Continuing Education: 1.5 hours available

This webinar will provide you with the knowledge and resources to perform your own Direct Strength Method calculations. We will cover thin-walled buckling limit states, member strength prediction, and system connectivity. It will be fun.

The AISI Direct Strength Method (DSM) has emerged worldwide as the go-to approach for designing cold-formed steel framing. DSM allows you to calculate the allowable height of a sheathed stud wall. You can use DSM to calculate the wind uplift strength of a screwed-down roof system in a metal building. And you can innovate, creating span tables for a new joist product with complex web stiffeners. The link between the member cross-section and the parts and pieces that make up cold-formed steel framing systems is made directly with DSM.

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.


Cris MoenPresenter: Dr. Cristopher D. Moen, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI
NBM Technologies, Inc.

Cris Moen is CEO and President of NBM Technologies, Inc, an academically rooted company that plans, executes, and automates R&D for building system, solar, aerospace, and defense industries.

Cris started his career as a bridge engineer at J. Muller International (1997-2002) and Parsons Corporation (2002-2004) where he specialized in precast post-tensioned segmental construction. He completed his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University (2004-2008) focusing on cold-formed steel, and then worked up to Associate Professor at Virginia Tech (2008-2016). He is the 2017 recipient of the Structural Stability Research Council’s McGuire Award for Junior Researchers. Cris is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in addition to leading NBM, he continues to teach and conduct research part-time at JHU.