318 Seminars

ACI 318-19: Changes to the Concrete Design Standard
Public Seminar

In this seminar, two industry expert speakers will walk you through the major technical changes in the 2019 edition of ACI 318, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-19) and Commentary. This is the first update since the reorganization of the code in the 2014 edition and includes over 100 additional pages of requirements.

Seminar attendees will receive A FREE copy of ACI 318-19

Price: $695 (non-member) / $595 (ACI member) / $150 student

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All major changes in this edition of the code will be presented and discussed. This includes major changes centered around the topics of higher reinforcing steel yield strengths for many applications and the associated design provision changes; the addition of shotcrete provisions; deep foundation provisions; seismic requirements for deep foundations and other applications; vertical seismic motions; nonlinear analysis for seismic design; modification to development length equations; and updated shear design provisions and equations.

Topics Covered

    • New provisions allowing the use of higher steel strengths along with changes to design provisions such as strength reduction factors, minimum reinforcement, and requirements for development and splice lengths of straight, hooked, and headed bars.
    • Higher steel strength limits for shear walls and special moment frames with accompanying changes to lateral support of vertical reinforcement.
    • Newly included and updated provisions related to shotcrete design and construction.
    • Provisions governing nonlinear response history analysis for performance-based seismic design.
    • Revised seismic design and detailing requirements for structural walls.
    • Reduced column tie spacings for intermediate and special moment frames.
    • Inclusion of IBC provisions for deep foundations, including seismic provisions, to expand the scope of deep foundations covered in the code.
    • Consolidation and updating of one-way and two-way shear provisions.
    • Changes to reinforcement and penetration requirements for two-way slabs.
    • Removal of two-way slab design methods and shearhead provisions.
    • Detailing and distribution requirement changes for transverse, integrity, and flange reinforcement.
    • Modifications to requirements for prestressed concrete detailing and design.
    • Revisions to strut-and-tie provisions.
    • Simplification of shrinkage and temperature reinforcement provisions.
    • Modification of load test provisions.
    • Addition of screw anchor and shear lug provisions in Chapter 17.
    • Use of alternative cementitious materials, crushed concrete, and recycled aggregate.
    • Revisions to the definition of modulus of elasticity.
    • Changes to the lightweight concrete modification factor.
    • Addition of requirements governing the certification of personnel.
    • Addition of commentary references to ACI 562 for repair issues.
    • Changes to exposure categories and mixture proportioning requirements for durability.

Speaker Bios

Neal S. Anderson

Neal S. Anderson, PE, FACI, FPCI, Staff Consultant, Simpson Gumpertz

Mr. Anderson is a Staff Consultant with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. He has been extensively involved with the investigation and rehabilitation of reinforced and precast/prestressed concrete and steel structures for over 30 years. He was one of the principal investigators for PCI’s research program on the behavior and design criteria of headed stud anchorages. He serves on ACI 318 - Structural Building Code, is chair of 318 Subcommittee B - Anchorage and Reinforcement and is a member of ACI 445 – Shear and Torsion. He is also active in concrete anchorage as a member of ACI 355 - Anchorage and C680 - Adhesive Anchor Certification, as well as several PCI committees. He is a licensed professional and structural engineer in Illinois, and several other states. Mr. Anderson received both his BS and MS in structural engineering from Purdue University. He is a Fellow of both ACI and PCI.

Dr. Catherine E. French

Catherine E. French, PE, FACI, FPCI, Distinguished Professor, University of Minnesota

Dr. French is College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she has been a member of the faculty for more than 30 years. Her research addresses the behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural systems, field monitoring of bridges, numerical and experimental investigations of structural systems including the effects of earthquakes, evaluation and repair of damaged structures, and development and application of new materials. She is a recipient of a number of awards including the ACI Joe Kelly Award, ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award, ACI Reinforced Concrete Research Council Arthur J. Boase Award, and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Raymond C. Reese Research Prize. She is a past member of ACI Board of Directors, and numerous other ACI committees. She currently serves on ACI Technical Activities Committee and ACI 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, for which she has been a member since 1995. Dr. French is an honorary member of ACI.

Dr. Robert J. Frosch

Robert J. Frosch, PhD, PE, FACI, Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Frosch currently serves on the ACI Board of Direction and is a member of several ACI board and technical committees including the ACI 318 Structural Building Code. For the 318-14 code cycle, he served as Chair of Subcommittee D on Flexure and Axial loads as well as on the 318 Steering Committee. He is continuing in these positions for the next code cycle. A registered professional engineer, his research focuses on the design and behavior of structural concrete, earthquake engineering, and bridge engineering. He has received numerous awards for both his teaching and research and was recently recognized with the ACI 318 Distinguished Service Award and the Arthur J. Boase Award from the Concrete Research Council for his research on shear, bond, and cracking behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete.

