December 5, 2017 -
5:15pm to 7:30pm


Theory and Application of Tuned Mass Dampers

Tuned Mass Dampers (TMDs) are perhaps most well known for their application in tall, slender buildings, where they are used to reduce response to wind excitation and improve occupant comfort. This presentation aims to provide a better understanding of how TMDs work to reduce resonant response of structures, and of TMD design as it relates to the mode shape and mass distribution in a structure. Numerous examples will be shared where TMDs have proven beneficial. These applications include structures excited by wind, pedestrian traffic, and seismic ground motion.

Attendees will earn 1.0 hour of Continuing Education Credit. CE Certificates will be emailed after the event. 

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About the Speaker

Kurt Strobel, P.E. has been working in the field of wind-induced structural dynamics and vibration control for over a decade. With GERB, he has been focused on the application of tuned mass dampers for improving occupant comfort and reducing dynamic loads for tall buildings and towers, long-span floors, and pedestrian bridges. This work includes prediction of vibration amplitude, TMD specification, and structural characterization through Operation Modal Analysis. Prior to joining GERB, Mr. Strobel was a Director of Engineering with CPP, Inc. where he studied wind-induced loads and response of all types of structures, including tall buildings, telescopes, solar arrays, launch vehicles and transmission line towers. Mr. Strobel has been a co-author on a number of papers related to wind engineering and is a member of ASCE and CTBUH. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado.

Please register by Friday, December 1 to guarantee your place. Registrations made after that time will be accommodated if possible, but cannot be guaranteed. 



Cliff Dwellers Club
200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor
Chicago, IL



The registration fee is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.  Please note that Cliff Dwellers' bar only accepts credit cards; cash is no longer accepted. 


Cancellation Policy:

If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel by Friday, December 1.  If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.



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Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Terry McDonnell ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
William Flannigan ( AECOM )
Tom Palansky ( American Bridge Company )
John McLean ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
RAE SUNG LEE ( Wight and Company )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Georges Abdallah ( Wight & Company )
Frank Montana ( Montana Design Service )
Yelena Straight ( USG Corporation Research Center )
Lawrence Kirchner ( TranSystems )
Jovica Grbić ( Wight & Company )
Kerry Romack ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )
Nuria Abad Sanz
Matthew Aquino ( Wight & Company )
Connor Bruns ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Tucker Raney ( Jacobs )
Edmund Schloss ( ARUP )
David Petlicki ( SP Engineers Ltd. )