Design of Anchors, Embedments, and Foundations to Resist Horizontal and Vertical Force

 Seminar Benefits | Learning Outcomes | Registration Information | Summary Outline

Upcoming Seminar Locations:

Orlando, FL / November 4-5, 2013 (Hotel Info)
Boston, MA / January 30-31, 2014 (Hotel Info)

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Alexander Newman, P.E., F.ASCE

Each Attendee Earns 1.4 CEUs

Purpose and Background

The first part of the seminar explores the complexities of designing anchor bolts, which used to be uncomplicated. The building codes contained simple design formulas, and the procedures were rather straightforward. To a limited degree, the latest editions of the International Building Code (IBC) continue the tradition by including a table of the allowable service load capacities for embedded bolts and a simple interaction formula for combined shear and tension. However, the listed anchor capacities are extremely limited, and they are based on uncommonly large edge distances and spacing of the anchors.(Read More)  

Seminar Benefits

  • Explore the complexities of today’s code provisions dealing with anchor bolt design, including those of IBC and ACI 318 Appendix D
  •  Find out which long-used practices for frame anchorage in pre-engineered metal buildings need to be changed
  •  Work through a number of design examples illustrating practical solutions for today’s code requirements
  •  Find out how to design anchors and foundations for the forces of wind uplift
  •  Examine the design methodology for various types of foundations subjected to horizontal column reactions
  •  Learn about the effects of column base fixity on foundation design

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to design anchor bolts, embedments, and foundations to resist horizontal and vertical column reactions. The instruction will utilize a combination of lecture, working through many design examples, answering the participants’ questions, and refreshing the discussion through a short post-seminar exam.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Students’ achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed through a series of problem-solving design examples, class discussion during the presentation of each major topic, and case studies.

Special Feature

Each participant will receive a copy of the new book “Foundation and Anchor Design Guide for Metal Building Systems” by Alexander Newman (McGraw-Hill, 2013).

Who Should Attend?

Structural and civil engineers seeking to broaden their knowledge of designing anchors, embedments, and foundations to resist horizontal and vertical forces. Despite the technical topic the instruction is kept enjoyable and easy to follow.

Registration Fees  

$1,345 Member | $1,575 Non-Member

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Summary Outline

Day 1:  8:30am - 4:30pm

  • Introduction: Structures that impose horizontal and vertical forces on supports
  • Some specific challenges of designing anchors, embedments and foundations for metal building systems and similar structures
  • Design of anchor bolts
  • Typical construction of today’s concrete anchors
  • Design codes and standards (IBC, ACI 318 App. D)
  • Discussion of limit states and detailed design provisions with design examples
  • Comprehensive design example
  • Can anchor bolts really resist horizontal column reactions?
  • Design of concrete embedments (including design examples and a case study)
  • Applicable authoritative publications (ACI 349 App. D, AISC Design Guides)
  • Shear lugs
  • Newly developed Newman lug
  • Recessed column base
  • Other concrete embedments

Day 2:  8:30am-4:30pm

  • Design of foundations to resist horizontal and vertical forces (including design examples)
  • Isolated column footings under uplift conditions
  • Some specifics of foundation design for metal building systems
  • Tie rods
  • Hairpins
  • Moment-resisting foundations
  • Mats
  • Slabs with haunch
  • Trench footings
  • Deep foundations
  • Other foundations
  • Introduction to design of equipment foundations
  • Strengthening existing anchors, embedments and foundations to resist horizontal and vertical forces
  • Conclusion, final Q&A
  • Post-course test

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Purpose and Background

For strength design, IBC references Appendix D of ACI 318, which contains a complex and difficult to follow design methodology; IBC further modifies some of its provisions. Since the introduction of ACI 318 Appendix D in 2002, its design approach changed drastically in every subsequent edition, attesting to the rapidly evolving state of the art in this area. Not surprisingly, design of anchor bolts has become one of the most debated topics in structural engineering. Many challenges have been reported in trying to use Appendix D to design anchor bolts for shear and tension in practical applications.

The difficulties of meeting the new code provisions are particularly acute in metal building systems, where the primary frame columns often exert large lateral reactions on the foundations. The traditional anchor bolt designs that were used in these common structures for generations no longer conform to the current code provisions. In many cases, other concrete embedments must be used instead, but these are often unfamiliar to many designers and contractors. The presentation provides an in-depth coverage of the new design methodologies and explains how they affect the traditional practices of designing and placing anchor bolts. A number of alternative concrete embedments are explored. Many design examples – immediately useful in practical design – illustrate the discussion.

The second part of the seminar is devoted to the design of foundations to resist horizontal and vertical forces. Such foundations are needed for metal building systems and other rigid-frame structures that exert horizontal reactions on their supports. When the columns are fixed at the bottom, rather than pinned, additional complications arise. Another challenge – designing foundations for the forces of uplift – affects these and many other lightweight structures. Not all the foundation designers are familiar with these complexities, and the seminar fills the knowledge void by exploring the most common design solutions for such foundations. Among them are tie rods, hairpins, and many other systems, such as slabs with edge haunches and moment-resisting foundations.

Other types of foundations that could be subjected to horizontal and vertical forces include those used for equipment support. Accordingly, the next topic covers an introduction to the design of equipment foundations. The final topic covers strengthening existing anchors, embedments and foundations to resist horizontal and vertical forces.

The audience is encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation, and the seminar concludes with the final Questions and Answers opportunity.

Hotel Information

Discounted hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See discount deadline and rates for each hotel below.

NOVEMBER 4-5, 2013
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-828-4444
ASCE Hotel Rate: $109 Single/Double
Hotel Cut-Off: 10/3/2013

JANUARY 30-31, 2014
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-492-1234
ASCE Hotel Rate: $149 Single/Double
Hotel Cut-Off: 1/2/2014

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