Semi-Rigid Diaphragm Properties and Their Influence on Structural Models

Calculating the exact material properties of diaphragms to include in your structural model can be a time consuming task.  Often times, structures with semi-rigid diaphragms also take longer to analyze due to the additional degrees of freedom.  Semi-rigid diaphragms can be more complex to analyze than their flexible or rigid counterparts.  However, accurate analysis results may not be so hard…read more →

How Much is That Masonry Wall?

How often do you have conversations with local contractors or masons to gain their insights and perspectives on the ins and outs of masonry construction?  While you may have a better grasp on the technical aspects of masonry design, local masons can offer their practical and reasonable advice for what makes the most economical sense when constructing a job in…read more →

Practical Control Joint Spacing in Masonry Walls

Control joints (CJs) are necessary in reinforced masonry walls with minimal joint reinforcing to prevent thermal cracking.  However, improper placement of CJs can negatively impact the structural capacity of the wall and lead to an inefficient design.  What are the best methods to ensure an efficient and practically detailed masonry wall with CJs? In the April 2020 SE University session,…read more →

Are you a Fiduciary?

On a daily basis, engineers tend to focus on their technical responsibilities to their clients and their most important task, to “hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” Engineers may not consider themselves as a fiduciary for their clients, but are their actions and language in line with their intent?   In the March 2020 SE University session,…read more →

Practical Aspects of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) is still somewhat new to many structural engineers, but its uses are gaining in popularity, and structural engineers should become more familiar with its use, design, and practical applications.  Clients are always looking for new, innovative, and cost effective solutions, and SFRC may be the answer on your next project. In the February 2020 SE…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Friends of Perryville Battlefield

In March 2020, SE University welcomed Matthew Rechtien, PE, Esq., from Walter P. Moore, to present 2020 Engineering Ethics Update.  Matt designated Friends of Perryville Battlefield ( for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month. Matt shared, “On October 8, 1862, nearly 8,000 Americans fell in the drought-parched Chaplin Hills of Kentucky during the Battle of Perryville. Perryville played…read more →

SE University / SE Solutions Supports Project C.U.R.E. in Response to COVID-19

SE University / SE Solutions is pleased to support Project C.U.R.E. and their efforts in collecting and donating all of their available medical supplies to combat the Covid-19 crisis throughout America and globally. Project C.U.R.E. identifies, solicits, collects, sorts and distributes medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world.  In response to COVID-19, Project C.U.R.E. is…read more →

Specifying Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) is gaining in popularity, especially in designs for industrial slabs on grade.  Steel fibers can add strength and increase fatigue resistance, impact resistance, and crack control which make it ideal for large scale slabs where the use of welded wire fabric can be eliminated.  The addition of steel fibers may be an economical option, but…read more →

Avoiding Common Issues with Deferred Submittals

Building design is becoming more integrated in the modern age.  More and more structural designs include proprietary products and delegated design professionals in order to speed up construction schedules. How does this affect the Engineer of Record? During the January 2020 SE University session Delegated Design: Addressing Potential Risks with Proper Project Management, Doug Allen, PE, from Simpson Strong-Tie, reviewed…read more →