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Presenter: Jerald W. Kunkel, P.E., F. ASCE

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Recording Location: San Antonio, TX

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14036

Product Number: 16H TXSDLUA7 6 10 CDMN

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Structural Loads

   Types of structural loads

   General structural integrity

   Classifying buildings and structures

   Modifying and expanding existing structures

Dead Loads, Soil Loads and Hydrostatic Pressure

   Weight of materials and structure

   Soil loads and hydrostatic pressure

Live Loads

   Uniformly-distributed loads

   Concentrated loads

   Required live loads

   Impact loads

Flood Loads

   Design loads

   Loads on breakaway walls

   Hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads

   Wave loads

Rain, Ice and Snow Loads

   Calculating rain, ice and snow loads on roofs

   Design coefficients

   Unbalanced, drifting and sliding loads

Wind Loads

   Wind speed, importance factor, exposure, enclosure classifications

   Allowed procedures (methods 1, 2 and 3)

   Basic definitions and requirements

   Main wind force resisting system vs. components and cladding

Earthquake Loads

   Scope and applicability

   Seismic ground motion values/geologic hazards and geotechnical investigation

   Importance factor and occupancy category

   Seismic design category

   Simplified structural design criteria for bearing walls and building frame systems

   Design requirements for non-structural components


Jerald W. Kunkel, P.E., F. ASCE

Jerald W. Kunkel Consulting Engineers, Inc. in Arlington
Mr. Kunkel is a registered professional engineer in 37 states. He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas - Arlington. He specializes in the design and investigation of commercial and residential structures. His design experience includes bridge design, steel and concrete design of commercial buildings, and concrete and wood framing design of residential structures. He has been involved in the design of slab-on-grade foundations in the expansive clay soils of north central Texas and at various locations nationwide for the past 34 years. Mr. Kunkel currently conducts seminars and lectures at trade schools on residential construction, remodeling and repair. He is also a professor in practice at the University of Texas at Arlington, an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College and a fellow and lifetime member in the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Kunkel is also a Texas certified windstorm engineer.