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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: 

  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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