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  • 1.  Structures Congress 2020 Presenters – Share Your Sessions

    Posted 02-17-2020 08:38 AM
    If you are presenting at Structures Congress this year, please reply to this thread with your topic, date/time of the <g class="gr_ gr_2008 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="2008" data-gr-id="2008">session</g>, and what attendees can expect to get out of your session.

    Also, below is a graphic that was sent to speakers to use on social media to post about presenting about being a presenter, so if you are not speaking, keep an eye out for this graphic! 

    I am starting to put together my schedule of sessions to attend and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Danielle Schroeder EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA

  • 2.  RE: Structures Congress 2020 Presenters – Share Your Sessions

    Posted 02-23-2020 01:35 PM
    On Wednesday, April 8 (10:15 to 11:15) at Midway 5, I will be talking about "Seismic Performance of Steel Frame Systems with Post-tensioned Jointed Rocking Connections with Replaceable Structural Fuses Subjected to Mainshock-Aftershock Sequences". For more information, please visit Structures Congress Full Program. If you have any questions, please let me know.


    The current state of practice for seismic design of typical buildings consider only a single design level event. The recent 2010-2011 Christchurch earthquake sequences have shown the devastating effects of sequential strong ground motion events for building structures that have not been repaired post-mainshock. These events highlight the need for building structures that can be rapidly repaired while also showing the critical need to consider the seismic response of these structures for cascading large seismic events, when post-mainshock repairs have not occurred prior to a large aftershock(s). In recent years there has been a high interest in the development of alternative seismically resilient seismic force-resisting systems (SFRSs) that offer self-centering and rapid reparability characteristics. However, compared to conventional SFRSs, these alternative SFRSs will likely be more vulnerable to large mainshock-aftershock sequences as the energy dissipation of the replaceable structural fuses are typically substantially less than those used in conventional SFRSs. Although seismically resilient SFRSs have shown to provide excellent performance under a single design level mainshock, their seismic performance under cascading large earthquake sequences is not well understood. This paper presents nonlinear response history analyses results of the seismic performance of two distinctly different seismically resilient SFRSs that are expected to provide frame recentering and concentrate inelastic damage to only the replaceable structure fuses. Specifically, one frame system is detailed with post-tensioned beam-to-column joints that rock about the top flanges only with a steel plate infill web plate structural fuses. The second system is detailed with post-tensioned beam-to-column joints that rock about the top and bottom flanges with tension-compression steel structural fuses. The results presented will provide insight on the system performance and seismic resiliency of these alternative SFRSs under large mainshock-aftershock sequences.

    Arman Tatar S.M.ASCE
    Research Assistant
    Houghton MI

  • 3.  RE: Structures Congress 2020 Presenters – Share Your Sessions

    Posted 02-25-2020 08:55 AM
    Thanks Danielle.  On Monday April 6th from 11 am to 12:30 pm, I will be presenting: Negotiation Strategies That Wil Benefit Your Career and Your Projects (Including an Engineering Case Study). Below is the description.  I believe this information can be helpful in all aspects of your career and life.


    Structures Congress participants will benefit from this session by learning to be better equipped when negotiating for themselves, their companies and their clients. Strong negotiating skills could mean everything when it comes to your salary, your firm's design fees, and scope of work changes or construction related issues.  This session will include an interactive case study involving a construction safety issue, which will prompt the audience to consider alternative courses of action to negotiate a solution and to solve a professional practice conundrum.

    Learning Objectives:

    In this session, you will learn how to: 

    • Apply different negotiating strategies,
    • Negotiate with a win-win mentality,
    • Use verbal and nonverbal tactics that can be used in negotiation, and
    • Utilize concessions to your advantage.

    Anthony Fasano P.E., M.ASCE
    Engineering Management Institute
    Ridgewood NJ