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Resiliency for High-Performance Buildings: Designing Beyond the Code
1 LU/HSW
A resilient building can experience large earthquakes, wind, and even blast loads but continue functioning. In this course, we will explore ways to make our buildings more resilient. We will measure resiliency and compare it against code standards. Additionally, we will look at what tech owners can use on their buildings to improve performance.
All Things Masonry
1 LU/HSW
This course will cover various topics relating to structural design and detailing of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), Masonry, and Brick Veneer. Topics will include Architectural considerations for ICF, masonry bearing and shear walls, brick veneer attachments, and impact on structural design. We will also discuss the pros, cons, and design considerations for use of Hi-R Masonry block.
Exterior Metal Stud Skin Coordination: Design Considerations for Architects
1 LU/HSW
This course will give a brief overview of key design elements to consider and coordinate with your structural engineer and ensure exterior stud skin supports are adequately specified and detailed. We will discuss ways to more efficiently meet project schedules and budgets while maintaining code required life-safety. This course will discuss general rules of thumb to help layout exterior wall assemblies and slab edges early in the design process and help avoid common pitfalls that can result in big headaches in coordination and construction.
Reducing Project Risk & Cost with Better Geotechnical Evaluations
1 LU/HSW
This course will give an overview of geotechnical engineer responsibilities on building projects and present three case histories of how better geotechnical reports & collaboration with structural engineers helped to reduce project cost & risk.
Buckling Restrained Braces: Design Considerations
1 LU/HSW
Buckling Restrained Braces (BRBs) were introduced in the late 1990s as a different approach to braced frame design. This presentation describes how to decide if braced frames are right for your project and provides an overview of the design process.
Basic Design Considerations for Floor Vibrations
1 LU/HSW
The main objective of this presentation is to understand floor vibration in steel floors and present measures to control it for human comfort and acceptance.
Revit-Advanced Families Formulas
1 LU
BIM is an increasing tool being used throughout the construction industry for project designs and coordination during construction and beyond. Revit is one of those major mechanisms being used today for BIM, and we will be presenting how to use Revit with formulas to effectively manipulate the Revit Families for better production results and better coordination.
2021 IBC Updates
1 LU/HSW
The changes made to each code cycle of the International Building Code (IBC) have a direct impact on the AEC industry. As jurisdictions are beginning to adopt the latest version of the code, it is important to stay up to date on how these structural changes affect the overall building assembly. Attendants will learn how various changes in the IBC code will potentially affect the design, costs, and schedules of your next 2021 IBC project.
Tilt-Up Construction: Considerations for Architects
1 LU/HSW
Concrete tilt-up construction can reduce erection time and provide cost savings on the structural package. When designed and configured efficiently, tilt panels can resolve common challenges encountered by the architect, engineer, and contractor. This presentation highlights general tilt-up construction, illustrates typical gravity and seismic connections, and addresses potential pitfalls in the design phase.
Structural Lateral System Layout Tips For Architects
1 LU/HSW
Early decisions on the layout of the structural lateral system can significantly impact architectural floor plans and are critical for getting projects started on the right path. Attendees will learn important rules of thumb for the layout of different structural lateral systems.
Mass Timber Case Study
1 LU/HSW
Mass timber is gaining in popularity. Locally the trend is changing from using mass timber in select portions of buildings to incorporating mass timber as the primary structural system. Attendees will learn the pros and cons of different mass timber construction types​, how loading effects beam sizes​, different options for lateral systems​, mass timber suppliers​, and mass timber connection options.
Taking Project Coordination to the Next Level with Microsoft Teams
1 LU
Microsoft advertises Teams as a tool to stay connected, chat and meet with others, and collaborate on documents. Fortunately, Teams functionality extends far beyond basic communication. Teams is a highly customizable tool that can solve many of the challenges that companies face. Attendees will learn about Teams' capabilities that make it an effective project management tool for the A/E industry.
Bluebeam Revu: Enhancing your Efficiency and Coordination Skills
1 LU
Bluebeam Revu is a powerful PDF editor. Are you using its full potential? Attendees will learn how to efficiently navigate the program and increase coordination between team members and consultants.
Structurally Upgrading Existing Buildings per the IEBC
1 LU/HSW
IEBC-prescribed alterations for existing buildings can require creative solutions to address owner-desired modifications. As the code doesn't specify how to do this, various approaches can accomplish this. Attendees will learn methods of implementing structural improvements for IEBC-prescribed upgrades.
Structural Irregularities: What Architects Need to Know
1 LU/HSW
Decisions made early in the design process usually dictate the structural seismic irregularities a building will have. Attendees will learn about common structural seismic irregularities and how they impact construction costs and the seismic performance of their facilities.
Densifying Mixed-Use
1 LU/HSW
Mixed-use projects (residential, retail, and office) are gaining popularity, and updates in the International Building Code (IBC) may safely give you more bang for your buck. Attendees will learn how various structural systems may save time and money on your next mixed-use project.
Steel Seismic Options and Economic Structural Design for Architects
1 LU/HSW
Decisions made early on in a project can significantly impact the overall cost of a structure. Attendees will learn how to identify the most cost-effective solutions for buildings in layout and seismic options.
