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NEESWood Project: Seismic Design of Wood Buildings Kicks Off New NEES-EERI Webinar Series

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NEESWood Project: Seismic Design of Wood Buildings Kicks Off New NEES-EERI Webinar Series

January 14, 2011 11:30 a.m. PDT


NEES and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) are pleased to announce their partnership in producing the engineering webinar series, Reducing Earthquake Losses: From Research to Practice. Webinar topics, which are geared for both engineering practitioners and researchers, will feature the outcomes of NEES research projects and highlight the significance of the results for improved engineering design and construction.

The first webinar of the series, Performance-Based Seismic Design of Mid-Rise Light-Frame Wood Buildings, will be offered Friday, January 14, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT. The program summarizes key findings of the ground-breaking NEESWood project, suggests design approaches, and discusses forthcoming code implications.

Presenters NEESWood Principal Investigator John W. van de Lindt and Steve Pryor, International Director of Building Systems, Simpson Strong-Tie, will provide a brief overview, describe the major tests on two and six-story full-scale buildings, and explain the SAPWood modeling software. They will also address the following:

  • Effects of nonstructural finishes on structure behavior, hold-down forces and continuous rod system elongation and forces, inter-story drift limits, and accidental torsion
  • Proposed design approach, covering direct displacement design, use of numerical methods, rigid body calculations and diaphragm design
  • Research effects on current codes and a proposed inclusion in forthcoming design code updates.

Interested participants will need to register, at no cost, and the webinar will be available both live and archived on www.nees.org. Attendees may also earn CEUs for a small fee. Details are forthcoming.