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Mapping, Managing and Regulating Floodplains

Presenter: Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh - Green Tree
401 Holiday Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone: 412-922-8100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:30 pm

Floods, Floodplains and Floodplain Management

   Identifying floodplains
   Flood facts and terminology
   Flood hazards and flood risks
   Three basic types of flooding (and other “unique” types)
   Floodplains, floodways, and coastal conditions: impact on development
   Why floodplain management matters
   Objectives and purpose of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
   Evolution of the NFIP and its components
   NFIP approaches to floodplain management

Flood Maps and Flood Zones

   Flood insurance rate map (FIRM) contents and development
      • Understanding flood zone designations
      • Approaches to mapping floodplains
      • Components of flood maps
      • Digital mapping
      • Map modernization and Risk MAP
   Flood Insurance study (FIS) reportsImpacts of flood zone designations and mapping
   Understanding, distinguishing between, and requesting Letters of map change (LOMC)

Elevations in the NFIP

   The impact of elevations in the NFIP
   Sources of elevation
   The role of elevation certificates in the NFIP and related technical guidance

Federal, State, and Local Floodplain Regulation

   Federal NFIP regulations: where, what, and why
   Effects of regulations and legislation on building construction and improvement
   The role of lenders in the NFIP
   State and local roles in regulating floodplain development
   The role of advisory elevation and mapping data

Practical Applications

   Technical guidance and advisory documents
   Preparing for resiliency
   Planning for future conditions
   Practical applications exercise

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
Land Surveyors
     6.5 PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

Architects & Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers, land surveyors, and geologists and 6.5 HSW contact hours to architects and landscape architects and in most states with continuing education requirements. Courses and course providers are not subject to pre-approval in Pennsylvania.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/ CES and the LA/CES.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.5 CECs for certified floodplain managers.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days


Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM

Cadastral Consulting, LLC

Ms. Lathrop is president and owner of Cadastral Consulting. She is licensed as a professional land surveyor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and as a professional planner in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy, and has been involved in surveying since 1974 in projects ranging from construction to boundary to environmental land use disputes. Ms. Lathrop is also a certified floodplain manager through the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM). A former adjunct instructor at Mercer County College in New Jersey, Ms. Lathrop has also taught as part of the team for the licensing exam review course at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. She has been teaching seminars for surveyors since 1986 and has been writing articles for surveyors since 1983. She is a contributing editor for The American Surveyor magazine, and has four articles included in the American Bar Association’s text, Land Surveys: A Guide for Lawyers and Other Professionals. She and Stephen V. Estopinal, PLS, PE, recently completed co–authoring a book entitled Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ms. Lathrop is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geodetic Surveying.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.