7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

CFSEI Annual Meeting and Installation of New Executive Committee Members (1.0 PDH)

International Student Awards


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Are Exterior CFS Walls Adequately Addressing Building Movement? (1.0 PDH)
Kirsten Zeydel, S.E.,
Digital Building Components

Two truths exist regarding exterior cold-formed steel façades: first, CFS walls must be attached to the building and second, those buildings move. But do our CFS walls adequately address these expected movements? As structural engineers, we can anticipate these building movements due to dead, live, wind, or seismic loads. Likewise, we can also predict the impact of these movements on the CFS walls. So, are our slotted connections, expansion joints, drift joints, and drift tracks/clips adequately addressing this movement? Learn about common framing techniques, when they work best, and the problems that can arise from their use.

About the Presenter

Kirsten Zeydel Kirsten Zeydel, S.E. is a licensed Structural Engineer in California with over 18 years of experience in the design of cold-formed steel framing. She is the Structural Engineering Manager at Digital Building Components and has led the structural design of both exterior and interior non-load-bearing cold-formed framing in addition to the structural design of load-bearing cold-formed steel buildings. She has successfully taken many projects through the rigorous California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) and the California Division of the State Architect (DSA). Kirsten enjoys giving presentations and web seminars to engineers, contractors, architects, owners, and students. She is a current member of the CFSEI Executive Committee.

A Structural Engineer’s Guide to Non-Structural EQ Studs (1.0 PDH)
Moderator Jeffrey Klaiman, P.E.,
ADTEK Engineers, Inc.

Panel Members

  •  Brent W. Owens, P.E., ClarkDietrich Engineering Services, LLC
  • Fernando Sesma, CEMCO
  • Jason Warren, SCAFCO Steel Stud Company

On most projects, structural engineers do not need, or even want, to get involved in interior, nonstructural framing.  But that is changing.  Manufacturers have developed various proprietary studs that may benefit the contractor and the project over the use of standard drywall studs.  These new products have become known as “EQ” studs in the industry, with several different products available from multiple manufacturers.  Confusion has ensued, and there are many instances now in which architects and contractors are asking their structural engineering consultants to educate them and provide guidance on the proper use of these new products.  This session will consist of a panel of experts and manufacturers’ representatives who will enlighten attendees with knowledge and their experiences with the “EQ” products, as well as answer questions.

Jeffrey Klaiman

About the Panel Experts

Jeffrey Klaiman, P.E. is principal in charge of specialty engineering at ADTEK Engineers, Inc., overseeing the design and coordination of all cold-formed steel design documentations. He serves as chairman of the Standard Practices Subcommittee of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards and is also the president of Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance.  He is a past president of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.

Brent W. Owens, P.E. Brent W. Owens, P.E. currently serves as an Employee Development Manager with ClarkDietrich Engineering Services where he helps to train new employees while also engineering various cold-formed steel structures.  Previously, he was the acting General Manager for ClarkDietrich’s engineering office in McDonough, GA and also worked as a Project Engineer with Dietrich Design Group in Hammond, IN.  He has also served on the board of the Atlanta Southeast Chapter of CFSEI.

With over 17 years of experience in the cold-formed steel framing industry, Brent has engineered a number of projects ranging from small curtain wall projects to large, multi-story load-bearing structures.  In addition to engineering, he has assisted with technical service issues relating to interior cold-formed steel construction throughout the years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Bradley Fernando Sesma University and is a registered Professional Engineer in several states in the southeast U.S.

Fernando Sesma has been Director of Technical Services for CEMCO for 18 years. Previously, he worked for ICBO Evaluation Service as a staff engineer for nine years, evaluating most cold-formed steel products. He also worked for USG’s Steel Framing Division.  Fernando is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is involved in several professional and industry organizations.

Jason Warren works as a designer of cold-formed steel building assemblies, products, and components for SCAFCO Steel Stud Company, offering complimentary value engineering opportunities to contractors, engineers, and architects. He earned his Bachelor of Science Jason Warren degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Design from Boise State University. Jason has vast industry experience with cold-formed steel framing and design, and serves as an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, and has worked with Western Regional CSI chapters throughout his career.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Effective Communication Tips for Engineers (1.0 PDH)
Annie Kao, P.E.,
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.

As structural engineers, we spend lots of time honing and developing our technical expertise, but how often do we take the time to learn the "soft" skills necessary to grow our management and leadership abilities? This session will give some insight into the research behind effective communication and touch on tips on how to improve your everyday conversations in meetings, networking, and presentations.

About the Presenter

Annie Kao, P.E.

Annie Kao, P.E. is a senior field engineer for Simpson Strong-Tie where she has been connecting with and educating engineers, architects, building officials, and contractors on design and product solutions for residential and commercial construction for over 11 years. Prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie, she worked as a structural engineering consultant for retail, hospital, school and multi-family projects. She frequently speaks at regional, state and national conferences on innovative structural engineering product solutions and communication skills for engineers. Annie served as co-chair for the SEAOSC (Structural Engineers Association of Southern California) Strengthening Our Cities Summit, an annual event to promote community earthquake resiliency in Southern California. She is a registered Professional Engineer in California and earned her B.S. degree from Harvey Mudd College and her M.S. degree from UC Berkeley.


Connections of CFS Trusses to a Building Structure (1.0 PDH)
Bill Babich, P.E.

