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

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Pasadena, CA

Courtyard Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626-403-7600

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: new changes from 2019 California Building Code (CBC)
   New ASCE 7-16 Seismic Provisions

New Site-specific Ground Motion Procedures for
Seismic Design (2019 CBC and ASCE 7-16)

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

Selection and Modification of Time Histories for Seismic Design

   Ground motion databases
   New Selection criteria per ASCE 7-16
   Modification procedures

Soil Structure Interaction for Seismic Design (New ASCE 7-16)

   Foundation damping effects
   Kinematic interaction effects

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     Non-Credit for CA Architects
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs*

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

*Continuing education not mandatory in California

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to California architects and engineers.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this activity for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information.

This course offers 7.0 hour non-credit continuing education hours to professional engineers in California. It will qualify for 7.0 PDHs for engineers seeking continuing education credit in all other states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects.

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

This course also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. Credit approval is not being sought in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

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.

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 of Buildings: Importance of Seismic Ground Motions

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation covers the effects of seismic loads on buildings, applicable building codes and design guidelines, site-specific ground motion procedures for seismic design, the selection and modification of time histories for seismic design, and soil structure interaction for seismic design.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the effects of seismic loads on buildings, explain how seismic activity is measured, quantify the forces on soils, foundations and buildings, and discuss seismic force distribution.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with applicable building codes for seismic design, including the ASCE 7 and the International Building Code.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss site-specific ground motion procedures for seismic design and anticipated site response.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss the effects of seismic activity on soil structure and building foundations.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with structural design.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/31/2022

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.