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High-Rise Building Design

by Lawrence C. Novak, S.E., SECB, FACI, FSEI, CERT, LEED® AP

May 22, 2019; 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

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ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 8878

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Seminar Description

The structural design of high-rise building design is complex, multifaceted and often requires the utilization of high-end analysis and design software tools. Following the philosophy of ‘never run a program without first knowing the answer’, this seminar will present ‘hand tools’ and rules of thumb for estimating the design and behavior of high-rise structures. Diverse structural system types will be presented as well as comprehensive hand calculation methods to be able to understand the behavior of a high-rise structure. This practical approach will be convenient for both concept planning and checking the final computer output. A special segment on ‘how to avoid pitfalls’ will present common mistakes in laying out a high-rise structural system that can lead to major problems; this section can be critical in helping ‘getting it right’ the first time. In addition to information on lateral load resisting systems, the participant will gain knowledge in floor framing systems, structural quantities vs. height, creep and shrinkage behavior/compensation, and an understanding of the intricate human response to the motions of high-rise structures.

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.

Speaker Bio

Lawrence Novak is the Chief Structural Engineer for the International Code Council. Prior, he was an Associate Partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he had the opportunity to be involved with the engineering for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Novak is also an adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where he teaches advanced structural design. He serves on several technical committees, including the ACI 318 Code committee and the ASCE 7 committee on Building Loads. He has served as Director on the governing board for organizations including SEAOI, TCA and the Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame. Novak was selected as the “Centennial Lecturer” in engineering and was named the “Citizen Engineer of the Year” by the Illinois Chapter of ASCE. In 2010, he was selected as the ACI “Educational Speaker of the Year”, in 2017 he was bestowed the ACI “Educational Award” for his “unique ability to convey concrete knowledge and inspire others to greater heights”, in 2018 he was presented with the SEAOI life-time “Service Award” for his contributions to the industry and in 2019 he was honored with the “nVent Award for Code Simplification and Improvement”. In his free time, Novak utilizes exciting interactive demonstrations to bring structural concepts to life with the goal to inspire the next generation of young minds to study math, science, and engineering.

Registration Information

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* Registration on or before May 20, 2019

Please note a single registration allows you to have one connection. However, a number of people can view and listen to the seminar using one connection by using an LCD projector (or a large computer monitor) and good computer speakers or a speaker phone.

All attendees, irrespective of the number of registered connections, can earn 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 2.0 professional development hours (PDHs). CEU/PDH certificates are provided free of charge.

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  • 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).