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Webinar Recording: 2015 IBC Three-story Cold-formed Steel Light Frame Building

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This recorded webinar is based upon the design example “Three-story Cold-formed Steel Light Frame Building” in Volume 2 of the SEAOC 2015 IBC Structural/Seismic Design Manual series.

Many of the questions regarding cold-formed steel framed seismic force-resisting systems regard the which floor framing system should be used, overturning restraint options and their design and detailing, wall stud bracing design and detailing, the use of the overstrength factor (Wo), and anchorage of the overturning restraint system to concrete. Therefore, this presentation focuses on these aspects of design as covered in the SSDM design example.

Please note that continuing education credit is not available for recorded webinars. 


Jeff Ellis, P.E., S.E., SECB
Contributing Author, SEAOC 2015 IBC SSDM Vol. 2
Director of Codes and Compliance, Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.

Jeff Ellis is the Director of Codes and Compliance for Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. He has more than 25 years of construction industry experience and manages the company codes and compliance efforts. Additionally, he is involved in research and development and provides technical support for connectors, fastening systems, and lateral force resisting systems. He was a practicing design engineer for commercial, residential and forensic projects for more than 9 years prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie in 2000. He currently serves as President for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), as a SEAOC Director, a California Building Officials (CALBO) Structural Safety Committee member, and as a Manager on the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Board of Managers. He served as chairman of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards (COFS) Lateral Design Subcommittee for several years and as President of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI).

About the Webinar Series

This series of lunchtime webinars features an in-depth look at design examples from SEAOC’s newly published 2015 IBC Structural/Seismic Design Manual (SSDM) Volumes 1, 2 and 3. This will be your opportunity to hear directly from contributing authors of the example problems as they share their significant expertise and experience in the design area and underlying building code provisions of the new 2015 International Building Code (IBC). With built-in time for audience questions and answers at the end of each session, these unique sessions are sure to be useful to experienced and new engineers alike. All webinars will be held live in January and February 2017.

About the SEAOC 2015 IBC Structural/Seismic Design Manual (SSDM) 

The SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manual (SSDM), throughout its many editions, has served the purpose of illustrating good seismic design and the correct application of building-code provisions. The SSDM has bridged the gap between the treatment of topics in the building code and ASCE 7, the SEAOC Blue Book (Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary) and real-world decisions that designers face in their practice.

The SSDM uses example buildings to illustrate code-compliant designs engineered to achieve good performance under seismic loading. The examples address the full range of seismic design considerations, from conceptual level through details of connections and load path.  In some cases simply complying with building-code requirements does not ensure good seismic response; here the SSSDM makes recommendations for exceeding the minimum code requirements in such cases, with discussion of the reasons for doing so.
The newly released 2015 SEAOC SSDM has updated and revised the examples for consistency with the 2015 edition of the International Building Code. Volumes 1, 2, and, 3 (addressing light-frame, tilt-up, masonry, and reinforced concrete buildings) have had the most significant changes. Learn more and purchase your copies today >