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04/23/2024: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Structural Design for Earth, Wind, and Fire, Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 12pm-1pm Eastern

04/23/2024: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Structural Design for Earth, Wind, and Fire, Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 12pm-1pm Eastern

1 hr. Webinar

Level: Intermediate

Item#: RV-W042324

SME: Kevin LaMalva, P.E.

Traditionally, structural fire safety is contemplated after the structural engineering is complete for a given building. Specifically, structural systems that have been optimized for ambient design loads are then blanketed with fireproofing. This century-old approach endeavors to reduce the heating of individual structural members with the intent of mitigating the risk of structural collapse under fire conditions. However, project stakeholders may be left wondering if the intended structural fire safety is provided and if a rational use of resources was employed. This differs from almost all other aspects of building design in which these aspects are taken extremely seriously.
As a refreshing alternative to the traditional approach, performance-based structural fire design is beginning to establish a foothold in the United States. Notably, newly developed guidance contained within ASCE/SEI 7, ASCE/SEI Manual of Practice No. 138, the SFPE International Handbook of Structural Fire Engineering and the freely available ASCE/SEI Structural Fire Design Guide provide designers the framework to legitimately practice structural fire design, as well as provide building officials a potent set of tools to properly evaluate such designs. The envisioned endgame of this movement is a gradual transition toward intrinsically fire safe structures that are rationally optimized. Since structural fire design has the potential to produce buildings that are safer, cost less, and are optimized for stakeholder design objectives such as aesthetics, carbon footprint, and allowance for innovation, the future is certainly bright for this movement.
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Course Objectives
At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Explain what differentiates structural fire design from conventional methods
  • Demonstrate the behavior of structural systems under fire conditions
  • Explore new industry advances pertaining to structural fire design and how they safeguard the public welfare
  • Discuss the potential benefits of adopting structural fire design for building projects to protect the public safety
Kevin LaMalva joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 2007 and is professionally registered as a Fire Protection Engineer and Civil Engineer. Referenced by industry as a “champion” and a “luminary,” he serves as Chair of the ASCE/SEI Fire Protection Committee, and is a member of numerous industry committees that conduct research and develop standards for structural fire safety. His work experience spans many areas of fire safety and structural engineering. He has been awarded the distinction of 2017 ENR Newsmaker for serving the “best interests of the construction industry and the public.”