Monthly Meetings:

Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, except for November-December, which is held the first week of December. 

Maggiano's Little Italy
10910 Domain Dr # 100
Austin, TX 78759

11:45 AM  Social
12:00 PM Program & Lunch

 Fees **:   
 $   5* Students 
 $ 25* Current Members 
 $ 30* Non-Members 
 $ 15 Late Registration and/or payment at meeting: Students
 $ 30 Late Registration and/or payment at meeting: Members 
 $ 35 Late Registration and/or payment at meeting: Non-Members 

Note: In order to guarantee a meal, please pay for your registration through PayPal by the Friday before the meeting. No refunds after registration deadline.

To receive this fee, you have to finalize your registration and payment by the Friday before the meeting (registration deadline).
Otherwise, you will be charged the late registration fee

** Fees updated for 2017. Effective 1/1/2017.

 Maggiano's Little Italy

Upcoming events

    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Maggiano's Little Italy - Domain
    • 2

    Wind - Induced Structural Failures

    Shedding beyond ASCE 7 

    Presented By:  Sumanth Cheruku, Pivot Engineers


    ASCE 7 wind loads are prescribed on the premise that structures experience little to no aerodynamic effects. However, the structural characteristics that are most susceptible to such behavior are not well discussed, especially for non-building structures. Direct application of these provisions with an incomplete understanding of the inherent limitations led to unexpected failures due to across-wind loading, vortex shedding, or aerodynamic instabilities.

    This presentation will examine the aerodynamic phenomena affecting structures, primarily non-building, and describe the system characteristics that prompt catastrophic wind-induced excitations while discussing the underlying structural assumptions in the application of ASCE 7 wind demands to structural design and analysis. Two case studies will be presented: the first will address progressive failure at a utility scale PV solar farm during a below design wind event while the second study will examine conditions leading to vortex shedding from an industrial stack.


    Sumanth Cheruku is an engineer with Pivot Engineers in Austin, Texas. He is the Secretary of Chapter 29, “Wind loads on other structures and building appurtenances - MWFRS” of ASCE 7 for the 2022 code cycle, and the Chair of the task committee on “Aerodynamic Phenomena of Civil Engineering Structures”. He is also an active member of ASCE’s Wind Engineering Division’s Structural Wind Engineering Committee, Forensic Engineering Division’s Committee on Forensic Investigations and TG 2, “Reliability-Based Structural System Performance Indicators” and TG3, “Risk Assessment of Structural Infrastructure Facilities and Risk-Based Decision Making” of the Technical Council on Life-cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems. He is also an active member of ACI committees 423-C “Corrosion and Repair of Grouted Multistrand and Bar Tendon Systems”, 377 “Performance-Based Structural Integrity and Resilience of Concrete Structures” and 364 “Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures”.

Past events

27 Sep 2018 September Meeting
23 Aug 2018 August Meeting
26 Jul 2018 July Meeting
28 Jun 2018 June Meeting
24 May 2018 May Meeting
02 May 2018 2018 Charity Trivia
04 Apr 2018 2018 SET (Structural Engineering Talks)
22 Mar 2018 March Meeting
22 Feb 2018 February Meeting
25 Jan 2018 January Meeting
07 Dec 2017 December Meeting
26 Oct 2017 October Meeting
28 Sep 2017 September Meeting
24 Aug 2017 August Meeting
20 Jul 2017 July Meeting
22 Jun 2017 June Meeting
25 May 2017 May Meeting
03 May 2017 Charity Trivia
30 Mar 2017 March Meeting
09 Mar 2017 SET (Structural Engineering Talks)
23 Feb 2017 February Meeting
26 Jan 2017 January Meeting
01 Dec 2016 December Meeting
20 Oct 2016 2016 State Conference
22 Sep 2016 September Meeting
25 Aug 2016 August Meeting
28 Jul 2016 July Meeting
01 Jun 2016 Salary Survey!
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