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Webinar: An Assessment of the Performance of a CFS Building After Earthquakes and Fire

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Steel Framing Industry Association

Presenter:  Harry Jones, II, SE, Principal, DCI Engineers

Date:     August 27, 2020
Time:     2 p.m. (Eastern)

Cold-formed steel offers two key characteristics that are critically important in a high seismic zone:  ductility to withstand ground movement and non-combustibility which can stop fire spread which often follow significant earthquakes.  In 2016 these were put to the test on a 6-story CFS wall-braced building which was subject to a series of temblors of increasing intensity on the University of California, San Diego Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table. Following the seismic events, live fire tests were conducted on the structure.

This learning program provides an in-depth look at how mid-rise cold-formed steel building perform during fires and earthquakes.  Viewers will develop an understanding of how midrise residential buildings are configured and be able to identify the major features of CFS construction gravity and seismic systems.

This presentation will cover:

  • How multi-story CFS building perform when subjected to earthquakes of various magnitude
  • How multi-story CFS buildings that have experienced a fire will perform during a large earthquake
  • How to assess the level of seismic damage to a CFS building resulting from earthquakes
  • How to assess seismic performance following a fire

Ultimately, this presentation identifies the key elements of a CSF building needed to ensure good seismic performance.

AIA Continuing Education

This program has been approved by AIA-CES for 1 Learning Unit.

Harry Jones DCI Engineers

Harry Jones is principal with the firm DCI Engineers, with 13 offices located throughout the Western United States. Harry has a rich background in seismic and structural engineering that encompasses a variety of project types and spans more than 35 years. His project management experience includes seismic rehabilitation, historic preservation, medical, educational, commercial and industrial facilities, using a wide range of construction materials.


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