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Significant Structural Changes in the 2018 Phoenix Building Construction Code (PBCC) / 2018 IBC - Phoenix

by S. K. Ghosh, Ph.D. and Kelly Cobeen, S.E.

November 5, 2019; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time


ICC Preferred Provider #1467
ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 21455

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Seminar Description

The City of Phoenix adopted the 2018 Phoenix Building Construction Code (PBCC), based on the 2018 International Building Code (2018 IBC), effective July 1, 2019. With the 2018 PBCC/2018 IBC comes a set of updated structural reference standards – for design loads, structural steel, masonry, wood, and cold-formed steel. The reference standard for concrete, ACI 318-14, remains unchanged. Also remaining unchanged is the 2015 edition of the wood standard: Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic.

The most important changes in the structural provisions of the 2018 PBCC/2018 IBC result from the referenced standard for design loads being updated from ASCE 7-10 (including Supplement No. 1) to ASCE 7-16. The design wind speed maps as well as the maps for seismic ground motion parameters have changed, along with many other important aspects of design.

It is vitally important that every structural engineer be well aware of the major changes that have taken place in the structural provisions of the 2018 IBC as well as in the various updated referenced standards. In order to help engineers transition to the new building code, S. K. Ghosh Associates LLC is pleased to present a full-day seminar in the Phoenix area. Sign up today to reserve your seat.

Speaker Bio

Dr. S. K. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering. He has influenced seismic design provisions in the United States for many years by serving on or chairing numerous committees and advisory panels. He specializes in the analysis and design, including wind and earthquake resistant design, of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. Dr. Ghosh is active on many national technical committees and is a fellow of ASCE, SEI, ACI, and PCI. He is a member of ACI Committee 318, Standard Building Code, and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures). He is a former member of the Boards of Direction of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In addition to authoring many publications in the area of structural design, he has investigated and reported on structural performance in recent earthquakes.

Ms. Kelly Cobeen is an Associate Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates and registered Civil and Structural Engineer. She has twenty-nine years of experience working in a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials. She has a special interest in seismic resistance of light-frame construction, applicable to new construction and seismic retrofit of existing buildings. Ms. Cobeen has been involved in numerous code development, research and educational activities. Code development activities include involvement in the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings, in numerous Applied Technology Council publications, and International Building Code and International Residential Code development. Educational activities include coauthoring the Design of Wood Structures textbook, teaching wood design at UC Berkeley and seminars for professional organizations. Research activities include involvement in the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project, studying improved seismic performance for woodframe buildings.

The views and opinions expressed in this seminar are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those held by S. K. Ghosh Associates LLC.

Registration Information

Discounted Registration (Register on or before October 29, 2019) $300
Regular Registration (Register after October 29, 2019) $325
ICC Members $260


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  • Refunds are limited to 80 percent of fee and must be applied for in writing WITHIN THIRTY DAYS after the scheduled seminar.
  • We are a registered provider for continuing education in the State of Florida (Provider # 4732), the State of New York (Provider # 99), the State of New Jersey (Provider # 24GP00014200), the State of Maryland, and for the Structural Engineers Certification Board (SECB) of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA).