August 7, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

William L. Coulbourne and Frank Lombardo will present this seminar covering wind design for buildings as recommended in ASCE 7, including the theory behind wind engineering that provides the basis for the wind pressure equations and methods in ASCE 7. The most recent changes that are included in ASCE 7-16 will be covered; there are major changes to wind speed maps that affect Illinois, major changes to Component and Cladding pressure coefficients, and new material on solar panels, canopies, and bins, silos and tanks. The seminar will cover new commentary on tornado design and current work in tornado research will be discussed. Looking forward to ASCE 7-22, ongoing wind research and proposed changes to provisions are already being discussed by the ASCE 7 Wind Load Task Committee and this work will be described in order to understand where the task committee is likely headed with future changes to the provisions.  

The learning objectives are:

  1. Understand the basics of wind engineering in order to effectively use the wind load provisions.
  2. Understand the changes to the wind load provisions included in ASCE 7-16.
  3. Learn how to design buildings for tornado wind loads and how to improve building performance for lower rated tornadoes.
  4. Become acquainted with the wind research work being done to prepare for the wind load provisions in ASCE 7-22.



    About the Presenters

    William L. Coulbourne, PE has a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states. He is a national expert in wind and flood mitigation and has been involved in FEMA Mitigation Assessment Teams and natural hazard damage assessments for 20 years. He has investigated failures and mitigation design techniques for thousands of buildings including residential structures, schools used as shelters, hospitals, and other critical facilities. He holds Certifications in Structural Engineering and Building Inspection Engineering.  

    He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a Fellow in the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. He actively participates on the ASCE engineering standards committees for ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction, and a new standards committee on EF Scale Wind Speed Estimation. 


    Franklin T. Lombardo received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 2009 in Wind Science and Engineering, studying thunderstorm wind characteristics and subsequent loading on a low-rise building. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Lombardo was a postdoctoral research associate the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he played a significant role in the investigation of the Joplin, Missouri tornado in 2011 and the creation of updated wind maps for ASCE 7-16. His work on the Joplin investigation earned himself and his team members the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2014. Lombardo has continued his work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

    In his time at UIUC, he has recently been awarded research projects through both NOAA and NSF for windstorm research and has started the Smart Wind Engineering Research Facility (SWERF) to advance knowledge of windstorms and their impacts in full scale. He also serves on professional committees related to windstorms, including ASCE 7-22 Wind Load Subcommittee and the newly-formed ASCE Committee on Wind Speed Estimation for Tornadoes. 


    150 N. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois


    The registration fee is just $390 for members and $505 for non-members.

    Attendees will earn 7 hours of continuing education credit. CE certificates will be emailed to all participants following the event. Course materials will be provided electronically prior to the event.




    Jeffrey Travis ( Exponent, Inc. )
    Michael LaMont ( Rush University Medical Center )
    Alexis Brackney ( CTLGroup )
    Lavern Nall ( Strass-Maguire & Associates )
    Douglas Fiene ( Fiene Engineering, Ltd. )
    Clark Baurer ( Clark T. Baurer Structural Engineering )
    Michael Joseph ( Michael Joseph Consulting, LLC )
    Katie Jaworski ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
    Donald Stevens ( DONVEN Homes, Inc. )
    Richard Weber ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
    steve Gyarmaty ( ATMI Precast )
    Michael Luse ( ATMI Precast )
    Roman Szczesniak ( RSJR Engineering Ltd. )
    Joseph Chittenden ( GTG Consultants, Inc. )
    Fahd Ganatra ( JENSEN HUGHES )
    Harry Marshall ( Harry E. Marshall Ltd. )
    Corey Van Luchene ( DLZ Indiana, LLC )
    Brian Voll ( DLZ, Indiana, LLC )
    Christopher Rockey ( Rockey Structures, LLC )
    Lauren Grana ( ATMI Precast )
    Jon Sfura ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
    Keli Dudek