Part 1 - Fundamentals of Retaining Wall Structural Design

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Structures are subjected to a wide range of loads during their service life. In the past several decades, blast loading on high-profile and critical infrastructure has become an important design consideration. This seminar introduces the fundamentals of blast loading (intentional and accidental) and subsequent structural response and facade design requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the development of blast loading (intentional and accidental).
  • Learn about the treatment of blast effects as a structural load.
  • Understand the importance of non-structural blast-resistance design.
  • Learn about the potential benefits of utilizing resilience-based blast design on projects.
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Speakers Bruce Erickson, S.E., P.E.
Duration 139
Speaker Bios

Bruce Erickson, S.E., P.E. is a Washington State licensed structural engineer at KPFF Consulting Engineers in Seattle. He has 35 years of experience, with much of it devoted to design of soil retaining structures, including walls, tunnels, excavation shoring and underground transit stations. In the last 10 years he has designed over 10 miles of retaining walls of all types, including concrete cantilevered walls, mechanically stabilized earth walls, cast-in-place concrete gravity walls, gravity block walls, soldier pile walls, soil nail walls, sheet pile walls, secant pile walls and slurry walls. He has a BSCE from Northwestern University, and is a member of the Structural Engineers of Washington, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, and Deep Foundations Institute.

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