2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series

Performance Based Design – State of the Practice for Tall Buildings

 

The 2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series focuses on the State of the Practice for Performance Based Seismic Design (PBD) of Tall Buildings. For the last decade engineers in major cities along the West Coast have taken advantage of performance based design concepts to achieve structural designs of tall buildings that are not in strict compliance with the International Building Code prescriptive provisions. These projects reflected cumulative best state-of-the-practice information related to seismology, geotechnology, and structural design to provide the most complete platform for implementing performance based seismic design concepts on major design projects.

The seminar will begin with a history of performance based design and the use of guidelines published by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council (LATBSDC) in conjunction with the building code to form the basis of design for these structures. The focus will then turn to seismological and geotechnical considerations in the development of seismic demands in the form of both response spectra and ground motions for long period structures. This will be followed by a presentation on approaches for the modeling and analysis of these complex structures.

In addition, two case studies will be presented by structural engineers responsible for major tall building projects to demonstrate how the concepts have been put into place on actual structures. Since PBD is new and each project has unique features and challenges, peer review is an important component of the design process, and a talk will present some of the lessons learned from peer reviewers. The final talk will discuss future directions of performance based seismic design, FEMA (ATC) 58, and moving present practice to the next level. The day will conclude with a panel discussion including a representative of a local building department who has been working with the developers and design team to help bring these landmark structures to fruition.

Dates and Locations
Wednesday, October 29: San Francisco, CA
Thursday, November 6: Seattle, WA
Friday, November 7: Los Angeles, CA

Registration
Register online or download a registration form for the 2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series at https://eeri.org/cohost/registration/tech-seminar-2014.

View or download the program flyer (PDF) here.

EERI Northern California Chapter | c/o EERI National | 499 14th Street Suite 320 | Oakland, CA 94612-1934 USA | chapterinfo@eerinc.org