February 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

This seminar covers seismic design approaches, current building code theory, seismic design principles and behavior, and more.  The seminar will be based on provisions in ASCE 7-10 and 7-16. Attendees will earn 7.5 hours of continuing education credit.  CE certificates will be emailed to all participants following the event. Course handouts will also be emailed to participants in PDF format. 

Seismology and Earthquake Actions

    • Earthquake characteristics
    • Effects of soil conditions
    • Western, central, and eastern U.S. seismicity

    Structural Dynamics & Response

    • Ground motions and structural response
    • Response spectra
    • Damping
    • Modal superposition analysis

    Seismic Design Philosophy​

    • Seismic design objectives
    • Inelastic response and ductility
    • Proportioning

    U.S. Seismic Codes

    • History
    • Performance Objectives
    • Hazard Levels

    ASCE 7 Seismic Design

    • Mapped spectral response
    • Design response spectrum
    • Seismic design category and design factors
    • Seismic force resisting systems
    • Estimating period
    • Structural irregularities
    • Equivalent lateral force procedure
    • Load combinations, overstrength, redundancy
    • Diaphragms and shear walls
    • Deflection limitations

    Material-Specific Seismic Force Resisting Systems

    • International Building Code (IBC) provisions
    • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC 341) provisions
    • American Concrete Institute for Structural Concrete (ACI 318) provisions
    • American Concrete Institute for Masonry Structures (ACI 530) provisions


    Association Forum
    10 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 800
    Chicago, IL


    Registration is $390 for members and $505 for non-members.  

    Government Employee Registration is  $205. Examples of organizations whose employees qualify for the Government rate include:

    • Departments of Transportation (City or State), including IDOT, CDOT, ISTHA, etc. 
    • RTA - Chicago Transit Authority/Metra/Pace 
    • Chicago Building Department

    Quations about the government rate may be directed to Staff@SEAOI.org.

    A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

    About the Speaker

    Jon F. Sfura, Ph.D., P.E., S.E. is a Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Northbrook, Illinois. Dr. Sfura’s experience includes the assessment of structural distress and serviceability problems, the investigation of structural failures, peer review, and the rehabilitation of structures. He has published and lectured on seismic design and performance, and the assessment and rehabilitation of structures.

    Dr. Sfura received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.  He studied the nonlinear seismic response of asymmetric steel structures to earthquake ground motions as a doctoral candidate. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois, Civil Engineer in California, and Professional Engineer in Florida and Michigan. He is a member of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). He participates on the BSSC NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions Committee and ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee.

    Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned interdisciplinary firm with nineteen offices across the United States. Its team of structural engineers, architects, and material scientists use problem-solving and a hands-on technical approach to construction challenges, with virtually every construction material, structural system, and architectural component.





    Jeffrey Travis ( Exponent, Inc. )
    Kalyan Chandhuri ( ECS Midwest, LLC. )
    Jeffie Chang ( WSP )
    Bernardo Martinez Tarin ( ECS Midwest, LLC )
    Ronald Neumann ( Retired )
    HAIDER HIMAIRI ( Thornton Tomasetti )
    Steven Neubauer ( Samartano & Company )
    Robert Angarone ( Samartano & Company )
    Paul Brasileiro ( Fyfe Co. - Aegion )
    Richard Weber ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
    Omet Morales ( Leidos )
    Clark Baurer ( Clark T. Baurer Structural Engineer )
    Thomas Behringer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
    Kevin Anderson ( STV, Inc )
    Michael Hamilton ( Forefront Structural Engineers, Inc. )
    Josh Dortzbach ( Forefront Structural Engineers, Inc. )
    Jennifer Deem ( Forefront Structural Engineers, Inc. )
    Eric Gowdy ( Case Engineering )
    Eric Means ( The Structural Shop )
    Mark Stern ( James F. Giannini & Associates )
    Jon Boyd ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
    Abhiram Tammana ( Thornton Tomasetti )
    Eduardo Prieto ( Exp Federal )
    Tim Fitzgerald ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
    John Duque ( Stantect )
    Vasu Mevawala ( WSP USA )
    Melissa Kearney ( Ms. )
    Aaron Neuman ( USG )
    Jon Sfura ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )