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Horizontal and Vertical Masonry Movement Joints

When designing with structural masonry and/or architectural brick veneer, are you certain you are following the best practices in regards to control or expansion joint placement in your design?  Are you appropriately noting these movement joints on drawings and explaining in the specification to ensure the mason will follow your directions to prevent unnecessary cracks or failure?  With so many…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Humane Society of Loudoun County

In April 2017, Lori Koch, PE, from the American Wood Council, presented 2015 National Design Specification for Wood Construction – Significant Changes including Cross-laminated Timber.  She nominated the Humane Society of Loudoun County (http://www.humaneloudoun.org/) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Lori shared why she chose the Humane Society: “I have always loved animals, and have gained several 4 legged family members…read more →

SEU Speaker Inspires Organization of the Month: Bridges to Prosperity

In October 2016, Susan Burmeister, PE, from S2B Consulting Engineers, PLLC, presented Advanced Topics in Composite Steel Beam Design. She nominated Bridges to Prosperity (http://www.bridgestoprosperity.org/) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. According to their website, “Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists.  Our programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by…read more →

Structural Engineers Helping High School Students

SE Solutions recently helped organize a week long course called “Explore Engineering” at a Michigan High School. The course gave students an opportunity to get an insight into various disciplines of engineering, including Civil and Structural Engineering. Several structural engineers gave presentations to the students with an opportunity for “hands on” demonstrations also, including: AnnMarie Garko-Hill, PE: Senior Technical Manager…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: The City Mission – Cleveland

In February 2017, Duane Miller, PE, from the Lincoln Electric Company, presented Welding Myths that Structural Engineers Need to Know About. He nominated The City Mission in Cleveland (https://www.thecitymission.org) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Duane shared why he chose The City Mission: “An icon in the welding world, Mr. Omer W. Blodgett passed away in January 2017 at…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: David and Maxine Fowler Endowed Excellence Fund at the University of Texas at Austin

In January 2017, Matthew Rechtien, PE, Esq., a member of the law firm of Bodman PLC, presented A Case Study, and Legal Perspectives, on Engineering Ethics: The Kansas City Hyatt. He nominated the David and Maxine Fowler Endowed Excellence Fund at the University of Texas at Austin(http://endowments.giving.utexas.edu/page/fowler-david-maxine-exc-fnd-caee/4886/) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Matthew shared why he chose the David and Maxine Fowler Endowed…read more →

Design Criteria Based on Structural Irregularity

When your structure has a horizontal or vertical irregularity, do you find yourself trying to quickly recall the additional seismic design requirements you need to consider? Two quick examples: Is a 3-D analysis required? Is the irregularity allowed in the seismic design category where the structure is to be built? In December 2016, Kimberley Robinson, PE, SE, from SunSteel, LLC,…read more →