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This course focuses on the application of wind engineering studies to the building design process.

Course Outline

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
€¢ develop a good understanding of how wind interacts with buildings and other structures
€¢ become familiar with the local wind simulation methodology
€¢ make calculations of windloads on structures and cladding using design examples
€¢ assess the impact of ground level snow drifting and work out roof snow loading
€¢ know how to use the provisions of the 2010 Canadian wind code
€¢ understand guidelines for the design of wind resistant buildings
€¢ apply basic concepts of wind engineering
€¢ find out how to reduce wind loads and ensure wind resistant construction
€¢ review wind speed data

Wind engineering applications form an integral part of the building design process, providing architects and design engineers with a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between environmental factors and building design.  A proper connotation of this interaction can provide significant cost savings to building owners in terms of developmental, material, and operational costs.

Wind engineering examines the impact of wind force on a building in terms of wind pressures on a building€(TM)s exterior shell; its torsional movement; door pressures; snow loading on simple and complex roofs; and landscape and site planning to optimize protection of building entrances, and  key pedestrian and traffic areas from wind.  Concerns related to off-site impacts of new construction on existing surroundings, and microclimatic impacts on pedestrian areas are also addressed through wind engineering studies.

Data acquired from previous research and studies allow more accurate assessment of material requirements and strengths, thereby avoiding higher costs associated with more conservative building codes.  Wind engineering studies can also optimize landscape designs to provide the best monetary value in terms of snow and wind effect reduction.

This course focuses on the application of wind engineering studies to the building design process.

€¢ To provide participants with a general background of wind effects on buildings.
€¢ To expose participants to the methods and procedures for the efficient application of wind studies in designing
   a building more economically than a similar building designed with more conservative building code provisions.

Who Should Attend
Building designers, architects, builders, civil and construction engineers, building officials and others involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and other structures.

Program Outline

Faculty:  Theodore Stathopoulos, Ph.D., P.Eng, F.CAE, F.ASCE, Professor, Concordia University 

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Introduction to Wind Engineering
€¢ Wind flows around buildings; sources of information
€¢ Code analytical methods
€¢ Physical model methods: Wind tunnel vs water flume
€¢ Computational approach
€¢ When to perform wind tunnel tests

Meteorology I
€¢ General discussion on meteorology
€¢ Building code and local meteorology
€¢ Wind tunnel and local meteorology 
€¢ Meteorological data used for simulation
€¢ How wind speed data is processed for analysis and design

Meteorology II
€¢ Wind climatology
€¢ Extreme wind climate

Questions and Answers

Applications / Assignments
€¢ Case Studies, Examples 

Building Aerodynamics
€¢ Wind €" building interaction
€¢ Mean and fluctuating wind loads
€¢ External wind pressures on building cladding elements
€¢ Roof wind loads (pavers, etc), mullions, canopies, parapets
€¢ Internal wind pressures
€¢ Discussion on techniques in estimating cladding wind loads
€¢ Important design considerations for reducing cladding loads

Day II

Provisions of the 2010 Canadian Wind Code
€¢ Changes from the previous edition of the Code
€¢ Provision description and rationale
€¢ Alternatives to code procedures
€¢ What about if my structure is not covered in the Code?

Applications / Assignments
€¢ Wind pressure evaluations
€¢ Questions and Answers

Wind Loads on Structures
€¢ Building response to wind loads
€¢ Large span roofs
€¢ Discussion on techniques in estimating structural wind loads: Code analytical methods, wind tunnel methods
€¢ Wind tunnel vs. code methods 
€¢ Aeroelastic studies
€¢ Aerodynamic stability of buildings 
€¢ Applications

Wind Design Case Study
€¢ Participants will work out the solution (under the Instructor€(TM)s guidance)

Solution of Wind Design Case Study
€¢ Discussion and Comments


Pedestrian Winds
€¢ Simulation techniques
€¢ Criteria used to assess comfort and safety 
€¢ Application to planning and design community
€¢ Solution techniques
€¢ Case history examples

Ground Level Snow Drifting and Snow Loading on Roofs
€¢ Methods used to estimate loads
€¢ Application to codes
€¢ How recommended loads are applied to design
€¢ Solution techniques
€¢ Case history and worked out examples

Applications / Assignments
€¢ Specific evaluations

Design Examples - Instructor's View
€¢ Low rise buildings
€¢ Medium rise buildings
€¢ Tall buildings
€¢ Other structures 
€¢ Topographical effects

Discussion of Design Examples - Participants€(TM) View

Specific Items of Interest to Participants and State-of-the-Art
€¢ How to deal with specific cases

Group Discussion 
A discussion will follow on the applications of the topics presented in this course.  The participants will be divided into groups, depending on their individual interests.  They will be encouraged to present from their experience scenarios for discussion.

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule:
   Registration and Coffee (1st day only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch 
4:30   Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment and networking breaks during the morning and afternoon.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Ted Stathopoulos
Ted Stathopoulos, PhD and P.Eng., is a professor of building, civil and environmental engineering at Concordia University, Montreal. He is a specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the areas of wind engineering and building aerodynamics, including natural ventilation.

Dr. Stathopoulos has actively participated in numerous external bodies including the ASCE Standards Committee of Minimum Design Loads of Buildings and Other Structures. Previously honoured by the American Association for Wind Engineering, he also received the 1997 Engineering Award of the National Hurricane Conference for his research in hurricane-resistant construction that lead to the adoption of the new ASCE-7 minimum design loads.

He recently received the 2012 Alan G. Davenport Medal from the International Association for Wind Engineering, following numerous other distinctions, such as the 2009 Jack E. Cermak Medal from the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE. Dr. Stathopoulos is a professional engineer registered in Québec, Ontario, and Greece. A fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he is also the Editor of the International Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs/ 21 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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