Wood Diaphragms per 2018 WFCM and 2015 SDPWS
by Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., S.E., S.E.C.B.
January 7, 2020; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific TimeSmall Business System Requirements FAQ Register
ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 22680
The 2018 International Building Code (IBC) specifies that structures using wood-framed shear walls and diaphragms to resist wind, seismic and other lateral loads shall be designed and constructed in accordance with AWC’s 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) or 2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Both code-referenced standards provide procedures for designing diaphragms for wood construction. This presentation will demystify diaphragm design by providing wind and seismic design examples for in-plane lateral design of wood- and gypsum-sheathed diaphragms including a brief overview of high-load diaphragms.
Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she leads the AWC Education team in expanding continuing education resources for architects, engineers, and building officials as well as leading the effort to expand university level wood design course. Ms. Kam-Biron has authored several articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood. She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering (ARCE). She has served on the Cal Poly ARCE Industry Advisory Council and California Building Officials (CALBO) Structural Safety Committee, is a former Director for SEAOC and Past-President for SEAOSC. She is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council. She currently volunteers her time on the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Basic Education, the ICC Professional Development Council Education Committee and is Chair of ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee as well as Chair of the SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Committee.
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