Seismic Design of Wood Mid-Rise Light-Frame Residential Construction

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Codes and standards are easy to interpret for box-type structures, but not for the recent advances in wood mid-rise construction, such as increased heights and stories, openings, and irregularities. This web seminar discusses those tough-to-handle code issues facing designers today, including:

  1. How to deal with penetrations and openings in diaphragms and shear walls
  2. Negotiations to resolve the “wall vs opening” battles
  3. The rigid, flexible, or semi-rigid diaphragm question
  4. Open front structures, cantilevered diaphragms, and blocking of diaphragms
  5. Horizontal and vertical irregularities
  6. Seismic joints and when they are required
  7. Building drift, shear wall, and diaphragm deflections: importance and advice on how to compute relatively simply

Doug Hohbach, S.E. is one of the Principals at his firm, Hohbach-Lewin Inc. He has been involved with the design of wood mid-rise construction for several decades, including the first design that incorporated performance-based engineering concepts to achieve enhanced seismic performance. He served on the AWC SDPWS WSTG on Rigid Diaphragms Committee as well as is currently serving on the SEAOC Seismology light frame subcommittee. Mr. Hohbach received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and his M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. He has long been active in the Structural Engineer

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Speakers Doug Hohbach
Duration 80 mins
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