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    The 2016 edition of ASCE Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures is available. Learn more about the new digital platform ASCE 7 Online, as well as the new ASCE 7 Hazard Tool, and sign up for release updates.

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    ASCE 7-16 Supplement #2

    The public comment period on Supplement 2 for ASCE/SEI 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures is now open from November 25, 2020 through January 11, 2021. This Supplement updates two sections of the standard; Section 12.9.1.5, which clarifies Horizontal Sheer Distribution provisions for torsional effects, an Section 16.4.2.1, which updates Force-Controlled Actions provisions to align with industry standards specifically the 2017 PEER TBI Guideline. To participate in the public comment period, contact James Neckel, ASCE's Codes and Standards Coordinator. 

    Research Grant Report

    Determination of Pressure Coefficients for High-Rise Buildings of Different Aspect Ratios
    Sponsored by The Charles Pankow Foundation

    The pressure coefficients for the Main Wind Force Resisting System (MWFRS) in Chapter 27 of ASCE 7-16 for buildings above 60ft date from the mid-1970s, primarily from the work of Akins et al. (1977). While tweaks to them have been made over the years, a systematic study using modern wind tunnel test methods for code-based design has not been conducted in many years. In particular, our knowledge of both the role of turbulence on aerodynamic loading and the turbulence levels in the atmospheric boundary later have evolved considerably over this time period. As a result, the ASCE 7-22 Wind Loads Sub-Committee wishes to review and possibly update Chapter 27 MWFRS wind load coefficients.

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    ASCE 7 2022 Development Cycle

    The 2022 Cycle is underway, the following meetings and conference calls are scheduled and are open to guests. Please contact Jennifer Goupil for information. 

    ASCE 7-22 Meetings:

    • Feb. 16, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET | ASCE 7-22 Wind Loads Subcommittee; Virtual Meeting

    ASCE 7-22 Main Committee Meetings Archive:

    SEI Standards

    SEI Codes and Standards Activities Division (CSAD) supports the development of 25 ASCE/SEI Standards; The CSAD committees coordinate all activities of ASCE related to the establishment, use, or discontinuance of standards in the area of buildings, non-building structures, and non-structural components. Please contact Jennifer Goupil for information. 

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    SEI Standards Committee Meetings

    • Feb. 4, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET | ASCE XX Wind Speed Estimation Committee; Virtual Meeting
    • Feb. 18, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET | ASCE XX Wind Speed Estimation Committee; Virtual Meeting
    • Feb. 19, 2021 | 8:00  a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT | ASCE 41-23 Main Committee; Virtual Meeting
    • Feb. 26, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT | ASCE 41-23 Main Committee; Virtual Meeting
    • Mar. 4, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET | ASCE XX Wind Speed Estimation Committee; Virtual Meeting
    • April 1, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET | ASCE XX Wind Speed Estimation Committee; Virtual Meeting

    Continuing Education

    Browse upcoming ASCE 7 learning opportunities.

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