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Membership Meeting featuring Ronald O. Hamburger, SE "Performance-Based Design-The Profession's Next Hope"
Date: Sep 18, 2018
SEAOCC September 18, 2018 Membership Meeting

When:Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM PDT
Where: Iron Grill2422 13th Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Performance-based Design – The Profession’s Next Hope

Ronald O. Hamburger, SE 
Senior Principal
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Since the publication of FEMA 273-274, more than 20 years ago, performance-based seismic design has become the preferred method of seismic retrofit.  In recent years PBD has become the preferred method for seismic design of tall buildings and there is great interest to expanding this to other areas of practice.  The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE has declared that the furtherance of PBD is the profession’s best defense against commoditization and has directed the development of performance-based standards. ASCE 7-16 adopts performance standards in Chapter 1 and contains a new appendix providing guidance for performance-based fire-resistive evaluation of structures.  The Pankow foundation is currently sponsoring a project to develop performance-based guidance on wind design and an ASCE committee is evaluating how to move this material into ASCE 7.  This seminar will provide an overview of the history of PBD development, its fundamental steps, the reasons for doing this, and some of the often-overlooked dangers.

Ron Hamburger has nearly 45 years of experience in structural engineering design, construction and research.  A Senior Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s San Francisco office, Mr. Hamburger serves as chair of the ASCE 7 committee and is a voting member of the ASCE 41 Committee.  He also is an active committee member for AISC and BSSC.  A past SEAOC President, he served on both the State Existing Buildings and Seismology Committees.  He has been a key participant and/or project director for many ATC projects including the recently completed ATC-58 series of projects to develop a next-generation performance-based seismic design methodology and tools.. 

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