Earn and Learn at BSSC Second Annual Colloquium on NEHRP Provisions, Project 17

Online Registration Closes Friday

Earn 6.0 continuing education units (CEUs) while learning the latest about what is intended for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2020 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, and for Project 17, Development of Next-Generation Seismic Design Maps. The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the second annual BSSC Colloquium on “Seismic Design Update 2016: An Interactive Exploration of the 2020 NEHRP Provisions and Project 17 Issues,” Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport–Waterfront in Burlingame, California.

The BSSC Colloquium offers architects and engineers a streamlined opportunity to understand the changes in the 2015 Provisions, why they occurred and how they will affect design and construction going forward, as well as the latest developments in Project 17.

Covered topics will include:

Introduction to NEHRP, Design and Analysis
Geotechnical/Ground Motion
Concrete, Masonry and Wood Provisions
Nonstructural Components
Nonbuilding Structures
Uncertainty versus Precision
Acceptable Risk
Multi-Period Spectral Parameters
Deterministic Caps

This year’s Colloquium will feature a two-hour workshop on “Public Input on Issues for the 2020 NEHRP Provisions.” David R. Bonneville, senior principal of Degenkolb Engineers and chair of the Provisions Update Committee (PUC), will facilitate an audience-based, open discussion on topics and issues that should be considered by the PUC in the 2020 Provisions cycle. See the Colloquium agenda and list of distinguished speakers.

Subject experts from both the public and private sectors—all active participants in the NEHRP Provisions update process and Project 17—will make up this year’s program. View the full agenda. The course will offer 6.0 CEUs from The American Institute of Architects for AIA learning units. Certificates of participation will be available on request for engineers for submission to state licensing agencies. The BSSC Colloquium will run from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm, and includes lunch. The March 8 Colloquium will be preceded by the BSSC Annual Meeting in the morning and followed by a PUC meeting on March 9, and a Project 17 Committee meeting on March 10.

Registration is $150 for Institute members and $175 for non-members. Online registration closes this Friday, March 4, 2016. Register now.

About the NEHRP Recommended Provisions

Under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), BSSC administers an ongoing consensus-based process of updating and maintaining the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. The NEHRP Recommended Provisions and its Commentary embody the state-of-knowledge criteria for design and construction of new buildings subject to earthquake hazards. The new knowledge and technologies contained in this resource document are diffused into the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC) and several national standards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) ASCE/SEI-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Learn more about the 2015 NEHRP Provisions.

About the Building Seismic Safety Council

The Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) is an independent, voluntary membership body representing a wide variety of building community interests related to seismic safety. Its fundamental purpose is to enhance public safety by providing a national forum that fosters improved seismic safety provisions for use by the building community in the planning, design, construction, regulation and utilization of buildings.

About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.




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