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Structural Engineering of a 4-Story, Combined Material Building Using the 2015 International Building Code

1.4 CEUs | Thursday–Friday, March 26–27


Dave K. Adams, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE

Purpose and Background

This 2-day seminar will walk participants through an extended fully worked out structural design example of a 4-story building where the bottom level is concrete, the next level up will be masonry, the next level up will be structural steel, and the uppermost level will be wood-frame. Design codes will include the 2015 International Building Code, ASCE 7-10, NDS-2015, SDPWS-2015, AISC 360-10, AISC 341-10, ACI 530-13, and ACI 318-14. Some of the topics covered will include the calculation and distribution of lateral forces; consideration of seismic irregularities; design of beams which also act as chords or drag struts; gravity-load design for girders, posts, and connections; horizontal diaphragms and vertical shear walls throughout; distribution of lateral forces based on the rigidities of resisting elements; collectors and chords; anchorage of shear walls to concrete; design of shallow-type foundations. To supplement understanding of the design process, the instructor will also discuss the intent behind code provisions and the process of selecting materials and systems for a project.

Seminar Benefits and Learning Outcomes

At the end of this seminar, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the intent behind structural code provisions
  • Understand how different codes work together to define building performance
  • Combine different loads to design typical structural members
  • Learn design procedures with different engineering materials
  • Discover the differences between lateral force resisting systems in different seismic design category regions
  • Identify relevant code provisions for anchorage of different materials
  • Make use of simplified design procedures for a variety of elements

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Achievement of the learning outcomes by attendees will be assessed through seminar evaluations, periodic material summaries, multiple question and answer sessions, personal contact between sessions, and a review at the end of the seminar.

Who Should Attend?

Structural engineers, civil engineers, engineering students, and building officials will benefit from this seminar.

Seminar Outline

Day 1 | Time: 8:30 a.m.  5:30 p.m.

  • Introduction, interpreting the code, loads and combinations
  • Design of main girders, slabs, and main columns
  • Determining and distributing wind loads
  • Determining and distributing seismic loads

Day 2 | Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Wood frame shear walls and steel frames
  • Masonry and concrete shear walls
  • Horizontal diaphragms, chords, and collectors
  • Design of anchorages and foundations

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