Building Design Professional Development Seminars in 2007

As part of ADAPT's ongoing commitment to the global concrete design community and the advancement of the application of pre-stressing technologies, Dr. Bijan Aalami has made educational and practical seminars one of the principal activities of ADAPT over the last twenty-five years. Design engineers in Panama, Singapore, Latvia and Brazil relied on ADAPT software and consulting to successfully establish the practice of unbonded post-tensioning in their countries. Dr. Aalami's qualifications as a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at San Francisco State University, a registered Structural Engineer in California, and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, together with ADAPT's extensive design experience worldwide, provides the knowledge base upon which ADAPT seminars are developed.

The primary themes of Building Design seminars offered by ADAPT are:
  • Design of post-tensioned buildings
  • Construction technology of post-tensioning
  • Economic advantages of post-tensioning
  • Fundamentals of post-tensioning design
  • Application of ADAPT software in design of floor and foundation systems
  • Case studies of design of post-tensioned buildings
ADAPT offers educational and practical seminars for members of the consulting engineering, public works, transportation departments, and university communities in the USA and other countries. ADAPT offers a wide range of course formats, including:
  • Short one-day seminars
  • Two- and three-day seminars
  • Hands-on design and software workshops
Seminars, training, and workshops are offered at client's site, ADAPT headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, or through interactive online sessions.

A sampling of past seminar and workshop locations include:
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • London, UK
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Seoul, Korea
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Taipai, Taiwan
  • Madrid, Spain
  • New Delhi, Kolkota, Chennai and Bangalore, India
  • Amman, Jordan
  • view 2006 schedule...

Ongoing educational and practical seminar series in collaboration with other educational institutes and professional organizations

Like previous years, 2007 promises to be a year packed with seminars and training courses offered by ADAPT on design and construction of post-tensioned buildings, concrete structures and segmentally constructed bridges. Refer to the schedule below to find an event near you. We are continually adding new locations worldwide and will post them on this web site as detailed information becomes available.

In addition to our regularly scheduled program, we offer customized seminars for your organization.
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 2007 schedule
 2-day ASCE Seminars in US

February 8 - 9, Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 10 - 11, Boston, MA, USA
September 27 - 28, Kansas City, MO, USA
December 6 - 7, Orlando, FL, USA
March 6 - 7, Houston, TX, USA
          Click to view Brochure >>

    Post- Tensioning Design and Construction
    Two-day seminars carrying 1.4 CEUs

    ASCE has offered this highly acclaimed seminar series with ADAPT since 2004.

    "Excellent seminar for updating your knowledge in the field of post tensioning design and construction. It covered design as well as practical construction aspects."
    - Yogesh Sharma, Concept Engineering Inc., Houston, TX

    "Finally an engineering seminar designed for structural engineers that utilizes
    'real world' design examples."

    - Brian Stoddard, Project Engineer, Atlantic Engineering Services, Jacksonville, FL

    "Instructor was very knowledgeable, a good speaker and had good experience in programming and construction. Excellent seminar."
    - Tomas Winkler, Project Engineer, Wilson Structural Consultants, Sarasota, FL

    "Excellent course for those who are involved in post tensioning design."
    - Todd Lesperance, Cary, IL

    In association with the ASCE Seminar Series, Dr. Bijan O. Aalami will be presenting the latest developments in construction, design technology and software tools, providing participants with the know-how and means for efficient, economical and expeditious designs of post-tensioned buildings and parking structures. This seminar will cover modern design concepts, and explain design procedures using both long-hand numerical examples and computer applications. This is followed by an introduction to Component Technology, the state-of-the-art method for creating structural models for analysis and design of floor systems. The seminar will demonstrate how to reduce design time and potential errors by using Component Technology and software applications, integrating the design process from the architectural drawings all the way to the structural documents.

    Seminar participants will learn:
    • Current post-tensioning systems and construction practice in buildings and parking structures
    • Concepts and procedures of post-tensioning design
    • Latest design code provisions for design of post-tensioned structures
    • Long-hand calculations for design and design verification
    • Industry standard software application to design of post-tensioned buildings
    • Finite element application to design
    • Structural modeling of post-tensioned buildings and design, using Component Technology
    • Tendon layout and detailing

    ASCE member Dr. Bijan O. Aalami is Professor Emeritus of San Francisco State University Life Member of the Post-Tensioning Institute, Chartered Engineer, and CEO of ADAPT Corporation, a structural engineering firm in California specializing in design of concrete structures.

    For additional information, please contact us.
 Half-Day Seminars in Australia

Melbourne, Australia, April 10, 2007
Sydney, Australia, April 12, 2007
    Advanced 2D and 3D Structural Concrete Design

    - Conventionally Reinforced & Post-Tensioned Concrete -
    A Free Half-Day Session

    This FREE half-day seminar gives practicing engineers information about the latest design software and practices used to increase design productivity and improve quality.

    Special topics covered include:
    • Rapid design using advanced 2D Equivalent Frame Method software
    • State-of-the-art use of 3D FEM analysis and design for optimized slab designs
    • Efficient creation of rebar drawings
    • Automated creation of post-tensioning shop drawings
    • Integration with Autodesk® Revit® Structure
    • Integration with general AEC software for lateral analysis (e.g., ETABS)
    All presentations will be based around live product demonstrations of ADAPT™ software.

    Melbourne Venue: 3.30pm - 5.30pm, Tuesday 10th April, Cliftons Training Centre
    Level 2, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
    Sydney Venue: 10.00am - 12.00 noon, Thursday 12th April, Cliftons Training Centre
    190 George Street, Sydney, 2000

    For additional information and to register contact:
 Half-Day Seminars in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Vietnam, April 16, 2007
Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam, April 17, 2007
    A Free Half-Day Session

    Organized by CIC and ADAPT International, this half-day informative seminar gives practicing engineers information about the latest design software and practices used to increase design productivity and improve quality.

