Seismic Design for Nonstructural Components and Systems

Course Number: BD-1014
Credit: 1 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Farah Labib Eldib, S.E., M.Sc.
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Overview

In Seismic Design for Nonstructural Components and Systems, you'll learn ...

  • Potential impacts of improper nonstructural seismic design
  • Why nonstructural components often experience a much higher level of excitation during an earthquake compared to the primary building structure
  • Illustrated examples of nonstructural components that failed in past earthquakes
  • Methods for qualification of nonstructural components and systems for use in a seismic environment

Overview

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Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 27 pages

Nonstructural systems and components within a facility are all those parts of a building that do not lie in the primary load-bearing path of the building and are not part of the seismic resisting system. In general, they are designed to support their own weight, which is then transferred to the primary structural system of the building. Nonstructural systems include architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Until recently, with minor exceptions, seismic design of nonstructural components has been minimally required by the model building codes. This lack of attention to nonstructural systems and their increasing complexity have resulted in the majority of dollar losses to buildings in recent earthquakes.

In this course, you’ll learn potential impacts associated with inadequate design of nonstructural systems, as well as appropriate design approaches for some typical nonstructural components.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Why the majority of dollar losses to buildings in recent earthquakes resulted from nonstructural components
  • The definition and categorization of nonstructural components
  • Potential impacts of improper nonstructural seismic design
  • Illustrated examples of systems/components damaged during earthquakes
  • Illustrated examples of failures and successes in the design of mechanical, electrical and architectural system interactions
  • Examples of conceptual design details for a number of typical nonstructural components
  • The need for a systems design mentality in the building industry if continued use of a building, without interruption, is desired following an earthquake
  • Methods for qualification of nonstructural components and systems for use in a seismic environment
  • Common myths regarding seismic design of nonstructural components

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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