CFSEI to Host Webinar on Blast Design of Cold-Formed Steel Framing on February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2014 —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Blast Design of Cold-Formed Steel Framing” on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The webinar will cover the concepts and methods of analysis for cold-formed steel framing subjected to blast loads, focusing on the design requirements and design approaches for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) projects per the latest Unified Facilities Criteria UFC 4-010-01 (2012). It is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education units.

The webinar will cover:
•    The main concepts of structural design to mitigate the effects of blast in buildings.
•    Identification of the building components of exterior framing that qualify for blast design per DoD requirements.
•    Proper analysis methods and software tools to perform blast design.
•    Instruction on calculating the blast resistance of framing members and connections. 

The discussion will include:
•    The differences between static design approach and dynamic design approach.
•    Introduction of the new ASCE Standard for Blast Protection of Buildings (ASCE 59-11) and the new Canadian Standard for Design and Assessment of Buildings Subjected to Blast Loads (S850-12) as related to cold-formed steel framing.
•    Information on checking cold-formed steel wall openings and roof trusses for blast loads.
•    A design example demonstrating how to determine design loads, calculate available strength, and select acceptance criteria for framing members and connections.

Nabil A. Rahman, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Engineering and R&D for The Steel Network, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina, will conduct the webinar. Dr. Rahman has extensive experience in cold-formed steel product development, design software development, and the analysis and protection of cold-formed steel structures against extreme loads, including progressive collapse, blast and impact. He is a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on Specifications and Committee on Framing Standards, and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Disproportionate Collapse Technical Committee and Cold-Formed Steel Committee.

More information on the webinar and registration details are available at

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

Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP-BD&C
Managing Director
Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute
Tel: 412.921.1060

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