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8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:15 pm EDT
12:15 – 1:15 pm EDT
Afternoon Session
1:15 – 5:00 pm EDT


Presented by
Gregory A. Robinson, P.E.

Treatment of Structure Loads in Building Codes and Standards
Building codes
• Historical considerations
• ASCE 7-5 and 7-10
Load combinations
• Allowable strength design (ASD)
• Load and resistance factor design (LRFD)

Dead Loads
Definition of dead load
Common materials and components

Live Loads
Definition of live load
Live load examples
• Roofs, floors, walls
• Traffic and various wheel loads, distribution considerations

Wind Loads
ASCE 7 background
Computing wind loads
• Main wind force resisting system (MWFRS)
• Components
• Parapets

Rain and Snow Loads
Ponding and drainage
Snow: balanced, unbalanced and drifting

Water, Moving and Still
Hydrostatic pressure
Flood loads
• Uplift, flowing water, scour, relief of flood forces

Seismic, Blasting and Ground Vibration Loads
Basic seismic considerations
• Ground motion and equivalent lateral force
• ASCE 7 design formulae and coefficients, how does all this work?
• Non-building structures
Ground vibration from blasting

Earth Pressure Loads
Retaining walls
Buried structures
• Active, passive and at-rest conditions
Live loads, direct and through soil

Application of Loads to Various Structures and Components
Common building components: joists, rafters, beams, columns and walks
Structural analysis considerations
Examples and case studies
• Wind loads on components
• Foundation in flood-prone areas
• Buried vault


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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Gregory A. Robinson P.E.

Consulting Engineer
Mr. Robinson is a graduate of North Carolina State University from which he received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his master of Civil Engineering degree. He has over 30 years of experience in the structural engineering field and has been in private practice for over 24 years. Prior to establishing his own practice Mr. Robinson worked for Bechtel Petroleum in San Francisco and for various structural engineering firms in the Raleigh area. Mr. Robinson is a licensed professional engineer in 16 states. He has taught structural analysis classes at the community college level and has conducted numerous seminars over the last 20 years. He also served on a sub-committee for the North Carolina Building Code Council tasked with reviewing the provisions of the North Carolina Residential Code for interior moisture control and water intrusion. Mr. Robinson’s practice includes design, analysis and evaluation of steel, concrete, masonry and timber structures. He has investigated over 1,500 wood frame buildings for damage, and he has developed plans of repair for structures and finishes.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Calculating Design Loads for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This seven-hour course covers the treatment of structure loads in building codes and standards, calculating live loads and dead loads, discusses the specifics of and solutions to wind, rain, snow and seismic loads, explores earth pressure loads on retaining walls and buried structures, the application of loads to various structures and their components, and uses spreadsheets and software to calculate design loads in various case studies.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify the building codes which relate to the treatment of structure loads, including ASCE 7-5 and 7-10.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to define, identify and calculate dead loads on common materials and components.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to define, identify and calculate live loads on roofs, floors, and walls, as well as traffic and wheel loads.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to calculate structure loads from rain, snow, flood, and seismic loads.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to understand earth pressure loads on retaining walls and buried structures, including live loads through soil.

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to apply the aforementioned loads to various structures and their components, including on joists, rafters, beams, and columns.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with building design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/02/2025

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Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00


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