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Seismic Loads

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

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    Course Dates: May 10 – July 30, 2021     Register Now

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    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Member $1545 | Non-member $1895


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

    Purpose and Background

    This course provides a detailed description of the ASCE 7-16 procedures for seismic load analysis of buildings and other structures. For buildings, the course begins with a brief history of the development of ASCE 7 and then presents a sequence of topics that will lead you through the process of determining the seismic hazard, selecting the seismic-force resisting system, evaluating configuration irregularities., and determining the most appropriate method of analysis. Next, requirements for system modeling and structural analysis are presented by example. The last two weeks of the course concentrate on the seismic load analysis of non-building systems and nonstructural components. Significant changes from ASCE 7-10 to ASCE 7-16 are highlighted throughout the course.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    • Discuss the history of the development of the ASCE 7 seismic load provisions.
    • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different seismic-force resisting systems and select the appropriate system for a structure.
    • Identify how to select the appropriate analysis method, and how to model the system for compliance with ASCE 7 requirements.
    • Evaluate the basic procedures for developing seismic loads for nonstructural components and for nonbuilding systems.
    • Explain the process of determining the appropriate level of ground motions for use in seismic design and analysis.
    • Describe the procedures used for performing Equivalent Lateral Force, Modal Response Spectrum, and Linear Response History Analysis.
    • Identify how the presence of configuration irregularities can penalize a design.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Practicing engineers
    • Building code officials
    • Architects
    • Developers

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