Continuing Education

Gusset Plates: The Evolution of Simplified Design Models

In the design of steel structures, each member is isolated and evaluated using the appropriate AISC Specification requirements. Similarly, gusset plate connections can be complex structural systems that are separated into several elements for design purposes.

The behavior of these gusset plate elements can be captured with simple design models, where portions of the plate are treated as structural members with well-documented and predictable behavior.

Join us for a brief history of gusset plate design methods and their evolution over the last century. We'll cover current design provisions where column and beam models are used to predict the strength of gusset plates in various configurations, including wrap-around gusset plates. We'll wrap things up with a preview of a new method to predict the compression strength of gusset plates using notional loads.

This webinar is a presentation of the 2020 T.R. Higgins Lecture!

  • Date: 4/1/2021
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
  • Duration: 1.0 hour
  • Location: Live Webinar
  • PDH Credits: 1
  • Cost:


  • Registration Deadline: 4/1/2021 10:00 a.m.
  • Connection Instructions: Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing your receipt, a link to access the webinar, dial-in audio instructions, and a link to a PDF handout of slides.


Bo Dowswell

Bo Dowswell

Principal of ARC International, an engineering firm specializing in research and consulting for steel structures.