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Seismic Design and Detailing of Steel and Concrete Buildings

  • certificateThis course is part of the Structural Earthquake Engineering for Buildings Certificate Program.

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    Course Dates: January 25 – April 16, 2021     Register Now

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    Purpose and 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.


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

    Course Benefits

    • Comprehensive design and detailing guidance on the most common structural steel and reinforced concrete seismic force resisting systems.
    • Classification of the various elements of the seismic-force resisting system as force-controlled or deformation controlled will be covered.
    • Clear guidance will be provided on capacity-based design and detailing of force-controlled elements in the seismic-force resisting system.
    • Clear understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and expected performance of various lateral systems will enable better selection of lateral systems for different scenarios.
    • Detailed coverage of requirements of both AISC 341 and ACI 318 Chapter 18 will familiarize engineers with the correct application of the provisions.

    Learning Outcomes

    • 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

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Rate: Member $1545 | Non-Member $1895