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RISA Training Courses

2012 Guide

26632 Towne Centre Dr., Suite 210, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 · 800.332.RISA

Get Smart with RISA Training

In-Depth & Affordable Training for RISA-3D

The three days of comprehensive instruction is the best way to master the powerful tools of RISA's line of awardwinning software. Resolve Problems

RISA-3D training is provided by the RISA staff of professional engineers and focuses on teaching Structural Modeling. This is a learned skill (similar to detailing a wood connection) that in many cases is not being taught elsewhere. Learning structural modeling is best taught using examples of real-world problems while being guided by someone who has solved similar problems. Among the many benefits of mastering this skill is that it allows you to solve analysis and design problems quickly and accurately.

Get Your Results Faster

Our training focuses on using RISA-3D's tools to effectively and quickly build models and produce useful results. Even though RISA software has a very friendly interface, there are many features that help you work even more productively. These features can be mastered by working through examples that highlight their usefulness--and that's exactly what our training classes do.

Continuing Education

Finally, many states require continuous education for renewal of your P.E. license. Each day of RISA training provides 8 PDH units, which is equivalent to 2.4 CEUs for our 3-course series.


Regular classes are taught at our location in Foothill Ranch, California. Please give us a call if you're interested in having a training session given at your company's office.

Available Courses

Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Basics of Structural Modeling Advanced Structural Modeling Dynamic & Response Spectra Analysis Comprehensive Training for all 3 days 1 day 1 day 1 day $400 $400 $400 $1000

Take the time today--it will pay off tomorrow as you use your tools to perform more effectively!

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2012 Course Schedule



Class Dates

Apr. 2-4 Oct. 16-18

Important Information

Training dates shown are for our 3-class series. Courses are expected to fill up so call or check our web site at to see which dates are still available, or to be placed on a waiting list if a course is filled. All courses go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour break for lunch starting at noon. RISA-2D users are welcome to take any of the RISA-3D classes, however, you will benefit most from Course 1 as many of the topics for that class are the same for RISA-2D and RISA-3D. We will make a special training day available if a large number of people wish to take just one of the courses. We are also in the process of adding additional training resources such as Wednesday extended lunchtime seminars and Saturday classes. Please give us a call if you are interested in these additional training opportunities. We will post schedules on our web site for these other events as they become available.

Terms and Conditions

Please be advised that training offered by RISA Technologies is non-refundable, but can be rescheduled if you advise our office of your inability to attend within 14 days of the training class you are scheduled to attend. RISA Technologies reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any training class three (3) weeks prior to the first date of training, and will not accept any liability in connection with such cancellation (pre-paid airfare, hotel, etc.). However, if RISA Technologies cancels or reschedules a class, you will be entitled to a refund or you may reschedule your attendance. To avoid any unnecessary expenses, we strongly advise that you wait until approximately two (2) weeks prior to the training class you are scheduled to attend to make your airline reservations. Although purchasing your airline ticket in advance is less expensive, the airfare does not actually increase until you are inside the 14-day advance fare period.


Course Descriptions

Below is a short description of the standard courses taught at our training facility in Foothill Ranch, California. In addition to verbal instruction, each class uses a number of real-world examples to illustrate and clarify each concept as it is being taught. Many of the example models will be built in class to help participants learn and remember the concepts. Please feel free to call us with any particular questions regarding these classes. Each participant will receive the class notes, example problems on disk, a certificate of completion, 8 PDH per training day, and a RISA Technologies mug.

CouRSE 1

Basics of Structural Modeling (1 day)

A comprehensive course on structural modeling, starting at the basics for beginners and progressing all the way up to complex structure creation and manipulation. A variety of modeling approaches are covered such as spreadsheets, graphical tools, and automated structure generation. Special attention is paid to loading, materials, shapes, and code checks on all of the RISA-3D materials (steel, wood, etc). An emphasis is also placed on results interpretation. Prerequisite: None Individual Course Cost: $400/per person

CouRSE 2

Advanced Structural Modeling (1 day)

This course moves beyond the basics of structural modeling (Course 1) into advanced topics such as P-Delta analysis, thermal and moving loads, and tension-only members. Rigid diaphragms and automated wind/seismic load generation are also covered. Part of this course is devoted to the modeling and results interpretation of finite plate elements, as well as wood and masonry walls. Prerequisite: Prior completion of either the RISA-3D tutorial or Course 1. Individual Course Cost: $400/per person

CouRSE 3

Dynamics/Response Spectra Analysis (1 day)

Provides practical training in dynamic analysis concepts in general and specific training in the use of RISA-3D to perform dynamic analysis. Topics also covered include mass and stiffness modeling concepts, mode shapes and frequencies (what they are and what they're good for), local vs. global modes, mass participation, response spectra analysis (RSA) and RSA combination methods (SRSS, CQC, Gupta). Prerequisite: Prior completion of either the RISA-3D tutorial or Course 1. Individual Course Cost: $400/per person

CouRSE 4

Comprehensive Training (3 days)

The standard comprehensive course is a combination of courses 1, 2 and 3. Prerequisite: None Course Cost: $1000/per person Custom Courses: We can provide custom training for topics that are of interest to you or your company. The cost for a 4-hour training session is $250/per person, assuming a minimum of 4 people.


