SEAM Seminar: Engineers’ Guidelines for Historic Structural Systems

SEAM will be hosting this half day seminar presented by Mr. Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE
The seminar will review several types of historic, archaic and obsolete structural framing systems. We will explore original design bases, how systems appeared on period documents, how to identify on site and how to analyze such systems under current building codes. The seminar will give a survey of historical changes in building technology, discuss their meaning today and consider how the safety of historic systems compares to that of modern structural systems.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE

Donald Friedman is president of Old Structures Engineering, PC, a structural engineering consulting firm for historic and old buildings. A professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the investigation, analysis, and restoration of landmark buildings. Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, and is a licensed engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. He is certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board, and is a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Friedman’s design experience includes the integration of modern construction into existing buildings with archaic and obsolete structural systems; repair and restoration of steel, masonry, iron, wood, and concrete structures; and the investigation of historic buildings to determine structural type and condition. In addition to Mr. Friedman’s project work, he has taught engineering of historic buildings in the building conservation programs at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; he has spoken at numerous conferences on such topics as the structural analysis of masonry facades, and the failure of obsolete structural forms; he is the author of After 9-11: An Engineer’s Work at the World Trade Center, Historical Building Construction, and The Investigation of Buildings, and the co-author of Building the Empire State and The Design of Renovations. Refereed papers include “Methodology of Conservation Engineering,” “Cast-Iron Columns in Renovation Design,” “Hidden Intricacies: The Development of Modern Building Skeletons,” and “Ambiguity in Building Investigation.”

Abromson Center, Level 2
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Parking is free and located in the main parking garage attached to the Abromson Center
(Note: Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the garage)

4 PDHs will be awarded, Diamond Approved
Note: NCSEA does not warrant that a course complies with the continuing education requirements in all jurisdictions

$90 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $130 for non-members

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration (Beverage and fruit provided)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session (with break)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Afternoon Session

by Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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