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Seismic Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Using ASCE 7-16

1.4 CEUs | Thursday–Friday, September 26–27


Finley A. Charney, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE
Justin D. Marshall, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

"Dr. Charney is an excellent instructor and highly knowledgeable. He communicates very well with attendees."
--Prem Gupta, SSOE, Inc., Toledo, OH

Purpose and Background

When designing buildings and other structures in accordance with the ASCE 7-16, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and other Structures, some considerations of seismic resistant design is required for most building structures in the United States. The use of this document can be daunting, particularly for those engineers who have little formal training in seismology, seismic hazard analysis, structural dynamics, and inelastic behavior. Given this perspective, this seminar has been designed to provide guidance on how to use the code based procedures, while at the same time, providing sufficient technical background to explain why the provisions are written the way they are. Where possible, the technical background is presented simultaneously with the explanation of the building code provisions. In many cases, such explanations are presented as part of a series of detailed numerical examples that are presented throughout the seminar. Some information is provided on the seismic detailing requirements of structural steel and reinforced concrete structures, but this is presented in the context of building system selection and behavior, and not as separate topics.

Much of the material in the seminar is based on the ASCE publication Seismic Loads: A Guide to the ASCE 7-16 Seismic Load Provisions. In fact, the guide and this seminar were developed in unison.

While the seminar focuses on the main lateral force resisting systems in building structures, some coverage is provided for nonstructural components and for nonbuilding structures. A brief overview is also provided for analysis of structures with seismic isolation systems or passive energy systems.

Seminar Benefits

  • Interact with and ask questions of the instructor who has years of practical experience in earthquake engineering, is a leader in the field of earthquake engineering education, and who has participated in the code development process
  • Meet and interact with other attendees of the seminar, and benefit from their experience in structural and earthquake engineering
  • Receive a copy of Minimum Design Loads And Associated Criteria for Buildings & Other Structures SEI/ASCE 7-16, a copy of Seismic Loads - Guide to the Seismic Load Provisions of ASCE 7-16, a set of seminar notes, and free internet access to a variety of useful publications

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Use and apply the ASCE 7-16 seismic load and analysis provisions with confidence
  • Identify the nuances and the pitfalls associated with the interpretation of the ASCE 7-16 seismic load provisions
  • Understand the fundamental principles underlying the seismic load and analysis requirements of ASCE 7-16
  • Demonstrate the use of the ASCE 7-16 seismic load requirements through carefully selected examples
  • Correctly interpret and use the provisions of ASCE 7-16

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Learning objectives are achieved through classroom presentations, discussions with the instructor and other attendees, detailed examples, and computer demonstrations.

Special Features

All participants receive a copy of SEI/ASCE 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Building and Other Structures, and a copy of The Guide to the Seismic Load Provisions of ASCE 7-16.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, architects, building officials, and others involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and other structures.

Seminar Outline

Day 1

Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

  • History of Building Code Requirements for Seismic Load Analysis
  • Fundamental Concepts of Earthquake Engineering
  • Overview of the ASCE 7-16 Seismic Load Requirements
  • Classification of Occupancy and Use

Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

  • Development of Ground Motion Criteria
  • Importance Factor and Seismic Design Category
  • The Design Response Spectrum
  • Structural Systems
  • Combinations of Systems

Day 2

Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

  • Structural Irregularities and Configuration
  • Assessment of Diaphragm Flexibility
  • Selection of Method of Analysis
  • Load Combinations and Redundancy
  • Accidental Torsion and Torsional Amplification
  • Effective Seismic Weight

Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

  • Equivalent Lateral Force Method of Analysis
  • Drift and P-Delta Effects
  • Modal Response Spectrum Method of Analysis
  • Diaphragms and Collectors
  • Nonstructural Components
  • Nonbuilding Structures

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