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Structural Engineering Seminar Series

January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5, 2014

Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota

View the 2014 Structural Engineering Seminar Series Brochure with paper registration form

This Structural Engineering Seminar Series is designed for practicing engineers and architects. Each program addresses specific structural issues and concerns involved in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures, and incorporates examples of various principles involved.

The purpose of the Seminar Series is to:

  • Provide current information on topics of interest to the structural engineering community
  • Increase professionalism in structural engineering
  • Provide a forum for continuing education in the engineering community

Who Should Attend

This series is planned for design and construction engineers, practicing architects, project managers, city, county, and state building officials, and others interested in structural engineer design and construction.

Series Location/Time

Sessions will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. All seminars will be from *1:00 – 4:15 p.m.; sessions include a 15- minute break. *Please note new start and end time.

Parking is available in the parking lot east of the CECC (S104 - $6.00/day), the State Fairgrounds parking lot (S108 - $4.00/day), and the Gortner Avenue Ramp (an hourly rate). View here for directions and map.

Continuing Education Units

Each seminar session awards .3 CEUs. The entire seminar series awards 1.8 CEUs. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours in an organized continuing education activity under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

These seminars are approved for continuing education credit with Florida. You will need to provide your Florida Professional Engineer License Number for Florida credit.


The fee for each individual seminar is $80. To register online for individual seminars, click on the Register online for this Seminar link for the seminar you wish to attend. The fee for the entire series is $420. To register for the entire series and receive the series discount, please fill out the registration form found on the back of the Structural Engineering Seminar Series brochure and mail or fax the completed registration form to the address or fax number on the brochure registration form. The six- session discount is available for one individual participant.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wind Design with ASCE 7-10 and the 2012 IBC
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This seminar will provide an overview of the wind design provisions of ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and their implementation in the 2012 IBC. Recent trial designs of wind provisions have shown that practicing engineers have great difficulty applying the lateral load provisions of ASCE 7, and often get unconservative answers. This seminar will step through the wind provisions in the IBC and ASCE 7-10, including the Alternate All-Heights provisions - a much faster, simpler method for wind design of typical buildings that has been published in the IBC. A detailed example of wind loads on an actual building will be presented.

Ed Huston, P.E., S.E., Smith & Huston, Inc., Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Rehabilitation of the Washington Avenue Bridge for the CCLRT Project
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A unique and innovative bridge rehabilitation scheme was implemented for the Washington Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Washington Avenue Bridge is a steel girder double-decker bridge, supporting an upper pedestrian deck and a lower roadway deck. The bridge rehabilitation accommodated two new lines of light rail to the lower deck as part of the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) Project. By interlacing trusses within the existing girder-floorbeam superstructure, the rehabilitation converted the non-composite fracture-critical structure into a structurally-redundant multi-“girder” composite superstructure - functional for combined pedestrian, highway and proposed light rail usage. This session will walk through the steps required for this innovative bridge rehabilitation scheme to become a reality: the development of the bridge rehabilitation concept and decision for rehabilitation in lieu of replacement, the rehabilitation design, and its complex multi-stage construction.

John Milius, P.E., AECOM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stabilization and Strengthening of Existing Construction
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A common task within engineering offices is dealing with existing construction, whether it is to understand how an old building was constructed, identify and map distress, or design strengthening measures. In this course, we will cover Building Code provisions and industry standard guidelines related to existing masonry construction, review common methods for nondestructive evaluation, and learn about in-situ test methods for determining masonry compressive behavior and shear strength. Different internal and external strengthening measures will discussed along with injection approaches for filling voids and stabilizing distressed wall sections. A case study showing the process for hurricane strengthening will be discussed.

Michael Schuller, P.E., Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Inc., Boulder, Colorado

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Performance Evaluation of a Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Tower and Foundation
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In order to measure the actual loads exerted on wind turbine towers and foundations, Barr Engineering Company and the University of Minnesota have deployed a custom sensor system on a utility scale wind turbine in Rosemount, Minnesota. A system of 20 uniaxial strain gauges and a bi-axial tiltmeter has been mounted to the wind turbine tower and foundation. In addition, 24 settlement plates have been installed through the foundation of the turbine to measure long term settlement. Measurements from this custom system are carefully time-synced to other sensor systems on the wind turbine, included all SCADA parameters, third-party power sensors and a research grade meteorological tower that spans the entire swept area of the rotor. Data collected on these systems allows for the direct measurement of the rotor thrust and the corresponding overturning moment that is applied to the foundation.

Chris Kopchynski, PE, Barr Engineering Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Chris Milliren, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Professional Ethics, “You be the Judge”
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This presentation will include the basics of engineering Ethics with real life fact-based case studies to ethical principles with specific emphasis on structural engineering issues. The presentation will also include the Minnesota rules of professional conduct.

Arthur Schwartz, Deputy Executive Director and general council, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Arlington, Virginia
Doreen Frost, Executive Director of Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architects, Geoscience and Interior design and Board of Accountancy.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DoD Blast Design
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This presentation reviews the current UFC 4-010-01 DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings structural design criteria. This includes a discussion of the structural component standoff distances and the design of windows. The presentation covers the concepts of air blast loading and dynamic analysis of structures using single-degree of freedom models for structural elements and window analysis and design. Two design examples will demonstrate the use of SBEDS and SBEDSW models for structural steel systems and window design. The window design example will demonstrate current concepts for developing anchorage design loads and anchor selection.

Patrick Lindsey, P.E., US Army Corps of Engineers (Retired), Omaha, Nebraska

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For Program Information
  612-624-3708 or cceconf5@umn.edu

For Registration Information
  612-625-2900 or cceinfo@umn.edu

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