Structural Engineering Seminar Series

January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 2015

Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota

View the 2015 Structural Engineering Seminar Series Brochure with Seminar schedule and paper registration form.

About the Seminar Series

This Structural Engineering Seminar Series is designed for practicing engineers and architects. Each program addresses specific structural issues and concerns involved in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures, and incorporates examples of various principles involved.

The purpose of the Seminar Series is to

  • provide current information on topics of interest to the structural engineering community;
  • increase professionalism in structural engineering;
  • provide a forum for continuing education in the engineering community.

Who Should Attend

This series is planned for design and construction engineers; practicing architects; project managers; city, county, and state building officials; and others interested in structural engineering design and construction.

Series Location/Time

Sessions will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. All seminars will be from *1:00 – 4:15 p.m.; sessions include a 15- minute break. 

Parking is available in the parking lot east of the conference center (S104 - $6.00/day), the State Fairgrounds parking lot (S108 - $4.00/day), and the Gortner Avenue Ramp (an hourly rate). View here for directions and map.

Continuing Education Units

Each seminar session awards .3 CEUs. The entire seminar series awards 1.8 CEUs. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours in an organized continuing education activity under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

These seminars are are acceptable for continuing education credit with New York and Florida. You will need to provide your Florida Professional Engineer License Number for Florida credit.


The fee for each individual seminar is $80. To register online for individual seminars, click on the Register online for this Seminar link for the seminar you wish to attend. The fee for the entire series is $420. To register for the entire series and receive the series discount, please fill out the registration form found on the back of the Structural Engineering Seminar Series brochure and mail or fax the completed registration form to the address or fax number on the brochure registration form. The six- session discount is available for one individual participant.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Geotechnical and Structural Case Study: The Failure and Fix of Wisconsin’s Interstate 43 Leo Frigo Bridge Emergency
Registration is closed.
A sag in the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay was reported by a motorist. A bridge inspector from WisDOT arrived on scene and quickly determined a 400-foot span was sagging across all four lanes of the structure. Pier 22 of the bridge over land settled over 2 feet, resulting in the sagging of the bridge. A settlement of more than 2 feet is rare and many resources were involved in the findings. This presentation will reveal the cause of the failure, stabilization of the bridge, and permanent repair.

Scot Becker, PE, MS, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, Wisconsin
Kent Zinn, P.E., S.E., Michael Baker International, Chicago, Iillinios

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Evaluating Structural Resiliency through Codes, Earthquakes and Preservation
Registration is closed.
Structural resiliency is examined from several perspectives including going beyond the building codes, being aware of the performance of our buildings during extreme events, and preserving our historic structures. Examples will be taken from personal accounts of 9-11, the Christchurch Earthquake of 2011, and case studies of preservation.

David Biggs, PE, SE, Dist Member ASCE, Honorary Member TMS, Fellow ACI, Fellow SEI, Biggs Consulting Engineering, Saratoga Springs, New York

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Seismic Design with ASCE 7-10 and the 2012 IBC
Registration is closed.
This seminar will provide an overview of the seismic design provisions of ASCE 7-10, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and the 2012 International Building Code that will be adopted in Minnesota in January 2015. Recent trial designs of seismic provisions have shown that practicing engineers have difficulty applying the seismic provisions of ASCE 7, and often get unconservative answers. This seminar will present lessons learned in recent seismic events and then step through the seismic provisions in the IBC and ASCE 7-10. A detailed example of seismic loads on an actual building will be presented.

Ed Huston, P.E., S.E., Smith & Huston, Inc., Consulting Engineers, Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Structural Steel Coatings and Finishes
Registration is closed.
This elite panel will discuss four different applications of coatings/finishes applied to structural steel as well as the requirements necessary to obtain reliable performance for each. They will include a discussion of the requirements of traditional methods as well as recent developments for surface preparation, necessary criteria involved in the selection and application of high performance paint/coating systems, an examination of the hot-dip galvanizing process including ASTM specifications and best design practice, and an overview of UL’s Fire Resistive Directory and ASTM standards for fire testing steel structures and the application of both SFRM and intumescent fire resistive coatings.

Robert Berhinig, P.E., BSCE, Berhinig Services LLC, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Melissa Lindsley, BS, American Galvanizers Association (AGA), Centennial, Colorado
Heather Stiner, PCS, CCI – BS, Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Zepeda, BS, Sherwin-Williams, Burnsville, Minnesota

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Advanced Diaphragm Analysis
Registration is closed.
Lateral force resisting systems in today’s structures are much more complex than they were several decades ago, incorporating multiple horizontal offsets in the diaphragms and shear walls, and large openings in the diaphragms. This presentation will provide a detailed review of a method of analysis that can be used to solve the transfer of forces across areas of discontinuity, and the analysis of flexible or semi-rigid wood sheathed or untopped steel deck diaphragms.

Topics will include:

  • Method of analysis
  • Diaphragms with horizontal offsets
  • In-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls
  • Diaphragms with openings

Terry Malone, PE, SE, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council, Prescott Valley, Arizona

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lateral Load Design with Steel Joists and Joist Girders, Including Connection Design
Register online for this Seminar
Dr. Fisher will present a two part seminar. The first part will consist of a discussion of various lateral load systems as they pertain to the use of open web steel joists and Joist Girders; specifically, horizontal diaphragms, vertical and horizontal bracing, and rigid frame systems. The second part will be a discussion and demonstration of the Steel Joist Institute’s SPREADSHEET for the design of moment connections for Joist Girder rigid frames. Participants may download the SPREADSHEET and Reference Manual prior to the seminar under the Tab “Steel Tools” at the SJI Web Site:

James Fisher, Ph.D., P.E., Distinguished. M. ASCE, Vice President Emeritus, CSD, Estero, Florida

Sponsored by:

College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

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