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Tilt-Up Concrete Association Announces Engineering Seminar Series


The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred building system – will present an engineering seminar series titled, “Applying the 2012 IBC to the Design of Low-Rise Concrete Building Systems – Engineering Tilt-Up.”

The first event is scheduled for June 24 in the Washington, D.C. area. The TCA Engineering Seminar Series is based on a new publication from the TCA titled, “Engineering Tilt-Up,” which is set to be released later this month. Authored by Timothy W. Mays, Ph.D., P.E. and Joseph J. Steinbicker, P.E., S.E., the full-day seminar will cover basic engineering principles and code interpretation as well as in depth analysis of a tilt-up structure and its components. The seminar will be presented by author Mays.

The series will continue on June 26 in New Brunswick, N.J. and June 28 in Boston, Mass. Additional seminars will be held in Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo. and Memphis, Tenn. The dates for these locations are to be determined. The seminar will be also available in conjunction with the TCA Convention on Oct. 2 in Houston, Texas.

“Seasoned tilt-up engineers, licensed structural engineers interested in expanding into this quickly growing area, design-build contractors, and all engineers and engineering interns will find this course very appealing,” said Mays.

Attendees will learn how to apply the 2012 IBC to low-rise reinforced concrete building systems during the two-part course. The agenda is as follows:

Part 1: 9 a.m. to noon

  • 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

Part 2: Noon to 3 p.m.

  • 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

A working lunch will be provided. The first attendee registering from each company will receive a copy of “Engineering Tilt-Up.” Additional copies of the book will be available at the event at a discounted rate. Attendees will receive six PDHs for this course, which has been approved through the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s Diamond Review program.

The seminar is sponsored by Dayton Superior, with support from A.H. Harris, LJB Inc., and CON/STEEL. The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is a promotional partner.

Mays has more than 13 years of experience as a consulting structural engineer and remains active in the design arena designing buildings, bridges, and marine structures. He currently serves as NCSEA Publications Committee Chairman. Mays has received two national teaching awards (ASCE and NSPE) and both national (NSF) and regional (ASEE) awards for outstanding research. A past recipient of the NCSEA Service Award and Virginia Tech’s Young Alumni Award, he has won two design awards for his work with buildings. He is a prolific speaker who sits on several code writing committees and his areas of expertise are code applications, structural design, seismic design, steel connections, structural dynamics, and civil engineering aspects of antiterrorism.

Mays holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Memphis, a Master’s of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.

To register for an event in your area, please register online at For more information about the TCA, visit

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