Continuing Education

Got Stiffness? - An Enjoyable Analytical Investigation of Lateral Force Resisting Base Plates

All steel structures begin with a base plate anchor rods. The base plate is an essential part of the structure and is crucial to its performance during a seismic or wind event. However, little research has been performed on them, and therefore little is known about the correct modeling and performance of base plates and anchor rods. This presentation takes some of the mystery out of the design of these deceptively simple, often overlooked, frequently marginalized and yet crucial members in order to minimize the chance of a change order or catastrophe.

This course is based on a past NASCC session.   

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

  • Date: 4/2/2008 - 10/20/2016
  • PDH Credits: 1


Barry Arnold, ARW Engineers, Ogden, UT


Got Stiffness? Designing Better Base Plates