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ASCE Week - A Continuing Education Event - Las Vegas

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ASCE Week 2014 - A Continuing Education Event
Las Vegas, NV
September 22-26, 2014
The Venetian Palazzo

Not able to attend ASCE Week Las Vegas? Attend ASCE Week Orlando being held in March of 2015!

ASCE Week highlights ASCE’s most popular face-to-face seminars from leading experts in one location.

Schedule and Seminars- Earn up to 32 PDHs to meet your license renewal requirements.
Discounted Registration Fees - Save up to $800
on regular seminar prices when you register by August 29, 2014 for two seminars.
Special Tour! - Tour of Hoover Dam, Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and Lake Mead.
Hotel Information - Deluxe accommodations at the beautiful Venetian Palazzo Resort.

ASCE Week Schedule and Seminar Titles

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Below is the list of seminar titles featured at ASCE Week that you can register for. Click on the title to read more about each course and register.

 Monday, September 22 – Tuesday, September 23  
   Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering  
   Liability of Engineers: How to Stay out of Trouble 
   Ownership Transition Planning: Company Valuations and Strategic Planning                 
   Structural-Condition Assessment of Existing Structures  
   Water Hammer in Transmission and Distribution Systems
 
 Wednesday, September 24 - Special tour!!!
   Tour of Hoover Dam, Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and Lake Mead.
   **Due to space limitations, this field trip is only available to ASCE Week attendees and their guests.  
 
 Thursday, September 25 – Friday, September 26
   Financial Management for the Professional Engineer
   Instrumentation and Monitoring Bootcamp: Planning, Execution, and Measurement Uncertainty for  
   Structural and Geotechnical Construction Projects
    
   Seismic Analysis of Structures and Equipment –NEW  
   Wind Loads for Buildings and Other Structures

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Seminar Descriptions and Instructors

Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering
Monday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 23

Instructor - Finley A. Charney, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE

The ASCE 7-10 Minimum Loads Standards and the 2012 International Building Code specify that seismic resistant design is required for most building structures in the United States. Effective use of these documents requires a thorough understanding of the principles of earthquake engineering, from ground motion seismology, to risk assessment, to structural dynamics, to inelastic behavior, to design and detailing. The purpose of this seminar is to provide this understanding to practicing professional engineers that have little or no previous training in earthquake engineering. While other seismic seminars focus on the design aspect of earthquake engineering, the purpose of this seminar is to concentrate on the fundamentals. The course begins with a historical and philosophical review of earthquake engineering and seismic code development, followed by an overview of the latest code approaches to seismic resistant design. These code approaches are then broken down into their basic components, and a detailed step-by-step explanation is provided on how and why each component was developed. The seminar includes a variety of detailed examples that explain the fundamentals as applied to the ASCE 7-10 and 2012 IBC seismic load requirements. Also included is a concise overview of the seismic design requirements of ACI 318-11 and ANSI/AISC 341-10.
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Liability of Engineers: How to Stay Out of Trouble
Monday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 23
Instructor - Peter Liloia III, ESQ., A.M.ASCE

There has been an increasing expansion of the liability of engineers and architects in recent years for design, job site inspection, safety, and contract administration. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of A/E responsibility and liability, the various kinds of dilemmas faced by A/E's on a construction project, ways to avoid and minimize problem situations, and how to effectively resolve those disputes that inevitably do arise. It will be presented in an informal, interactive style, using examples from real life. Participants will be given practical, hands-on advice and guidance.
Full course details and registration.
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Ownership Transition Planning: Company Valuations and Strategic Planning
Monday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 23
Instructor - John Pruitt, CPA, CVA
 
This seminar gets to the heart of how to develop and operate a successful engineering business. The more effectively a business plans and executes its plans, the more successful and profitable a business tends to be. Presented are practical techniques used to develop viable strategic plans, how to highlight the essence of the plan so that the key elements can actually be remembered, and how to translate the strategic plan into an operating plan. Methods are presented on how to overcome the inertia associated with implementing the changes that need to be made to enjoy more success.
Full course details and registration.
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Structural-Condition Assessment of Existing Structures
Monday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 23
Instructors - Brian K. Brashaw, Zhiyong Cai, Ph.D., P.E., Gregory Fehr, P.E., Larry D. Olson, P.E., M.ASCE, Dennis A. Sack, P.E., Xiping Wang, Ph.D.
 
