PT Tendon Families in Revit 2018

Are you aware of the new enhancements included in Revit 2018?  With software constantly updating and adding features, engineers often aren’t able to keep up-to-date on the newest enhancements which could reduce the time it takes to accurately model their next project. In the October 2017 SEU BIM Forum, Betsy Werra, from E.L. Werra Consulting, LLC, gave a presentation on…read more →

Post-Tensioned Concrete vs. Reinforced Concrete

Using post-tensioned concrete may seem like a daunting task for engineers who are more comfortable with traditional reinforced concrete design.  However, post-tensioned concrete certainly allows for designs that cannot be achieved with traditional mild steel reinforced concrete, and improvements in construction methods have eliminated previous problems with corrosion of the steel strands.  PT concrete can allow for thinner and longer…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: North Bay Fire Relief Fund

In November 2017, Matt Brown, SE, from Newport Structural Design, Inc., gave a talk on Validating Software Results. He chose the North Bay Fire Relief Fund ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Matt shared why he chose to support the North Bay Fire Relief Fund: “My reason for choosing this organization is that my own house came dangerously…read more →

Tips for Designing with Post-tensioned Concrete

Have you wanted to jump into the world of PT design, but have hesitated due to a lack of experience on the subject?  Typical undergraduate or even graduate engineering course work may offer a brief overview of PT design, but a thorough, in-depth education on this design method is not commonplace in most universities.  However, there are many resources available…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Habitat for Humanity – Capital District

In October 2017, Otto Schwarz, PE, SE, from Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis, gave a talk on Post-Tensioned Concrete Analysis and Design. He chose the Habitat for Humanity – Capital District ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Otto shared why he chose his local Habitat for Humanity: “I have been lucky enough to have the privilege of having a stable place…read more →

Analysis of Post-Installed Adhesive Anchors Near Abandoned Holes

Using post-installed adhesive anchors is commonplace in concrete construction and especially in renovations of concrete structures.  However, field conditions can often dictate changes to the original design, and anchors are often relocated due to unforeseen circumstances.  If you have been a design engineer for any length of time, you have undoubtedly encountered the situation where a hole was misdrilled, or…read more →

“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 ( and the Red Cross – Hurricane Irma Relief Fund ( 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 →