Designing the Building Skin for Seismic Movement
1 LU/HSW
A critical component in preserving life safety during a seismic event is the building skin design; however, the building skin design is often overlooked or left to be designed by a third party that does not fully understand how a building will move during a seismic event. Attendees will learn how a building typically moves during a seismic event and how the building skin can be detailed to accommodate these movements and preserve life safety.
Seismic Force Resisting System Layouts
1 LU/HSW
Seismic Force Resisting Systems (SFRS) are required for the lateral stability of a structure. System selection and layout configuration are often determined early in the design phase and can have significant cost and performance impacts. Attendees will learn about various SFRS types and configurations for a sample building, including cost & performance comparisons, irregularities, and mixed systems.
Fundamentals of Wood
1 LU/HSW
Wood is the most prevalent building material in the Intermountain Region and, by nature, has many unique characteristics that must be considered during design. This presentation is to help the architect understand some of the reasons why structural engineers do what they do, which can affect their design. This will help the architect make decisions in the initial design phase, which could save them time and money by avoiding changes required by the structural design. Attendees will learn how to be better equipped to discuss the structural implications of certain architectural design decisions with their clients.
Introduction to Structural Concrete
1 LU/HSW
Concrete is the most prevalent building material in the world. When paired with reinforcing steel, it can be used to create efficient, durable, and attractive structures. Attendees will be introduced to the fundamentals of concrete structural design and its potential uses in buildings beyond just the foundation.
Coordinated Drawings: Cure to Construction Headaches
1 LU/HSW
The ability to produce well-coordinated drawings between all design team disciplines will save you and the owner from many headaches and costly change orders during the course of construction. Attendees will gain an understanding of some important lessons learned and best practices regarding coordination.
Structural Systems Workshop for the Architect Registration Examination
6 LU/HSW
A licensed structural engineer leads this study seminar and focuses on preparing architects for the Structural Systems portion of the ARE exam. The workshop is split into two sessions, consisting of a two-hour presentation each session and one hour for questions and answers.
Basic Design Considerations for Parking Structures
1 LU/HSW
Choosing the best parking layout and structure type can be difficult with so many options. Attendees will learn the pros and cons of the most popular parking layouts and structure types, review design considerations and methods, discover the value of a life-cycle analysis, and acquire planning questions that will help on your next parking structure project.
Analyzing and Predicting the Effects of Seismic Forces on Structures
1 LU/HSW
Attendees will learn how earthquake design forces are determined based on the most current model codes. The seminar will also include how buildings will perform under different sized earthquakes and how building response factors are used based on a building’s ductility.
Structural Options for Multi-Family Housing
1 LU/HSW
Multi-family housing remains a strong market sector in the construction industry. Several recent developments in the building code and market offerings provide owners and architects with many structural options when designing multi-family housing projects. Attendees will learn about various structural options and considerations for multi-family housing.
Seismic Bracing of Nonstructural Components
1 LU/HSW
Seismic bracing of nonstructural components represents the most significant life safety hazard in our buildings. Code requirements to seismically brace nonstructural components are well documented and have been in the code for many years. Unfortunately, these requirements are often not fully met because the responsibility to meet these requirements is typically left to the sub-contractors contracted to install the systems.
Post-Tension Concrete: Basic Considerations for Architects
1 LU/HSW
Let's take the complexity out of post-tension concrete. Concrete is a moldable material that allows for creative shapes and structures. Post-tension concrete provides extra strength and creates very thin elements. Attendees will learn the benefits of using post-tension concrete in various building types while creating a safe and cost-effective design.
Architectural Considerations for Lateral Steel Framing
1 LU/HSW
Steel structures offer a lot of flexibility in how they can be appropriately braced for lateral forces (wind/seismic). Many options are based on configuration, architectural needs, seismic criteria, and costs. Attendees will learn about the more common systems utilized in the industry and how and when they are used.
Rainscreen Cladding Systems and Pertinent Structural Requirements
1 LU/HSW
Attendees will learn about the structural requirements for different rain screen systems. The presentation will also touch on recommendations to consider regarding horizontal versus vertical panel systems, fire safety, adjustability of the attachments, and thermal performance.
Building Model Coordination between Architect and Structural Consultant
1 LU
Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be an excellent tool for interdisciplinary design coordination. As a leading structural consultant, we have found that excellent coordination between firms can only be achieved when all parties understand the perspectives of all the team members. Attendees will learn about some of the best practices for coordination and case studies for successful coordination.
Structural Design Considerations for Warehouse Design
1 LU/HSW
As the retail market increasingly shifts to online sales, demand for warehouse space will continue to grow. Attendees will learn how decisions the design team makes impact construction costs and the performance of their warehouses.
Design Considerations for Multi-Story Load Bearing Metal Stud Systems
1 LU/HSW
As the housing demand continues growing, multi-family housing projects will surge in our communities. Attendees will learn about the design considerations for using different load-bearing metal stud systems as an alternative in multi-family construction.
Existing Buildings: What You Need to Know from a Structural Perspective
1 LU/HSW
Existing buildings offer many unique opportunities and challenges when it comes to building upgrades or modifications. The IEBC provides guidance for ensuring a safe structure that meets an owner's needs. Attendees will learn about the structural impacts of alterations and 2018 IEBC code-approved evaluations.

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