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How to Design for Tsunamis: The ASCE 7-16 Tsunami Provisions and Project Examples

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This presentation covers design of structures for tsunamis, specifically the new provisions in ASCE 7-16 being adopted as part of the 2018 IBC. In 2011, ASCE commissioned a subcommittee to begin putting together a set of provisions to be included in ASCE 7. The result is the new Chapter 6 for the 2016 edition of ASCE 7. These provisions will contain requirements that will be very different than other loading requirements such as wind or seismic. The presentation will cover a brief tsunami background and lessons learned from the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The bulk of the presentation will cover the new ASCE 7 tsunami provisions and the end will cover the first two projects in the United States design for tsunamis that were designed based on the ASCE 7-16 provisions.

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • This course is Diamond Review approved in 49 states. New York does not accept hours from recordings.


  • Seth Thomas, P.E., S.E.

    Seth Thomas, P.E., S.E., works at KPFF Consulting Engineers and is a licensed structural engineer. Seth has been involved in code development his entire career and currently is a voting member of the tsunami, flood, seismic and main committees for the ASCE 7-28. Seth has been involved in multiple tsunami and performance based seismic design projects including OSU Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building (first tsunami vertical evacuation projects in Oregon), Ocosta Middle School (first tsunami evacuation project in Washington), the Portland International Airport PDXNext Project, Multnomah County Central Courthouse (MCCCH), and the VA Portland Hospital Seismic Retrofit.

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September 22, 2020
Tue 10:00 AM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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