Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions  

Education Type: 
1 Hour


AIA Learning Units: 
1.0 LU | HSW
.10 CEU
Professional Development Hours: 
1.0 PDH

The presentation focuses on the seismic design of reinforced concrete structures using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and its primary reference standards: ASCE 7-10 and ACI 318-14. It provides a summary of the design standards, the basic ductile design principals for concrete, and the specific seismic design criteria and provisions based on Seismic Design Category. Excerpts of the Design Examples document will be presented to reinforce the general concepts.


Peter Somers, Principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates   

Peter Somers is a Principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates in Seattle where he manages a wide variety of project types, with a focus on large, mixed-use development often with significant renovation components. Peter has 23 years of professional experience and is a licensed Structural Engineer in Washington and Nevada and Professional Engineer in California and Hawaii.

He authored the reinforced concrete and wood design chapters for the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples, and assisted with the updates of these chapters for the 2015 edition. He is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) Earthquake Engineering and Existing Building Committees and is a past president of the Seattle Chapter of SEAW. He has served on the Steering Committee for the ASCE Rehabilitation Standards Committee for the last two cycles of ASCE 41 development, and he has contributed to the development of numerous standards and guidelines for ASCE, ATC, and BSSC.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn the general behavior of reinforced concrete, in particular as it relates to earthquake loading and ductility;
  • Learn the requirements for concrete structures based on the NEHRP Provisions, ASCE 7, and primarily ACI 318;
  • Learn the requirements for concrete moment frames, especially Special moment frames; and
  • Learn the requirements for concrete structural walls.