SE University Sessions

“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 (https://www.friendsofperryville.org) 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 →

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 →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: The Dharma Project

In February 2020, SE University welcomed Claire Gandee, from Bekaert, to present Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete. Claire designated The Dharma Project (https://www.thedharmaproject.org/) for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month. Claire shared, “This group brings yoga, meditation and mindfulness to folks who might otherwise have no access to these valuable practices, such as police officers, incarcerated youth, and inner-city…read more →

Resources for Wind Loads on Non-Building Structures

When ASCE7 is not enough, where do you turn?  The code covers most typical building and non-building structures, but practicing engineers know there is always that odd job or new trends that aren’t always picked up by the code in a timely manner.  Unless you own your own wind tunnel laboratory, it can be difficult to accurately predict wind loads…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Team Rubicon

In January 2020, SE University welcomed Doug Allen, PE, from Simpson StrongTie, to present Delegated Design: Addressing Potential Risks with Proper Project Management. Doug designated Team Rubicon (https://teamrubiconusa.org/) for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month. Doug shared, “I’d like to donate to Team Rubicon as they are a great organization that supports veterans responding to natural disasters. Simpson…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Same Kind of Different as Me Foundation

In December 2019, SE University welcomed Anthony Fasano, PE, from Engineering Management Institute, to present Developing Effective Communication Skills for Structural Engineers. Anthony designated Same Kind of Different as Me Foundation (https://www.samekindofdifferentasmefoundation.org/) for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month. Anthony shared, “What stood out to me about this organization is that around this time during the holidays, we…read more →

Wind Loads on Screen Walls and Roof Top Equipment

How does your office approach the design of roof top screen walls?  They are all too common since they do well to hide roof top equipment or offer privacy on residential buildings.  However, in the past, they have not been explicitly addressed in the code. Some engineers use the provisions for roof top structures and equipment, others use solid freestanding…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: Bridges to Prosperity

In November 2019, SE University welcomed Emily Guglielmo, SE, from Martin/Martin, to present Wind Loads on Non-Building Structures.  In 2015, Emily designated Bridges to Prosperity (https://bridgestoprosperity.org/) for our SEU Speaker Inspires donation for the month, and she has chosen to do the same in 2019. Emily said this about her choice, “Bridges to Prosperity believes that every person has a right…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: City of Hope

In October 2019, SE University welcomed Bruce Brothersen, PE, SE, from Vulcraft, and Walter Worthley, PE, SE, from Valley Joist, to present Retrofitting of Existing Buildings with Steel Joists.  Bruce designated City of Hope (https://www.cityofhope.org) for one of the SEU Speaker Inspires donations for this month. Bruce shared: “Engineering is all about making the world better. Engineers are not alone…read more →