NIBS: January 27 BSSC Seminar Will Look at Reinforced Concrete Structures

Peter Somers  
   

Jan 19, 2017 - The first webinar in a new 2017 series hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will focus on the seismic design of reinforced concrete structures using the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures and its primary reference standards: ASCE/SEI 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures and ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.

The free webinar, “Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions, will be held next Friday, January 27, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

Presenter Peter Somers will provide a summary of the design standards, the basic ductile design principals for concrete and the specific seismic design criteria and provisions based on Seismic Design Category. He also will present excerpts of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions: Design Examples document to reinforce the general concepts.

A principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates in Seattle, Washington, Somers manages a wide variety of project types, with a focus on large, mixed-use development, often with significant renovation components. He has 23 years of professional experience; is a licensed structural engineer in Washington and Nevada; and a professional engineer in California and Hawaii. Somers authored the reinforced concrete and wood design chapters for the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples, and assisted with the updates of these chapters for the 2015 edition. He is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) Earthquake Engineering and Existing Building Committees and is a past president of the Seattle Chapter of SEAW. He has served on the Steering Committee for the ASCE Rehabilitation Standards Committee for the last two cycles of ASCE 41 development, and contributed to the development of numerous standards and guidelines for ASCE, ATC and BSSC.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) learning unit (LU) or one professional development hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions,” webinar on January 27. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

 

About the NEHRP Recommended Provisions

Under the sponsorship of FEMA, BSSC administers an ongoing consensus-based process of updating and maintaining the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. The NEHRP Recommended Provisions and its Commentary and resource papers embody the state-of-knowledge criteria for design and construction of new buildings subject to earthquake hazards. The new knowledge and technologies contained in this resource document are diffused into the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC) and several national standards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) ASCE/SEI-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Learn more about the 2015 NEHRP Provisions.

About the Building Seismic Safety Council

The Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) is an independent, voluntary membership body representing a wide variety of building community interests related to seismic safety. Its fundamental purpose is to enhance public safety by providing a national forum that fosters improved seismic safety provisions for use by the building community in the planning, design, construction, regulation and utilization of buildings

 

About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences , authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

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