Continuing Education for the Practical Structural Engineer:
Steel: Academic, Practical, & Example

SEPT 23, SEPT 30, OCT 7 | 11 a.m. - Noon (ET)

3.0 SEAMASS PDHs or 3.0 NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs
This is your opportunity to enhance your knowledge of steel directly from four experts who will cover topics ranging from academic, practical and example projects that feature modern steel design and construction.
WHEN: Thursdays, Sept 23, 30 & Oct 7 | 11:00 a.m. - Noon (ET)
WHERE: Online via Zoom Webinar; Registrants will receive access link prior to events
SEAMASS-Certified PDHs:
$25 per webinar (1.0 PDH) OR $60 for ALL 3 Webinars (3.0 PDHs)
NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs:
$30 per webinar (1.0 PDH) OR $75 for ALL 3 Webinars (3.0 PDHs)

NOTE: If you participated in the Sept 9, 2021 webinar, you will receive a separate email with a discount code that will apply your $25 credit toward this webinar series.
Click above to register for the full series OR individual events
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Only "live" attendees receive PDH credits.
Sound Isolation and Noise Control in Steel Buildings:
A Summary of AISC Design Guide 30
Benjamin Markham, LEED AP | Director, Architectural Acoustics | ACENTECH

How can a steel-framed building sound as good as a heavier concrete structure? 

Find out in this engaging discussion of acoustics in steel buildings. Moving from basic principles to nuts and bolts, this interactive presentation – led by the author of AISC’s newest design guide: Design Guide 30: Sound Isolation & Noise Control in Steel Buildings – will illuminate acoustical design principles, demonstrate that steel buildings can sound great, and illustrate how to it.

We will explore how AISC's Design Guide 30 provides a design team with readily-accessible background information and guidance aimed at achieving acoustical conditions suitable for a building's planned occupancies.
This session also discusses sound isolation in detail – including the related metrics, effects of structural parameters and acoustical treatments, the effects of "weak links" such as acoustically inappropriate windows and gaps at doors, and the isolation performance of wall configurations that are widely used in steel buildings. Fundamentally, it lays out how a steel-framed building can, with proper design of the ceiling and floor systems in particular, perform as well as (or better) than comparatively heavier concrete-framed structures.
Thin to Win:
Harnessing the Power of Cross-section Stability
Kara D. Peterman, PhD | Assistant Professor
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering | UMass Amherst 

This presentation will provide an overview of cross-section stability, and strategies for harnessing stability modes via analysis-based design.

Slender thin-walled cross-sections will be the focus of the talk.

Research findings from a recent experimental campaign conducted by the UMass Amherst Basic Infrastructure Research Group will also be discussed.
From Bridge to Tower:
Navigating Air Rights at Fenway Center
Derek T. Barnes, PE, SE | Associate, LeMessurier
Ian Neill, PE | Associate, LeMessurier

Fenway Center is a new one-million square foot air-rights development to be constructed over the Massachusetts Turnpike near historic Fenway Park.

Significant constraints due to this unique project site presented a number of challenges to the structural design of the two towers and adjacent structures included within the development. Narrow landing points required the use of unconventional foundation elements and rigid moment frames over the turnpike consisting of built-up sections from heavy plate.
Project highlights include creation of a novel approach to show compliance with both Bridge and Building Codes and inclusion of a fully Connected Model in delivery of the project construction documents.
Benjamin Markham, LEED AP
Director, Architectural Acoustics | ACENTECH

Benjamin Markham is Director of Architectural Acoustics and a Principal Consultant at Acentech Incorporated in Cambridge, MA.  He is the primary author of AISC Design Guide 30: Sound Isolation and Noise Control in Steel Buildings, and was recognized as a Top 20 Under 40 professional nationwide by Engineering News Record (ENR) in 2019. He is an acoustician involved in a variety of projects concerned with performance spaces and other commercial, residential, educational, and civic facilities. He has an avid interest in acoustical models and 3DListening (computer simulations of acoustic environments).
Ben has consulted on projects related to room acoustics, sound isolation, auditorium and concert hall acoustics, music rehearsal spaces, acoustics of worship spaces, classroom and lecture hall acoustics, environmental noise control, condominium sound isolation, and other aspects of acoustical design. He has worked with scores of architects on the design or renovation of hundreds of buildings; highlights include the Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico, the Art of Americas Wing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Hess Performing Arts Center at Deerfield Academy, and the Sinclair in Harvard Square. In addition to his consulting work, Ben is a visiting lecturer in the School of Architecture at MIT, the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; he has also lectured at the University of Colorado Boulder, Columbia University, Northeastern University, Roger Williams University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Syracuse University. He is a LEED AP and holds a BSE from Princeton and an MS from Rensselaer. 
Kara D. Peterman, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
UMass Amherst 

Dr. Kara Peterman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where she runs the Basic Infrastructure Research Group. At UMass, Dr. Peterman investigates cold-formed and hot-rolled steel system behavior, seismic response of those systems, sustainability in basic infrastructure, and the stability of thin-walled steel members. Dedicated to professional service, she is a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute Committee on Specifications (where she chairs the Test-Based Design subcommittee) and Committee on Framing Standards.
Recently, Dr. Peterman was elected to the Executive Committee of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute where she chairs the Education Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC). She received the 2021 Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Award from the American Iron and Steel Institute, the 2021 McGuire Award for Junior Researchers from SSRC, and the 2018 Norman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the highest honor for a technical paper. Dr. Peterman was also awarded the 2021 UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award in recognition of her accomplishments as an educator. Prior to joining UMass, Dr. Peterman was a postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University and received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.
Derek T. Barnes, PE, SE
Associate, LeMessurier

Since joining LeMessurier in 2005, Derek has been instrumental in progressing state-of-the-art solutions which have streamlined LeMessurier’s workflow.

His talents in advanced analysis have allowed him to confidently lead some of LeMessurier’s most challenging and complex projects. He works closely with owners, architects, and contractors to deliver creative structural solutions for a variety of projects from commercial high rise to stadium structures.
Ian Neill, PE
Associate, LeMessurier

Focused on the realization and execution of complex architectural and development projects, Ian Neill offers a unique structural perspective rooted in a multi-disciplinary background.

Since joining LeMessurier, he has been a consistent presence in the firm’s work on high-rise and multi-phase development projects. His versatility is highlighted through his other work on an array of projects including academic, renovation, and timber design.
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