Course Instructors

RISA Technologies' development staff consists entirely of licensed professional engineers, all with design experience. They also provide all software support and engineering consulting to RISA clients. The training instructors are Joshua Plummer, Director of Technical Support and Training; Amber K. Freund, Director of Technical Marketing; Deborah Brisbin, Technical Marketing Engineer; Matt Brown, Applications Engineer; and Michael Olson, Applications Engineer.

Joshua Plummer, S.E. P.E.

Director of Technical Support and Training Education B.S. Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego California Licensed Civil Engineer California Licensed Structural Engineer Background Josh is a familiar voice for RISA clients. Since joining RISA Technologies in 2002, Josh has been primarily responsible for technical support and training. He also works on the research staff and stays current on code development issues that will affect program development and updates. Prior to joining RISA Technologies, Josh was a design engineer for Fluor Daniel, a large engineering firm specializing in petrochemical and industrial work. Josh has designed structures for refineries, petrochemical facilities, power plants, and nuclear sites. He reviewed and prepared engineering reports for the 1994 Northridge earthquake and has worked on numerous proprietary design programs. He also served as a reviewer for Volume 1 of the Seismic Design Manual for the 1997 UBC.

Amber K. Freund, M.S.C.E. P.E.

Director of Technical Marketing Education B.S. Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo M.S. Civil Engineering, University of California, Irvine Background Amber joined RISA Technologies in 2005 and is responsible for technical support, training and sales. She also works on the testing and development of new programs and features. Prior to joining RISA Technologies, Amber was a design engineer for Hope Engineering, a mid-size engineering firm in San Diego. Amber has designed a number of pharmaceutical buildings and manufacturing facilities. Her design experience also includes a residential and commercial high-rise building in downtown San Diego.


Course Instructors

Deborah Brisbin, P.E.

Technical Marketing Engineer Education B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado Background Deborah joined RISA Technologies in 2007 and has been involved in technical support, marketing, and sales, as well as testing and development of the new features. Deborah joins RISA after working in New York for Wexler and Associates designing commercial concrete Hi-Rise buildings. She has also specialized in Cold Formed Steel and trusses working for a software company called Keymark Enterprises. In both Colorado and New York, she has worked in the telecom industry designing and analyzing cellular towers.

Matthew G. Brown, P.E.

Applications Engineer Education B.S. Civil Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan B.S. Architecture, Lawrence Technological University M.S. Civil Engineering (Structural), Lawrence Technological University Background Matt joined RISA Technologies in 2008 and is responsible for technical support, training, and testing of new products. Prior to joining RISA Technologies, Matt was a project engineer for Harley Ellis Devereaux, a jumbo A/E firm based in Detroit. Matt has designed and modeled a number of structures ranging from steel framed hospitals to a concrete flat slab high-rise. Prior to working at HED, Matt worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Michael olson, P.E.

Applications Engineer Education B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison M.C.E Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Background Michael joined RISA technologies in July 2008 and works as an engineer involved with technical support and training as well as general testing and development of our software suite. Prior to joining RISA technologies, Michael's primary work experience was as a project engineer for Van-Sickle Allen and Associates, LLC (VAA, LLC) in Minneapolis, a company that works in the commercial, agricultural, and industrial sectors. Michael has designed office buildings for financial institutions, flour and feed mills for agricultural clients, and worked on biodiesel structures for industrial clients. Many of these projects utilized RISA-3D.


Airport & Transportation Information


RISA Technologies is located in Foothill Ranch, California, in the heart of South Orange County.

Getting to RISA Technologies

From John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Located approximately 20 miles from our office, John Wayne is the most convenient airport. You will want to rent a car for convenience in getting to the hotel and to our office. Driving Directions: Go north for about 2 blocks on MacArthur Boulevard which runs in front of John Wayne airport and take I-405 south for about 5 miles. Take the Bake Parkway exit, turning left at the stoplight. Take Bake Parkway east for 7 miles. Turn left on Towne Centre Drive. After 1 block, turn left into the parking lot at 26632 Towne Centre Drive. Our office is located on the second floor in Suite 210.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is located approximately 60 miles from our office, so you will need to rent a car. Driving Directions: Take I-405 south for approx. 50 miles. Take the Bake Parkway exit and follow the directions above.

