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Wednesday, May 29, 2024 
10:00 am – 2:00 pm CDT

Thursday, May 30, 2024 
10:00 am – 2:00 pm CDT


Presented by: Gene. Rovak & Steve Randolph

Agenda Day One:
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm CDT

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
  • Understanding permit requirements
  • Analyzing encroachments
  • 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


Agenda Day Two:
Thursday, May 30, 2024 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm CDT

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)

Types of Map Changes

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

Modeling Floodplains

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


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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs 

7.0 HSW CE Hours

7.0 LU|HSW 

Landscape Architects
7.0 HSW CE Hours

7.0 HSW PDHs 

Floodplain Managers

Land Surveyors
7.0 PDHs 

Certified Planners


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider License No: CEA362), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors licensed in Indiana (License No. CE10600325), Maryland, and North Carolina (S-0130). This course has been registered with the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers for 7.0 CE hours and has been approved for 7.0 PDUs for Missouri land surveyors by the Missouri Board of APEPLSPLA.

This Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 7.0 CECs for floodplain managers.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM | 7 for Certified Planners.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

7.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Steve Randolph

Assoc. VP, Regional Manager – Water at Horner & Shifrin, Inc.

Mr. Randolph started at Horner & Shifrin, Inc. in 1995 after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering Science. In 2001, he received his MBA degree from Webster University. Mr. Randolph is also an active member of EWRI’s Chicago Chapter, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and a member of the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management. Mr. Randolph is the proud father of two grown children and he and his wife live in Naperville, Illinois. His interests and hobbies include travel, reading, and collecting baseball cards.

Gene Rovak

Senior Project Manager at Horner & Shifrin, Inc.

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.

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 ( 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: Floodplain Modeling, Mapping and Regulation

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This seven-hour course examines types of floods and floodplains, the role of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). federal, state and local floodplain regulation, flood insurance and flood-related claims, obtaining and interpreting flood maps, LOMA model requirements, and modeling floodplains.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to differentiate types of floodplains and and flood and causes of floods and explain the role of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and government agencies.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain when flood insurance is required and when it is recommended and what is covered and what is excluded so they are able to assist clients on site location decisions.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to obtain and interpret flood maps, review FEMA flood hazard determinations, and request a flood-hazard review, the protect owner fully understands the risk in building on particular sites.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe federal and state permitting requirements for developing sites that are near of encroach on floodplains.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with stormwater and climate change issues

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/06/2027

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to 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.