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 and Soil Loads

   Weight of materials and structure
   Soil loads

Live Loads

   Uniformly-distributed loads
   Concentrated loads
   Required live loads
   Impact loads

Snow and Ice Loads

   Calculating snow and ice loads
   Unbalanced, drifting and sliding loads

Wind Loads

   Wind speed, importance factor, exposure, enclosure
   Allowed procedures
   Basic definitions and requirements
   Main wind force resisting system

arthquake Loads

   Scope and applicability
   Seismic ground motion values/geotechnical investigation
   Seismic design category
   Design criteria for bearing walls/building frame systems
   Design requirements for non-structural components


   Application of loads
   Design shortcuts


Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 continuing education hours to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states, excluding Florida architects.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New York engineers (NYSED Sponsor No. 35).

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.


Robin M. Closs

Robin M. Closs has 15 years of experience as a structural engineer designing and analyzing anything from pipes to multistory buildings in fields such as commercial, power, government, institutional, nuclear, industrial, and residential. She traveled to Long Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as part of a Code Enforcement Disaster Assistance Response Team. Her engineering knowledge in timber, concrete, steel, masonry, aluminum, and light gauge metal has helped her design new buildings, complete renovations and additions, demolish existing structures, produce mechanical platforms, and design appropriate repairs to roofs, walls, floors, and spillways. Ms Closs is the president of The Engineering Society of Buffalo and currently creates, writes, and edits their newsletter. She also regularly spends time tutoring and greatly enjoys assisting young minds to see the benefits of engineering. She has also acted as the principal coordinator for 80-person volunteer teams, judged inventions, and mentored winners of engineering city competitions. Ms Closs graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a BS degree in Architectural Engineering with a Structural Specialty. She is a licensed professional engineering in multiple states, is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois, and is certified as a NCEES Model Law Structural Engineer. Her goal is to meet client needs in a positive and timely fashion.