“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Providence General Foundation

In December 2018, SE University welcomed John Hooper, PE, SE, from Magnusson Klemencic Associates, to present Updates to the Seismic Provisions in ASCE 7-16. John designated the Providence General Foundation in Everett, Washington ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. John shared that he chose this organization because “It’s a healthcare-related foundation I’ve been involved with for…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: SEI Futures Fund

In November 2018, SE University welcomed Don Scott, SE, from PCS Structural Solutions, to present ASCE 7-16 Wind Provisions – Changes Affecting the Design Provisions.  Don  designated the SEI Futures Fund ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Don chose this organization because, “The resources of this fund are used to promote the many needs of the…read more →

Font Styles in Technical Writing

Have you considered when and where to use certain font styles in your daily technical documents?  Are font styles purely decorative in nature, or do they serve a more meaningful purpose?  Which fonts are appropriate for technical writings? In October 2018, Janel Miller, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, gave a presentation on Improving Clarity, Coherence, and Conciseness in…read more →

Principles for Concise Technical Writing

When was the last time you reflected on your writing process for emails, reports, or client updates?  Have you considered ways to improve how your audience may perceive your document?  Writing is truly an artform, and technical writing requires great skill to engage and inform readers without being unnecessarily complex and difficult for readers to understand.  Producing clear and concise…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: ASCE, ACI, PCI, and CRSI Foundations

In September 2018, SE University welcomed Donald Meinheit, PhD, PE, SE, from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., to present Anchors: Design Examples and Qualification/Certification/Inspection. Don has chosen to split his donation between the foundations for ASCE (, ACI (, PCI (, and CRSI ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Don shared why he chose these professional organizations: “When in school,…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Pheasant Branch Conservancy

In October 2018, SE University welcomed back Janel Miller, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, to present Improving Clarity, Coherence, and Conciseness in Technical Writing.  Janel  designated the Pheasant Branch Conservancy ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Janel shared why she chose this organization, “The Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton, WI, protects a natural wetland…read more →

Concrete Pryout Failure for Anchors

Anchors in concrete have several different modes of failure when subject to tension or shear loads.  Concrete breakouts in tension tend to get the most consideration since the calculations can be more complex depending on various geometric constraints of anchors or anchor groups.  For anchor groups in shear, concrete pryout may also be of concern, especially when anchors are short…read more →

SE Solutions Provides Scholarships to 3 MSCE Structures Students from Purdue University (2018)

SE Solutions was pleased to recently present scholarships to three Purdue University Structures students to help defray the cost of their education. Yen-Chen Chiang, Farida Mahmud, and Sokheang Thea were the recipients of the awards. This is the seventh year that SE Solutions has offered the scholarships. Yen-Chen Chiang received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University…read more →

Anchored in Knowledge: Resources for Anchors in Concrete

Is your library lacking in design examples for anchors in concrete?  Are you familiar with the code-required inspections and certifications for concrete anchors?  Designing anchors in concrete can be complex and time-consuming if done by hand. Given the ever-increasing utility and flexibility of post-installed anchors, having the best resources on your bookshelf can ensure all failure modes are considered, all…read more →

Statement of Special Inspections

For certain structural projects, special inspections are required by the code to ensure a high quality of construction. However, which elements require special inspections? How often are the inspections required and who is responsible for ensuring the are completed at the appropriate time during construction. In the July 2018 SE University session, Dave K. Adams, SE, from BWE, presented Project…read more →