Modified: February 21, 2018

Seismic Design Review Live Seminars

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Taught by Steven T. Hiner, MS, SE, this intensive seminar is specifically tailored to individuals who do not possess a strong background in structural analysis and/or principles of earthquake resistant design. The seminars allow you personal interaction with the instructor and the class.

The seminar is designed to prepare you for the upcoming exam with thorough concentration of the topics on the Special Civil Seismic Principles Test Plan, practice solving realistic exam-like problems, along with exam tips and proven exam strategies. SDR seminar participants have approximately twice the exam passing rate of those who have taken the test without SDR's help.

Topics Include:

  • Earthquake Characteristics
  • Vibration Theory
  • Building Codes (2015 IBC, 2016 CBC)
  • Referenced Standards (ASCE 7-10, ACI 318, AISC 360, etc.)
  • Geotechnical Issues (liquefaction, surface fault rupture, etc.)
  • Professional Engineers Act (practice acts, title acts, title authorities, responsible charge, etc.)
  • Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation (Posting Placards, Good Samaritan Immunity, etc.)
  • CBC / IBC General Provisions & Seismic Design Criteria
  • Seismic Design Requirements for Building Structures
  • Seismic Design Requirements for Nonstructural Components (architectural, mechanical, and electrical)
  • Seismic Design Requirements for Nonbuilding Structures
  • Seismic Load Effects (horizontal, vertical, redundancy, etc.)
  • Load Combinations (SD, LRFD, ASD, system overstrength factor, etc.)
  • Anchorage of Concrete & Masonry Walls
  • Diaphragm Design (diaphragm shear, chord force, drag force, etc.)
  • Shear Wall Rigidity (concrete and masonry)
  • Flexible Diaphragms (distribution by tributary area, subdiaphragms, etc.)
  • Rigid Diaphragms (center of mass, center of rigidity, accidental eccentricity, inherent & accidental torsion, etc.)
  • CBC / IBC Material Chapters (wood, concrete, steel, and masonry)
  • CBC / IBC Ė Special Inspection & Structural Observation Requirements
  • Structural Vulnerability/Performance of Existing Structures
  • Seismic Retrofit of Existing Structures
Seismic Design Review Workbook

SDR Workbook included with the Live Seminars

Each paid attendee of the Live Seminars will receive the New Seismic Design Review Workbook (a $95 value) included as part of the registration fee.

For Session 1 (Irvine) - the SDR Workbook will be mailed to each attendee prior to Lecture #1. For Session 2 (Pleasanton) - the SDR Workbook will be distributed to each attendee at the beginning of Lecture #1.

Course Outline

Click here for a list of the SDR Workbook chapters (or sections numbers) that are covered in each of the four lectures, as well as the assigned homework from each lecture.

More questions? Check the SDR FAQs page for the answers.

Live Seminar Schedule

To order: click the Credit Card / PayPal link for the appropriate seminar session listed below.†

Enrollment confirmation will be emailed shortly after notification that your registration payment has been received.

Classroom size is limited. Spaces will be filled upon confirmation of the registration payment (phone or email reservations will not secure a space in the classes).

Irvine, CA - Session 1
Availability: 4 seats remaining as of Wednesday 2/21/2018
Location: Hilton Irvine / Orange County Airport
Days: 2 Saturdays & 2 Sundays (4 total)
Dates: March 10, 11, 24 & 25, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $575 per person (includes SDR Workbook)
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Sacramento, CA
Availability: There will be no Live Seminars in Sacramento prior to Spring 2018 exam
Pleasanton, CA - Session 2
Availability: 33 seats remaining as of Sunday 2/18/2018
Location: Pleasanton Marriott Hotel
Days: Sundays (4 total)
Dates: April 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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Unable to Attend the Live Seminars?

Get the valuable information you need — participate in the Live Webinars or On-Demand Webinars which present the material in a manner that is essentially the same as if you were to attend the Live Seminars. The topics covered follow the same order as the Live Seminars and the SDR Workbook.