Continuing Education

To 3 or Not to 3 [M11]

Specifying a seismic force-resisting system (SFRS) with an R greater than 3 results in designing for less force. However, it comes at a price! The connections are more expensive due to more stringent strength and detailing requirements. Alternatively, foundations can be sized for smaller loads. This session will examine this trade-off and how the selection of a SFRS affects the total building cost, not just the steel tonnage.

Intended Audience: Engineers

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


Patrick Fortney, PE ; John Hooper, SE, PE

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