Continuing Education

SpeedCore and Steel-Concrete Composite Construction

The merits of steel-concrete composite construction have been recognized and leveraged for decades, but they have never been harnessed quite so efficiently as the new SpeedCore system, which consists of composite plate shear walls and composite coupling beams. This system can be used, when needed, in lieu of traditional reinforced concrete core walls/shear walls in commercial, industrial, or nuclear construction. The primary advantages of this composite system stem from the efficient modularization and prefabrication of steel modules, and elimination of rebar cages, formwork, and falsework, resulting in an expedited construction schedule and thus overall increased project economy.

In this webinar, Purdue University’s Amit Varma will summarize the results of extensive research conducted over more than 12 years, culminating in the development of design specifications, provisions, and guidelines for composite walls and systems for various applications. He’ll highlight experimental behavior, numerical modeling, and design of composite walls and the SpeedCore system for wind loading, seismic loading, and fire loading conditions.

This is the 2021 T.R. Higgins Lecture. 

(Note:  This event is FREE but you must register. If your team is able to safely gather in person, you will only need to register that one connection; everyone who attends at that connection is eligible to receive a certificate. If you cannot safely gather, individuals must register for his/her own connection.)

  • Date: 3/17/2022
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Duration: 1.5 hour
  • Location: Live Webinar
  • PDH Credits: 1.5
  • Cost:


  • Registration Deadline: 3/17/2022 1:30 p.m.
  • Connection Instructions: Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing your receipt, a link to access the webinar, and a link to a PDF handout of slides.


Amit Varma

Amit Varma

Amit Varma, PhD, has been an academic for 20 years and at Purdue University for 16 years, where he has dedicated his academic and professional life to the development of innovative steel-concrete composite structures for the built infrastructure including commercial, industrial, and safety-related nuclear structures.