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Presenter: Wendy Lathrop

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Fort Washington, PA

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Washington
530 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: 215-646-4637

This seminar is closed or full.


Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, this seminar is now being offered as an online webinar.
Follow this link for registration: https://www.halfmoonseminars.org/seminars/133350/mapping-managing-and-regulating-floodplains-seminar/online

Floods, Floodplains and Introduction to Floodplain Management

   Floodplain identification and terminology
   Flood hazards and flood risks
   Three basic types of flooding (and other “unique” types)
   Floodplains, floodways and coastal conditions: impact on site 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) reports
   Impacts of flood zone designations and mapping
   Understanding, distinguishing between, and requesting letters of map change (LOMC)

Elevations in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
and Floodplain Regulation

   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 Floodplain Management

   Technical guidance and advisory documents
   Floodplain management approaches and techniques
   Preparing for resiliency
   Planning for future conditions

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
& Land Surveyors
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and land surveyors and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects in most states, including Pennsylvania. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Pennsylvania.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, land surveyors, architects and landscape architects.

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

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors.

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

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: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Mapping, Managing, and Regulating Floodplains

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines floodplain identification, flood hazards and risks, why floodplain management matters, objectives and purpose of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flood maps and zones, elevations in the NFIP, and practical floodplain management strategies.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify floodplains, be able to describe their hazards and risks, explain the purpose (and necessity) for floodplain management, and discuss the objectives and purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to understand flood zone designations and the components of flood maps, and they will be able to explain the impacts of flood zone designations and mapping for site development and community planning.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference federal, state and local floodplain regulations and explain how they impact building construction and improvement.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to request Letters of Map Changes, which reflect flood designations, and learners will be able to use flood maps, NFIP's technical guidance and advisory documents to plan for future conditions.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site evaluations and understanding of the critical role of floodplains.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/28/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.