SE-004 Foundations in Coastal Areas

SE-004 Foundations in Coastal Areas – PHOTO

Foundations in Coastal Areas

The Foundations in Coastal Areas course is a part of our Structural Course Category and provides technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings foundations. The course presents information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments. The course outlines the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulatory requirements, the proper siting of coastal buildings, and recommended foundation design and construction practices, including structural connections, shallow and deep foundations, foundation walls and others. Additional resources are listed that provide more information about the topics discussed.

This course is based on FEMA “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction”, Technical Fact Sheet Series, FEMA P-499.

This course is intended for use by civil  and structural engineers, design and construction professionals, owners, facility managers, students and others interested in learning about foundations in coastal areas.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe foundation types suitable for coastal environments
  • Provide basic information about pile design and installation
  • Illustrate typical wood pile-to-beam connections, provide basic construction guidelines on various connection methods, and explain pile bracing connection techniques
  • Design an alternative to piles in V Zones and A Zones in coastal areas where soil properties and other site conditions indicate that piers are an acceptable alternative to the usually recommended pile foundation
  • Describe the use of foundation walls in coastal buildings

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz



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  • Jeffrey Bravstein

    Good Content
  • Ashley Satow

    Good Course
  • c.jones412

    Course gives a good basic overview of Coastal Foundations with some additional insight into systems that attach to them. References for design are helpful as well.
  • David Swoap

    Good information.

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