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Presenter: Gene L. Rovak, PE, CFM, F.ASCE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Day One: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)

Understanding Floods, Floodplains and Floodplain Management

   Flood facts and figures
   Causes and types of floods
   Types of floodplains
   Understanding floodways
   History and development of flood maps, flood insurance and flood plain management
   Role of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
   Role of state agencies and local municipalities

Federal, State and Local Floodplain Regulation

   Reviewing NFIP regulations
   Analyzing encroachments
   Understanding permit requirements
   Complying with state regulations

Examining Flood Insurance and Flood-Related Claims

   National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
      • NFIP public/private partnership
   Determining when insurance is required and when it is recommended
   Flood insurance coverage and exclusions
      • Residential and commercial coverage
   Understanding the claims process

Day Two: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)

Obtaining and Interpreting Flood Maps

   Development of flood maps
      • Understanding FEMA flood zone designations
      • Examining Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
      • Digital flood map implementation policy
      • Flood map modernization and previous stumbles • Multi-year flood hazard identification plan
   Reading and interpreting flood maps
   Examining the impact of flood designating and mapping Reviewing FEMA flood hazard determinations
   Requesting flood hazard determination review Understanding Letters of Map Change (LOMC)
   Software for mapping, drawing and locating described lands

LOMR Model Requirements

   Differences between Letters of Map Amendments (LOMAs) and
      Letters of Map Revisions (LOMRs), and types of LOMRs
   Navigating the submission and review processes - engineering and administrative procedures

Modeling Floodplains

   Selecting and using FEMA-accepted models
   Hydrologic methods—which to use for your location
   Floodplain modeling with HEC-RAS Floodways—encroachment analyses
   Processes and cautions
   Modeling bridges and culverts
   Common modeling issues
   Using data obtained from the model

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Certified Financial Planners
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers:
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CE Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
     7.0 LA CES PDHs

Floodplain Managers:
     7.0 ASFPM CECs

Certified Planners:
     7 | CM

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
   International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland,
      New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130), and North Dakota.
Course-by-Course Providers:
   Association of State Floodplain Managers
   American Planning Association/AICP

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers, architects, and landscape architects via its registration with the American Insti- tute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2), §69.6(i)(2), and §79-1.5(i)(2)).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Gene L. Rovak, PE, CFM, F.ASCE

Senior Project Manager at Horner & Shifrin

Mr. Rovak is a professional engineer and certified floodplain manager with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of floodplain management. His work requires understanding of FEMA regulations and interpretation of FEMA Flood Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FIS). Mr. Rovak has extensive experience in Letters of Map Changes (LOMCs), particularly Letters of Map Revisions (LOMRs), which have ranged from single reaches along a channel to large areas affecting many map panels. Related studies have ensured that infrastructure improvements such as bridges or docking facilities would not cause increase in flood heights (“no-rise” studies).

Mr. Rovak’s experience has covered riverine flooding (river and creek channels) as well as level- pool environments (lakes and landlocked floodwater storage). He has performed hydraulic and hydrologic analysis of these systems working with a variety of computer models in the public domain such as Corps of Engineers and EPA, as well as proprietary programs such as ICPR and XP-SWMM. Mr. Rovak’s experience includes steady, unsteady, and network flow simulations.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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