Presentation Outline: Loading a Cold-Formed Steel section is unique compared to other sections engineers are familiar designing since the load path does not typically travel through the shear center.  This eccentricity will cause twist and sway of the members if they are not properly braced.  The brace force for individual sections then must be transferred through the system.  Therefore the system as a whole must be braced and designed to carry this force. 

In addition to the completed design which carries the permanent load the designer may be asked to design temporary bracing for the construction phase of the project. Many Cold Formed Steel failures due to lack of bracing occur during this stage of installation. Recommendations have been provided to guide the designing engineer through this process.

PDHsThis presentation will explain why different sections and systems need bracing, when to use bracing and make it effectively and how to design it.  This presentation will review the monograph “Bracing Cold-Formed Steel Structures: A Design Guide” co-authored by the presenter and provide updates since it was published.

If cold form steel is an element in your building you must know how to properly brace it during construction and for permanent loading.  The engineer must know how to properly design the bracing while the architect needs understand bracing to ensure they comply with the needs, especially if the bracing is the wall sheathing, and the contractor must know how to install it and where it is required.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who designs or evaluates structural integrity of cold-formed steel members

  • Architects
  • Structural engineers
  • Mechanical system designers
  • Anyone who designs installs, or evaluates the structure, cladding, or energy systems in buildings with cold-formed steel members.

Webinar Materials

  • Presenter’s notes
  • Evaluation Form
  • Attendance Form

Jennifer ZabikJennifer Zabik, PE SE is Director of Engineering at AW Solutions Inc.  She has been practicing structural engineering for 7 years in the state of Florida and is registered in Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama & Puerto Rico.  She served as the 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.  In addition to obtaining her Master’s degree at the University of Florida she co-authored the monogragh “Bracing Cold Formed Steel: A Design Guide” with Dr. Thomas Sputo, P.E., S.E.

Date: Thursday
October 4, 2012
Time: 3 p.m Eastern
Format: Web-based seminar using "Go To Meeting" technology.
Duration: 1+ hour of lecture, followed by discussion and questions. (1.5 hours total )
Cost: $75 per computer screen for CFSEI & SFA Members; $100 for non-members

Continuing Education: 1.5 hours available.