This seminar is an intensive overview of material evaluation practices and procedures used for assessing the structural condition of existing structures and covers as many aspects of evaluating structures and structural material conditions as possible. State-of-the-art information on visual inspections, destructive and nondestructive testing (NDT), and the hands-on experience provided in this seminar, are essential for those involved in evaluating concrete, masonry, wood, and metal structures.
Full course details and registration.
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Water Hammer in Transmission and Distribution Systems
Monday, September 22 - Tuesday, September 23
Instructors - E. Benjamin Wylie, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, Jim C.P. Liou, Ph.D., P.E., M. ASCE
 
Water hammer may endanger pipeline equipment and may compromise personal safety. What causes water hammer? How can these conditions be anticipated, predicted and modeled? Is it possible to reduce the severity of these conditions through proper design or control? This course emphasizes the development of an understanding of unsteady liquid pipeline flows with a particular emphasis on wave propagation phenomena. Care is given to concepts that distinguish normal unsteady flow events from more rapid undesirable events. Numerical modeling techniques are developed and demonstrated by solving practical problems encountered in water supply, sewerage and storm water transmission, power, and oil industries.
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Financial Management for the Professional Engineer
Thursday, September 25 - Friday, September 26
Instructor - David M. Wahby
 
It is not uncommon for engineering firm principals, project managers and technical staff to become confused and handcuffed when confronted with firm financial matters. After all, you were trained as an engineer, not an accountant. This program is designed to peel away the layers of mystery and provide you with the necessary basics - specifically as they pertain to engineering firm management. You will return to your office energized by new found financial skills, increased confidence, and a set of simple yet powerful tools and procedures you will use day in and day out to understand and manage your firm.
Full course details and registration.
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Instrumentation and Monitoring Bootcamp: Planning, Execution, and Measurement Uncertainty for Structural and Geotechnical Construction Projects
Thursday, September 25 - Friday, September 26
Instructor - Magued Iskander, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
 
The use of field instrumentation to monitor the on-site behavior of structures is becoming part of many construction projects. Nevertheless, few universities offer a course on instrumentation as part of their civil engineering curriculum; therefore, many engineers learn instrumentation through the school of hard knocks. This continuing education seminar will fill a void in the education of most civil engineers.

This seminar will provide a comprehensive introduction to instrumentation and monitoring of civil engineering projects including planning, design of instrumentation programs, performance of commonly used sensors, data acquisition, signal conditioning, error analysis, information management, and case histories. It will combine elements from civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering together with some management concepts in a coherent modular format. A key goal in the course development is to produce material that is suitable for typical civil engineers who are not well versed in electrical and mechanical systems without watering down the content.
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Seismic Analysis of Structures and Equipment –NEW
Thursday, September 25 - Friday, September 26
Instructor - Praveen K. Malhotra, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Structures (and equipment) are analyzed to identify their vulnerabilities to seismic ground shaking. The analysis is carried out by applying ground motions to a mathematical model of the structure. The ground motions are defined by their response spectra or time-histories. The structure is modeled by a lumped or distributed-mass system. The nonlinearities are explicitly modeled or empirically considered. As a result, there are many different methods of analyzing a structure. The objectives of this seminar are: (a) to discuss the pros and cons of different methods of analysis ; and (b) to provide an understanding of the dynamic response of structures such that the most appropriate method of analysis can be selected and the most efficient design can be generated.
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Wind Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
Thursday, September 25 - Friday, September 26
Instructor - Jon D. Raggett, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., M.ASCE

Hurricanes Andrew (1992), Iniki (1992), Hugo (1989), four hurricanes of 2004, hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma of 2005 and the Kansas-Oklahoma tornado outbreaks (1999 & 2003) 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 7-10) and Significant Changes to the Wind Provisions of ASCE 7-10. 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 7-10 Standard.
Full course details and registration.
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Hoover Dam at Night

  Tour of Hoover Dam,
  Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge,
  and Lake Mead
  Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  **Due to space limitations, this field trip is only available
    to ASCE Week attendees and their guests.     

 
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Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been called one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World. This engineering marvel not only enabled the industrial development of the Pacific Southwest, but it also forms Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the Western Hemisphere. History comes to life as you tour the interior of this 72-story structure, see its power plant, and view some fascinating exhibits. The cost of the tour is $149.00. Included in this price are:

  • Roundtrip transportation via air-conditioned motor coach
  • Knowledgeable tour guide
  • Private Dam Tour with Private Guide
  • Walk along the Mike O’Callaghan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
  • Lake Mead Noon Cruise
  • Lunch
  • Earn 4 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

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Special ASCE Week Reduced Registration Fees


Registration Type with Codes
EARLY BIRD RATE
(Registration by
August 29, 2014)
ASCE WEEK RATE
(Registration after
August 29, 2014)
Member Nonmember Member Nonmember
 1 Seminar - $150 Discount
 
$1,045 $1,275 $1,195 $1,425
 2 Seminars - $500 Discount
 Use Discount Code: ASCEWK500
$1,890 $2,350 $2,190 $2,650
 Hoover Dam Tour
 $149
**Due to space limitations, this field trip is only available to
attendees attending an ASCE Week seminar and their guests.
 

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Hotel Information

The Venetian Palazzo
3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Reserve your room today!
Reserve your room online or call (866) 659-9659

Room rates are $149 per night plus a $25 resort fee and tax for single/double occupancy. Mention that you are with ASCE Week to receive this special rate.
Rates are based on availability through August 20, 2014.

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Not able to attend ASCE Week Las Vegas? Attend ASCE Week Orlando being held in March of 2015!