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

1.4 CEUs | Monday–Tuesday, March 23–24


Timothy A. Reinhold, P.E., M.ASCE
T. Eric Stafford, P.E., M.ASCE

Purpose and Background

Hurricanes Andrew (1992), Iniki (1992), Hugo (1989), four hurricanes of 2004, hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma of 2005, Sandy (2012), the Kansas-Oklahoma tornado outbreaks (1999 & 2003), and tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri (2011) were catastrophic demonstrations of the increasing vulnerability of buildings and other structures (tanks, signs, towers, etc.) to severe wind storms. Wind induced property losses now annually exceed the sum of all other losses from natural hazards.

This seminar addresses wind effects, provides guidelines for assessing design wind loads for buildings and other structures, and offers a discussion of the advantages of wind tunnel testing. This seminar is based on the ASCE publications Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-16) and Significant Changes to the Wind Provisions of ASCE 7-16. While much of the instruction focuses on assessing wind loads, a portion of the seminar is directed to review wind damage experience of the past thirty years and lessons learned from the experience. Discussion in the seminar will focus on the new ASCE 7-16 Standard.

Seminar Benefits

  • Get comprehensive guidelines for assessing wind loads to be used in the design of buildings and other structures
  • Review basic concepts of wind engineering (aerodynamics and structural dynamics)
  • Learn how to identify a wind design problem
  • Find out how wind damages buildings and ensure wind resistant construction
  • Learn about wind tunnel testing and the interpretation of results
  • Examine the provisions of ASCE 7-16
  • Learn how to review wind speed data
  • Use case studies to examine past performances of low, medium, and high-rise buildings in severe storms

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the fundamentals of wind engineering
  • Use ASCE 7-16 to interpret and incorporate the fundamentals of wind engineering
  • Calculate wind loads on buildings and other structures

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed through the development of example calculations in Sessions 5, 6, and 7.

Special Features

All attendees will receive a copy of ASCE/SEI 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for for Buildings and Other Structures.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, Architects, Building Officials, and others involved with the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings and other structures.

Seminar Outline

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Day One of this seminar is devoted to a comprehensive review of basic wind engineering fundamentals and the background of the wind load provisions of the national standard, ASCE 7-16.

Day Two focuses on the application of national standard ASCE 7-16 with hands-on experience gained by working through a number of examples utilizing provisions of ASCE 7-16. A portion of the day includes going beyond the standards, with discussion of the determination of site specific wind speed, and wind tunnel testing.

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