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Save up to $275 when you purchase this course through the Structural Earthquake Engineering for Buildings Certificate Program


2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


Member $1045 | Non-member $1345 —new lower pricing


Finley A. Charney, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.SEI 
Justin D. Marshall, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE 

Purpose & background

Beyond the determination of element demands in accordance with ASCE 7 analysis methods, the requirements for member sizing, ductile detailing, and capacity design principles will be presented. The seismic design and detailing requirements for structural steel seismic-force resisting systems including concentrically braced frames (ordinary, special, and not detailed for seismic), buckling-restrained braced frames, moment resisting frames (ordinary, intermediate, and special), and steel plate shear walls will be presented in accordance with the Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 341). The requirements of ACI 318 Chapter 18 will be covered for reinforced concrete moment frames (ordinary, intermediate, and special), shear walls, and coupled shear walls. Additionally, details on the design and detailing requirements for diaphragms, chords, and collectors for both steel and concrete frame systems will be presented.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of the seismic-force resisting system for a steel or reinforced concrete structure and classify them as force-controlled or displacement-controlled elements.
  • Define and apply the principles of the terms ductility-based design and capacity design as it pertains to seismic design and expected performance of buildings in a significant seismic event.
  • Design and detail braces, gusset connections, and columns for ordinary and special steel concentrically braced frames.
  • Design and detail braces, gusset connections, and columns for buckling-restrained braced frames.
  • Design and detail steel plates, horizontal boundary elements, vertical boundary elements, and connections for steel plate shear walls.
  • Design and detail beams, columns, and beam-column joints in ordinary, intermediate, and special steel or reinforced concrete moment resisting frames.
  • Design and detail the geometry, web reinforcing, and boundary element reinforcing for ordinary or special reinforced concrete shear walls.
  • Design and detail coupling beams for special reinforced concrete coupled shear walls.
  • Design and detail diaphragms, chords, and collector elements that are part of the seismic-force resisting system.

Who should attend?

  • Structural engineers (early to mid-career or beginning to design in high seismic hazard regions) 
  • Steel fabricators
  • Reinforcing cage detailing
  • Contractors

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