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DES411-A1 – Designing for Earthquakes

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This continuing education course provides an overview of seismic-resistive design issues in wood-frame buildings with a focus on compliance with the 2012 International Building Code(IBC) and American Society of Civil Engineers/Structural Engineering Institute Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-10). The information on code-conforming wood design contained in this course is based on the American Wood Council’s (AWC’s) 2012 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction, and 2008 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). The NDS and SDPWS are adopted by reference in the 2012 IBC.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss seismic-resistive design requirements for wood-frame buildings with a focus on compliance with the 2012 IBC and ASCE 7-10.
  2. Explain the analysis procedure commonly used for determining seismic design loads of wood-frame buildings in the U.S.
  3. Describe the two most common wood-frame seismic force-resisting systems.
  4. Describe the role of structural configuration and redundancy in seismic design.

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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