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Choosing the Right Framework for Sustainable and Resilient Structures

  • 16 Oct 2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Maggiano's Little Italy North Park


Choosing the Right Framework for Sustainable and Resilient Structures

Close your eyes and picture it in your mind … what characteristics would it have?  Is there an ideal construction material?  On a typical project, multiple materials are utilized.  But when we start to consider what an ideal construction material would be, it provides us with a framework to evaluate the major materials in use today.  Today, sustainability is just as important as it has been, but resiliency has become part of the equation as well.  This course will discuss the sustainable and resilient characteristics of structural steel and comparing those characteristics to those of wood and concrete.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the sustainable advantages of structural steel as compared to wood and concrete structures.

2. Recognize the sourcing and production of traditional framing materials and how building processes impact the life cycle analysis of projects.

3. Demonstrate how structural steel framing addresses the challenges of resilient building design for earthquakes, flooding, fire, extreme wind, blasts, and more.

4. Evaluate methods of resilient building design for communities by selecting the most appropriate structural system.

Brian Ward:

Brian Ward is a Structural Steel Specialist with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) serving the Dallas/Fort Worth market.  He actively works with Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Owners to help them achieve better project outcomes by building on the past, delivering innovative solutions today, and shaping the future.  Brian is the leading advocate and trusted resource for American structural steel in the DFW area.  Before joining AISC, Brian worked for a steel fabricator as a design engineer and regional sales manager in the DFW area for 16 years.  Additionally, he served as a senior project engineer for the Dallas office of DPR Construction for two years.  Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station.


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