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

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Seminar Location: Online

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Seismology and Building Codes
Thursday, December 27, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM CST (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
Friday, December 28, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM CST (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

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Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers

     8.0 HSW CE Hours

     8.0 HSW LUs

     8.0 PDHs

     .8 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

These live, interactive webinars are designed to qualify for continuing education credit for professional engineers and architects in all states, except for Florida architects. Please see each webinar listing for the number of available continuing education credits. Course participants need to be aware of any licensing restrictions on online learning to fulfill their continuing education requirements.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is approved as a continuing education provider by the American Institute of Architects (No. J885) and is approved by the International Code Council as a Preferred Provider of continuing education (No. 1232). HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses.

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

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 on 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. Dr. Sfura is licensed as a structural engineer in Illinois, as a civil engineer in California, and as a professional engineer in Florida and Michigan. He is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), the 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 19 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.