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SEAoAL Winter Seminar: Wind, Seismic, & Software

  • December 05, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Alabama AGC Conference Center


  • 8:30-10:00 a.m. class only. Does not include lunch.
  • SEAoAL Member Pricing

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SEAoAL Winter Seminar Wind, Seismic, & Software 



7  PDHs

Alabama AGC Conference Center

5000 Grantswood Road

Irondale, AL 35210


SEAoAL all-day member price: $185 early registration/ $205 late registration 

Non-member all-day price:  $205 early registration/ $225 late registration

*Associates $25 — 8:30—10:00 only



Seminar includes

Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks (Associates who only sign up for the 8:30-10:00 class do not receive lunch.)

Lunch sponsored by Parrot Structural Services

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Validating Software Results: Garbage In, Garbage Out, Matt Brown (This class is for EVERYONE, not just Associates.)

10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Lateral Design of Buildings with Software, Matt Brown

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch, sponsored by Parrot Structural Services

12:30 - 2:15 p.m. ASCE 7-16 Wind Load Design, Bill Coulbourne

2:30 - 3:20 p.m. ASCE 7-16 Component & Cladding Wind Design, Bill Coulbourne

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ASCE 7-16 Tornado Shelter Design, Bill Coulbourne 

Session Information 

Matt Brown, P.E. is a licensed Structural Engineer with more than 11 years of experience in the design of commercial and industrial structures, including steel framed hospitals, concrete high rises, and manufacturing plants. He spent 9 years as an engineer for RISA Technologies, where he taught accredited courses on structural modeling and design, provided high level technical assistance on difficult structural problems, and provided guidance to RISA developers on how to implement new structural codes and features. This led him to become one of the most recognized structural software experts in the industry. His engineering consulting firm, Newport Structural Design, provides other structural engineers with expertise and modeling for difficult problems or tight schedules.

*Validating Software Results: Garbage In – Garbage Out  It is nearly impossible to design structures and meet all code requirements  without software. The software is only as good as the engineer operating it. This presentation focuses on common mistakes engineers make in modeling and analysis using any engineering software. Learn fast and simple methods of validating the output of the software so you can feel confident your results are accurate and correct. Also, learn what you might be missing if you assume the software is doing everything for you!

Lateral Design of Buildings with Software— Walk through the complete design of a multi-story steel frame commercial building, with special emphasis on analysis and design for wind and seismic per ASCE 7-10 and the AISC Seismic Provisions. Special Concentric Braced Frames and Special Moment Frames will be used, with emphasis on connection design. Learn what code provisions can be easily met with software, and which typically require supplemental hand calculations.

William Coulbourne, P.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE, SECBhas a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a national expert in wind and flood mitigation and has been involved in FEMA Mitigation Assessment Teams for nearly 20 years. Having been involved in every major hurricane and flood disaster since 1995, Bill has investigated failures and mitigation design techniques for thousands of buildings, including residential structures, schools used as shelters, hospitals, and other critical facilities. 

ASCE 7-16 Wind Load Design— This session will cover the changes in wind design that have been made for the ASCE 7-16 edition of the Minimum Design Load Standard. These changes include revised wind speed maps, inclusion of canopies, solar panels, and bins, tanks and silos. There are improvements in the description of how to determine exposure, a new elevation factor, and a new online load determination tool.
ASCE 7-16 Components and Cladding Wind Design—  This session will review changes in wind design procedures for components and cladding that are included in the ASCE 7-16 edition. These changes are primarily to roof external pressure coefficients but all slopes of gable and hip roofs have revised coefficients. We will look at these revised coefficients in the context of how to minimize the effects of the changes.
ASCE 7-16 Tornado Shelter Design—  This session will review the new ASCE 7-16 design guidance on tornado design. This new guidance is in the new commentary. The design guidance will be used to illustrate designs for wood, masonry and concrete shelters. Dealing with tornado-generated debris and missiles will be discussed as, frequently, resistance to these missiles can dictate the design.


 Click here for a Registration Form: WinterSeminarRegistrationForm.pdf

Nearby Hotels:

Hampton Inn & Suites

3930 Grants Mill Road   


Holiday Inn Express

811 Old Grants Mill Road  



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