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“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Red Cross – Hurricane Irma Relief

In September 2017, Kevin Davenport, PE, from Simpson Strong-Tie, gave a talk on Code Provisions for Post-Installed Adhesive Anchors into Concrete.  He chose both the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through the Greater Houston Community Foundation (https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/) and the Red Cross – Hurricane Irma Relief Fund (www.redcross.org) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Kevin shared why he chose to…read more →

SE Solutions Provides Scholarships to 3 MSCE Structures Students from Purdue University (2017)

SE Solutions was pleased to recently present scholarships to three Purdue University Structures students to help defray the cost of their education. Máté Opoldusz, William Pollalis, and April Wang were the recipients of the awards. This is the sixth year that SE Solutions has offered the scholarships. Máté Opoldusz received his BS degree in civil engineering from Budapest University of…read more →

Buckling Restrained Braced Frames – Schedule and Notes

For the seasoned seismic designer, Buckling Restrained Braced Frames may be a familiar structural system, however, some structural engineers may not be quite as familiar with their use.  These prefabricated, or manufactured brace elements consist of a steel core and a buckling-restraining system, and they exhibit robust cyclical performance and have large ductility capacity.  Their use in seismic applications has…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Kentucky Educational Television

In August 2017, Ash Norton, from Ash Norton Engineering Leadership, gave a talk on Digital Presence for Engineers: What are Your Emails Really Saying?  She chose the Kentucky Educational Television (https://www.ket.org/) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Ash shared why she chose Kentucky Educational Television: “Some of my earliest memories were of watching Sesame Street and other programs on the local…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Structural Engineers Association of Utah Scholarship Program

In July 2017, Kimberley Robinson, PE, SE, from SunSteel, LLC, gave a talk on Buckling Restrained Braced Frames. She chose the Structural Engineers Association of Utah Scholarship Program (http://www.seau.org/) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Kim designated the same organization after her December 2016 SE University session, and she shared then why she chose the SEAU Scholarship Program:…read more →

New Design Approach Recommended for Chevron Braced Frames

Chevron braced frames are popular among steel frame design engineers due to the convenient nature of their flexible geometry which allow for wall openings and movable workpoints along the frame beam.  The connections of such configurations are typically left to a contracted connection designer who, in the past, has considered these gusseted bracing connections to be designed in ‘isolation’ apart…read more →

What’s the difference? OMF vs IMF vs SMF

Are you able to quickly recall the different code requirements for Intermediate Moment Frames and Special Moment Frames?  For many engineers who don’t design in seismically active regions every day, anything beyond a standard R=3 seismic design might require some study on the current requirements for drift and strength design in moment frame construction.  However, even if seismic design requirements…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Foundation

In June 2017, Matthew Mester, PE, SE, from SidePlate Systems, Inc., presented Moment Frames: Design and Detailing per AISC 341 and 358. He nominated the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Foundation (http://www.seaosc.org) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Foundation, in its goals to further the development of the structural engineering profession, looks for…read more →

The Chevron Effect – Useful Resources for EORs

Do you often utilize chevron braced frames in your steel building designs?  The flexible geometry of a chevron brace makes these configurations very common because of the ability to shift the workpoint of the bracing connection along the length of the frame beam; thus allowing for wall openings in the structural wall.  However, the Chevron Effect was more recently identified…read more →