and engineers to study the 2004 tsunami devastation in Sri Lanka. A selection of his accomplishments includes, surveying the hurricane damage on the Island of St. Lucia for the US Agency for International Development, and training local architects in damage-assessment techniques in New Mexico, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Colorado. Terry also helped the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Nova Scotia set up their province response teams.



Snacks and lunch included


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