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LRFD Short Course Series 1
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST
Category: Courses & Seminars

Load Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Webcast Series 1

Presented by Jerry DiMaggio, P.E., D. GE Senior Principal Civil Engineer, ARA Associates

To assist CalGeo's membership and partners to better understand the benefits of and accept and implement a Load Resistance Factor Design approach, CalGeo has organized a webinar series on LRFD.

The presenter of this series is Mr. Jerry A DiMaggio, PE, D.GE. Jerry has presented numerous webinars and live delivery training programs on LRFD during the past decade. He is internationally known and a certified master trainer. He has worked on approximately 1000 projects, in all 50 states and internationally. His technical specialty areas include design and construction of Geotechnical Features, risk management, forensics and dispute resolution.

Beginning on Thursday January 14th, 2021 participants will have access to a 90-minute webinar each week for four weeks. The webinar may be viewed live at the designated time or a recording watched at a more convenient time. The benefit of attending the live webinar is that participants may submit questions to the speaker for a short Q&A session at the end of the webinar. Sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for up to 60-days after the program conclusion.

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About the Instructor

Mr. DiMaggio is a Senior Principal Civil Engineer and Associate at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) working in the Research and Technology Deployment group. Mr. DiMaggio specializes in civil engineering and construction services related to design and construction, strategic planning, innovation deployment/implementation, and business plan development. He is internationally recognized for his accomplishments related to design, construction, monitoring of infrastructure features, alternative contracting methods, forensic assessment, disputes resolution and innovation deployment/mainstreaming.

Mr. DiMaggio has served on numerous national and international projects related to limit states design (LRFD), risk assessment and management, innovative project/program delivery, and accelerated construction. He is a retired Principal Bridge Engineer and National Program Manager of Geotechnical/Foundation Engineering with the U.S. DOT, in Washington D.C.

Mr. DiMaggio’s technical areas of expertise include structural foundations, earth retaining structures, ground improvement techniques, engineered earthworks and other geotechnical features for transportation, building and energy facilities. He also a recognized specialist on risk management, forensic engineering, and technical training. Mr. DiMaggio has authored approximately 30 technical papers and edited three civil engineering books.

Course Program & Information

The geotechnical community has studied reliability based design approach for decades. Many excellent published papers and books have addressed this topic and it has progressively been used on an increasing number of projects within most infrastructure segments (transportation, buildings, and energy).  Unfortunately, until the last decade reliability based was not required nor well integrated within mainstream practice. Versions of reliability now are addressed in IBC, AASHTO and many international guides and codes. The introduction of such a significant change to practice does not come easy or transition smoothly.  Concurrent with the increasing emphasis on reliability based design in geotechnical practice there has been a significant increase in the national and international documentation of design, construction and monitoring guidelines, standards and codes which address the minimum Standard of Care for Geotechnical Features.

The primary foundational references for this webinar series are the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Design and Construction Specifications. These references were selected based on: their historical stability (first published in 1931), their regular annual updates and finally their comprehensive scope related to the design and construction of geotechnical features (structural foundations, retaining structures, engineered earthworks).  Although these references were not specifically prepared for other infrastructure industry sectors they can and have been used for projects in energy, rail and buildings internationally.

Each webinar will be approximately 90 minutes in length and consist of a technical program followed by a Q&A session. The series will be presented over two time periods. The initial series, consisting of four webinars, will begin in mid-January 2021 and be presented each week. All webinars will be recorded and pdf copies of the webinar material will be available to participants for up to 60-days following the course.

The topics for the initial four webinars included in Part 1 of the series are:

  • Load and Resistance Factor Design Fundamentals (Part I)
  • Load and Resistance Factor Design Fundamentals (Part II)
  • Best Practices for Geotechnical Site Characterization
  • Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations

The second webinar series, Part 2, will address: cut retaining walls, ground anchors and ground anchor systems, drilled shafts, micropiles, shallow foundations and fill retaining walls.

Cost for Part 1 (includes the 4 webinars listed above):

$300 CalGeo Members, $550 Non-members

CalGeo Member Benefit: Want to refer this course to one of your clients or partners at a structural or civil firm? Contact Kelly Cabal for a DISCOUNT CODE you can share to give them $100 off registration (non-member price drops to $450)

Group discount: Use the code 5ORMORE if your company is registering 5 or more attendees to save $50/pp!

Details about registration and dates for Part 2 of the web series will be released in the coming weeks.

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Contact: Kelly Cabal: [email protected]