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Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm CDT (including a 60-min. break)


Understanding Structural Loads 

  • Types of structural loads 
  • Classifying buildings and structures 


Load Types 

  • Uniformly distributed loads 
  • Non-uniformly distributed loads 
  • Concentrated loads 
  • Load combinations 


Dead Loads 

  • Weight of materials and structure 
  • Superimposed dead loads 


Live Loads 

  • Required live loads 
  • Live load reduction 
  • Impact loads 


Soil Loads 

  • Geotechnical investigation 
  • Spread footing calculations 
  • Combined footing calculations 
  • Retaining wall calculations 
  • Overturning, sliding, bearing 


Wind Loads 

  • Allowed procedures 
  • Basic definitions and requirements 
  • Wind speed, importance factor, exposure, enclosure 
  • Main wind force resisting system calculations 
  • Components and cladding calculations 
  • Wind on other structures: billboards, open structures, etc. 


Earthquake Loads 

  • Scope and applicability 
  • Seismic ground motion values 
  • Calculating seismic loads 
  • Seismic design category 


Snow and Ice Loads 

  • Calculating snow drift and ice loads 
  • Flat roof, sloped roof, unbalanced, sliding snow  


Design shortcuts 

  • Rules of thumb 
  • Engineering economy 
  • General structural integrity 
  • Modifying and expanding existing structures 


Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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6.0 PDHs 

6.0 HSW CE Hours 

6.0 LU|HSWs

International Code Council 
0.6 CEUs (Building) 


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for 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 6.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 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). 


On-Demand Credits
The above pre-approval(s) only apply to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request: 

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA) 


Marcus E. Woods, PE & LEED AP

Principal, Woods Residential Engineering and Inspection, LLC

After working in engineering and design management with award-winning structural and construction firms for nearly 10 years, Mr. Woods founded his own firm, Woods Residential Engineering & Inspection. Mr. Woods is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states, and he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering (with a focus on structures) from Washington University in St. Louis. He has earned “Accredited Professional” status from the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Woods is a member of: The Woods Educational Enrichment Foundation, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) (Director of Programs for the Chicago professional chapter), the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

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: Structural Design Loads under the ASCE 7-16 Standard

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course provides design guidance from ASCE 7-16 for withstanding uniformly distributed loads, non-uniformly distributed loads, concentrated loads, dead loads, live loads, soil loads, wind loads, earthquake loads and snow and ice loads.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1: Learners will be able to identify different types of structural loads, classify buildings and structures, and differentiate between dead loads and live loads and the requirements.

Learning Objective 2: Learners will be able to identify requirements for wind loads, perform main wind force resisting system calculations, and consider wind speed, importance factor, exposure and enclosure.

Learning Objective 3: Learners will be able to design for earthquake loads by identifying the seismic ground motion values, calculating seismic loads, and determining seismic design category.

Learning Objective 4: Learners will be able to assist in geotechnical investigations and perform spread footing calculations, combined footing calculations and retaining wall calculations.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with building design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/26/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

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.