Registration:                    7:30 – 8:00 am

Morning Session:             8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 – 5:00 pm

This seminar covers seismic design approaches, current building code theory,
seismic design principles and behavior, and more. The seminar will be based on provisions in ASCE 7-10.

Seismology and Earthquake Actions

   Earthquake characteristics

   Effects of soil conditions

   Western, central, and eastern U.S. seismicity

Structural Dynamics and Response

   Ground motions and structural response

   Response spectra


   Modal superposition analysis

Modern Philosophy of Seismic Design

   Seismic design objectives

   Inelastic response and ductility


U.S. Seismic Codes


   Performance objectives

   Hazard levels

ASCE 7 Seismic Design

   Mapped spectral response

   Design response spectrum

   Seismic design category and design factors

   Seismic force resisting systems

   Estimating period

   Structural irregularities

   Equivalent lateral force procedure

   Load combinations, overstrength, redundancy


   Deflection limitations

Material-Specific Seismic Force Resisting Systems

   International Building Code (IBC) provisions

   American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC 341) provisions

   American Concrete Institute for Structural Concrete (ACI 318) provisions

   American Concrete Institute for Masonry Structures (ACI 530) provisions


     7.5 HSW Contact Hours
     7.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.5 PDHs

     Voluntary CE

International Code Council
     7.5 Contact Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.5 HSW contact hours to architects and 7.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Missouri.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this course for 7.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to building contractors. It has not been approved by any contractor licensing board with a continuing education requirement.

The International Code Council has approved this activity for 7.5 contact hours.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Jon F. Sfura Ph.D. P.E. S.E.

Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Northbrook, Illinois
Dr. Sfura is a Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Northbrook, Illinois. His experience includes the assessment of structural distress and serviceability problems, the investigation of structural failures, peer review, and the rehabilitation of structures. He has published and lectured on seismic design and performance, and the assessment and rehabilitation of structures.

Dr. Sfura received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He studied the nonlinear seismic response of asymmetric steel structures to earthquake ground motions as a doctoral candidate. He is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois, civil engineer in California, and professional engineer in Florida and Michigan. He is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI).

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned interdisciplinary firm with 19 offices across the United States. Its team of structural engineers, architects, and material scientists use problem solving and a hands-on technical approach to construction challenges, with virtually every construction material, structural system, and architectural component.