Building Design – The Intelligent Approach


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The Steel Joist Institute brings a special guest speaker, Dr. James M. Fisher, for the webinar “Building Design – The Intelligent Approach.” The purpose of this webinar is to inform engineers how to frame buildings, so the most cost effective structure is achieved. Steps that the engineer can take to arrive at the most cost effective structure are presented. The need to think about the “Big Picture,” determining potential design problems and their solutions are discussed.

Dr. James M. Fisher is Vice President Emeritus of Computerized Structural Design (CSD), a Milwaukee, WI based structural engineering firm. Dr. Fisher is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and, ASCE/SEI 7, Standards Committee for “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures,” the ASCE Committee on the “Design of Steel Building Structures,” and an Emeritus member of the American Iron and Steel Institute specification committee (AISI). Dr. Fisher currently serves as the SJI Consulting Engineer. Dr. Fisher has authored many technical papers and Design Guides for both AISC and the SJI. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois, where he received his PhD.

The learning objectives include:

  • Selecting the serviceability criteria for the horizontal framing members
  • Selecting the lateral drift criteria
  • Selecting the structural system, i.e. braced frames, moment frames, shear walls
  • Determining the type of connections to use
  • Designing connections or establishing their design criteria
  • Checking that the design has been correctly transferred onto the construction documents
  • Project Specifications