Directions from ontario International Airport (oNT)

Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located in Ontario approximately 40 miles north of our office. It's closer to our office than LAX, but you will still likely have to rent a car if you fly into Ontario. Driving Directions: Take I-10 east to I-15 south to the 91 Freeway east (Beach Cities). (See below if you wish to by pass the toll road). Take the CA-241 Toll Road south. After you go through the first toll booth, continue on the CA-241 to South County. Take the Alton Parkway exit (the second exit after a second toll booth), turning left. Turn right onto Town Centre Dr. Our office is .25 miles on the right. The combined toll is $5.50. To by pass the toll road continue on CA-91 for another 8 miles. Take the 55 Freeway south to I-5 south. Take the Bake Parkway exit, turning left. Take Bake Parkway east for 5 miles. Turn left on Towne Centre Drive. After 1 block, turn left into the parking lot at 26632 Towne Centre Dr. Our office is located on the second floor in Suite 210.


Hotel Information

We have a number of hotels near our office. Special rates have been arranged with the three hotels listed below. Be sure to mention RISA Technologies when making reservations.

Hilton Garden Inn

Address: 27082 Towne Centre Dr. Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 The Hilton Garden Inn offers the following amenities: · · · · · Free Wireless Internet Valet and self laundry available Complimentary Fitness Center Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool available year round Full service Great American Grill® restaurant · · · · · Pavilion Lounge 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® convenience mart Complimentary on-site 24-hour business center Complimentary outdoor parking Self-adjusting Garden Sleep System Bed Rate: $123 Phone: 949.859.4000 (Local)

Ayres Suites Mission Viejo

Address: 28941 Los Alisos Blvd.

Mission Viejo, CA 92692 The Ayres Suites offers the following amenities: · · · · Free parking & shuttle to RISA Technologies Free full American breakfast (cook-to-order) Free newspaper Free shuttle (5-9 p.m.) to local restaurants

Rate: $99 Phone: 949.455.2545 (Local)

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Free wireless internet Ethernet ports On-site business center Fitness center

Extended Stay America Lake Forest

Address: 20251 Lake Forest Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 Rate: $79 Phone: 949.598.1898 (Local)

The Extended Stay America Lake Forest offers the following amenities: · Kitchen with full size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stovetop, cooking and dining utensils · Free Wireless Internet · Free local phone calls · Coffee Maker · Iron & full-size ironing board · On-site laundry machines · Complementary coffee and pastries served Mon-Fri from 7-10:30 a.m. · Close to restaurants and shops


Hotel Information (Cont.)

The Prominence Hotel and Suites

Address: 20768 Lake Forest Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 Rate: $84.99 Phone: 949.900.1288 (Local)

The The Prominence Hotel and Suites offers the following amenities: · · · · · Free Hot Breakfast Buffet Free Wireless Internet Refrigerator, Microwave, and Coffee Maker In-room Business Center In-room Entertainment including HBO · · · · Free Laundry Facilities Work Desk and 2-Line Phone Laundry Valet Service Outdoor Heated Pool and Jacuzzi

Candlewood Suites ­ Irvine East/Lake Forest

Address: 3 South Pointe Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 Rate: $81-91 (Click to Reserve Room) Phone: 949.598.9105 (Local)

The Candlewood Suites ­ Irvine East/Lake Forest offers the following amenities: · Fully Equipped Kitchen with Full Size Refrigerator and ice maker · Microwave Oven, Coffee Maker · Stove top, Dining & cooking utensils · Free High Speed Internet · · · · · VCR/DVD & CD Player Iron/Ironing Board (Full Size) On Site Fitness Center Free Video/DVD and CD Library The Candlewood Cupboard (an on-site mini-market open 24 hours) · Free Laundry Facilities · Two Telephones and 2 Phone Lines/Voice Mail/Free Local Calls · Free Newspaper

Irvine Suites Hotel

Address: 23192 Lake Center Dr. Lake Forest, CA 92630 Irvine Suites offers the following amenities: · Complimentary Shuttle Service to SNA, LAX and RISA facilities · Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast · Complimentary Shuttle Service · In-room Refrigerator, Microwave, hairdryers and coffee maker · Complimentary wireless high speed internet access · Complimentary Covered Parking · Complimentary local and 1-800 phone calls · Outdoor Swimming Pool and Spa · Guest Laundry Facilities · Fitness Center · Meeting Facilities Rate: $79 Phone: 949.380.9888 (Local)


Hotel Information (Cont.)

