Information Release



Contact:   Hugh Strawn




Date:   July 23, 2015  


Earthquake Damage Assessment & Repair

PLRB Distance Learning Module Debuts


Property claims adjusters can update their professional earthquake adjusting skills by taking the Property and Liability Resource Bureau's online distance learning module, "Earthquake Damage Assessment and Repair."



The module, which is the 59th adjuster continuing education approved distance learning module produced by the PLRB, reviews the current guidelines available for the evaluation and repair of earthquake damage in woodframe construction under the "General Guidelines for the Assessment and Repair of Earthquake Damage in Residential Woodframe Buildings," published by the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering.


The presenter is Dr. John Osteraas, PhD, PE, Group Vice President & Principal Engineer for Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting.  It was recorded in front of a live audience at a recent PLRB educational conference.


The course summarizes the tools and techniques used to distinguish between cosmetic and structural damage, as well as between old and new damage.  It describes effective repair methods for various types of common earthquake damage, identifies circumstances requiring engineering assistance, and provides guidance on effective communication with engineers. 


After completing the course, the student will be able to:


  discuss the earthquake basics of ground motion and ground acceleration;

  explain the two measures of earthquakes;

  outline the earthquake effects on people, contents, mechanisms, and buildings;

  describe the recommended inspection protocol;

  distinguish pre-existing conditions from earthquake damage;

  define ground failure;

  identify the scope of loss in foundations, slabs, wall surfaces, roofs, floors, chimneys, fireplaces, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, as well as attics and crawlspaces;

  understand how to effectively communicate with engineers;

  describe the additional risks with irregular structural configurations;

  identify the potential scope of an engineering assessment; and

  comprehend engineering report guidelines.


No Charge to Take Module


"Earthquake Damage Assessment & Repair" is available free of charge to employees of PLRB member insurance companies and affiliate member claims service providers.  Also there is no charge to registrants for the CE fees charged by the accrediting states.


The module has been approved for adjuster CE in California, Florida, Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming.  It has also received credit from CPCU and RPA.  In Florida and Illinois, it is approved for Attorney General CLE credit. 


The Property & Liability Resource Bureau is a not-for-profit association of property and casualty insurance companies.  It is located in Downers Grove, Illinois.