    Special topics covered include:
    • Rapid design using advanced 2D Equivalent Frame Method software
    • State-of-the-art use of 3D FEM analysis and design for optimized slab designs
    • Efficient creation of rebar drawings
    • Automated creation of post-tensioning shop drawings
    • Integration with general AEC software for lateral analysis
    • ADAPT-ABI bridge design software
    All presentations will be based around live product demonstrations of ADAPT™ software.

    Ha Noi Venue: 8:30 am - 12.00 noon, Monday 16th April
    Meeting room No 252 - 2nd Floor - Ministry of Construction
    37 Le Dai Hanh Street - Hai Ba Trung District

    Ho Chi Minh City Venue: 8:30 am - 12.00 noon, Tuesday 17th April
    GRAND HOTEL - 8 Dong Khoi street
    Ben Nghe Group - 1 District

    For additional information and to register contact:
    • Construction Informatics Corporation (CIC) at +84 (04) 9746139 / + 84. (0) 912371187 or via e-mail at
 Post-Tensioning Seminar in London

June 6 - 7, 2007, London, UK
Optional Hands-on Training Workshop June 8 2007
    Imperial College London

    Post-tensioning Design and Construction -
    A two-day educational and practical seminar
    With an optional hands-on training workshop
    Post-Tension SeminarThis course is offered in collaboration with Imperial College London's Centre for Professional Development. The course covers developments in post-tensioning design technology, construction practice, economic advantages of post-tensioning and design software tools. The primary lecturer of the course is Dr. Bijan O Aalami, the renowned world leader and teacher in the design of concrete buildings, bridges, and special structures. Additional lecturers include Mr. Robin Whittle, Dr. Florian Aalami and Dr. Neil Tsang. Mr. Whittle is Chairman of the Concrete Society Working Party, which has been responsible for updating the technical design handbook TR 43, "Post-Tensioned Concrete Floors". Dr. Florian Aalami, is a specialist in construction technology and software application. Dr. Tsang is on the staff of Imperial College London and is an expert on time and temperature dependent behavior of concrete.

    At this seminar, participants will:
    • Review current post-tensioning systems and construction practice in building structures
    • Learn the concepts and procedures of post-tensioning design
    • Know the changes in the latest design code provisions for design of post-tensioned structures (EC2, TR 43 Report, BS and ACI)
    • Examine the economic advantages of post-tensioning
    • Become familiar with the industry standard software for design of post-tensioning
    • Acquire the skill of structural modeling of concrete structures using component technology

    At the hands-on training workshop, participants will:
    • Learn to model and design a post-tensioned column supported slab, a beam and slab floor system and a beam frame using ADAPT software
    • Limited number of spaces available

    Click to view full Brochure and Registration Form (PDF 750kb) >>
    Click for additional online information >>

    Seminar time:
    8:30am - 5:00pm

    Seminar location:
    Imperial College London

    Centre for Professional Development Imperial College London
    To register, contact the centre by e-mail,,
    telephone, +44 (0)20 7594 6884, or fax +44 (0)20 7594 6883.
    You can also contact ADAPT Corporation for additional information.
 Atlanta Software and Design Workshop Series in October

Atlanta, GA - October 2 - 5, 2007

    Hands-On Software Training with Practical Design Lectures
    Featuring ADAPT CEO Dr. Bijan O. Aalami

    Learn to design Post-Tensioned projects faster and with
    improved quality using ADAPT software.

    This workshop series is specifically tailored for ADAPT clients who want to improve their design procedures, productivity and quality using ADAPT-PT and/or ADAPT-Floor Pro software. Each workshop offers intensive hands-on training on ADAPT software with 2 hours of design instructions from Dr. Bijan Aalami. Workshop participants will be taught advanced skills in the application of ADAPT software and gain practical knowledge for the design of post-tensioned floor systems and beams. This unique combination of software training and design knowledge prepares the practicing structural engineer for the day-to-day challenges of designing post-tensioned projects. The ADAPT software, used as the basis of the course, is the worldwide industry standard and covers both the Equivalent Frame Method and 3D Finite Element Methods of analysis and design. The hands-on software and design training draws on over 35 years of the instructors design experience and teaching.

    All workshops are conducted as hands-on computer lab sessions; each participant will be provided with a computer loaded with ADAPT software.

    Day Date Software Topic
    1 October 2nd, 2007 ADAPT-PT [EFM Design] Advanced Applications
    2 October 3rd, 2007 ADAPT-Floor Pro & MAT [3D FEM Design] Introduction for Beginners
    3 October 4th, 2007 ADAPT-Floor Pro & MAT [3D FEM Design] Advanced Applications I
    4 October 5th, 2007 ADAPT-Floor Pro & MAT [3D FEM Design] Advanced Applications II

    Click to view Detailed Workshop Outline (PDF 65k) >>

    Click to view Registration Form (PDF 47k) >>

    Seminar time:
    8:30am - 4:30pm

    For additional information, please contact:
 2nd Annual India Seminar Series

Kolkata - December 12, 2007
Chennai - December 14, 2007
Delhi, - December 17, 2007
Mumbai - December 19, 2007

 Seminars in Planning Stage

Other seminar locations and dates under preparation for 2007/2008 are as follows:

Abu Dhabi
To request a seminar in your city, contact us...

Special Seminars: ADAPT Building Design Development Series

Training in the design of post-tensioned building, or in the application of the ADAPT software system, is available either at ADAPT's headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area or at the client's office. Training can be tailored to the needs of the client. To inquire about details of this program, contact ADAPT.


2007 Schedule
Special Seminars