Continuing Education

Seismic Design in Steel -- Concepts and Examples (Part 4): Buildings (R4)

This 8-part course is intended to provide engineers with guidance on applying the AISC seismic design requirements, correctly and efficiently, on typical projects in regions of moderate or high seismicity.  Parts 1-4 focus on seismic design concepts.  Parts 5-8 go through four distinct parts of a seismic design example for a low-rise building.

Part 4 includes:

  • Presentation of the formal relationship of codes in the US.
  • Explanation of the basic concepts employed in code- seismic design, such as seismic design category, maximum considered earthquake, importance factor, etc.
  • Explanation of general analysis and design requirements; discussion of detailed systems (designed using the AISC Seismic Provisions) and non-detailed systems (designed using only the AISC Specification)
  • Treatment of wind-vs.-seismic comparison issues; discussion of irregularities
  • Discussion of issues related to base plates
  • Discussion of issues related to diaphragms, including the alternative design procedures in ASCE 7 2016

This course is based on a past AISC Live Webinar series and Night School program.

You must purchase and pass a quiz to receive a PDH certificate for this course.

You can find other parts of this course at the following links:  Part 1: Introduction to Effective Seismic Design;  Part 2: Seismic Design Concepts -- Moment Frames;  Part 3: Seismic Design Concepts -- Braced Frames;  Part 5: Application -- Design Example Setup;  Part 6: Application -- Building Analysis/Diaphragms;  Part 7: Application -- Moment Frames;  Part 8: Application -- Braced Frames.

  • Date: 3/12/2018
  • PDH Credits: 1.5


Rafael Sabelli, SE


Seismic Design in Steel -- Concepts and Examples (Part 4): Buildings (R4)


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