Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 – 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 – 5:00 pm

Understanding Structural Loads

   Types of structural loads

   General structural integrity

   Classifying buildings and structures

   Modifying and expanding existing structures

Dead Loads, Soil Loads and Hydrostatic Pressure

   Weight of materials and structure

   Soil loads and hydrostatic pressure

Live Loads

   Uniformly-distributed loads

   Concentrated loads

   Required live loads

   Impact loads

Flood Loads

   Design loads

   Loads on breakaway walls

   Hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads

   Wave loads

Rain, Ice and Snow Loads

   Calculating rain, ice and snow loads on roofs

   Design coefficients

   Unbalanced, drifting and sliding loads

Wind Loads

   Wind speed, importance factor, exposure, enclosure classifications

   Allowed procedures (methods 1, 2 and 3)

   Basic definitions and requirements

   Main wind force resisting system vs. components and cladding

Earthquake Loads

   Scope and applicability

   Seismic ground motion values/geologic hazards and geotechnical investigation

   Importance factor and occupancy category

   Seismic design category

   Simplified structural design criteria for bearing walls and building frame systems

   Design requirements for non-structural components


     7.0 HSW CEPHs/Contact Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

International Code Council
     7.0 Contact Hours

     Non-Mandatory Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.0 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.

The International Code Council has approved this event for 7.0 contact hours (.7 CEUs) in the specialty area of Building.

This seminar offers contractors a continuing education opportunity, but it has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

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.


Jerald W. Kunkel

Jerald W. Kunkel Consulting Engineers, Inc. in ArlingtonMr. Kunkel is a registered professional engineer in 37 states. He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas – Arlington. He specializes in the design and investigation of commercial and residential structures. His design experience includes bridge design, steel and concrete design of commercial buildings, and concrete and wood framing design of residential structures. He has been involved in the design of slab-on-grade foundations in the expansive clay soils of north central Texas and at various locations nationwide for the past 34 years. Mr. Kunkel currently conducts seminars and lectures at trade schools on residential construction, remodeling and repair. He is also a professor in practice at the University of Texas at Arlington, an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College and a fellow and lifetime member in the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Kunkel is also a Texas certified windstorm engineer.