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Toolkit for Ten Foundations of Risk Management – Available for Free to CASE Members

In the December 2013 issue of Structure Magazine, the “CASE in Point” section highlighted two “Foundations” that are part of the CASE Toolbox (Communication and Education). For each Foundation, there are different tools/templates that are available, including Tool 4-5, Project Communication Matrix. The toolbox is available at no charge to CASE members. The CASE Toolkit Committee page lists the different…read more →

New MI Continuing Education Hour Requirements

In October 2013, new rules went into effect requiring Michigan Engineers to complete Continuing Education Hours (equivalent to PDHs) in order to renew their Professional Engineer License. Read the announcement from MSPE for more information. The first renewal date that will require continuing education is October 31, 2015, with continuing education hours to be earned between November 1, 2013 and October 31,…read more →

Proofreading – More Than Just Checking for Typos {Video}

Have you ever sent out an email, then realized a word is missing in the subject line? Have you written a report, and realized after the report was sent that words were misplaced or used incorrectly? Could these errors have been caught with better proofreading procedures? During the October 2013 SE University continuing education session “Improving Your Writing as a…read more →

Seismic Loading and Provisions for Industrial Buildings – Should You Use ASCE 7 Chapter 13 or Chapter 15?

In the design of industrial structures, engineers need to know whether the structure and other elements they are designing are considered structures or components under ASCE 7. Because there are different loads and design procedures for Nonbuilding Components (Chapter 13) and Nonbuilding Structures (Chapter 15), the engineer should make the determination before the loads are calculated. In an August 2012…read more →

SE Solutions Provides Scholarships to 2 MSCE (Structures) Students from Purdue University.

SE Solutions was pleased to recently present scholarships to two Purdue MSCE-Structures students to help defray the cost of their education. Joseph (Joey) Jones, EIT and Raymond (Ray) Chou, EIT were the recipients of the awards. This is the second year that SE Solutions has offered the scholarships. Ray received his BSCE from Purdue and will be finishing his MSCE…read more →

Updated Website for Continuing Education by State

If you have questions about professional development in the states in which you are licensed, please visit our Continuing Education Requirements by State page. This page was recently updated to reflect the latest information available from the state licensing boards. We have identified states with special requirements related to session content, ethics hours required, limits on recorded hours, and/or approved…read more →

“Restrained or Unrestrained?” – AISC & AISI Fund UL Test for Fire Resistance of Unrestrained Assemblies

As a follow up to our July 24, 2013 blog post, and our July 10, 2013 SE University session on Structural Fire Protection, we wanted to bring to your attention a recently published article that looks at unrestrained steel assemblies and beams. “Restrained or Unrestrained?”, an article in the September 2013 issue of Modern Steel Construction, was written by AISC…read more →

Tips for Concrete Design

If you are designing a building with concrete beams and columns, how do you determine a starting member size, or the amount of reinforcement required? While many engineers will use a spreadsheet or computer program for the final design, what simplified methods can be used to arrive at a preliminary design for a beam or column? In an article in…read more →