The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Cold-Formed Steel Lateral Systems” on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. It is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

The webinar will cover common inquiries regarding cold-formed steel framed seismic force-resisting systems, including: 1) floor framing systems, 2) overturning restraint options, 3) wall stud bracing design, 4) use of the overstrength factor, Ωo, and 5) anchorage of the overturning restraint system to concrete. Examples from the “Cold-Formed Steel Framed Wood or Steel Sheathed Shear Wall Assemblies Design Guide” published by the Steel Framing Alliance will be utilized.

Jeff Ellis, P.E., S.E., Director of Codes and Standards for Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc. will conduct the webinar. Ellis manages the company’s involvement in codes and standards, is involved in research and development, and provides support for existing product lines, including technical guidance for connectors, fastening systems and lateral force-resisting systems. He was a practicing design engineer for commercial, residential and forensic projects for more than nine years prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie.

Ellis currently serves as President-Elect for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) and as a member of the International Code Council Evaluation Board of Managers. He served two years as chairman of the SEAOSC Buildings At Risk Summit Committee, three years as chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on Framing Standards Lateral Design Subcommittee, three years on the CFSEI Board of Directors, and one year as CFSEI president.

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