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

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Syracuse, NY

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-475-3000

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        7:30 - 8:00 am

Morning Session:                8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Seismology and Earthquake Actions

  Earthquake characteristics 
   Effects of soil conditions 
   Western, central, and eastern U.S. seismicity

Structural Dynamics & Response

   Ground motions and structural response 
   Response spectra
   Modal superposition analysis

Modern Philosophy of Seismic Design

   Seismic design objectives 
   Inelastic response and ductility 

U.S. Seismic Codes

   Performance Objectives 
   Hazard Levels

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 and 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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     7.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.5 AIA LU|HSW

Professional Engineers
     7.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

International Code Council
     .75 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA information under this course listing.

Courses for New York engineers offered by sponsors recognized the American Institute of Architects are considered approved if they contribute to the development and maintenance of professional knowledge in approved subject areas.

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors

The International Code Council has approved this course for .75 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).


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), 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: $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.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Seismic Design and Construction

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines the science of earthquakes, structural dynamics and responses, US seismic codes, the modern philosophy of seismic design, ASCE 7 seismic design provisions, and material-specific seismic force resisting systems.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify ground motions and response spectra from earthquake actions, and will be able to consider the impact of soil conditions on ground motions and response.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify the modern philosophy of seismic design, defining seismic design objectives.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe seismic design provisions in building codes and in ASCE 7 ‘s minimum design loads.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify seismic force resisting systems for concrete, masonry, wood and steel buildings.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type:  LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction, code compliance, and and awareness of the effects of earthquakes.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/24/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.