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Steel Framed Buildings: Practical Issues in Design and Renovation

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INSTRUCTOR: Alexander Newman, P.E., F.ASCE

Course Length: 12 Hours

Purpose and Background

This course provides answers to a multitude of practical questions related to design and renovation of steel framed buildings. The main emphasis is on low- and mid-rise buildings framed with structural steel, but discussion includes related materials, such as open-web joists and lintels. The course will cover new construction, including design for lateral loads. Some recent changes in the 005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings and other authoritative publications are explained and illustrated with design examples. Topics of building renovation and retrofit for wind and seismic loads are also explored. The course covers the problems, evaluation methods, and various renovation techniques for beams, girders, columns, and connections, illustrated with design examples and case studies.

Course Outline
  • 2005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings
  • Beam and Column related design issues
  • Design for torsion and lateral loads
  • Open-web steel joists and trusses
  • Connection and Lintel design
  • Diaphragms and Reinforcing
  • Vertical lateral-load-resisting elements and Assessment
  • Connections at base: anchor rods, shear keys, embedments vRenovation: General Issues
  • Code provisions for renovation of steel structures
  • Investigating existing conditions
  • Early design and construction practices for iron and steel
  • Repair of damaged and poorly fabricated or installed steel
  • Anchor-rod problems
  • Reinforcing open-web steel joists
  • Dealing with fire-damage
  • Wind and seismic retrofit of steel-framed buildings
  • Challenges and code provisions
  • Strengthening vertical lateral-load-resisting elements
  • Other lateral-load retrofit task