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Wind Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Using ASCE 7-22

1.4 CEUs | Monday–Tuesday, September 26–27


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

Purpose and background

Hurricanes Andrew (1992), Iniki (1992), Hugo (1989), provided a wake-up call highlighting the need for improved design and construction to resist hurricanes. More recent experience with Hurricanes IRMA, Maria, Michael, and Ida, all show us that there is much more work needed to improve US resilience to hurricanes. 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 windstorms. Wind induced property losses now annually exceed the sum of all other losses from natural hazards.

This seminar addresses wind loads and wind effects associated with a variety of severe windstorms. It provides an in-depth discussion of the basis for and methodologies used to determine design wind loads for buildings and other structures in ASCE 7-22 and offers a discussion of the role of wind tunnel testing and provides a brief introduction to the changes adopted in ASCE 7-22. While much of the instruction focuses on assessing wind loads, a portion of the seminar reviews wind damage experience of the past thirty years and lessons learned from that experience. 

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 steps that can ensure wind resistant construction
  • Learn about wind tunnel testing and the interpretation of results
  • Examine the provisions of ASCE 7-22 and changes adopted in ASCE 7-22
  • 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 course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of wind engineering
  • Use ASCE 7-22 to interpret and incorporate the fundamentals of wind engineering in structural design
  • 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 and a short post-test at the end of the course.

Special features

All attendees will receive a copy of ASCE/SEI 7-22 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria 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

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 7-22.

Day two focuses on the application of national standard ASCE 7-22 with hands-on experience gained by working through a number of examples utilizing provisions of ASCE 7-22. A portion of the day includes going beyond the standards, with discussion of the determination of site specific wind speed, introduction to changes incorporated in ASCE 7-22, and effective use of wind tunnel testing.

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