Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar
Tue, Jan 26, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom Meeting https://usc.zoom.us/j/97228056404 Meeting ID: 972 2805 6404 Passcode: 864779
Speaker: Mahmut Ekenel, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Staff Engineer at ICC Evaluation Service, Brea, CA
Talk Title: Building Codes in the U.S.A. and Evaluation of Alternative Construction Materials
Abstract: In the United States, where the power to regulate construction is vested in local authorities, a system of model building codes is adopted. The International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) are the two model codes that were developed to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health and safety through provisions that include structural strength. This presentation briefly explains how building codes are developed and enforced in the U.S.A., and major differences between the model building codes. This presentation also explains what happens if there is an alternative construction material or construction method that is not recognized by the building codes by presenting several case studies.
Mahmut Ekenel, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ACI, is a Senior Staff Engineer at ICC Evaluation Service, Brea, CA. He received his M.S. from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. from Missouri S&T University, where he also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher. His research interests include fiber-reinforced polymer and fiber-reinforced cementitious matrix strengthening of structures, fiber-reinforced concrete, concrete additives, and anchorage to concrete. He is a registered Civil Engineer in the States of California and Ohio.
Host: Dr. Bora Gencturk