CFSEI to Host Webinar on Cold-Formed Steel Framed Lateral Design on December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, November 28, 2012 —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Cold-Formed Steel Framed Lateral Design Using AISI S213” on December 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM EST. The webinar will describe lateral load determination for buildings and demonstrate how lateral loads are transferred to the resisting elements (such as shear walls) and to the supporting elements (such as hold-downs). It will also explore the different lateral load-resisting systems used for cold-formed steel construction with a focus on AISI S213, North American Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Lateral Design, 2007 Edition. Webinar attendees are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

The presenter, Jeff Ellis, P.E., S.E., will include examples from the CFSEI “Cold-Formed Steel Framed Wood or Steel Sheathed Shear Wall Assemblies Design Guide.” The webinar will also include an overview of current cold-formed steel lateral resisting systems research. The webinar is recommended for construction professionals who design cold-formed steel structures and who have or will have a cold-formed steel framing project that requires lateral bracing.

Jeff Ellis, P.E., S.E., is code report and branch engineering manager for Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. He has more than 21 years of experience in the construction industry, and in his current capacity is involved in new product development, providing support for existing product lines, and offering technical guidance to customers for connectors, fastening systems, and lateral systems.

More information on the webinar and registration are available on the CFSEI website,

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute comprises hundreds of structural engineers and other design professionals who are finding a better way to produce safe and efficient designs for commercial and residential structures with cold-formed steel. CFSEI members work together to develop and evolve industry standards and design methods, produce and issue technical bulletins, and provide seminars and online training to improve the knowledge and skills base of engineers and design professionals. For more information, visit

Debbie Bennett
Manager, SMDI and Construction Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 202.452.7179