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Presenter: Jorge F. Meneses, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., D.GE, F.ASCE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Irvine, CA

Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949-553-0100

This seminar is closed or full.


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 the Effect of Seismic Loads on Buildings

   Measuring seismic activity 
   Quantifying the forces on soils, foundations and buildings 
   Strength and stiffness 
   Strength procedures, allowable stress procedures, 
      performance-based procedures 
   Serviceability and functionality 
   Seismic force distribution (load path)

Reviewing Applicable Building Codes and Design Guidelines

   Seismic design criteria 
   ASCE 7 seismic provisions
   International Building Code

Site-specific Ground Motion Procedures for Seismic Design

   Site response
   Risk-targeted maximum considered earthquake 
   Probabilistic, deterministic, site-specific

Selection and Modification of Time Histories for Seismic Design

   Ground motion databases 
   Selection criteria 
   Modification procedures

Soil Structure Interaction for Seismic Design

   Foundation damping effects 
   Kinematic interaction effects

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units
     (Non-qualifying for CA architects)

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a 7.0 hour continuing education opportunity to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects (non-credit in California) in all states with continuing education requirements. Continuing education is not required for engineer license maintenance or renewal in California. The subject matter of this seminar does not contain accessibility content for California architects.

This seminar is 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 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.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

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


Jorge F. Meneses, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., D.GE, F.ASCE

Principal Geotechnical Engineer, RMA Group, Inc.

Dr. Jorge Meneses is principal geotechnical engineer with RMA Group. He is a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission appointed by Governor Brown and confirmed by the State Senate. He is a reviewer of seismic ground motions for the seismic design of high-rise buildings for the City of San Diego, part-time faculty at San Diego State University, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Structural Engineering at University of California San Diego, member of the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), president of the EERI San Diego Chapter, past Member of the ASCE 7-16 Committee (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures), member of the ASCE 1 Committee (Geotechnical Analysis, Design, Construction, Inspection and Monitoring of Nuclear Safety-Related Structures), honorary chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, and member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals.

He is an expert in geotechnical, foundation, and earthquake engineering with more than 30 years of professional experience. His areas of expertise include probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard analysis, seismic deaggregation, selection and modification of earthquake ground motions, site response and characterization, liquefaction and lateral spread evaluation and mitigation, seismic stability of earthworks, post-earthquake reconnaissance, numerical modeling and advanced geotechnical testing. Dr. Meneses specializes in seismic soil-structure interaction analysis, and analysis and design of pile foundations subjected to liquefaction and lateral spread. He has experience with seismic hazard evaluation and ground motions development in different seismotectonic environments, and he has in-depth knowledge of seismic regulations for dams, buildings, bridges, nuclear facilities, ports, and others.

Dr. Meneses has professional experience in the United States, Japan, Peru, India, and Mexico. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in earthquake geotechnical engineering and foundation engineering across the country.

Dr. Meneses frequently acts as a peer reviewer for technical conferences and technical journal publications, is a guest speaker for domestic and international conferences, and has published more than 60 technical publications.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

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