EERI seminar examines structural engineering challenges

February 13, 2013

The University of Colorado’s Earthquake Engineering Research Institute student chapter recently hosted a seminar led by Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., SE, Esq, vice president and general counsel of John A. Martin & Associates in Los Angeles, in which he examined the structural engineering challenges of four landmark projects.

These difficult projects included the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center Sports, the Eiffel Tower II in Las Vegas and Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion at Los Angeles International Airport. Among some of the unique challenges the engineering teams faced for these projects are the complex three-dimensional surfaces and geometry of the Disney Concert Hall, the roof and support system or the Staples Center, and extreme weather engineering and construction methodology for the Eiffel Tower II, and the massive curvilinear steel moment frames for the Tom Bradley Terminal.
The seminar, titled Anatomy of Four Award-Winning Engineering Projects, found that although these projects were complex, the competence of the design engineers and their commitment to teamwork allowed them to overcome the structural challenges and create internationally acclaimed projects.