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          W. Lathrop

   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          W. Lathrop

   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)

Modeling Floodplains          K. Dunn

   Selecting and using FEMA-accepted models

   Hydrologic methods – which to use for your location

   Floodplain modeling with HEC-RAS

   Modeling bridges and culverts

   Floodways – encroachment analyses

   Common modeling issues

   LOMR model requirements

   Using data obtained from the model

Elevations in the NFIP          W. Lathrop

   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          W. Lathrop

   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


Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Land Surveyors
     6.5 PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours/PDHs to professional land surveyors and engineers in most states, including New Jersey.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors has approved this course for 6.5 PDHs for professional land surveyors.

HalfMoon Education is approved by the New York State Education Department as a continuing education provider for engineers and land surveyors (NYSED Sponsor No. 35). This course is eligible for 6.5 contact hours/PDHs.

The Delaware Board of Professional Land Surveyors has approved this course for 6.5 PDHs.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for engineers and land surveyors in Maryland, and this course qualifies for 6.5 PDHs.

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

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.


Kim Dunn, P.E., CFM, D.WRE


Ms. Dunn has worked for Dewberry the past 15 years insupport of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region III office in Philadelphia. In this role she has conducted and managed flood studies throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Puerto Rico, including thousands of miles of hydrologic (TR-20, TR-55, HEC-1, HEC-HMS, PSU-IV, as well as gage analyses and regression equations) and hydraulic (HEC-2 and HEC-RAS) analyses, floodplain mapping, and community outreach. Prior to her time with Dewberry, she worked in the Floodplain Management Services Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District. Ms. Dunn holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University. She is a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM, CFS

President and Owner of Cadastral Consulting, LLC

Ms. Lathrop 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) and a Certified Floodplain Surveyor through the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors. A former adjunct instructor at Mercer County College in New Jersey, she has also taught as part of the team for the licensing exam review course at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Lathrop 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 she 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 co–authored a book titled Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2011. She is also on the faculty of GeoLearn, a web-based educational provider. 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.