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DES413-4 – Seismic Example WFCM/SDPWS Comparison 2015


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There are several design tools and standards to assist engineers, architects, and building officials with the design of shear walls. Prescriptive approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings tend to provide conservative results. Engineered approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) typically result in more efficient designs. This course will outline several resources available for shear wall design, compare design results, and provide an example for resisting seismic loads on a structure using both the WFCM and SDPWS.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Identify and understand the basic shear wall system to resist lateral seismic loads.
  2. Understand the differences between segmented and perforated shear wall design.
  3. Understand hold down design and special conditions that pertain to seismic hold downs.
  4. Be able to identify and analyze shear walls per 2015 WFCM, and 2015 SDPWS and understand the differences between them.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

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