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2019 AIA Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training

**This program is sold out. Click below to be added to a waiting list should space become available.**

Post-Disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training provides architects, engineers, and building officials and inspectors with the knowledge to provide evaluation of facilities, buildings, and infrastructures in the aftermath of a disastrous event. This full day, in-person, all-hazards, training course will include the SAP Building Evaluator Manual. Attendees will receive two field manuals from the Applied Technology Council (ATC): ATC-45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Flood; and ATC-20 Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.

AIA SAP instructors share personal experiences from the field and interactive case studies. Attendees will learn about building performance and protocols for disaster deployment.

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 California.

**In order for a person to be registered into the SAP cadre, they must have one of the following credentials:

  • Professionally registered civil, structural, or geotechnical engineers (from any state)
  • Professionally licensed architects (from any state)
  • Professionally registered geologists or engineering geologists
  • Certified building inspectors or officials as certified by the International Code Council (ICC)
  • Certified public works inspectors with a Construction Inspector Division IV certificate (ACIA) or a City of Los Angeles Construction Inspector certificate


Behrooz (Ben) Emam, AIA, PE, CFM
Senior Manager – AWS Architecture, Civil, & Structural Engineering

Behrooz (Ben) Emam is a registered architect, a professional civil engineer, and a certified facility manager, with over thirty years of experience in architectural and structural engineering, emergency preparedness, facilities, construction, and project management. He has Masters Degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering from University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Ben is currently Manager of Civil & Structural Group at AWS. Before rejoining Amazon for a second time, Ben was the Assistant Vice President and Senior Engineering Manager – Construction Services with Parsons Brinckerhoff, in Seattle. During his 12 years absence from Amazon he was involved in design and construction of light rail systems in the Pacific Northwest. These projects included: University Link (U-Link) and Central Link, as Project Deputy Director -Construction for a $1.76 Billion extension of the Sound Transit’s Light Rail, from Downtown Seattle to University of Washington. Previous to that, Ben was the Director of Fixed Facilities for the Canada Line Project, a $1.8 Billion Rapid Transit Project, in Vancouver, B.C.

Ben was a 25-year adjunct faculty member of the University of Washington, Department of Construction Management. He regularly taught classes in Construction and Facilities Management and conducted seminars on seismic preparedness and disaster planning. Ben was also building inspection volunteer after the San Francisco (Loma Prieta), Los Angeles (Northridge), and Seattle (Nisqually) earthquakes, and the recipient of the Seattle AIA 2001 – Community Service Award.

Paul Brallier

Paul is a Structural Engineer with about 40 years experience. He has been teaching ATC 20 classes since 1995 and has been active in disaster preparedness and response for over 20 years. Paul is a Coordinator for WAsafe and CalOES SAP, and a former member of the Washington USAR Task Force 1. Paul was named 2019 SEAW co-engineer of the year for his contributions to disaster preparedness.


Steve Dombrowski AIA, NCARB, RAS
ICC Accessibility Inspector / Plans Examiner
Associate, Senior Consultant, Endelman & Associates

Headshot of presenter Steve DombrowskiSteven is an architect and accessibility consultant living in Seattle, WA. He is the former chair of Architecture for Humanity Seattle and the AIA Washington Council Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee. He is currently chair of the code committee and a member of Adaptation and Resilience. He believes architects can play a key role in mitigating the effects of natural disasters by engaging in preparations before catastrophic events ever occur.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn the protocol and chain of command of the National Incident Management System that enables architects, engineers and building inspectors to contribute to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Describe and assess common damage and safety of infrastructure post-disaster.
  • 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.
  • Licensed architects and engineers, and ICC-certified building inspectors will receive a Cal-OES registration ID and conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate damage assessment forms


  • 8:00-8:30am – Registration & Sign-In
  • 8:30-8:50am – Attendee & Instructors Introductions; Behrooz (Ben) Emam, Instructor
  • 8:50-9:20am – WAsafe Module 5 – Concept of Operations; Paul A Brallier, State of Washington
  • 9:20-9:50am – Preparing to Respond
  • 9:50-10:00am – Break
  • 10:00-11:00am – SAP Introduction Evaluators Role; Seismicity in the Northwest
  • 11:00am-12:00pm – Inspection Procedures
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Lunch (catered)
  • 1:00-2:00pm – Lifeline Systems and Facilities
  • 2:00-3:00pm – Non-EQ Hazards (High Wind, Flood, Fire, & Explosion)
  • 3:00-3:10pm – Break
  • 3:10-3:40pm – Field Safety, Critical Incident Stress, Hazardous Materials
  • 3:40-4:10pm – AIA Disaster Assistance Program; Steven Dombrowski AIA
  • 4:10-4:30pm – Q&A, Program Close


$125 AIA Members,  SEAW, WSSHE, and AISC Members
$250 Non-Members
$50 Associate AIA Members and Students

*The training cost includes a digital copy of  Safety Assessment Program Training booklet, and physical copies of the ATC-20-1 Field Manual and ATC-45 Field Manual. Physical copies of the SAP Training booklet are available on request.

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This program is currently at capacity. Please contact Connor Descheemaker with any questions. 

PLEASE NOTE: To maintain your registration as a Safety Assessment Evaluator, you will need to retake the training every 5 years.


October 12, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
7.5 LU , HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


WA United States
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