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March Monthly Meeting: Seismic Design of Steel Building Structures: A Half-Century Perspective
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When: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
5:00 PM
Where: HOK
1 Bush Street
Suite 200
San Francisco, California  94104
United States
Presenter: Professor Chia Ming, UCSD
Contact: SEAONC

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March Monthly Meeting: Seismic Design of Steel Building Structures: A Half-Century Perspective

Seismic design of steel structures in the United States has made significant advances in the past half century. The development of seismic building codes and the associated research on steel structures can be broadly divided into three eras. Plastic design requirements were “borrowed” for seismic design during the first era that started in the early 1970s, although these requirements were not intended for seismic design. Seismic research including cyclic testing conducted since then together with capacity design concept from concrete research impacted seismic steel codes in the late 1980s. This second era was soon interrupted by the Northridge, California earthquake in 1994. Although this event revealed the vulnerability of welded joints in ductile moment frames, its impact on research, code development, and construction practice of all steel seismic force-resisting system is profound. Significant development during this third era will be presented. To conclude the presentation, recent seismic steel research at UCSD will also be highlighted.



Chia-Ming Uang is a professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Uang’s main research interests are in seismic analysis and design of steel structures. He serves on the AISC Committee on Specifications and Seismic Committee. He received the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award in 2015 and a Special Achievement Award in 2007 from AISC. Dr. Uang also received three research awards from ASCE: Raymond C. Reese Research Prize in 2001 as well as Moisseiff Awards in 2004 and 2014. He is a coauthor of two textbooks: Ductile Design of Steel Structures and Fundamentals of Structural Analysis.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 // 5:00 PM: Registration & Hosted Happy Hour // 6:00 PM: Presentation
Location: HOK, 1 Bush Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94104
Cost: Member: $39.00 // Associate: $33.00 // Non-member: $44.00


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