February 8, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm


The presentation focuses on structural fire resistance. Performance-based design is explored through a discussion of the acceptable use of fire models. Alternative means and construction methods are also presented which involves an overview of engineering judgments. Case studies are presented to show the benefits of engineering judgments and structural fire models. Cautionary situations are presented as well as specification recommendations to avoid design errors.

L E A R N I N G  O B J E C T I V E S

  1. Understand the code requirements and methods for determining fire resistance of structural members.
  2. Understand the purpose of prescriptive requirements in the building code and how performance-based design can be utilized in certain situations.
  3. Understand how to select appropriate design bases.
  4. Understand the sophisticated methods available to address uncommon field conditions and the technical bases for same.


1 CE Hour


This is a virtual event on Zoom and will be recorded. Please register before 12 pm on Tuesday, 2/4, to ensure you receive access to the live presentation and recording. Zoom information will be emailed a few hours before the presentation begins.

  • Members - $25
  • Non-Members - $50


About the Speaker

Eric Montplaisir, PE
Principal, Northeast Region 

Mr. Montplaisir has 16+ years of experience in Code Consulting and Fire Protection Engineering in the field of Fire and Life Safety. His expertise includes building, fire, life safety, and accessibility code consulting for both existing buildings and new construction projects in accordance with local and national codes and standards. Mr. Montplaisir has mastery of local and international codes such as the International Building and Fire Code (IBC/IFC) as well as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards which include, but are not limited to standards regarding life safety and fire protection systems.

Mr. Montplaisir has also been directly responsible for code compliance with respect to egress, fire resistance, smoke management, other fire protection systems. He specializes in all aspects of performance-based design for new and existing buildings, including rational analysis development, fire and smoke modeling, and structural fire resistance. Mr. Montplaisir is also a certified special inspector of spray-applied materials, firestopping, and smoke control systems.




David Horos ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Jorge Medina ( Burns and McDonnell )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
Kim Clawson ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Cody Mattson
Jamie Griggs
Viktoriya Vladimirova
Cesar Cuevas
Javier Jimenez Rodriguez
Kaitlin Weishaar ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Cosette Thompson
Caelin Kennedy
Ramon Gilsanz ( Gilsanz Murray Steficek )
Brian Boysen ( Burn & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc )
Peter Babaian ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Kremena Dokliev ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Kevin Kuntz ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Navid Naraghi ( The Consulting Engineers Group )
David Bilow ( HOH Group, Inc. )
John Neu ( STV Incorporated )
John Kissinger ( GRAEF (Milwaukee) )
Mike Vogel ( GRAEF )
Joe Parker ( GRAEF )
Trish Koman ( GCP Applied Technologies )
Matthew Hopper ( Cary Kopczynski & Company )
David Bibbs ( CannonDesign )
Robert Davies ( Retired )
Jennifer Pazdon ( CAST CONNEX Corporation )
Robert Lau ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Brian Miller ( Cast Connex )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Matthew Streid ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Peter Busch ( HNTB )
Benjamin Sexton ( Thornton Tomasetti )