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Michelle Kam-Biron, Sr. Director of Education at AWC, will be presenting Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 CBC, 2015 NDS & SDWS and 2018 IBC & NDS

When: Friday, June 1, 2018
8am - 3:40pm
Where: The Grand Event Center
4101 East Willow St
Long Beach, California  90815
United States

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SEAOSC Spring Education Program


Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 CBC, 2015 NDS & SDWS and 2018 IBC & NDS
Presented by Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, Senior Director, Education, American Wood Council.

Abstract: AWC's National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction and Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) standards are referenced in the 2016 California Building Code (CBC) and 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and are used throughout the nation for the design and construction of wood structures.  Significant changes and most commonly overlooked engineering requirements in the 2016 CBC, 2015 NDS & SDWS will be highlighted as well as some of the changes in the 2018 IBC & NDS.  In addition to references to resources to obtain more in-depth information.

Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB
Senior Director, Education
American Wood Council

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she is expanding continuing education resources for architects, engineers, and building officials as well as coordinating the development of university level wood design course. Before joining AWC, she worked for nearly five years in the wood industry as the Senior Technical Director - National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for the Wood Products Council initiative, WoodWorks. Ms. Kam-Biron has authored several articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood. She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering (ARCE) and has served on the ARCE Industry Advisory Council. She is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council.   She also volunteers her time on the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Basic Education and California Building Officials (CALBO) Structural Safety Committees, is Chair of American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE-SEI) Wood Education Committee, a former Director for Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and Past-President for Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC).


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