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2021 Code Academy: Chapter 16 Structural Design

October 13, 2021 @ 7:30 am 9:30 am




Start: 7:30 am
Finished by: 9:30 am


$25 – AIA Member

$50 – Non-Member

*Zoom* Code Academy: Chapter 16 Structural Design

The IBC is an essential tool used to provide public safety, health and welfare. Designing with new materials and complex client programs can push the boundaries of a straightforward code summary. This session will delve deeply into the requirements related to Structural Design in the Building Code. 

Chapter 16 establishes minimum design requirements so that the structural components of buildings are proportioned to resist the loads that are likely to be encountered. In addition, this chapter assigns buildings and structures to risk categories that are indicative of their intended use. Architects need to thoroughly understand the application of load specifications and adherence to serviceability criteria to protect the health, safety, and welfare of those working on the site and its eventual occupants. In addition, architects must be able to explain the regulations to the owner and construction teams. Thorough understanding of the building code is essential for architects to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants of the built environment.

Register by 3pm on October 12 to attend.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand Structural Design requirements outlined in the building code.
  • To determine how to apply Structural Design requirements in construction documents to ensure safety on the site and for final occupants. 
  • To understand the load combinations in Structural Design.
  • To learn how application of risk categories and specified loads (dead, live, snow, wind, soil lateral, rain, flood, earthquake, atmospheric ice, and tsunami) impact Structural Design and Structural Integrity.
  • This course will help the Design Professionals to understand and apply the requirements of Chapter 16 of the IBC/OBC.


Majed A. Dabdoub, P.E. studied Civil Engineering at Ohio University before earning an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He served as a building plans examiner for the City of Cincinnati from 1987 through 2014 when he left to start his own firm which offers code consulting, training, and structural engineering services.

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