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2014 TCA Convention

September 29, 2014 - October 1, 2013
Schedule TBD

San Jose, California
Location TBD

John Lawson

Associate Professor
Department of Architectural Engineering,
California Polytechnic State University


Mr. Lawson is a Structural Engineer in California and Arizona, and Associate Professor in Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has 25 years of experience as a practicing structural engineer; and while Vice President at Kramer & Lawson Structural Engineers, he oversaw the engineering of over 100 million square feet of tilt-up construction.

He has a BS in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a MS in Structural Engineering from Stanford University.

Mr. Lawson is a member of ACI 551 and received the Tilt-up Concrete Association’s Engineering Achievement Award in 2006.

Mr. Lawson has been the author of the tilt-up and diaphragm design examples in the SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals since the 1997 UBC edition.

Scheduled Presentations

The Design of Tilt-Up Concrete Buildings for Earthquakes: Always a Work in Progress?

Lawson provides an overview of the engineering practices and code provisions in the seismically active western United States as tilt-up construction has matured.

A More Rational Approach to the Seismic Design of Tilt-Up Concrete Buildings

Lawson is part of an ongoing FEMA funded study using a special numerical computer model to predict tilt-up building performance and recommend a new code-based design methodology. This presentation will provide a glimpse into what may become the future of seismic design for this class of building.

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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