Continuing Education: 1.5 hours available

This webinar will touch on a variety of blast design topics that are relevant to design and analysis of CFS wall and roof components, connections and systems. Tentatively, the presentation will provide a brief discussion of the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Presentation overview
  • Brief discussion of relevant blast design criteria for typical projects (GSA, VA, DoD)
  • General background on blast loading and application to structures
  • Analysis of CFS members for blast
  • Idealizing components for SDOF analysis
  • Choosing appropriate boundary conditions
  • Concentrated loads and loads near supports
  • Equivalent uniform loading
  • Analysis of CFS walls for blast loading
  • Assumptions for typical construction types (infill vs. bypass)
  • Consideration of parapets
  • Analysis of CFS trusses for blast loading
  • Static analysis method
  • Simplified dynamic analysis method
  • High-fidelity non-linear dynamic analysis
  • Connection design considerations
  • Additional comments and conclusions
  • Questions and discussion

Webinar Materials

The day before the webinar, participants will have access to electronic versions of the following:

  • Presenter’s notes
  • Evaluation Form
  • Attendance Form

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors.


Web-based seminar using "Go To Meeting" technology.


1+ hour of lecture, followed by discussion and questions. (1.5 hours total)


$75 per computer screen for CFSEI and Steel Framing Alliance members; $100 for non-members


Late Registration

Registrations must be received 48 hours prior to the webinar or a $20 late registration fee will be assessed.

Cliff JonesPresenter: Cliff Jones

Cliff Jones is the Structures Lead at Protection Engineering Consultants (PEC) with over ten (10) years of experience in design of structures for extreme loading. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E) in Texas and licensed Structural Engineer (S.E.) in Illinois. He leads and supports a range of projects related to design and retrofit of structures for blast, shock, impact, fire, seismic and extreme weather events (ex: tornado, tsunami, storm surge and hurricane). He also has extensive experience in structures related research and design of novel structural materials, components and energy absorbing systems.