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Welcome to the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council world-wide-web home page. The Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council formed in 1988 is a nonprofit organization whose members are those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional professional accomplishments in the structural design of tall buildings. The Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council is a liaison organization to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international nonprofit organization of architects, engineers, planners, developers, and other professionals involved in the design, construction and operation of tall buildings.

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LATBSDC 2014 Conference Document Available

The 2014 edition of the LATBSDC "An Alternative Procedure For Seismic Analysis And Design Of Tall Buildings Located In The Los Angeles Region" is now available.

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LATBSDC 2014 Conference

ADVANCES IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN FOR SEISMIC REGIONS

The 2014 LATBSDC conference will cover a variety of topics related to recent advances in structural design of tall and special buildings. Distinguished speakers will present topics ranging from the new earthquake ground motions for design to showcasing new tall building projects under development for Los Angeles; new techniques for design of tall buildings; foundation design for tall buildings; new code provisions, and building on or near faults. In addition an update will be provided on LATBSDC efforts to develop reliability based alternative procedure for seismic retrofit of tall buildings.

For more information on how to register, the list of speakers and the meeting location, view the full announcement.

Space is limited. Early registration is highly recommended.


A new version of the 2011 edition of the LATBSDC "An Alternative Procedure For Seismic Analysis And Design Of Tall Buildings Located In The Los Angeles Region" with a 2013 supplement is now available.
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Direct Displacement-based Seismic Design of Buildings Seminar

Announcing a seminar on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Dr. Nigel Priestley, Dr. Michele Calvi, and Dr. Mervyn Kowalsky

Space is limited. Early registration is highly recommended. The program and registration information is available here.

Presentations at the 2013 LATBSDC Conference

Advances in Structural Design for Seismic Regions
Friday, May 3, 2013

We now have The 2013 LATBSDC conference material available for download.

LATBSDC 2011 Conference
ADVANCES IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN FOR SEISMIC REGIONS

The LATBSDC 2011 meeting will cover a variety of topics related to recent advances in structural design of tall and special buildings. The 2011 edition of the LATBSDC Design Criteria will be introduced and issues such as dynamic lateral soil pressure, design of nonstructural components for tall buildings, the rocking braced frame design, nonlinear response of tall buildings subjected to strong winds, soil-foundation- structure interaction, effect of large coseismic displacements on tall buildings, and design of triple concave FPS isolators will be discussed. In addition, structural design of a number of tall and special buildings will be presented.

For more information on how to register, the list of speakers and the meeting location, view the full announcement.

Space is limited to 100 participants. Early registration is highly recommended.


LATBSDC 2/27/2010 Magnitude 8.8 Chile Earthquake Preliminary Briefing Slides
The slides for the "Performance of Tall Buildings During the 2/27/2010 Chile Magnitude 8.8 Earthquake" preliminary briefing are now available.


LATBSDC 2010 Conference
The LATBSDC 2010 conference will showcase new tall building designs and case studies that have been completed using contemporary performance based seismic design procedures. Various speakers will be presenting their tall building design and analysis projects. Additionally, with funding from the California Seismic Safety Commission, several participants from PEER's Tall Building Initiative will also present the new design guidelines and case studies.

The LATBSDC reconnaissance team to Chile will also provide a briefing on what the implications of that M8.8 event could be for tall buildings in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

For more information on how to register, the list of speakers and the meeting location, view the full announcement.


Past year's Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings Journal is available from Wiley Interscience
The 2004 Issue
The 2005 Issue
The 2006 Issue
The 2007 Issue


New Website
The website has a new design and more features. Look for new features shortly, including PDF versions of our previous conference proceedings articles.


LATBSDC Conference
The LATBSDC 2008 conference will focus on nonlinear modeling issues related to the analysis and design of tall buildings. The current CBC and IBC building codes are not tailored to tall buildings and, as such, may impose many prescriptive requirements that make the design of tall buildings difficult and economically challenged. The 2008 Edition of the LATBSDC Alternative Design Criteria will be presented. The Tall Building Initiative being coordinated by the PEER Center is spearheading many of the studies that will lead to more rational Performance Based Earthquake Engineering design procedures and an update on these efforts will be highlighted. PEER parametric case studies on tall building will also be presented.
View the full announcement and agenda.