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PEC Managing Principal David Stevens, PhD, PE, F.SEI, F.ACI is speaking at the 2018 Indiana Structural Engineers Association (ISEA) Spring Conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, March 8 about design for blast and progressive collapse resistance. Dr. Stevens will give two presentations: 1. State of the Practice: Blast Design of Building Facades and Structural Systems and 2. Introduction to Progressive Collapse Criteria and Analysis Methods. The full conference program is available here.

In the State of the Practice: Blast Design of Building Facades and Structural Systems presentation, David will cover the philosophy of blast design followed by background information focused on identifying criteria, standards and references for blast design of building and facade systems. Typical approaches for defining blast loads will be presented followed by an overview of blast design and analysis approaches for typical facade and structural components. Finally, efficiency in design and overall project cost savings through additional engineering will be discussed.

During the second presentation, Introduction to Progressive Collapse Criteria and Analysis Methods, David will discuss the current design requirements intended to minimize the potential for Progressive Collapse (PC) for government and military buildings. For new construction, these additional design requirements, while significant, can be easily incorporated into the design with proper planning and coordination. However, for existing buildings, structural upgrades can be expensive and challenging. This presentation will provide an overview of the available analysis methods to mitigate progressive collapse from tie forces to alternate path (AP) analysis.

PEC is excited for this opportunity to discuss two of our six areas of expertise, as we continue to reach out to engineers and educate the general public on the role and importance of protective design for manmade and natural hazards. For more information on PEC’s work in design for blast and progressive collapse resistance, contact David Stevens.

 

 

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