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July 7 BSSC Webinar on Wood Light-Frame Construction

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the fifth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Wood Light-Frame Buildings,” will be held Friday, July 7, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The webinar series highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the design of seismic force-resisting systems in wood light-frame buildings, intended to complement the wood design problems in Chapter 14 of FEMA P-1051. Presenter Kelly Cobeen, a member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee (PUC) and chair of PUC Issue Team 9: Rigid Wall Flexible Diaphragm and Alternate Provisions for Diaphragm Design, will introduce wood light-frame terminology, design and construction; shear wall concepts and example design calculations; diaphragm concepts and example design calculations; and discuss special seismic provisions for anchorage of concrete and masonry walls.

Cobeen is an associate principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in their San Francisco office, and is a registered civil and structural engineer. Her work experience includes a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials, with a special interest in seismic resistance of light-frame construction. She has been involved in numerous code development, research and educational activities, including updates to the NEHRP Recommended Provisions; the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; numerous Applied Technology Council publications; and International Building Code and International Residential Code development. Cobeen is coauthor of the Design of Wood Structures textbook.


Attendees who are engineers are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. 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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