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Presenter: Gergis William, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F. ASCE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm CDT

How to Design for Wind Loads

   Wind speed, importance factor, exposure, enclosure classifications
   Risk categories for wind load design
   Allowed procedures (methods 1, 2 and 3)
   Basic definitions and requirements 
   Main wind force resisting system vs. components and cladding

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers:
     2.0 PDHs

     2.0 HSW CE Hours
     AIA Credit: Pending

International Code Council:
     .2 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for landscape architects, engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities:
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059),
     Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130),
     and North Dakota.

Course-by-Course Organizations:
   International Society of Arboriculture
   Society of American Foresters
   Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for landscape architects, engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §79-1.5(i)(2), §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).


Gergis William, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F. ASCE

Senior Structural Engineer at AECOM and Adjunct Associate Professor at West Virginia University

Dr. William is a professional structural engineer with over 25 years of academic and consulting experience in the structural analysis, design, long-term monitoring, and condition assessment of highway bridges and pavement structures. His experience has also extended to the design and construction of water-front structures, as well as industrial and high-rise residential buildings. Dr. William has published over 120 articles in international journals and conference proceedings. He is a member of several national technical committees and has participated in writing four design codes/guidelines published by the American Concrete Institute.

Dr. William has extensive experience with 3D nonlinear finite element analysis of diverse complex structures using LS-DYNA. He has dealt with problems involving mesh construction of complicated geometries, contact, nonlinear material behavior, fracture and failure analysis, and validating results with experimentally measured data. He has experience with lightweight composite structures with an emphasis on automotive light-weighting technologies and lightweight dense hydrogen storage systems. He has also worked on the structural characterization of lightweight composite materials including polymer-reinforced composites and metal matrix composites.

Starting his career as a structural/geotechnical engineer, followed by long experience with long-term field monitoring of the performance of various types of bridges, Dr. William has been exposed to many problems associated with bridge construction and design specifications such as early age full-depth longitudinal cracks in empirically designed bridge decks, transverse deck cracking, out-of-plane web distortion of steel I-girders, and restrained bridge expansion at integral abutment or expansion joints. Dr. William has provided expert assistance in several issues such as early age longitudinal cracking of empirically designed bridge decks and out-of-plane distortion of steel girders through WVDOT/FHWA task force in 2006-2007.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $100.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $100.00

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: How to Design for Wind Loads

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the effects of wind loads on structures, and it details the relevance of wind speed and building exposure to risk categories for wind load design. It covers wind force resisting systems versus building components and cladding.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to consider potential wind speeds, building enclosure classification, and importance factor when calculating wind loads.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to determine risk categories for wind load design.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss how wind load calculations determine which of the three design methods to apply.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss main wind force resisting system considerations versus those for components and cladding.

LUs: 2.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSW

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: Pending Approval

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.