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    Course Dates: September 21 – December 11, 2020     Register Now

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    Purpose and Background

    The course will cover the basics of wind engineering including the provisions for design presented in ASCE 7-16. The basics include important information about wind climatology, the interaction of wind with objects attached to the earth's surface, and how building shapes affect the wind pressures experienced by buildings. The elements of the wind hazard will be discussed including how the wind maps are developed and how engineers can determine site-specific wind speeds when the hazard is not defined by a map. The wind pressure differences between the building frame and components and cladding will be discussed to improve understanding of the important design issues for both the frame and components. Wind tunnel testing is covered from an introductory perspective. Extreme wind hazards such as tornadoes will also be covered as presented in ASCE 7. The course includes a practical example of determining wind loads on structures using various methods provided in ASCE 7-16.


    Finley A. Charney, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
    William L. Coulbourne, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE

    Course Benefits

    • Learn how to use the wind design provisions of ASCE 7.
    • Learn about the differences in the several wind design provisions and how and where to apply them.
    • Learn the possible benefits of relying on a wind tunnel test.
    • Learn what the state of the art is in tornado design.
    • Reduce potential errors in wind design caused by a lack of understanding of the provisions.
    • Learn about the many variations in building design that are not specifically covered by ASCE 7 and how to approach wind design for these many variations.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Describe the elements of wind storms that affect wind design pressures and why some types of storms are more damaging to buildings than other types.
    • Apply the wind design provisions of ASCE 7 for several different building shapes.
    • Explain the wind hazard maps and on-line tools to determine a site-specific wind speed at any location in the country.
    • Estimate the wind hazard in a location where wind speeds are not mapped.
    • Apply building shape factors from several sources to accurately determine exterior pressure coefficients.
    • Apply ASCE 7 provisions for components and cladding to be able to accurately determine design pressures for several different component and cladding conditions.
    • List the basic concepts of wind tunnel testing, and the different types of tests that are available.
    • Explain the wind engineering resources available to the practicing structural engineer that supplement the ASCE 7 provisions.
    • Describe a comprehensive example of determination of wind loads on a structure using the static methods in ASCE 7, and using results from a wind tunnel test.
    • Explain the current state of the practice for determining wind pressures caused by tornadoes.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Structural Engineers (early to mid-career or beginning to design in high wind regions)
    • Product manufacturers of high wind products
    • Forensics engineering specialists
    • Building officials
    • University professors and graduate students

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Early Bird Rate (Until September 7): Member $1395 | Non-Member $1695
    Regular Rate (After September 7): Member $1695 | Non-Member $1995