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Presenter: Gregory Robinson, PE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Richmond, VA

Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236
Phone: 804-560-1566

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Treatment of Structure Loads in Building Codes and Standards

   Building codes
      • Historical considerations
      • ASCE 7-5 and 7-10
   Load combinations
      • Allowable Strength Design (ASD)
      • Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD)

Dead Loads

   Definition of dead load
   Common materials and components

Live Loads

   Definition of live load
   Live load examples
      • Roofs, floors, walls
      • Traffic and various wheel loads, distribution considerations

Wind Loads

   ASCE 7 Background
   Computing wind loads
      • Main wind force resisting system (MWFRS)
      • Components
      • Parapets

Rain and Snow Loads

   Ponding and drainage
   Snow: balanced, unbalanced and drifting

Water, Moving and Still

   Hydrostatic pressure
   Flood loads
      • Uplift, flowing water, scour, relief of flood forces

Seismic, Blasting and Ground Vibration Loads

   Basic seismic considerations
      • Ground motion and equivalent lateral force
      • ASCE 7 design formulae and coefficients, how does all this work?
      • Non-building structures
   Ground vibration from blasting

Earth Pressure Loads

   Retaining walls
   Buried structures
      • Active, passive and at-rest conditions
   Live loads, direct and through soil

Application of Loads to Various Structures and Components

   Common building components: joists, rafters, beams, columns and walls
   Structural analysis considerations
   Examples and case studies
      • Wind loads on components
      • Foundation in flood-prone area
      • Buried vault

Using Spreadsheets and Software to Calculate Design Loads

   Spreadsheet design considerations
   Examples and case studies

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Building Inspectors

     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Education Hours

Virginia Building Officials,
Property Maintenance Officials &
Technical Assistants
     7.0 Continuing Education Hours

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 (HSW) continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 continuing education hours to engineers in all states, including Virginia (excluding Florida architects). Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This course offers 7.0 continuing education hours to Virginia building officials, property maintenance officials, and technical assistance. Educators and course are not subject to preapproval.

The International Code Council has awarded .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors but has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Gregory Robinson, PE

Consulting Engineer
Mr. Robinson is a graduate of North Carolina State University from which he received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his master of Civil Engineering degree. He has 30 years of experience in the structural engineering field and has been in private practice for 24 years. Prior to establishing his own practice Mr. Robinson worked for Bechtel Petroleum inSan Francisco and various structural engineering firms in the Raleigh area. Mr. Robinson is a licensed professional engineer in 16 states. He has taught structural analysis classes at the community college level and conducted numerous seminars over the last 20 years. He also served on a sub-committee for the North Carolina Building Code Council tasked with reviewing the provisions of the North Carolina Residential Code for interior moisture control and water intrusion. Mr. Robinson’s practice includes design, analysis and evaluation of steel, concrete, masonry and timber structures. He has investigated over 1,500 wood frame buildings for damage and he has developed plans of repair for structures and finishes.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.