Trey Hamilton

Trey Hamilton, PE, PhD, FACI , Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Mr. Hamilton's role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's technical committees and to assist with the development of technical resources, educational programs, and the adoption of its consensus-based standards. He has 35 years of experience in structural engineering research, practice, and teaching. For the past 28 years he has been conducting applied research and teaching with a focus on structural concrete and masonry. Prior to entering academe, he was in private practice as a design engineer for 7 years designing commercial and institutional buildings as well as municipal and industrial facilities. Hamilton is past chair of ACI Technical Activities Committee and ACI Committee 423 Prestressed Concrete. He was elected to fellow of both the American Concrete Institute and Post-Tensioning Institute. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Wyoming and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida.

Robert Howell

Robert M Howell, MBA, PE, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Mr. Howell joined ACI as Professional Development Program Engineer in 2014. Previously he was a Lead Structural Engineer at IBI Group/Giffels LLC formerly Giffels Associates, Inc. Howell has 26 years of structural design experience in health care, industrial, research, power plant, educational, and commercial facilities. He also has 7 years of experience as an Owner’s Representative Project Structural Engineer with GM Worldwide Facilities Group. Howell received his BS in civil engineering from Wayne State University and his MBA in supply chain management from Michigan State University. Howell is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Michigan and is a LEED Green Associate.

Michael E. Kreger

Michael E. Kreger, FACI, holder of the Garry Neil Drummond Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

For the past 36 years he has been actively engaged in a diverse program of structural concrete research investigating the behavior of earthquake-resistant precast and cast-in-place reinforced-concrete frame systems, and dual-plate composite shear walls; repair and strengthening methods for non-ductile frame systems; behavior of post-tensioned segmental box girder bridges; durability of bridge post-tensioning systems; fatigue resistance of post-tensioned bridges; and behavior of pretensioned bridge systems.

He is an active member of multiple technical committees including ACI 318, Structural Concrete Building Code; ACI 352, Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures; is the Chair of ACI 133, Disaster Reconnaissance; and is a member of the ACI Structural Journal Editorial Board. He previously served on ACI’s Technical Activities Committee (TAC).

Kreger received the Concrete Research Council Arthur J. Boase Award in 2011 for his significant research achievements in earthquake-resistant concrete building systems and precast prestressed concrete bridge components, and for continued contributions to ACI technical committees. Two of Kreger’s 100+ technical publications have been awarded the T.Y. Lin Award from ASCE.

Kreger received his BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, he was a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, from 1983 through 2003, and at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, from 2004 to 2014. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Kreger is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).

Dr Khaled Nahlawi

Khaled Nahlawi, PhD, PE, Distinguished Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Dr. Nahlawi's role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees and communicate the work of these committees to other Standard Developing Organizations and Regulatory Agencies. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. Has over 20 years of experience in the design and strengthening of structures. He joined ACI in 2009 as a senior engineer and has supported, among other duties, in the re-organization effort of 318. He is a registered engineer in California and Michigan.

Lawrence C. Novak

Lawrence C. Novak, SE, F.SEI, F.ACI, CERT, LEED AP, Chief Structural Engineer, International Code Council

Mr. Novak was previously the Senior Director for Structural Engineering and Codes for the Portland Cement Association and he was an Associate Partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he had the opportunity to be lead structural engineer for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Novak is also an adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where he teaches advanced structural design to the next generation of engineers. He serves on several technical committees, including the ACI 318 Code committee and the ASCE 7 committee on Building Loads. He has served as Director on the governing board for organizations including SEAOI, TCA and the Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame. Novak was selected as the “Centennial Lecturer” in engineering and was named the “Citizen Engineer of the Year” by the Illinois Chapter of ASCE. In 2010, he was selected as the ACI “Educational Speaker of the Year”, in 2017 he was bestowed the ACI “Educational Award” for his “unique ability to convey concrete knowledge and inspire others to greater heights”, in 2018 he was presented with the SEAOI life-time “Service Award” for his contributions to the industry and in 2019 he was part of the team honored with the “nVent Award for Code Simplification and Improvement”. In his free time, Novak utilizes exciting interactive demonstrations to bring structural concepts to life with the goal to inspire the next generation of young minds to study math, science, and engineering

Randall W. Poston

Randall W. Poston, PhD, PE, SE, NAE, Sr. Principal at Pivot Engineers, Austin, TX

Dr. Poston is a Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Purdue University College of Engineering. For the past 35 years, Dr. Poston has been engaged in the evaluation, repair, strengthening and design of more than 700 structures. His expertise includes investigation of structural failures, evaluation of corrosion of steel in concrete, structural concrete repair and strengthening design, and nondestructive testing of concrete structures. He has been elected a Fellow of ACI, ASCE, PTI and IABSE and is an active member of numerous national and international technical committees including being a current member of ACI Committee 318 and was the Chair of Committee 318 during the 2014 code cycle. Dr. Poston currently serves as the ACI President. Poston was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2017.

