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Presenter: Jon F. Sfura, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.

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Seminar Location: Online

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Seismology and Building Codes
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT (incl. 30 min. break)

   Seismology and Earthquake Actions

      • Earthquake characteristics

      • Effects of soil conditions

      • Western, central, and eastern U.S. seismicity

      • Induced seismicity

   Structural Dynamics & Response

      • Ground motions and structural response

      • Response spectra

      • Damping

      • Modal superposition analysis

   Modern Philosophy of Seismic Design

      • Seismic design objectives

      • Inelastic response and ductility

      • Proportioning

   U.S. Seismic Codes

      • History

      • Performance objectives

      • Hazard levels

Seismic Design of Building Structures
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT (incl. 30 min. break)

   ASCE 7 Seismic Design

      • Mapped spectral response

      • Design response spectrum

      • Seismic design category and design factors

      • Seismic force resisting systems

      • Estimating period

      • Structural irregularities

      • Equivalent lateral force procedure

      • Load combinations, overstrength, redundancy

      • Diaphragms

      • Shear walls

      • Deflection limitations

   Material-Specific Seismic Force Resisting Systems

      • International Building Code (IBC) provisions

      • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC 341) provisions

      • American Concrete Institute for Structural Concrete (ACI 318) provisions

      • American Concrete Institute for Masonry Structures (ACI 530) provisions

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers

     8.0 HSW CE Hours

     8.0 HSW LUs

     8.0 PDHs

     .8 CEUS (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

HalfMoon Education is an American Institute of Architects-approved continuing education sponsor (No. J885) and is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for architects and landscape architects in New York. These webinars are not approved for Florida architects. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. Check each webinar for the number of continuing education hours available. HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. These webinars offer engineer continuing education credit in all states that allow this learning methodology. Check each course listing for the number of PDHs available. The Slope Stabilization and Landslide Prevention webinars offer 3.0 CE hours each to landscape architects but have not been approved in states that require preapproval. The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved each webinar for 3.0 HSW PDHs. HalfMoon Education is an International Code Council Preferred Provider (1232). Course approvals are pending for the International Green Construction Code webinars. Participation and knowledge retention will be verified for these webinar events, certificates of completion will be provided, and LUs will be reported to the AIA. Please see individual course listings for available credit approval.


Jon F. Sfura, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.

Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Northbrook, Illinois

Dr. Sfura is a Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Northbrook, Illinois. His experience includes the assessment of structural distress and serviceability problems, the investigation of structural failures, peer review, and the rehabilitation of structures. He has published and lectured on seismic design and performance, and the assessment and rehabilitation of structures.

Dr. Sfura received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He studied the nonlinear seismic response of asymmetric steel structures to earthquake ground motions as a doctoral candidate. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois, Civil Engineer in California, and Professional Engineer in Florida and Michigan. He is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI).

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned interdisciplinary firm with nineteen offices across the United States. Its team of structural engineers, architects, and material scientists use problem solving and a hands-on technical approach to construction challenges, with virtually every construction material, structural system, and architectural component.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $400.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $350.00

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