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

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Seminar Location: Online

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Part 1, Tuesday, July 28, 2020
11:00 am – 2:30 pm CDT (incl. 30-min. break)

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

Part 2, Wednesday, July 29, 2020
11:00 am – 3:30 pm CDT (incl. 30-min. break)

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

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers:
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 CE Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

International Code Council:
     .7 CEUs (Building)

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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: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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

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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 Online

Course Description: This course examines the effects of seismic loads on buildings, applicable building codes and design guidelines, site-specific ground motion procedures for seismic design, 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 forces that act on soils, foundations and buildings during seismic activities and explain how seismic activity is measured.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with ASCE-7 seismic provisions and International Building Code provisions for seismic design.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss the importance of selecting ground motion histories for the seismic design strategy.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss the role of site-specific ground-motion procedures for seismic design, and they will be able to describe how soil impacts the motion of a structure during seismic activities and vise versa.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSW

Prerequisites: Experience with design, construction, load calculations and code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/26/2023

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