SEAI Spring Seminar

April 25, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Owyhee Building in downtown Boise (2nd floor ballrooms)
1109 Main St
Boise, ID 83702

SEAI members! Please save the date for the SEAI Spring Seminar on April 25. See below for information.

SEAI Spring Seminar: Principles of Seismic Design

Date: Thursday, April 25th

Location: Owyhee Building in downtown Boise (2nd floor ballrooms)

Time: 8:30am-4:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break.  Lunch will be provided with seminar.

Cost: $200 for members, $225 for non-members

Please RSVP to Matt Blake (

Speaker Bio

Jon F. Sfura, Ph.D., P.E., S.E. 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, as well as 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, Kansas, 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.

Seminar Overview

Seminar covers seismic design approaches, current building code theory, seismic design principles and behavior, and material-specific considerations. The seminar will be based on provisions in ASCE 7-10/16.

Seismology and Earthquake Actions

  • Earthquake characteristics
  • Measuring earthquakes
  • Western, central, and eastern U.S. seismicity


Structural Dynamics and Response

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


Modern Philosophy of Seismic Design

  • Seismic design objectives
  • Inelastic response and ductility
  • Capacity design approach and 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
  • Modal response spectrum procedure
  • Drift limitations
  • Load combinations, overstrength, redundancy
  • Diaphragms and torsion
  • Shear walls


Material-Specific Seismic Force Resisting Systems

  • Seismic force resisting systems, anticipated response, detailing
  • International Building Code (IBC) provisions
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC 341) provisions
  • American Concrete Institute for Structural Cocnrete (ACI 318) provisions
  • American Concrete Institute for Masonry Structures (ACI 530) provisions


$200.00 Members Ticket: $200

$225.00 Non-members Ticket: $225