Wood Shear Wall Seismic and Wind Design Example per 2018 WFCM and 2015 SDPWS
Two AWC standards utilized throughout the nation for a code compliant design of wood shear walls are 2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings and 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). The WFCM has recently been updated and contains both a prescriptive and engineering design approach. Although the prescriptive design will tend to provide more conservative results than the more efficient engineered design, designers may arrive more readily at a solution. This seminar includes examples of seismic and wind shear wall designs for segmented and perforated shear walls, utilizing the WFCM and the SDPWS along with a comparison of the results. On completion of this course, participants are able to:
- Identify and understand the basic shear wall system to resist lateral seismic loads.
- Understand the differences between segmented and perforated shear wall design.
- Understand hold down design and special conditions that pertain to seismic hold downs.
- Be able to identify and analyze shear walls per 2018 WFCM and 2015 SDPWS and understand the differences between them.
Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., S.E., S.E.C.B. is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she leads the AWC Education team in expanding continuing education resources for architects, engineers, and building officials as well as leading the effort to expand university level wood design course. Ms. Kam-Biron has authored several articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood. She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering (ARCE). She has served on the Cal Poly ARCE Industry Advisory Council and California Building Officials (CALBO) Structural Safety Committee, is a former Director for SEAOC and Past-President for SEAOSC. She is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council. She currently volunteers her time on the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Basic Education, the ICC Professional Development Council Education Committee and is Chair of ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee as well as Chair of the SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Committee.
Lori Koch, P.E. has a BS in Civil Engineering from Penn State, and an MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, and a Master of Forestry degree from the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. Her professional experience prior to joining AWC includes forensic design and on-site testing and inspection of concrete, steel, and wood projects. Lori joined the American Wood Council in 2012 where she now holds the position of Manager of Educational Outreach. Her work at the AWC ranges from assisting in codes and standards development, answering helpdesk inquiries, outreach and educational opportunities, and anything else that can help promote the use of wood in safe and sustainable buildings. She has served on committees with SEI and NCSEA, and is a board member of the SEA of Virginia. She is a licensed PE in Virginia.
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|Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., S.E., S.E.C.B. and Lori Koch, P.E.