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Design Considerations for Low Seismic Regions - Southeast Michigan

  • Wed, March 29, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Ruby + Associates, Inc., 30300 Telegraph Rd #400, Bingham Farms, MI 48025



Covid changed a lot of things and one of those changes SEAMi board had to adopt was suspension of in person seminars. Although in person seminars were suspended, SEAMi board was quick to adapt, we continued to provide PDH opportunities for our members through online webinars. Now after almost three years SEAMI board is happy to announce return to in-person seminars. We will continue to offer online webinars and will alternate them with in-person seminars. Hope to see you all soon.


Michigan engineers tend to design with a “wind first, seismic as an afterthought” mentality. Most seismic presentations are given from a “seismic first” mind set, focusing on Seismic Design Category D. The goal of this presentation is to bridge the gap between the two mentalities; providing an overview of seismic design, examine the impact of seismic load in the less restrictive Seismic Design Categories A-C, and examine when seismic loads may govern in a low-seismic region.

  • Provide an overview of factors contributing to seismic design force
  • Explain the requirements for Seismic Design Categories A, B, and C
  • Introduce the simplified seismic design procedure
  • Introduce the equivalent lateral load procedure
  • Discuss seismic drift requirements
  • Discuss where seismic load may control design

Presented By: Stacey Brown, PE, SE

Stacey Brown is an Associate at Buro Happold with over thirteen years of experience in structural engineering. She has worked on new and existing construction with a wide variety of structural materials. She enjoys mentoring and training engineers and collaborating across disciplines. Stacey is also an adjunct professor with the University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture, teaching Structures III every Spring.

This course will award 1 hour of continuing education.


Registration: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM


$15 SEAMi and NCSEA/ASCE Members
$20 Non-members
Free for students

Note: $5 late charge for registrations received after Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
Late cancellations may not be refundable

We look forward to seeing you there.

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