December 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join us in Normal, IL for a new Wind seminar delivered by one of our most popular instructors – Frank Lombardo, PhD. Dr. Lombardo will discuss the fundamentals of wind engineering, ASCE 7 and possible changes to ASCE 7-22, ASCE Committee on Tornado Wind Speed Estimation (TWSE), and ASCE 49. Dr. Lombardo will also share the new and exciting directions wind engineering research is heading. 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.  


       9:00am - 10:30am

  Wind Engineering Fundamentals

     10:30am - 10:45am


     10:45am - 12:15am

  Fundamentals to Practice: ASCE 7

  1. Basic Concepts
  2. Tornado Design Provisions (ASCE 7-16)
  3. Wind Maps (ASCE 7-16)

     12:15pm - 1:00pm   


       1:00pm - 2:30pm

  Possible Changes in ASCE Standards (Wind-  Related)

  1. ASCE 7-22
  3. ASCE 49

       2:30pm - 2:45pm


       2:45pm - 4:00pm

  Wind Engineering Research Directions

       4:00pm - 4:15pm

  Q & A


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.


Farnsworth Group - Heartland Bank Building 
200 West College Avenue – Community Room (Fourth Floor)
Normal, Illinois 61761

Parking is available in parking deck to the east of the building.


$280 for members and $390 for non-members

If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Monday, December 9th. If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Attendees will earn 6 hours of continuing education credit.  CE certificates will be emailed to all participants following the event. Course handouts will also be emailed to participants in PDF format if available before the event.



william shust ( Objective Engineers Inc )
Jonathan Lewis ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Mike Bryant ( Farnsworth Group )
Paige Hefner ( Farnsworth Group )
Saad Binsefran ( Maurer-Stutz, Inc. )
Keith Brandau ( Chastain and Associates )
Brian Giltner ( Chastain and Associates )
Darion George ( Chastain and Associates )
Bryan Swanson ( Maurer-Stutz, Inc. )
Adrienne Coussens ( Farnsworth Group )
Lihua Xing ( ADM Design Services )
Robin Shelton ( Mohr & Kerr Engineering & Land Surveying, PC )
Marc Chiles ( Shive-Hattery )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Frank Lombardo ( University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign )
Ryan Schaschwary ( ROHN Products LLC )
Allen Schneider ( ROHN Products LLC )
David Groblewski ( David E. Groblewski, P.E., Inc. )
David Maurer ( Retired )
Harish Virmani ( Harish C. Virmani Structural Engineer Consulting, Inc. )