A Practical Approach to Determine Design Wind Loads for Buildings

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Many practicing engineers look for a quick and practical way to determine code prescribed wind loads for the buildings they design. Many designers grew up in a period where loads were determined from simple tables in the prescribed building code. The 2012 IBC specifies that wind loads be determined using ASCE 7-10 Standard "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures". A simplified tabular approach to determining design wind loads for most common buildings less than or equal to 160 feet in height is contained in Chapter 27 Part 2 of the standard. This method for determining wind loads was developed by the speaker as a simplified yet accurate alternative which has been sanctioned as an acceptable design approach by the ASCE 7 Task Committee on Wind Loads of which the speaker is a long time member and contributor. This web seminar discusses the background and derivation of the method to determine design wind loads. Both Main Wind Force Resisting System (MWFRS) loads and Component and Cladding (C&C) loads are presented. Use of the tables for a practical building design problem is covered. The speaker also demonstrates how the method can be applied to taller buildings as well using the same simplified approach, yet maintaining the accuracy of the more detailed procedure.

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Speakers Larry Griffis, P.E.
Duration 117
Speaker Bios

Lawrence G. (Larry) Griffis, P.E., is a Senior Principal and Senior Consultant at Walter P. Moore and Associates. Mr. Griffis has directed or made significant contributions to the structural design of over 85 major buildings throughout the United States and internationally. He has combined his 45 years of practical design and management experience with ongoing involvement in numerous technical committees, exploring and documenting specialized structural issues of design, construction, and delivery.. He is considered one of the top specialists in wind engineering in the US and author and contributor to the development of the ASCE 7 wind standard used by all US building codes. Mr. Griffis was recently named to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest recognition that can be bestowed on an engineer by his peers in the industry. He is one of only a few engineers to serve simultaneously on the code committees for both AISC and ACI and also as an on-going member of the ASCE 7 Standards Committee.

Lawrence G. (Larry) Griffis, P.E., is a Senior Principal and Senior Consultant at Walter P. Moore and Associates. Mr. Griffis has directed or made significant contributions to the structural design of over 85 major buildings throughout the United States and internationally. He has combined his 45 years of practical design and management experience with ongoing involvement in numerous technical committees, exploring and documenting specialized structural issues of design, construction, and delivery.. He is considered one of the top specialists in wind engineering in the US and author and contributor to the development of the ASCE 7 wind standard used by all US building codes. Mr. Griffis was recently named to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest recognition that can be bestowed on an engineer by his peers in the industry. He is one of only a few engineers to serve simultaneously on the code committees for both AISC and ACI and also as an on-going member of the ASCE 7 Standards Committee.

Lawrence G. (Larry) Griffis, P.E., is a Senior Principal and Senior Consultant at Walter P. Moore and Associates. Mr. Griffis has directed or made significant contributions to the structural design of over 85 major buildings throughout the United States and internationally. He has combined his 45 years of practical design and management experience with ongoing involvement in numerous technical committees, exploring and documenting specialized structural issues of design, construction, and delivery.. He is considered one of the top specialists in wind engineering in the US and author and contributor to the development of the ASCE 7 wind standard used by all US building codes. Mr. Griffis was recently named to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest recognition that can be bestowed on an engineer by his peers in the industry. He is one of only a few engineers to serve simultaneously on the code committees for both AISC and ACI and also as an on-going member of the ASCE 7 Standards Committee.

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