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2016 TCA Convention

Panel Design for In-Plane Forces

Presenter: Trent Nagele, Structural Engineer at VLMK Engineering + Design
Date and time: Wednesday, October 12 - 10:30a to 11:30a

Design for in-plane lateral loads in tilt-up concrete is often not given much thought, particularly in big box structures that may have hundreds of feet of solid wall panel. But, what happens when those panels are filled with dock openings or windows, or are used in multi-story construction?

As the application of tilt-up continues to be expanded to increasingly more complex buildings, the in-plane demands on tilt-panels can become significant.

This presentation will discuss design considerations for in-plane lateral loads, including requirements for high-seismic zones and multi-story design.

About the Speaker

Trent NageleTrent Nagele is a Structural Engineer with VLMK Engineering + Design and has been involved with tilt-up concrete design for over 20 years. He is a member of ACI’s 551 Tilt-up Concrete Committee and was a contributing editor for the TCA’s recent manual, Engineering Tilt-Up.

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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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