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January 27 BSSC Seminar Will Look at Reinforced Concrete Structures

The first webinar in a new 2017 series hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will focus on the seismic design of reinforced concrete structures using the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures and its primary reference standards: ASCE/SEI 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures and ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.

The free webinar, “Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions,” will be held next Friday, January 27, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

Presenter Peter Somers will provide a summary of the design standards, the basic ductile design principals for concrete and the specific seismic design criteria and provisions based on Seismic Design Category. He also will present excerpts of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions: Design Examples document to reinforce the general concepts.

A principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates in Seattle, Washington, Somers manages a wide variety of project types, with a focus on large, mixed-use development, often with significant renovation components. He has 23 years of professional experience; is a licensed structural engineer in Washington and Nevada; and a professional engineer in California and Hawaii. Somers authored the reinforced concrete and wood design chapters for the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples, and assisted with the updates of these chapters for the 2015 edition. He is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) Earthquake Engineering and Existing Building Committees and is a past president of the Seattle Chapter of SEAW. He has served on the Steering Committee for the ASCE Rehabilitation Standards Committee for the last two cycles of ASCE 41 development, and contributed to the development of numerous standards and guidelines for ASCE, ATC and BSSC.


Attendees are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) learning unit (LU) or one professional development hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

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