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NCSEA to Present LRFD Program

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The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) is
sponsoring an educational program on Load and Resistance Factor Design
(LRFD) for structural engineers.  The program is being presented in
cooperation with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC),
the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Portland Cement
Association (PCA).  It will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Miami,
Florida from March 6 through March 10, 2000.  This is the inaugural
presentation of the NCSEA Structural Engineering Winter Institute - an
annual one-week educational program focusing on a different theme each

The program will feature a presentation on the background, basis and
basics of LRFD by Prof. Theodore Galambos and Prof. Bruce Ellingwood. 
Prof. Galambos is credited as a primary developer of the LRFD concept,
and will address the history of LRFD.  Prof. Ellingwood is active in
current research on LRFD, and will speak about the present and future of
LRFD.  The program will continue with about 1½ days on LRFD for
Structural Steel, presented by AISC, followed by about 1½ days on LRFD
of Engineered Wood Construction, presented by AF&PA.  It will conclude
with a presentation by PCA for about 1 day on Simplified LRFD for
Reinforced Concrete Buildings.

Principals & Owners - to see how LRFD can benefit their business
Associates & Project Managers - to see how LRFD should be applied in
daily activities
Design Engineers - to see LRFD requirements in a practice-oriented

1. Describe the basics of load and resistance factor design (LRFD)
2. Explain the differences between allowable (working) stress design and
3. Provide working knowledge of LRFD specifications for structural steel
and wood
4. Provide procedures for simplified load and resistance factor design
of reinforced concrete buildings

This program is specifically tailored for structural engineers who:
 - did not learn LRFD in school
 - routinely use allowable (working) stress design in their practice
 - aren't sure how to apply LRFD to daily activities.

There will be optional tours for spouses to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens,
Fairchild Tropical Garden and Miami Seaquarium.

Visit the NCSEA website at or call (312) 372-8035
for registration information.

Benjamin R. Baer, PE, SE
Program Chair