Structural Design of Industrial Facilities

 Seminar Benefits | Learning Outcomes | Registration Information | Summary Outline

Upcoming Seminar Locations:

Orlando, FL / November 7-8, 2013 (Hotel Info)

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Kasi V. Bendapudi, P.E., S.E. M.ASCE 

Each Attendee Earns 1.4 CEUs

“The experiences that the instructor shared with the class brought a lot of relevance to the course material.” –Bill Holloway, Dryer Group Manager, Andrite, Arlington, TX

Purpose and Background

Efficient structural design of industrial facilities requires engineers to synthesize theories and practices. The central theme of this course is to develop structural design of industrial facilities in a systematic manner with the structural systems and essential subsystems including crane runways, mill buildings, combined columns, and industrial floors. (Read More)  

Seminar Benefits

You will attend a unique course that covers problems, and solutions involved with the design of industrial facilities. You will benefit from a broad range of topics covered, with design procedures, and real-life practical examples. This course is intended to introduce some of the theoretical concepts and practical methods to design industrial facilities. You learn design of crane runways, mill buildings, industrial floors on grade, elevated floors, and foundations for industrial facilities. You will be introduced to the concepts of strength and stability.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Relevant design concepts or the structural design of industrial facilities
  • Design procedures
  • Hands on workshops for the concepts of structure stability
  • Case studies to apply the concepts learned

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Concepts learned will be assessed through participation by attendees in case studies, hands-on workshops, and instructor’s review comments. There will be an Assessment Examination that covers the concepts learned

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Who Should Attend?

Structural designers, consultants, architectural engineers, plant engineers, facility owners, building manufacturers, contractors, municipal engineers and other regulatory agency engineers who influence the design, location, safety, and the use of industrial facilities. You will also benefit if you are a structural engineer desiring to increase your familiarity with industrial structures and facilities or are planning to practice in this field.

Registration Fees*  

$1,255 Member | $1,475 Non-Member  

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Summary Outline

Time:  DAY 1- 8:15am – 5:00pm | DAY 2- 8:30am – 4:30pm


 Registration And Coffee Introduction

  • Overview of industrial and manufacturing facilities
  • Governing elements in the design of industrial and manufacturing facilities
  • Theme: Define, design the elements, connect the elements, check strength, stability and serviceability

Structural Systems And Components

  • Systems with cranes-Heavy Industrial facilities
  • Systems without cranes-Light Industrial/ Manufacturing facilities and some industrial facilities
  • Pre-engineered metal buildings do and don’ts
  • Hybrid systems
  • Essential Sub-systems
    1. Roofs
    2. Walls
    3. Floors
    4. Crane runways & Columns
    5. Foundations

Roofs For Industrial And Manufacturing Facilities

  • Simple framing
  • Roof slopes and details of purlin connections
  • Cantilevered roof purlin design
  • Utilizing roof diaphragms for structure stability (included in “structure stability” module)
  • Design of roof structure to prevent ponding failures
    o Concept of ponding
    o Stiffness concepts in roof ponding
    o Numerical example

Wall Systems For Industrial Facilities

  • Metal walls, girts, wind posts, and the connections
  • Masonry wall, fire walls, precast walls, numerical examples, and connection details

Refreshments And Networking

Elevated Floors

  • Types of floors used in industrial facilities
  • Design concepts, crack control, joints, permanent forms, openings, and composite vs. non composite
  • Design of elevated floors for forklift truck traffic
  • Numerical example

Industrial Floors On Grade

  • Introduction to industrial floors
  • Design concepts and considerations
  • Quality of floors
  • Joint design
  • Use and misuse of reinforcing steel and vapor barriers
  • Super-flat technology; flatness and levelness
  • Suggested details
  • Design criteria and outline specifications
  • Selection of flatwork contractor
  • Scope of work (SOW) matrix
  • ACI 360 and ACI 320 committee reports
  • Update on ACI committee reports
  • References and further reading

Lunch Break

Crane Runways

  • Overview of cranes
  • Crane systems commonly used in the industrial facilities; under hung, overhead electrically operated top-running (EOT), yard cranes, and floor mounted jibs
  • Service classifications (CMAA) and usage
  • Forces imparted by cranes and operational aspects of cranes
  • Crane load specifications – AISC vs. AIST
  • Load combinations involving cranes AIST
  • Design of EOT crane runways and details
  • End rotations, deflections, and connections
  • Details of runway systems
  • Numerical example

Design Of Mill Buildings And Combined Columns

  • Overview of mill buildings and columns
  • Design considerations
  • K – factors and end restraints
  • Murray Graham Model
  • Concept of load sharing
  • Column Design – recommended procedure
  • Connections of different elements of combined columns
  • Column lacing
  • Bracing requirements and system integrity
  • Base fixity, rotational restraints, and support settlement \
  • Lateral drift and stiffness considerations
  • Design of fixed column bases
  • Numerical example

Introduction To Case Studies And Final Exam Q&A

DAY 2 

Connections And Anchorages  

  • High strength bolts – ASTM A325 and ASTM A490
    – Bearing
    – Fully tensioned
    – Slip critical
  • Standard connections
  • Moment connections
  • Column to truss connections, and general considerations for long span trusses
  • Connections at column bases and design of base plates
  • Design of anchor bolts
  • Design of shear lugs
  • Connections of pre-cast walls and miscellaneous elements
  • Diaphragm shears and connection design (included in “structure stability” module)

Refreshments And Networking


  • Equipment foundations and in-ground structures
  • Mat Foundations
  • Mass concrete
  • Piles
  • Drilled piers

Lunch Break

Workshop – Structure Stability

Structure Stability

  • Concepts of strength and stability
  • Local buckling and member failure
  • Bracing design
  • Magical 2% rule
  • Diaphragm shears and connection design
  • Numerical example


  • Definition
  • Deflections and camber
  • Side sway
  • Drift index
  • Differential settlements
  • Expansion and contraction
  • Vibrations and noise
  • Base rotations and connection slip
  • Corrosion

Refreshments And Networking

Workshop - Case Studies

  • Presentations by the attendees
  • Concluding remarks and assessment of the presentations
  • Final EXAM

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Purpose and Background

Efficient structural design of industrial facilities requires engineers to synthesize theories and practices. The central theme of this course is to develop structural design of industrial facilities in a systematic manner with the structural systems and essential subsystems including crane runways, mill buildings, combined columns, and industrial floors. Connections and anchorage required for assembling a safe and serviceable structure are enumerated. The essential concepts of strength, stability, serviceability, and safety are discussed. The design intricacies of various structural elements associated with industrial and manufacturing plants are reviewed. Mass concrete and mat foundation designs utilized in the industrial facilities are investigated. Analysis of elevated floors subjected to moving loads (traffic) and the necessary structural design procedures are illustrated with numerical examples similar to those typically encountered in design offices. Structural failures and collapses are discussed. The course concludes with the case studies and exchange of ideas including the application of the concepts learned during the seminar.

Hotel Information

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

NOVEMBER 7-8, 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

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Seminar Benefits | Learning Outcomes | Registration Information | Summary Outline