Strong Retrofit Webinar Series by Simpson Strong-Tie

Strong Retrofit Webinar SeriesSimpson Strong-Tie is a leader in engineered structural product lines and innovative testing. The company recently announced the launch of the Strong Retrofit webinar series. This series is designed to educate engineers, structural designers, architects and building owners about the different solutions available for retrofitting unreinforced masonry (URM), CMU and concrete structures for improved performance against seismic forces.

Earthquakes pose a major threat to buildings that have not been engineered to current codes and standards. Retrofitting these structures is critically important for minimizing risks to life. It is also important to help prevent costly property losses and business disruptions that disasters can cause when a structure doesn’t conform to the most modern codes.

To help both engineers and designers understand various retrofit solutions, Simpson Strong-Tie has developed a series of four Strong Retrofit webinars. Each webinar highlights relevant design considerations from either IEBC, HBC or ASCE 41. The webinars also feature additional topics, new research, takeaways and industry design guides. Additionally, the webinars include other tools to make retrofit projects easier and more effective.

“​​Strong building retrofits protect life, property and businesses from disasters,” says Simpson Strong-Tie Development Manager Aniket Borwankar, who will host a webinar on seismic retrofitting of concrete buildings using fiber-reinforced polymer solutions. “With all the different and sometimes unknown site conditions, not to mention variations in codes, standards, products and design guides, retrofits can be challenging. We’re excited to offer this series dedicated to helping the building community evaluate and compare easy-to-implement, proven solutions.”

The four-webinar series launches on September 9, 2021. Attendees are welcome to register for any or all of the programs by visiting the Simpson Strong-Tie website.

Thursday, September 9

Unreinforced Masonry Building Retrofit Using Adhesive Anchorage, Shotcrete and Helical Ties

Presenter: Wendy Allen, P.E., Field Engineering Manager

Thursday, September 16

Unreinforced Masonry Building Retrofit Using Connectors, Fasteners and Strong Frame Moment Frames

Presenter: Phillip Hui, P.E., Branch Engineer

Thursday, September 30

Concrete, CMU and URM Building Retrofit: FRP Design Basics for Gravity and Lateral Forces

Presenter: Sarah Outzen, P.E., CSS Field Engineer

Thursday, October 7

Concrete Building Seismic Retrofit Using FRP

Presenter: Aniket Borwankar, Development Manager, CSS

About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.

Simpson Strong-Tie is the world leader in structural solutions. The company has both products and technology that help people design and build safer, stronger homes, buildings, and communities. As a pioneer in the building industry, the company has an unmatched passion for problem-solving through both skillful engineering and thoughtful innovation. Both the structural systems research and rigorous testing enable them to design code-listed, value-engineered solutions for a multitude of applications in wood, steel, and concrete structures. Simpson-Strong Tie’s dedication to pursuing ever-better construction products and technology and to surrounding their customers with exceptional service and support has been core to their mission since 1956. For more information, either visit or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.


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