SpeedCore -- Concept, Design, and Considerations

Presented by:  Amit Varma, Ph.D., and Joshua Mouras, PE, SE

This course takes a deep dive into SpeedCore, a revolutionary concrete-filled composite plate shear wall (CF-CPSW) system.

This course will provide everything you need to know to harness the power of SpeedCore.  We’ll first look at development, testing, and research.  We’ll then jump into the analysis and design of the system, including system proportioning, element design, connections, and erection consideration. An engineer who has utilized the system for west coast projects will present examples, calculations, and practical insights.  This first session is presented by Amit Varma of Purdue University, a key SpeedCore researcher and T.R. Higgins Award winner.  Sessions 2, 3, and 4 are presented by Joshua Mouras of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, who has firsthand experience in designing the SpeedCore system.

Recording access! For this webinar series, both group and individual registration options offer access to the live broadcasts and the recordings! Earning PDH credit for viewing a recorded session requires passing a quiz. Access to all recordings and quizzes ends on March 29, 2024.  

Course Schedule

All live broadcasts start at 12:30 P.M. Central.

February 8, 2024

Session 1: Concept Development, Testing, and Research

February 15, 2024

Session 2: System Proportioning

February 22, 2024

Session 3: Element Design

February 29, 2024

Session 4: Connections and Erection Considerations

Substitution and Cancellations:  Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations received 1-3 days prior to the webinar will be charged a $50 service charge. Cancellations and no shows the day of the webinar session will not receive a refund.

Connection Instructions:  Click on "Webinar Access" in the course navigation.  The webinar can be accessed on that page 15 minutes prior to start time.  Handouts may be downloaded on that page 24 hours in advance of the webinar.

Individual Registration

Register one person. Only one certificate will be issued.

  • $250 Member
  • $450 Non-Member
  • $125 Student/Faculty
  • Government Agency:  Discounts available.  Contact registration@aisc.org.
Group Registration

Register yourself then register others on your company roster in two ways:

  1. Before the webinar, register coworkers to give them access to their own webinar connection and certificate (e.g. work-from-home).
  2. After the webinar, report attendance for coworkers watching together with you from one location (e.g. conference room).
  • $740 Member
  • $1140 Non-Member
  • Government Agency:  Discounts available. Contact registration@aisc.org.

Are you already registered as a group and need to add more colleagues? Add to your group registration here.

You have until March 29, 2024 -- 30 days after the last live broadcast -- to access the materials and earn recorded PDHs.



Amit H. Varma, Ph.D. received his BS in Civil Engineering from IIT-Bombay (’94), MS from Univ. of Oklahoma (’96), and PhD from Lehigh University (’01). He has been an academic for 20 years and at Purdue University for 16 years. Varma has dedicated his academic and professional life to the development of innovative steel-concrete composite structures for the built infrastructure including commercial, industrial, and safety-related nuclear structures. He has conducted fundamental research leading to the development of design provisions for composite members, connections, and overall structural systems subjected to extreme loading conditions including seismic, fire, blast, and impactive loading. Varma’s research products are the basis of (and directly cited in) several AISC specifications (AISC 360, AISC 341, AISC N690) for the design of steel-concrete composite structures for building structures and safety-related nuclear facilities. He has previously received the AISC Milek Faculty Fellowship Award (2004), AISC Special Achievement Award (2017, 2020), and the ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award (2019). Varma is the Chair of AISI/AISC Task Committee 8 on Fire Design, and member of Task Committee 5 on Composite Design. He is also a member of the AISC Committee of Specifications and ASCE/SEI 7 Standard Committee. Varma lives in West Lafayette, Ind., with his mother, wife, and two daughters.

Joshua Mouras, PE, SE, is a Senior Associate with Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), an internationally recognized structural and civil engineering firm with offices in Seattle and Chicago. With over 15 years of experience, his portfolio of engineering design work reflects a wide variety of building types both across the country and abroad. He has worked on steel high-rise office towers from 20 to 67 stories, multiple convention center developments as large as 5.5 million square feet, long-span aviation and factory spaces with clear spans over 240 feet, and numerous designs in high seismic zones. As the leader of MKA's Steel Technical Specialist Team, he is also a resource for the firm offering unique knowledge and insight for structures with complex steel designs, especially related to steel detailing and constructability. Josh earned his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and his Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and is engaged with multiple steel-related research and development initiatives.