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Tilt-Up Convention & Expo

September 28-30, 2017
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Miami, Florida
Fontainebleau Miami Beach

TILT-UP BY STORM: Why the Tilt-Up System is the Best Choice for Hurricane Prone Areas

Presenter: Mark Johnson - President at Johnson Structural Group
Date and time: Saturday, September 30 - 9:00a to 10:00a

Tilt-up panels are used in almost all types of commercial construction in Florida, an area that is frequently hit by hurricanes. This presentation explores why the panel system is an obvious choice for high wind and storm regions.

Mr. Johnson will review wind definitions, how engineers compute wind pressures for designing buildings, and untangle the nuances between the Saffir - Simpson scale, ultimate wind pressures and allowable wind pressures. Using buildings that were featured on the building tour as examples, details will be explained about connecting the panels to the structure to make the walls a part of the building system as a whole. Through examples, Johnson will also explore what a "Category 5" building design may look like, and the concerns behind designing such a robust building including flood issues and flood design.

About the Speaker

Mark Johson is President of Johnson Structural Group. Mark and his firm have designed over 1,500 commercial projects and has received almost 20 awards for their work including "Engineer of the Year" award from the Tilt-up Concrete Association.

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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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