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8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am EDT
11:45 am – 12:45 pm EDT
Afternoon Session
12:45 – 5:00 pm EDT


Presented by
Robin M. Closs, S.E., P.E.

Understanding Structural Loads
Types of structural loads
General structural integrity
Classifying buildings and structures

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

Dead Loads
Weight of materials and structure

Live Loads
Uniformly-distributed loads
Concentrated loads
Required live loads
Live load reduction
Impact loads

Soil Loads
Geotechnical investigation
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
Wind on other structures

Snow and Ice Loads
Calculating snow drift and ice loads
Flat roof, sloped roof, unbalanced, sliding snow

Load Combinations

Design shortcuts
Rules of thumb
Modifying and expanding existing structures


 Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. 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.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

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Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

Architects  (AIA credits are only available for attending the live Webinar)
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 architects licensed in Pennsylvania. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Pennsylvania.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (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).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Robin M. Closs S.E. P.E.

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.

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 Standard Interactive Workshop for Pennsylvania

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the types of structural loads, building classifications, and dead, soil, live, snow, ice, wind, and earthquake load design considerations.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to determine the weight of materials and structures and describe how soil loads are established.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe load determinations and design considerations for wind loads and earthquake (seismic) loads.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the types of loads on structures, classify types of buildings and structures, and discuss load considerations for modifying or expanding existing structures.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to calculate snow and ice loads, including unbalanced, drifting and sliding loads.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with structural design and code interpretation/compliance.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/01/2024

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.