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2013 TCA Convention

September 30 - October 2, 2013
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Sugar Land, Texas
Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk

Applying the 2012 IBC to the Design of
Low-Rise Concrete Building Systems: Engineering Tilt-Up

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Part 1: 9:00a to 11:30a
Part 2: 1:00p to 4:00p


Based on a new publication from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association titled "Engineering Tilt-Up" by Timothy W. Mays, Ph.D., P.E. and Joseph J. Steinbicker, P.E., S.E., this seminar will cover basic engineering principles and code interpretation as well as in depth analysis of a tilt-up structure and its components.

Seasoned tilt-up engineers, licensed structural engineers interested in expanding into this quickly growing area, design-build contractors, and all engineers and engineering interns wanting to learn how to apply the 2012 IBC to low-rise reinforced concrete building systems will find this course very appealing.


  • Load determination – gravity, wind, seismic, and snow (ASCE/SEI 7-10 and focusing on code changes and practical applications)
  • Flexible, rigid, and semi-rigid diaphragm design and detailing
  • Slender wall design (based on ACI 318-11)
  • Modeling low rise concrete shear walls (hand methods vs. finite element approaches)
  • Foundation design


  • One story 3 sided buildings subjected to lateral loads
  • Diaphragms with expansion joints
  • Concrete shear wall analysis, design, and detailing
  • Simplified modeling of multistory shear wall buildings in areas of high seismicity
  • Modeling continuous foundations

Continuing Education Credits

6 Credits

This presentation has been through the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Diamond Review Program.

The purpose of the NCSEA Diamond Review Program is to provide a recognized means of evaluating continuing education programs to ensure that the programs provide meaningful and useful information to structural engineers.

NCSEA approves continuing education programs and the providers of the programs that are relevant to structural engineering and are prepared and presented by qualified individuals. NCSEA does not recommend continuing education programs.

National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Course Approval No. 130416A

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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