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Resources for Wind Loads on Non-Building Structures

When ASCE7 is not enough, where do you turn?  The code covers most typical building and non-building structures, but practicing engineers know there is always that odd job or new trends that aren’t always picked up by the code in a timely manner.  Unless you own your own wind tunnel laboratory, it can be difficult to accurately predict wind loads…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Team Rubicon

In January 2020, SE University welcomed Doug Allen, PE, from Simpson StrongTie, to present Delegated Design: Addressing Potential Risks with Proper Project Management. Doug designated Team Rubicon (https://teamrubiconusa.org/) for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month. Doug shared, “I’d like to donate to Team Rubicon as they are a great organization that supports veterans responding to natural disasters. Simpson…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Same Kind of Different as Me Foundation

In December 2019, SE University welcomed Anthony Fasano, PE, from Engineering Management Institute, to present Developing Effective Communication Skills for Structural Engineers. Anthony designated Same Kind of Different as Me Foundation (https://www.samekindofdifferentasmefoundation.org/) for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month. Anthony shared, “What stood out to me about this organization is that around this time during the holidays, we…read more →

Wind Loads on Screen Walls and Roof Top Equipment

How does your office approach the design of roof top screen walls?  They are all too common since they do well to hide roof top equipment or offer privacy on residential buildings.  However, in the past, they have not been explicitly addressed in the code. Some engineers use the provisions for roof top structures and equipment, others use solid freestanding…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Bridges to Prosperity

In November 2019, SE University welcomed Emily Guglielmo, SE, from Martin/Martin, to present Wind Loads on Non-Building Structures.  In 2015, Emily designated Bridges to Prosperity (https://bridgestoprosperity.org/) for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month, and she has chosen to do the same in 2019. Emily said this about her choice, “Bridges to Prosperity believes that every person has a right…read more →

SE Solutions Provides Scholarships to 3 MSCE Structures Students from Purdue University (2019)

SE Solutions was pleased to recently present scholarships to three Purdue University Structures students to help defray the cost of their education. Harsh Bohra, Corey Beck, and Michael Walz were the recipients of the awards. This is the eighth year that SE Solutions has offered the scholarships. Harsh Bohra, received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: City of Hope

In October 2019, SE University welcomed Bruce Brothersen, PE, SE, from Vulcraft, and Walter Worthley, PE, SE, from Valley Joist, to present Retrofitting of Existing Buildings with Steel Joists.  Bruce designated City of Hope (https://www.cityofhope.org) for one of the SEU Speaker Inspires donations for this month. Bruce shared: “Engineering is all about making the world better. Engineers are not alone…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

In October 2019, SE University welcomed Bruce Brothersen, PE, SE, from Vulcraft, and Walter Worthley, PE, SE, from Valley Joist, to present Retrofitting of Existing Buildings with Steel Joists.  Walt designated St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/) for one of the SEU Speaker Inspires donations for this month. Walt shared: “The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues to provide exceptional…read more →

AISC 341-16 Seismic Design Changes: Shared Columns-Intersecting Frames

In the immediate aftermath of the Northridge earthquake in 1994, steel buildings seemed to perform well. In the weeks to months following, however, extensive damage was found in special moment frame steel systems. As a result, FEMA allocated 10 million dollars to investigate, test and analyze materials, member connections, and structural systems in order to establish a better understanding of…read more →