If you have difficulty getting hotel reservations at any of the five previous hotels, you can try the following hotels, which are also located within a few miles of our office. We do not have special rates with these hotels, so the rates may vary from those shown below. At some hotels, the weekend rates are lower for extended stays. Hampton Inn South orange County 27102 Towne Centre Dr. Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 949.597.8700 Rate: $99-139 Staybridge Suites 2 Orchard Lake Forest, CA 92630 949.462.9500 Rates from $209


Local Golf Courses

We are fortunate in Orange County to have numerous golf courses on which to play year-round. Below is a good sample of courses and clubs within easy driving distance from our office in Foothill Ranch and the hotels in the area. For more information, please visit

Aliso Viejo Golf Club

Offers dramatic elevation changes; rolling fairways and greens, sculptured bunkers and strategic layouts, players of all levels will enjoy a challenging yet fair golf experience. The breathtaking beauty of eight lakes, the soothing sounds of water cascading over terraced rock falls, and the surrounding wildlife and vegetation only add to this truly superb Nicklaus' designed golf course. 25002 Golf Drive, Aliso Viejo. 949.598.9200.

Casta del Sol Golf Course

Located in beautiful Mission Viejo, Casta del Sol is a challenging executive layout. The course recently underwent $1.5 million in renovations, features new Bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways. Measuring 3,800 yards and designed by Ted Robinson, the holes range from 122 to 235 yards for the par-3, to a maximum of 340 for the par 4.27601 Casta Del Sol Road, Mission Viejo. 949.470.4996

El Toro Golf Course

One of Orange County's best kept secret is now open to the public. Play golf on a championship golf course at unbelievable rates. Located at the closed El Toro Marine Base in Irvine, this course has great greens and plush fairways. Wonderful grass driving range and very large 9-hole practice area. 7000 Trabuco Road, Irvine. 949.726.2577.

Lake Forest Golf & Practice Center

A great place to test of your shot-making ability. This is a great location for beginning golfers who wish to take up the game, or experienced golfers who wish to work on their short game. In addition to the course, this facility has five State-of-the-art night-lighted practice ranges with grass and mat hitting areas. 23308 Cherry, Lake Forest. 949.859.1455.

oak Creek Golf Club

This championship 18-hole masterpiece was designed by Tom Fazio. Oak Creek is the perfect place to satisfy even the most traveled golfer. The Spanish ranch-style clubhouse sits majestically over the golf course, providing soothing views of some of the most beautiful golf holes in Orange County.One Golf Club Drive, Irvine. 949.653.5300

Strawberry Farms Golf Course

A great combination of rural beauty and tranquility of the surrounding area with the challenge of true championship golf. The par-71, 6,700 yard course is set amid canyons and wetlands, the 18-hole course offers picturesque vistas across the 35-acre reservoir, large rolling greens surrounded by wildlife and natural vegetation and scenic hills studded with granite boulders and natural waterfalls. 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine. 949.551.1811

Tijeras Creek Golf Course

Nestled in gently rolling terrain surrounded by rugged hillsides the Ted Robinson-designed Tijeras Creek Golf Club is the tale of two nines. The distinctive course layout at Tijeras Creek opens with a demanding front nine that is highlighted with shimmering water features, while the back nine holes are legendary for the breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring elevation changes. 29082 Tijeras Creek Road, Rancho Santa Margarita. 949.589.9793


Registration Form


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For office use only Cust. # Training Dates: STATE PHONE EMAIL Fax your completed form to



Course 1--Basics of Structural Modeling Course 2--Advanced Structural Modeling Course 3--Dynamics/Response Spectra Analysis Comprehensive Training (All three days)




$400 $400 $400 $1000 ToTAL

Companies sending multiple people to the same 1-day training course get a $50 discount off each person after the first fully paid attendee. Multiple person discounts for the same 3-day sessions are $100. Payment must be made in full prior to the date of training to reserve your seat. Pricing shown is for training at our offices in Foothill Ranch, CA. Call us for pricing if you're interested in training at your office location.

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To check availability of training dates or to reserve by phone, call 800.332.RISA

Please be advised that training offered by RISA Technologies is non-refundable, but can be rescheduled if you advise our office of your inability to attend within 14 days of the training class you are scheduled to attend. RISA Technologies reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any training class three (3) weeks prior to the first date of training, and will not accept any liability in connection with such cancellation (pre-paid airfare, hotel, etc.). However, if RISA Technologies cancels or reschedules a class, you will be entitled to a refund or you may reschedule your attendance.



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