Structural Engineers Association of Alabama

Upcoming events

    • December 05, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Alabama AGC Conference Center

    SEAoAL Winter Seminar Wind, Seismic, & Software 



    7  PDHs

    Alabama AGC Conference Center

    5000 Grantswood Road

    Irondale, AL 35210


    SEAoAL all-day member price: $185 early registration/ $205 late registration 

    Non-member all-day price:  $205 early registration/ $225 late registration

    *Associates $25 — 8:30—10:00 only



    Seminar includes

    Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks (Associates who only sign up for the 8:30-10:00 class do not receive lunch.)

    Lunch sponsored by Parrot Structural Services

    8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration

    8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Validating Software Results: Garbage In, Garbage Out, Matt Brown (This class is for EVERYONE, not just Associates.)

    10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Lateral Design of Buildings with Software, Matt Brown

    11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch, sponsored by Parrot Structural Services

    12:30 - 2:15 p.m. ASCE 7-16 Wind Load Design, Bill Coulbourne

    2:30 - 3:20 p.m. ASCE 7-16 Component & Cladding Wind Design, Bill Coulbourne

    3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ASCE 7-16 Tornado Shelter Design, Bill Coulbourne 

    Session Information 

    Matt Brown, P.E. is a licensed Structural Engineer with more than 11 years of experience in the design of commercial and industrial structures, including steel framed hospitals, concrete high rises, and manufacturing plants. He spent 9 years as an engineer for RISA Technologies, where he taught accredited courses on structural modeling and design, provided high level technical assistance on difficult structural problems, and provided guidance to RISA developers on how to implement new structural codes and features. This led him to become one of the most recognized structural software experts in the industry. His engineering consulting firm, Newport Structural Design, provides other structural engineers with expertise and modeling for difficult problems or tight schedules.

    *Validating Software Results: Garbage In – Garbage Out  It is nearly impossible to design structures and meet all code requirements  without software. The software is only as good as the engineer operating it. This presentation focuses on common mistakes engineers make in modeling and analysis using any engineering software. Learn fast and simple methods of validating the output of the software so you can feel confident your results are accurate and correct. Also, learn what you might be missing if you assume the software is doing everything for you!

    Lateral Design of Buildings with Software— Walk through the complete design of a multi-story steel frame commercial building, with special emphasis on analysis and design for wind and seismic per ASCE 7-10 and the AISC Seismic Provisions. Special Concentric Braced Frames and Special Moment Frames will be used, with emphasis on connection design. Learn what code provisions can be easily met with software, and which typically require supplemental hand calculations.

    William Coulbourne, P.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE, SECBhas a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a national expert in wind and flood mitigation and has been involved in FEMA Mitigation Assessment Teams for nearly 20 years. Having been involved in every major hurricane and flood disaster since 1995, Bill has investigated failures and mitigation design techniques for thousands of buildings, including residential structures, schools used as shelters, hospitals, and other critical facilities. 

    ASCE 7-16 Wind Load Design— This session will cover the changes in wind design that have been made for the ASCE 7-16 edition of the Minimum Design Load Standard. These changes include revised wind speed maps, inclusion of canopies, solar panels, and bins, tanks and silos. There are improvements in the description of how to determine exposure, a new elevation factor, and a new online load determination tool.
    ASCE 7-16 Components and Cladding Wind Design—  This session will review changes in wind design procedures for components and cladding that are included in the ASCE 7-16 edition. These changes are primarily to roof external pressure coefficients but all slopes of gable and hip roofs have revised coefficients. We will look at these revised coefficients in the context of how to minimize the effects of the changes.
    ASCE 7-16 Tornado Shelter Design—  This session will review the new ASCE 7-16 design guidance on tornado design. This new guidance is in the new commentary. The design guidance will be used to illustrate designs for wood, masonry and concrete shelters. Dealing with tornado-generated debris and missiles will be discussed as, frequently, resistance to these missiles can dictate the design.


     Click here for a Registration Form: WinterSeminarRegistrationForm.pdf

    Nearby Hotels:

    Hampton Inn & Suites

    3930 Grants Mill Road   


    Holiday Inn Express

    811 Old Grants Mill Road  



Past events

August 03, 2017 2017 SEAoAL 7th Annual Conference & XPO: It's All About CONCRETE (6.5 PDH)
March 23, 2017 SEAoAL Spring Seminar: Design of Masonry Structures
February 22, 2017 SOLD OUT: The Philosophy of Engineering for the Burj Khalifa, the World's Tallest Structure
December 06, 2016 ICRI Gulf South Chapter & SEAoAL Conference & EXPO: Concrete Restoration and Repair
August 18, 2016 2016 SEAoAL 6th Annual Conference & XPO
November 12, 2015 SEAoAL Winter Seminar
August 27, 2015 SEAoAL 5th Annual State Conference & XPO
March 24, 2015 SEAoAL Spring Seminar
November 10, 2014 SEAoAL Winter Seminar
September 09, 2014 AEC MEGA GROUP
August 28, 2014 SEAoAL 4th Annual State Conference & XPO
July 31, 2014 Young Constructors Forum of Alabama
June 05, 2014 AFS Free Seminar
June 05, 2014 AIA+SEA Disaster Assistance Training Session
June 03, 2014 AFS Free Seminar
May 20, 2014 AFS Free Seminar
April 08, 2014 Practical Design of Structures for Blast Effects
December 04, 2013 Masonry Seminar (6.5 PDHs - Florida Approved)
August 27, 2013 3rd Annual State Conference & Expo
August 20, 2013 BIM for Small Projects - SEAoAL & AIA Birmingham Joint Meeting (1 PDH)
May 21, 2013 Framing & Fish Fry - AIA Birmingham and SEAoAL Joint Meeting
April 03, 2013 Dr. Michel Bruneau - AISC T.R. Higgins Lecture (Lunch and Learn)
March 18, 2013 Spring Seminar with Dr. Timothy Mays : Serviceability of Building Systems, Design of Foundation Systems and Slabs on Ground
March 14, 2013 Birmingham Botanical Gardens Conservatory Tour
January 10, 2013 Young Member Lunch & Learn
December 11, 2012 Winter Seminar - Wind Design & Structural Steel Design
August 21, 2012 2nd Annual State Conference & Expo
July 10, 2012 Lunch & Learn
March 08, 2012 Structural Steel Connection Design
February 21, 2012 Networking Luncheon
November 08, 2011 Disaster Recovery Seminar ATC-45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods and ATC-20 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Earthquakes
October 11, 2011 SEAoAL Younger Member Group Lunch and Learn
September 23, 2011 Steel Day
August 23, 2011 SEAoAL Annual State Conference & Expo

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