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Blast and Progressive Collapse Symposium Scheduled for Dec. 4-5

AISC co-sponsors New York meeting to examine blast and progressive collapse issues

October 22, 2003 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is jointly sponsoring with the Steel Institute of New York (SINY) a symposium to examine blast and progressive collapse issues. The symposium is scheduled for Dec. 4-5 in New York, NY, and will present an overview of current design standards and procedures as well as methodologies for threat assessment.

"This program is designed to give engineers the guidance they need to address blast and progressive collapse resistance in the design of steel buildings," explained Louis Geschwindner, Vice President of Engineering and Research for AISC.

Click here to register.

Speakers at the Symposium on Resisting Blast and Progressive Collapse include renowned experts including: Mohammed Ettouney from Weidlinger Associates; Ramon Gilsanz from Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek; Ron Hamburger from Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger; and Ahmad Rahimian from Cantor Seinuk.
Registration is $100 for the two-day symposium, which will be held at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. Attendees will receive 9.75 PDH (.975 CEUs) and the full conference proceedings. For more information, visit www.aisc.org or call Janet Cummins (312.670.5411) or Gary Higbee (212.697.5553).

BLAST & PROGRESSIVE COLLAPSE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE:

DECEMBER 4, 2003

8:30 am registration and continental breakfast
9:30 am to 9:40 am - Welcome - Gary Higbee, SINY
9:40 am to 10:00 am - Preamble - Lou Geschwindner, AISC/Penn State
University

Morning Session
Moderator-John Barsom, Barsom Consulting
10:00 am to 10:45 am - Blast Basics - Andy Longinow, Wiss Janney Elstner
10:45 to 11:30 am - Progressive Collapse Basics-Shankar Nair, Teng and
Associates

Early Afternoon Session
Moderator - Duane Miller, The Lincoln Electric Co.
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm - Performance of Buildings with No Specific Blast or
Progressive Collapse
Requirements: Part 1 - Bob McNamara, McNamara and Salvia
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm - Performance of Buildings with No Specific Blast or Progressive Collapse
Requirements: Part 2 - Jon Magnusson, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Panel discussion

Late Afternoon Session
Moderator-Larry Griffis, Walter P. Moore Engineers and Consultants
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm - Assessing and Minimizing Threats to Buildings-Mohammed
Ettouney, Weidlinger Associates
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm - Considerations for Retrofit and Rehabilitation of
Existing Steel
Buildings-Bill Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
4:45 pm to 5:30 pm-Design of Buildings with Prescriptive Blast or
Progressive Collapse Requirements - Ramon Gilsanz, Gilsanz, Murray Steficek
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm - Panel discussion
6:00 pm - Cocktails and Dinner
Moderator-Ted Galambos, University of Minnesota
Speaker-Joe Englot, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (invited), Vulnerability assessment for buildings from an owner/developer perspective.

DECEMBER 5, 2003

7:00 am - Continental breakfast
Moderator - John Fisher, Lehigh University
8:00 am to 8:45 am - Design of Buildings with Performance-Based Blast and Progressive Collapse Requirements: Part 1 - Ron Hamburger, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger 8:45 am to 9:30 am - Design of Buildings with Performance-Based Blast and Progressive Collapse Requirements: Part 2 - Greg Deierlein, Stanford University (invited)
9:30 am to 10:15 am - AISC research on blast testing of steel - Ted
Krauthammer, Penn State University
10:30 am to 11:15 am - Applications from other industries - Ahmad Rahimian,
Cantor Seinuk
11:15 am to 11:45 am - Panel discussion
11:45 am to 12:15 pm - Conclusions-Louis Geschwindner
12: 15 pm - Adjourn second day - Louis Geschwindner

For more information on AISC’s blast and progressive collapse symposium, visit www.aisc.org/blast.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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