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Observed Problems on Structural Plan Submittals

November 15, 2012
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Cuyahoga Community College - Western Campus (Room WSSG4A)
11000 Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44130-5199

Items to Check and Problems Seen on Structural Plan Review Submittals  (2.0 PDH)


Presenter:  Steven E. Schaefer, P.E., Steven Schaefer Associates Inc.

Location:  Tri-C West Campus (11000 Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma, OH), Room WSSG4A

Description:  For approximately a one year time frame, Steve Schaefer spent one morning a week as a volunteer assisting the Hamilton County Building Department in reviewing submitted structural plans.  From this experience he has prepared a presentation that illustrates the structural problems, omission and oversights that he regularly observed. 

This presentation is intended to:

  1. Demonstrate the structural conditions that building officials should watch for in reviewing plans and while inspecting in the field.
  2. Show architects problems to address if they are designing the structural components themselves or conditions to make sure their structural engineer addresses and to show why they should be careful in selecting their structural engineer.
  3. Show structural engineers typical issues that are being overlooked by other engineers and to highlight the need for our profession to educate building officials and architects about thorough and competent structural designs.

Drawings showing the actual issues will be shown and a checklist of important items will be provided.  Additionally, examples of problem buildings that got through the review process and were built as well as examples of common submittal problems will be discussed. 

      5:30pm – Presentation
      6:30pm – Dinner Break
      7:15pm – Presentation
      8:15pm – End of Meeting

      Please register at least 2 days before the meeting.  Earlier reservations are appreciated.
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Speaker bio:  Steven E. Schaefer, P.E. is the founder and chairman of Steven Schaefer Associates, Inc. The firm was ranked in 2011 by Structural Engineering and Design magazine as the 16th largest structural engineering firm in the country. Mr. Schaefer has previously made presentations on structural construction issues to SWOBOA and MVBOA and at the OBOA annual conference. He was named in 2007 as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and has served as a volunteer adjunct lecturer for over 15 years at the University. He previously taught structural design courses in the Architectural Department of Miami University.

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