ATC- 45 Seminar

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Lessons Learned from Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods using ATC-45 (and how can they inform design)

Damage and building evaluations observed from windstorms, tornados, floods, and hurricanes, specifically those conducted with the procedures presented in ATC-45, Field Manual: Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods, have taught structural engineers many lessons.  These lessons have impacted building codes and changed structural engineering design practice. 

The main focus of this presentation will be the lessons learned from evaluations and a brief overview of the ATC-45 document, which is patterned after the widely-used standard for post-earthquake safety evaluation of buildings (ATC-20).  The main learning objectives will be understanding the differences between wind/flood damage and seismic damage, reviewing lessons that have already changed design practice and the building code, and a discussion of how lessons learned can be applied to improve current design practice.

Participants in this seminar do not need to have taken the ATC-45 or ATC-20 training. Please note that this seminar does not replace the existing ATC-45 training seminar which is 5-hours in length.

Ed Huston, P.E., S.E. Ed Huston is a licensed civil and structural engineer in Washington, and is licensed in seven other states.  He is a principal in the firm of Smith & Huston, Inc., Consulting Engineers in Seattle, Washington.  Ed has over 40 years of experience in structural design, evaluation, investigation and code and standards development.  He has been very active in the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) and the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations (NCSEA).    

Ed has served on the board of directors and as President of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) a national nonprofit organization whose goal is to develop and disseminate engineering applications for mitigating the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment. Ed was the Lead Technical Consultant for the development of ATC 45.  He also served on the Project Engineering Panel for the ATC Design Guide 2: Basic Wind Engineering of Low-Rise Buildings, and was a reviewer for the ATC 20-3 Case studies in Rapid Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings. Ed has participated in post-event evaluations after hurricanes, floods, high wind events, and earthquakes.

Ed served on the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Seismic Subcommittee and the Main Committee.  He has made over 200 seminar and technical presentations.


Registration: 5:30 - 6:00pm

Program: 6:00 - 8:00pm

March 1st, 2018 5:30 PM   through   8:00 PM
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
100 Pine Street
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

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Phone: 415-974-5147
SEAONC Member $ 45.00
Non-Member $ 50.00