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Two Part Webinar on An Overview of the Structural Changes to the 2021 IBC

by S. K. Ghosh, Ph.D.

PART 1 - December 1, 2022 December 6, 2022; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

PART 2 - December 6, 2022 December 7, 2022; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

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Seminar Description

The 2021 IBC was published in October 2020. The 2022 California Building Code, based on the 2021 IBC, will go into effect in California on January 1, 2023. This two-part webinar provides an overview of the structural changes from the 2018 to the 2021 IBC. ASCE 7-16 remains the reference standard for design loads; however, Supplement No. 1 to ASCE 7-16 is adopted. This supplement is explained at the seminar. Some ASCE 7-16 changes not adopted by the 2018 IBC are now adopted by the 2021 IBC. The design load combinations will no longer be in the IBC, except for the alternative basic ASD load combinations. For everything else, a reference is made to ASCE 7-16. Significant changes in Chapter 17, Special Inspections and Tests, and Chapter 18, Soils and Foundations, are discussed. The reference standard for concrete design and construction is updated to ACI 318-19. The very significant and substantive changes in this standard are outlined. In view of the importance of these changes, a significant portion of the second part of this seminar is devoted to these changes. The other major standard update is that the 2015 edition of the Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) has been replaced by the 2021 edition. Buddy Showalter will present a brief segment on SDPWS changes.

Changes in Chapters 16, 17, and 18 will be discussed in Part 1 of the seminar.

Part 2 will be on Chapters 19 to 23. Chapter 19 discussion will in fact be a discussion of changes from ACI 318-14 to 318-19. Similarly, changes in the latest edition of the Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) will be presented as part of the Chapter 23 discussion.
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

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.

Buddy Showalter is a senior staff engineer with the International Code Council's (ICC) product development group. He develops technical resources in support of the structural provisions of the International Building Code and International Residential Code. Showalter reviews publications authored by the Code Council and engineering groups, while also developing publications and technical seminars on the structural provisions of the International Codes for building departments, designers and special inspectors. He is the project lead in the development of Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC and associated education programs, jointly developed by ICC and the American Wood Council (AWC). A graduate of Virginia Tech, Showalter has also been a member of the editorial board for STRUCTURE magazine for more than 15 years. Before joining ICC, Showalter spent 26 years with AWC where he led its technology transfer program with oversight responsibility for publications, website, helpdesk, education and other technical media. He has more than 35 years of experience in the development and support of building codes and standards, publishing more than 60 technical articles for industry-related trade journals.

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