Structural Provisions in the Building Code and Referenced Standards

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Course Overview

This course will allow you to specifically examine loads, steel and aluminum, concrete, masonry, foundations, wood design, and special inspections. You will also:

  • Examine the 2015 IBC structural provisions and referenced standards
  • Review the significant changes from the 2009 to the 2015 IBC
  • Learn the proper application of key code provisions
  • Improve your understanding of codes and standards through examples
  • Identify structural design resources

Who Should Attend?

  • Civil and structural engineers
  • Architects and related professionals
  • Building department code officials
  • Plan review engineers and plans examiners
  • Design and construction project managers
  • Construction managers and sub-contractors

Course Outline

Review of Significant Changes to the Structural Provisions

  • Description of how national codes, standards and specifications are updated
  • Significant changes to the 2012 and 2015 IBC Chapters 16 through 23
  • Significant changes to the standards referenced in the International Building Code 

Special Inspections

  • Structural special inspections
  • Special inspections for SDC B regions
  • Evaluation reports
  • Jurisdictional inspection
  • Structural observations
  • Contractor responsibility 

Wood Design

  • Minimum standards of quality
  • IBC, conventional construction and the WFCM
  • NDS and SDPWS
  • Wood diaphragms, shear walls and collectors 


  • CIP / precast / pre-tensioned / post-tensioned
  • Overview of ACI 318-14 standard
  • Provisions not included in ACI 318
  • Seismic detailing for concrete structures


  • Overview of MSJC code and specification
  • Allowable stress design
  • Strength design
  • Unreinforced vs. reinforced masonry
  • Wall design

Steel and Aluminum

  • AISC specification
  • Light gauge steel
  • Bar joists
  • Overview of aluminum design standards

Loads and Load Combinations

  • Reference to ASCE 7
  • Dead loads
  • Live loads
  • Snow loads
  • Wind loads
  • Soil lateral loads
  • Rain loads
  • Flood loads
  • EQ loads
  • Atmospheric ice
  • Structural integrity
  • Load combinations
  • Example problems

Wind Loads

  • Reference to ASCE 7-10
  • Use of ultimate wind speed
  • Exposure category
  • Wind hazard maps
  • Wind directionality
  • Topographic effects
  • Gust effects
  • Enclosure classifications
  • Internal pressure
  • Directional procedure
  • Envelope procedure for low-rise buildings
  • Wind tunnel procedure
  • Components and cladding
  • Example problems

Seismic Loads

  • Reference to ASCE 7-10
  • Design philosophy
  • Collapse prevention design
  • Seismic risk level
  • Ground motion acceleration maps
  • Occupancy categories
  • Seismic Design Category (SDC)
  • Analysis procedure
    • Equivalent lateral force procedure
    • Modal response spectrum procedure
    • Seismic response history procedures
  • Vertical force distribution
  • Structural irregularities
  • Seismic design requirements for non-structural components
  • Seismic design requirements for non-building structures
  • Example problems 


"Very informative, learned about parts and aspects of the code that I was not familiar with before this presentation. Will be taking advantage of the things I learned from this week in my practice."
Kevin, Briohn Design Group, Brookfield, WI

"Wanted to become familiar with U.S. codes and standards and truly feel that I have a better understanding of them now."
Adinda, Blattner Energy, Inc., Avon, MN

"It was a good review. It's always helpful to hear another designer talk about their philosophy of what 'usually' governs or is more efficient."
Nathan, Moment Engineering, Middleton, WI


Sandra Hyde

Sandra Hyde, PE is a Senior Staff Engineer with the International Code Council (ICC), where, as part of the Product Development team, she develops technical resource materials in support of the structural provisions of the International Codes. Her role also includes review and technical editing of publications authored by ICC and engineering associations, and the presentation of technical seminars on the IRC and IBC structural provisions. Prior to joining ICC in 2010, Sandra worked in manufacturing and research of engineered wood products. She is a registered Civil Engineer in Idaho and California, and a member of NCSEA and EERI.

Mahmoud Maamouri

Mahmoud Maamouri, PhD, PE has been employed at Computerized Structural Design, S.C. (CSD) since 1998. He became an Associate in 2001 and a Principal in 2007. His responsibilities include the design of specialty equipment supports, enclosures and their anchorages when subjected to seismic, wind and sloshing effects. In addition, he is responsible for the analysis, design and review of precast / pre-stressed concrete buildings and components. He specializes in both structural and architectural concrete design, and is also responsible for review of steel space frame specialty structures. In addition, Dr. Maamouri is an adjunct professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he teaches pre-stressed concrete, wood and masonry design. Dr. Maamouri is a registered Professional and Structural Engineer in 20 States. He is a member of ACI, PCI and AISC, and currently serves as chairman for the ACI 348 Committee on Structural Safety and Reliability.

Mark Malkin

Mark P. Malkin, PE is a Program Director in the UW–Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). He is a registered Professional Engineer with over 25 years of combined experience in university construction project management and HVAC systems design. His course offerings in the Facilities segment of EPD include HVAC and plumbing fundamentals, building and property maintenance code review, and design and operation of science labs, data centers, museums and libraries. Mark received his bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and his master's in Mechanical Engineering from UW–Madison.

John Rolfes

John A. Rolfes, PE joined Computerized Structural Design, S.C. (CSD) in 1987. He was made an Associate of the firm in 1993 and a Principal in 1998. Mr. Rolfes has been responsible for the design of low and mid-rise building structures and their foundations and he has designed numerous heavy industrial and steel mill facilities. He has managed and worked on large connection design projects for various fabricators, and has also worked with a number of steel erectors, designing temporary bracing and sequencing requirements for large projects throughout the United States. He has specialized in seismic analysis and design and has lectured on the topic. Mr. Rolfes has also presented numerous lectures on a variety of steel design topics for the American Institute of Steel Construction.

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May 3-7, 2021

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