Careers at CSD Structural Engineers

Are you looking for a career working with experts in the structural engineering industry? Do you value excellence in the work that you produce? Are you committed to providing exceptional service to the clients that you work for?

CSD is seeking engineers and designer/drafters that share these values to join our team. Please visit our career page at for more information and to submit your resume.

Dr. Mahmoud Maamouri and John Rolfes Present Structural Provisions of the 2015 International Building Code, May 8-9, 2019

Dr. Mahmoud Maamouri and John Rolfes are presenting a course on the 2015 International Building Code along with Sandra Hyde of the International Code Council (ICC). Solidify your working understanding of the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) structural provisions and confidently apply these provisions during structural design and plan review. It will run May 8 to 9, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. More information regarding this course and how to register can be found here.

This course will allow you to specifically examine loads, steel and aluminum, concrete, masonry, foundations, wood design, and special inspections. You will also:

  • Examine the 2015 IBC structural provisions and referenced standards
  • Review the significant changes from the 2009 to the 2015 IBC
  • Learn the proper application of key code provisions
  • Improve your understanding of codes and standards through examples
  • Identify structural design resources

Screw Chase Pull-Out in Aluminum Extrusions

Jim LaBelle co-authored an article with Tanya Dolby of Kawneer, based on extensive screw pull-out testing by Kawneer. This type of connection, to resist outward wind pressure, is commonly used in aluminum framing for curtainwalls and skylights. In some but not all cases, mock-up tests are used to verify adequacy of these structural components. Hence there is a need for an analytical approach to predict pull-out strength.

The article compares predicted pull-out strengths, based on an unpublished older method, to test results. The finding is that the old method is significantly unconservative in many cases. Fortunately, there is now a new equation that compares well with those tests.

The article is available on by clicking here and in their April 2019 issue of their publication.

CSD at NASCC 2019

Several CSD employees will be both attending and presenting at this year’s AISC’s NASCC: The Steel Conference from April 3, 2019 through April 5, 2019 at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, MO. You can view the final program here.

Intro to AISC Design Guide 34: Steel Framed Stairway Design by Adam Friedman on Wednesday (page 55 in the program)

The Learning Never Stops: Going Beyond a College Education discussion with Adam on Wednesday (page 48 in the program)

Your Code of Standard Practice – Sections 3 and 4? by Mike West on Wednesday and Friday (page 49 in the program)

Drawing Details: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Mike Kempfert on Wednesday and Thursday (page 50 in the program)

Design of Multi-Tiered Braced Frames by John Rolfes on Wednesday and Friday (page 55 in the program)

Jules Van de Pas will also be moderating several sessions throughout the conference.

Several other employees will also be in attendance at the conference.

Please let us know if you are planning on attending the conference or stop by to introduce yourself to one of our moderators or presenters.