February 24, 2022 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

This seminar covers seismic design approaches, current building code theory, seismic design principles and behavior, and more.  The seminar will be based on provisions in IBC 2018 and ASCE 7-16, with a discussion of upcoming updates in ASCE 7-22. Structural Engineering attendees will earn 7.5 hours of continuing education credit (CE credit for Architects has been granted) CE certificates will be emailed to all participants following the event. Course handouts will also be emailed to participants in PDF format. 

Seismology and Earthquake Actions

    • Earthquake characteristics
    • Effects of soil conditions
    • Western, central, and eastern U.S. seismicity


    Structural Dynamics & Response

    • Ground motions and structural response
    • Response spectra
    • Damping
    • Modal superposition analysis


    Seismic Design Philosophy​

    • Seismic design objectives
    • Inelastic response and ductility
    • Proportioning


    U.S. Seismic Codes

    • History
    • Performance Objectives
    • Hazard Levels


    ASCE 7 Seismic Design

    • Mapped spectral response
    • Design response spectrum
    • Seismic design category and design factors
    • Seismic force resisting systems
    • Estimating period
    • Structural irregularities
    • Equivalent lateral force procedure
    • Load combinations, overstrength, redundancy
    • Diaphragms and shear walls
    • Deflection limitations


    Material-Specific Seismic Force Resisting Systems

    • International Building Code (IBC) provisions
    • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC 341) provisions
    • American Concrete Institute for Structural Concrete (ACI 318) provisions
    • American Concrete Institute for Masonry Structures (ACI 530) provisions





    Online/Streaming via Zoom

    • $200 Members (SEAOI, Affiliate SEA and AIA)
    • $300 Non-members
    • In-person attendees will follow CDC and City of Chicago health and safety protocols at the time course is conducted. This includes proof of vaccination, wearing masks when not actively eating/drinking, and maintaining social distancing.
    • SEAOI may offer the course as an online-only option based on current health and safety projections, and/or attendance numbers. In the unlikely event the course is moved to online-only, all in-person attendees will have the choice of receiving a full refund, or refund for the difference between registration rates.
    • Attendee-requested registration changes (in-person to online-only or vice versa)  and in-person refund requests will be possible until February 16th.

    About the Speaker

    Jon F. Sfura, Ph.D., P.E., S.E. is a Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Northbrook, Illinois. Dr. Sfura’s experience includes the assessment of structural distress and serviceability problems, the investigation of structural failures, peer review, and the rehabilitation of structures. He has published and lectured on seismic design and performance, and the assessment and rehabilitation of structures.

    Dr. Sfura received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.  He studied the nonlinear seismic response of asymmetric steel structures to earthquake ground motions as a doctoral candidate. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois, Civil Engineer in California, and Professional Engineer in Florida and Michigan. He is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). He participates on the BSSC NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions Committee and ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee.

    Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned interdisciplinary firm with nineteen offices across the United States. Its team of structural engineers, architects, and material scientists use problem-solving and a hands-on technical approach to construction challenges, with virtually every construction material, structural system, and architectural component.




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