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International Building Code - Structural Design

This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. Questions related to specific materials, methods, and services will be addressed at the conclusion of this presentation.

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Course Outline

The International Building Code has been adopted by 47 states and the District of Columbia as of August 2007. This course highlights the structural provisions contained in Chapter 16 of the 2006 International Building Code, and is designed to help structural engineers get familiar with the latest building code requirements. The course materials are based on the 2006 IBC : Chapter 16 - Structural Design (you must have a copy of the IBC 2006 or 2003 and ASCE 7-05 or 7-02 for this course). Detailed sample gravity and lateral load calculations for a two-story building are presented, which include both simplified seismic load analysis procedure and the equivalent lateral force procedure for comparison purpose. Useful tips and valuable observations are also provided within the sample calculations along with the computed results from a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. In addition, detailed answers are provided to some of the frequently asked questions, including the major changes from the IBC 2003 to the IBC 2006. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Background Information

The International Code Council (ICC) was founded in 1994 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI).

The first draft of the International Building Code was prepared in 1997. The first edition of the International Building Code (IBC 2000) was officially published in March 2000, following several public hearings in 1998 and 1999 and a public comment forum in 1997. As of May 2006, forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have adopted the IBC.

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to help engineers and architects get familiar with the structural design provisions in the IBC 2003. In this course, you are required to study Sections 1601 through 1621 of the 2003 International Building Code. Because the IBC makes numerous references to ASCE-7, it is also necessary for you to have a copy of the ASCE 7. If you or your office do not have these two publications, you may order a copy from the Online Store of ICBO.

The live loads, wind loads and snow loads in the IBC 2006 are primarily based on the 2005 ASCE 7. To assist practicing engineers in wind load calculations, the IBC 2006 contains a simplified wind design provision and tabulated wind pressures for low-rise buildings (Section 1609.6). For seismic load analysis, the IBC 2006 also provides a simplified structural analysis technique for light-framed buildings not exceeding three stories in height (Section 1617.5).

Once you purchase this course, you can download two PDF files within the quiz section of the course. The first one contains 25 frequently asked questions, and the second contains 21 pages of detailed sample calculations of dead loads, live loads, wind loads and seismic loads for a two-story office building per structual privisions in the IBC 2006. Both simplified seismic load analysis procedure and the equivalent lateral force procedure are performed for this building for comparison purpose. Useful tips and valuable observations are also provided within the sample calculations along with the computed results from a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. You are required to study the sample calculations and the Excel spreadsheet for better understanding of the building code provisions.

The following contains the outline of Chapter 16 of the IBC 2006:

Chapter 16 - Structural Design

Table of Contents

Section 1601 - General
Section 1602 - Definitions
Section 1603 - Construction Documents
Section 1604 - General Design Requirements
Section 1605 - Load Combinations
Section 1606 - Dead Loads
Section 1607 - Live Loads
Section 1608 - Snow Loads
Section 1609 - Wind Loads
Section 1610 - Soil Lateral Load
Section 1611 - Rain Loads
Section 1612 - Flood Loads
Section 1613 - Earthquake Loads

Course Summary

To protect the safety and welfare of the public, all structural engineers must get familiar with the latest building code requirements. This course and its quiz questions highlight the important structural provisions in the IBC 2006.

Related Links

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Calculation of Wind and Earthquake Loads on Structures According To ASCE 7 & IBC (a PDF file)
American Lifelines Alliance - Design Guidelines Matrix for Various Lifeline Structures (a PDF file)


Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.