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ASCE Panel on How to Improve ASCE 7

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ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures has been criticized for the increases in volume and complexity following each development cycle. The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE supports the development and adoption of ASCE/SEI 7 and has taken seriously the call from practitioners, building officials, and other stakeholders for improvements to both the process and the outcome. As the standard is poised for the next development cycle, ASCE/SEI 7 committee leadership will conduct a workshop with the goal to collect constructive feedback on how to make the loading standard more effective and efficient to use. Brief presentations will discuss the standard’s development and adoption processes, the mission of the standard as well as the new digital platform format that will be available for the 2016 edition. Topical breakout sessions collect ideas and suggestions from participants that will be reported back during the workshop conclusion.
Ron Hamburger is a Senior Principal at Simpson Gumpertz Heger in San Francisco and is current chair of ASCE/SEI 7.
John Hooper is Senior Principal/Director of Earthquake Engineering at Magnusson Klemencic and current chair of the ASCE/SEI 7 Seismic Subcommittee.
Don Scott is Vice President & Director of Engineering at PCS Structural Solutions and the current chair of the ASCE/SEI 7 Wind Subcommittee.