Course Description

This course will discuss the following topics:  Earn 5 PDH while learning about Data Centers and how a Civil or Structural engineer can be involved in its design.

What is a Data Center?

Site selection criteria for a new DC

Evaluation & Retrofit of existing Buildings for use as DC. Regular or Irregular structure?

Raised access floors and weights of cabinets

International Building Code vs Telcordia GR63 standard-In-depth review of differences

How to find seismic load criteria for a site?

Example problem of how seismic base shear changes with height at which the components are attached

How to reduce Tension on Anchors for cabinets and other equipment?

Up & Coming technologies: Dampers and Base Isolators

Miscellaneous substation structures that go with DC

OSHA compliance inside DC


Founder, StructuralCE

RG Spaulding P.E.

I have worked in the field of Structural Civil Engineering for over 20 years. My philosophy on learning anything is to break it down into smaller and simpler tasks to un-complicate the seemingly complicated task. I am hoping to use the same philosophy in teaching Structural engineering online. There is so much free information available online but the problem is it is very fragmented.  I will try to use many free resources available online (giving proper credits to the creators of course) to make the students understand the concept. So lets break down the design into simple understandable tasks and learn how to design easily.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Introduction to DC

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Role of Geotechnical, Civil, and Structural Engineer for a NEW Data Center

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Role of Civil-Structural Engineer when an existing building is converted to DC

    • Evaluation & Retrofit of Exiting building for use as a DC

    • Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Building

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Raised Floor or Not? Weights of cabinets/racks

    • Raised Floor and weights of racks & cabinets

  • 5

    Chapter 5: International Building Code vs Telcordia GR-63-Which one do you use?

  • 6

    Chapter 6: How to find Seismic design criteria and loads for a site?

    • How to find seismic base shear of a building?

    • How to find Seismic Base shear of Building structure?

    • How to find Seismic Base shear of Non Building Structures and Non Structural components?

  • 7

    Chapter 7: Example worked out problem for equipment at various floors

    • Tool anchorage worked example

  • 8

    Chapter 8: How to reduce tension in anchors and new technologies (Dampers and Base Isolators)

    • How to reduce tension in anchors?

    • Up & Coming technologies: Dampers and Base Isolators

  • 9

    Chapter 9: Miscellaneous substation structures that are connected to DC and OSHA regulations

    • Misc Structures connected to DC and OSHA regulations

  • 10

    Chapter 10: Quiz

    • Certification will be emailed

    • Quiz for Data Center Design

    • Course interest form

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