Matthew R. Senecal

Matthew R. Senecal, PE, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Mr. Senecal's role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees and communicate the work of these committees to other Standard Developing Organizations and Regulatory Agencies. He received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MS in civil engineering from the University of Kansas. He worked as a Civil and Structural Engineer for 14 years before joining the ACI Engineering Department in 2004.

Dr. Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor, PhD, SE, FACI, Associate, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle, WA

Dr. Taylor has 29 years experience in structural engineering research and structural design practice, including seven years with the Earthquake Engineering Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Since 2007 he has been a member of ACI Committee 318, Structural Building Code, is currently Chair of ACI 318 Subcommittee H on Seismic Provisions, and is a former member of Subcommittee D on Flexure and Axial Loads. He is a member of the ACI Technical Activities Committee, and is Chair of the Earthquake Engineering Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington. Dr. Taylor’s interests are in the areas of reinforced concrete structures, and performance based seismic design. He is KPFF’s technical lead for design of special seismic protection devices such as seismic isolation and seismic damping systems. Dr. Taylor serves as an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, where he teaches courses in structural systems and reinforced concrete design.

Dr. Michael L. Tholen

Michael L. Tholen, PhD, PE, Managing Director, Engineering and Professional Development, American Concrete Institute

Dr. Tholen received a BS in architectural engineering, with distinction, in 1992, an MS in civil engineering in 1995, and a PhD in civil engineering in 1996 from the University of Kansas. He previously worked at ACI as the Engineering Editor of Concrete International. Prior to joining ACI in 2005, he spent over 8 years as a structural engineer in the Aviation and Architecture Division at Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company in Kansas City, MO.

Dr. James Wight

James Wight, FACI and FASCE, F.E. Richart, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Wight is well-known both nationally and internationally for his work in earthquake-resistant design of concrete structures. Professor Wight has been an active member of the American Concrete Institute where he has held several important positions including President of ACI, Chair of the ACI Building Code Committee, Chair of the Technical Activities Committee, Member of the Board of Direction, and President of the Greater Michigan Chapter. He has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the ASCE Student Chapter Teacher of the Year Award, the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award and the ACI Joe Kelly Award. He has also won several awards from ACI for his research and service, including the Structural Research Award (twice), the Delmar Bloem Award, the Alfred Lindau Award, and the Wason Medal. He has received a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Illinois and from Michigan State University. He is the lead-author of a widely used textbook on design of reinforced concrete structures and is a registered engineer in the State of Michigan.

Gregory M Zeisler

Gregory M Zeisler, PE, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Mr. Zeisler has been with ACI since 2009. Zeisler works with several technical committees as staff liaison including ACI 318 and will be the secretary for the next cycle of the ACI 318 code. Previously he was a Structural Engineer at Durrant. Zeisler has 8 years of structural design experience in parking and retail facilities. Zeisler received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his MS in civil engineering from Purdue University. Zeisler is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Wisconsin.

Continuing Education Credit: 7.5 PDH / 0.75 CEU

Time: 8am - 5pm


    • March 3 - Savannah, GA - Registration opens soon
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    • March 17 - Little Rock, AR - Registration opens soon
    • March 19 - New Orleans, LA - Registration opens soon
    • April 2 - Chicago, IL (Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago Hotel) presented by Robert Frosch and Khaled Nahlawi
    • April 9 - Dallas, TX - Registration opens soon
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    • April 16 - St. Louis, MO - Registration opens soon
    • April 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Registration opens soon
    • April 23 - Indianapolis, IN (Carpenter's Union - Greenwood, IN) presented by Lawrence Novak and Robert Howell
    • April 28 - Cleveland, OH - Registration opens soon
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    • May 5 - New Brunswick, NJ - Registration opens soon
    • May 7 - Des Moines, IA - Registration opens soon
    • May 12 - Portland, OR - Registration opens soon
    • May 14 - Baltimore, MD (Carpenter's Union) presented by Robert Frosch and Khaled Nahlawi
    • May 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Registration opens soon
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    • May 28 - Nashville, TN - Registration opens soon
    • June 3 - Denver, CO - Registration opens soon
    • June 4 - Sacramento, CA - Registration opens soon
    • June 9 - Richmond, VA - Registration opens soon
    • June 11 - Detroit, MI (ACI Headquarters, Farmington Hills, MI) presented by James Wight and Michael Tholen


Presented by: Jack P. Moehle, PhD, PE, TY and Margaret Lin Professor of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Luis E. Garcia, FACI, MS, Past President of ACI, Retired Professor, Universidad de los Andes; Steve Szoke, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

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Presented by: Jack P. Moehle, PhD, PE, TY and Margaret Lin Professor of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Randall W. Poston, PhD, PE, SE, NAE, Sr. Principal at Pivot Engineers, Austin, TX; Steve Szoke, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

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