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Structural Fire Engineering: A Powerful Sanctioned Design Option [L1]

Structural fire protection is often viewed by structural engineers as a nuisance. However, it represents one of the most promising opportunities for structural engineers to provide value-added services moving forward. ASCE/SEI 7 now permits designers to use structural fire engineering as an alternative to the code-default prescriptive method. This alternative approach must be in conducted in accordance with the new Appendix E section of ASCE/SEI 7, which requires analysis of structural performance under fire exposure. In this context, a structural system may be optimized for ambient and fire loads, which presents nearly endless possibilities in terms of design freedom as well as enhanced intrinsic structural fire safety.

Intended Audience: Engineers
Track:Design Analysis

  • Date: 4/3/2019 - 4/5/2019
  • PDH Credits: 0


Kevin LaMalva, PE

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