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Progressive Collapse Course Summary:

Protection Engineering Consultants was the leading author in the development of the Department of Defense (DoD) Unified Facilities Criteria UFC 4-023-03: Design of Buildings to Resist Progressive Collapse. This criteria serves as an industry guideline for designing structures to resist progressive collapse and includes a broad range of design approaches ranging from prescriptive enhanced local resistance (ELR) and tie force (TF) design methods to simplified static linear analysis approaches and more complex dynamic non-linear analysis techniques (alternate path methods). This webinar series is up to date with the latest DoD UFC 4-023-03, GSA guidelines, and VA criteria and will provide guidance for implementing the progressive collapse design provisions of this criteria by providing additional context, explanation, and interpretation of the code language. Simple example problems will also be included to aide in understanding the practical application and implementation of progressive collapse design requirements in real structures.

To accommodate the preferences, budgets and valued time of our customers and prospective students, we have updated and reformatted our Design Requirements for Mitigation of Progressive Collapse short course into web based modules. The webinars will be taught over a three week period on 5 days in 2-hour focused modules.

The webinar modules are ideal for engineers, architects, and physical security professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge of progressive collapse design criteria requirements, design approaches, and analysis methods. The modules will be presented by our experienced engineers and interaction will be encouraged so as to benefit all participants. Firms and individuals can register for any or all of the modules. Course notes will be provided to all registrants. Recorded archives will be available to individuals and firms for a limited time (up to 30 days) after the presentations to all for flexibility in attendance and the ability to revisit lessons as needed. Certificates of training completion will be provided.

Module titles and schedules:

  • Government Requirements and Criteria: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Tie Force Method: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Alternate Path Method (Part 1): Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • Alternate Path Method (Part 2): Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • Enhanced Local Resistance and Retrofit Design: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

All modules will begin at 11:00 AM CST and end at 1:00 PM CST. Cost is $750 per module through October 27th, 2017. The entire webinar series (all 5 modules) can also be purchased for a discounted bundle rate of $2,500 through October 27th, 2017. Webinars require an internet connection for video and audio (a phone connection can alternatively be used for audio if desired). Price is based on a per site connection (unlimited viewers allowed per site).

Key Dates:

  • Early Registration Ends – October 6, 2017
  • General Registration Closes – October 27, 2017
  • Webinars Begin – October 31, 2017


Contact us at or Carrie Davis directly with any questions or for more information.

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