Cold-formed steel trusses are designed to resist a variety of specified environmental loads such as live loads, dead loads, wind loads, and seismic loads.  These loads originate from various sources and can take the form of a vertical load, a horizontal load, or a load perpendicular to a surface.  The job of a truss is to resist these loads and distribute them to locations on the structure that can resist them and ultimately take them down to the ground.  In order to accomplish this task, the trusses must be connected to the structure appropriately.

In this presentation, we will discuss the types of loads that trusses are designed to resist as well as from where they originate.  The load path for each type of load will be outlined as well as how the loads are transferred from the truss to the structure and ultimately to the ground.  We will then look into all the various connections that are made to the truss and why they are needed in order to ensure a proper load path is created to resist all the loads.  Connections that we will consider include diaphragm-to-truss, truss-to-truss, and truss-to-structure.  Finally, since buildings are built using many different materials, we will discuss the connections with regard to each building material and look at specific ways to accomplish these connections.

Bill Babich, P.E.About the Presenter

Bill Babich, P.E. is the Director of Engineering for TrusSteel.  TrusSteel is a provider of cold-formed steel truss engineering and technology utilizing the proprietary TrusSteel system.  He has been involved in the prefabricated truss industry for the last 30 years and specifically with the CFS industry since 1997.  Bill is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the AISI Committee on Framing Standards (COFS) and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI).  He is the past-chairman of the AISI COFS Truss Subcommittee and a past chairman of the CFSEI Executive Committee.

11:30 PM – 1:00 PM

  • Luncheon
  • CFSEI Design Excellence Award Presentations
  • Tara HutchinsonUCSD 6 Story Shake Table Test and New CFS Testing (1.0 PDH) - Tara Hutchinson, University of California San Diego

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Case Study: Metreau Apartments – Seven-Story Panelized Load-Bearing Construction(1.0 PDH)
Patrick Hainault, P.E.,
Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc.

Load-bearing mid-rise construction is becoming one of the fastest-growing segments in the cold-formed steel market.  This presentation will give an overview of various mid-rise construction systems and focus on a mid-rise project in Green Bay, WI.  The project is eight stories above grade with seven stories of load-bearing cold-formed steel (CFS) over a podium level.  The framing schematic features CFS load-bearing and exterior wall framing, shear walls, floor joists and open web flat roof trusses.  CFS framing was also used to support structural steel balcony framing and fall arrest anchors at the roof and terrace levels.  The presentation will also discuss coordination with the podium design and the panelization of the CFS wall and floor framing.

About the Speaker

Pat Hainault, P.E.

Pat Hainault, P.E. is a 1996 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and is a Principal at Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and in numerous other states.  Pat is a member of the ASCE, CFSEI, and the SFIA, and is a corresponding member of AISI and the SFIA Technical Committee. 

His professional experience includes staff management and engineering design with Matsen Ford Design. He has also been a structural designer for a concrete reinforcement supplier and a technician for a national material testing firm.  His work in these positions has involved structural design, shop drawing preparation, technical report writing, contract, and project management duties on a wide variety of commercial, industrial, multi-family residential and institutional building projects, in addition to sales and marketing.

 In the structural design field, his experience includes application of the latest technologies and design concepts to a wide variety of both primary and secondary structures, including a variety of prefabricated systems.  Pat’s engineering systems design experience includes structural steel, reinforced concrete, engineered masonry and wood, in addition to specialty expertise in cold-formed steel. He has designed buildings throughout the country.


Shear Wall Design UsingAISI S240 and AISI S400(1.0 PDH)
Rob L. Madsen, P.E.,
Devco Engineering, Inc.

This session is designed to discuss the updates to the CFSEI Shear Wall Design Guide which will be re-published as AISI D113.  The presentation will include a discussion of load path for both wind and seismic forces; basic shear wall design methods for wind and low seismic conditions per AISI S240-15; design methods for high seismic conditions per AISI S400-15/S1-16; design provisions for Type I and II shear walls; and determination of shear wall deflections, including multi-story considerations.  The session will conclude with a few minutes for questions and answers.

Rob L. Madsen, P.EAbout the Speaker

Rob L. Madsen, P.E. is a senior engineer with Devco Engineering, Inc. in Enterprise, Oregon where he specializes in the design of cold-formed steel framing. He serves on the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Committee on Specifications and Committee on Framing Standards where he currently chairs the Lateral Subcommittee. Rob also serves as chair of the Technical Review Committee of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) and received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Design Forum (1.0 PDH)
Moderators: Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E.,
Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures
and Jennifer Zabik, P.E., S.E.
Zabik-Turner Engineering

About the Moderators

Dr. Roger A. LaBoubeRoger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E., is Curator’s Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla).  Dr. LaBoube holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He has an extensive background in the design and behavior of cold-formed steel structures.  His research and design activities have touched on many facets of cold-formed steel construction including cold-formed steel beams, panels, trusses, headers and wall studs as well as bolt, weld, and screw connections.  Dr. LaBoube is active in several professional organizations and societies.  He is a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Committee on Specifications for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members and is chairman of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri.

Jennifer Zabik, P.E., S.E.Jennifer Zabik, P.E., S.E. is President of Zabik-Turner Engineering. She has been practicing structural engineering for nearly 10 years in the state of Florida and is registered in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois and Puerto Rico. She served as chair of the CFSEI Executive Committee in 2016 and as president for the CFSEI – Florida Chapter from 2010 – 2012. In addition to her cold-formed steel involvement, she is also on the board of directors for the ASCE-SEI East Central Branch. While obtaining her Master’s degree, she co-authored the monograph “Bracing Cold-Formed Steel: A Design Guide” with Dr. Thomas Sputo, P.E., S.E.

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