Building Design Professional Development Seminars in 2008

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, or at ADAPT offices in San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Kolkata, India. Alternatively, interactive sessions are available online.

A sampling of past seminar and workshop locations include:
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • London, UK
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Seoul, Korea
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Taipai, Taiwan
  • Madrid, Spain
  • New Delhi, Kolkota, Chennai and Bangalore, India
  • Amman, Jordan
  • view 2007 schedule...

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

Like previous years, 2008 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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 2008 schedule
 ADAPT India Post-Tensioning Seminar Series

February 20, 2008, Hyderabad, India
February 22, 2008, Bangalore, India
    Seminars Covering Latest Advances in Post-Tensioning Design and Practice

    - Become more productive and improve quality -

    This FREE half-day seminar (9.30 AM-2PM) is designed to give the practicing engineers in India information about latest design software and practices used to increase design productivity and improve quality. The sessions shall be followed by Informal Q&A and lunch.

    Special topics covered will include:
    • ADAPT-Builder v3:Finite Element Building Design
    • ADAPT-PT v8: 2D EFM Method
    • ADAPT-ABI v5: Advances in Bridge Design
    • Integration with Robot Millennium
    • Integration with Revit Structure

    Seminar Locations:
    TAJ DECCAN HOTEL, Hyderabad – 20th February, 2008
    LE MERIDIEN HOTEL, Bangalore – 22nd February, 2008

    All presentations will be based around live product demonstrations of ADAPT software.


    On the Spot Registration Starts at 9:30am

     2-day ASCE Seminars in US

    March 6 - 7, 2008, Houston, TX, USA
    April 17 - 18, 2008, Nashville, TN, USA
    September 18 - 19, 2008, New York, NY, 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.

     Free Half Day Seminars in South Africa

    April 15, 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa
    April 17, 2008 Cape Town, South Africa

      Seminars on Latest Advances in 3D FEM and 2D EFM Post-Tensioning Design Software

      - 2 half day seminars in each city -

      TotalCAD Solution Centre and ADAPT International Private Limited are pleased to bring two FREE half-day seminars to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Each half-day seminar gives practicing engineers information about the latest post-tensioning design software and practices used to increase design productivity and improve quality. The morning seminar provides a broad overview of the advantages of post-tensioned buildings and the ADAPT suite of design software. The afternoon seminars review the application and advantages of ADAPT software in detail.

      Click to view morning registration form for Johannesburg >>
      Click to view afternoon registration form for Johannesburg >>
      Click to view morning registration form for Cape Town >>
      Click to view afternoon registration form for Cape Town >>

      Morning Session - General Overview of PT Design Software
      • Review of post-tensioning in Buildings
      • Introduction of ADAPT software for Buildings and Bridges
      Afternoon Session - In-Depth Review of ADAPT Software
      • Rapid preliminary designs using ADAPT-PT
      • Advanced 2D FEM slab analysis and design using ADAPT-Floor Pro
      • Automated generation of PT & Rebar structural drawings using ADAPT-Floor Pro
      • Analysis and design of segmentally constructed bridges using ADAPT-ABI

      Seminar Locations:
      Pembury Plaza Hotel, Sandton – 15 April, 2008
      Protea Hotel Seaport, Cape Town – 17 April, 2008

      All presentations will be based around live product demonstrations of ADAPT software.


      On-Site Registration Starts at 9:45am

       Post-Tensioning Seminar in London

      June 11 - 12, 2008, London, UK
      Optional Hands-on Training Workshop June 13, 2008
        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 1Mb) >>
        Click to view online registration 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.

       Exhibition and Class at AU 2008

      December 2 - 5, 2008, Las Vegas, NV
      RST / ADAPT Design Course on December 2, 2008

        AU 2008

        Experience ADAPT & Revit® Structure at Autodesk University 2008
        We wish to personally invite you to the 16th annual Autodesk University (AU) user conference and exhibition in Las Vegas (Dec. 2-5, 2008). We will be in the AU exhibit hall and teaching a class on Best Practices for Concrete Slab Design Using Revit Structure. We hope you will stop by and say hello at our booth or register for our class.

        Class Title: Best Practices for Concrete Slab Design Using Revit Structure

        Summary: Intended for structural engineers using Revit Structure (RST), this class will equip you with the skills needed to carry out detailed designs of concrete slab and foundation models using ADAPT® software. This presentation will cover best practices for slab modeling in RST, step-by-step instructions on exchanging model information between RST and ADAPT, review of the reinforcement design process in ADAPT, and instructions on how to automatically generate structural drawings. Attendees will learn how a model-based approach to concrete design using RST and ADAPT can dramatically increase their design efficiency, add flexibility, and improve the quality of their projects.

        Course Description >>
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       3rd Annual India Seminar Series

      December 10 - 15, 2008, India
        As a part of its ongoing worldwide seminar series, ADAPT International will be hosting the 3rd annual ADAPT India Seminar Series in December 2008.

        The sessions will include live demonstrations of the latest features and enhancements of ADAPT software and an open interactive session to discuss the latest concepts in global building and bridge design.

        Events are planned for the following cities:

      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.


2008 Schedule
Special Seminars