Call for Papers: 22nd International Conference on CFS Structures

Guest blogger Jeff Ellis, engineering manager
Guest blogger Jeff Ellis, engineering manager

The Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures has issued a Call for Papers for the 22nd International Conference on Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) Structures, to be held Nov. 5-6 in St. Louis, MO. The goal of the conference is to enable sharing of state-of-the-art information pertaining to CFS design.

Both engineering researchers and practitioners have provided valuable contributions to the conference. Past proceedings are available online.

International ConferenceResearchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration by the conference steering committee. Application-oriented topics highlighting innovations in CFS applications are strongly encouraged. The deadline is Dec. 31. Abstracts may be submitted by e-mail to ccfss@mst.edu.

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2013 Buildings At Risk Summit Focused on Individual and Community Safety, Resiliency

Guest blogger Jeff Ellis, engineering manager
Guest blogger Jeff Ellis, engineering manager

The Structural Engineers Association of Northern and Southern California hosted the third annual Buildings At Risk ǀ Earthquake Loss Reduction Summit in Los Angeles on October 8 and in San Francisco on October 15. Robust panel presentations and discussions presented by professionals from diverse yet complimentary fields targeted a mixed audience of building owners, architects, engineers, government officials, insurance representatives, and financial industry representatives.

2013 BAR Summit Los Angeles. Image credit: SEAOSC.
2013 BAR Summit Los Angeles. Image credit: SEAOSC.

The first panel, The Single Building and the City: Why Every Building Counts, discussed community vulnerability due to our increasing interconnectivity and how the demise of certain individual buildings from a seismic event could have large detrimental affects on the initial response and recovery of the city or the region they’re located within. Buildings which house important or widely used computer networks and servers or the major employer of a community are just a few examples.

BAR Summit Panel 2: The Current Situation. Image credit: SEAOSC.
BAR Summit Panel 2: The Current Situation. Image credit: SEAOSC.

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23rd Short Course on CFS Structures: October 15-17 in St. Louis

Simpson Strong-Tie is sponsoring the 23rd Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures hosted by the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures (CCFSS). The course will be held on October 15-17, 2013 at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch in St. Louis, MO.

This course is for engineers who have limited or no experience designing with cold-formed steel (CFS), as well as those with experience who would like to expand their knowledge. Lectures will be given by industry-recognized experts Roger LaBoube, Ph.D, P.E., and Sutton Stephens, Ph.D, P.E., S.E. The course is based on the 2007 and 2012 AISI North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members with the 2010 Supplement (AISI S100-07/S2-10 and S100-12) and will reference the Cold-Formed Steel Design (4th Edition) text.

Topics include design of wall studs, floor joists, purlins, girts, decks and panels. For more information and to register, visit the CCFSS website.

– Jeff

 

Buildings At Risk Summit – October 8 and 15

The annual Buildings At Risk ǀ Earthquake Loss Reduction Summit will be held in two locations this year one week apart. The first will be in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Tuesday, October 8 and the second will be in San Francisco at the Delancey Street Foundation on Tuesday, October 15. The Summit is hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern and Southern California with FEMA, Cal OES, SCEC, ECA, The Great California ShakeOut  and Cal Tech as partner organizations. Simpson Strong-Tie is a sponsor. There will be four panels addressing the following topics: (1) The Single Building and the City: Why Every Building Counts, (2) The Current Situation, (3) Addressing the Problems, and (4) Partnership & Policy.

This is promising to be a great conference as past events have provided a wealth of information presented by knowledgeable, well spoken presenters and panelists regarding seismic risk mitigation, community resiliency and sustainability and the attendees have included building owners, architects, engineers, public officials, and emergency managers. To register or for more information, including presenters and topics,visit SEAOSC’s website. I certainly look forward to attending this event and to seeing you there!

– Jeff