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2016 TCA Convention

A New Stance on Wind Bracing

Presenter: Joseph Steinbicker, President & CEO of Steinbicker & Associates
Date and time: Tuesday, October 11 - 4:00p to 5:00p

The current TCA Guideline for Temporary Wind Bracing of Tilt-Up Concrete Panels During Construction was published in 2012 and in need of an update. The newly updated 2016 edition’s main departure from the previous edition is the adoption of limit state wind loads and strength design procedures. This approach is being adopted so that the design of the temporary braces will now be consistent with other material design standards. The adoption of the 84 mph wind speed for calculating the limit state wind loads is more clearly defined. 

This and other updates will be presented along with several examples demonstrating bracing design using the new strength design procedures.

Attendees will leave the seminar with an understanding of the basis for the TCA guideline and general information on the design of the temporary tilt-up panel erection braces.      

About the Speaker

Joseph SteinbickerAn accomplished professional in the structural engineering and construction industry, Mr. Steinbicker has provided structural engineering services for clients in the private and public sectors for over 40 years. Specializing in the design of structural steel, plant cast precast and tilt-up concrete building systems, he has been responsible for the design of more than 400 tilt-up buildings.

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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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