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Rain Loads - The Forgotten Hazard


The webinar will begin with a review of structural damage information from a nationally recognized insurance company. This loss information suggests that structural engineers do not routinely design roofs for rain loading. Four potential reasons for this are presented and discussed. The remainder of the webinar will cover the five easy to follow steps for calculation of rain loads following the ASCE 7 procedures.

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • Diamond Review approved in all 50 states


  • Michael O'Rourke, Ph.D., P.E.

    Michael O’Rourke, P.E., Ph.D., has been a professor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 1974. He chaired the ASCE 7 Snow and Rain Loads subcommittee responsible for rain and snow load provisions in ASCE 7-98, 7-02, 7-05, 7-10 and 7-16. He is the author of dozens of research articles on snow loads, guidelines for the use the last 5 versions of ASCE 7, as well as the recently completed “Snow Loads on Solar Paneled Roofs”.

April 23, 2020
Thu 10:00 AM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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