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STD415 – 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic Overview and Changes


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Per the International Building Code (IBC), structures using wood shear walls and diaphragms to resist wind and seismic lateral loads shall be designed and constructed in accordance with AWC's Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). This course will discuss the 2015 SDPWS which is a dual format document with both allowable stress design (ASD) and load and resistance factor design (LRFD). In this course, participants will learn about format of the SDPWS and how to apply design provisions to shear walls and diaphragms as well as changes from previous editions.

Upon Completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Be able to understand load path basics and how it applies to wood structural design.
  2. Be familiar with the significant changes between the 2008 and 2015 SDPWS.
  3. Be able to identify lateral resisting systems and understand where to obtain design specifications for these systems.
  4. Be able to analyze format and content within the 2015 SDPWS.

Equivalencies: 2.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 2 Professional Development Hours (PDH)=2 Learning Units (LU)

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