SE University Sessions

“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 →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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.  Walt designated St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/) for one of the SEU Speaker Inspires donations for this month. Walt shared: “The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues to provide exceptional…read more →

AISC 341-16 Seismic Design Changes: Shared Columns-Intersecting Frames

In the immediate aftermath of the Northridge earthquake in 1994, steel buildings seemed to perform well. In the weeks to months following, however, extensive damage was found in special moment frame steel systems. As a result, FEMA allocated 10 million dollars to investigate, test and analyze materials, member connections, and structural systems in order to establish a better understanding of…read more →

Welding on In-Place Embed Plates

AISC’s Steel Solutions Center frequently receives questions related to welding in situations that are not ordinary or where special fixes are needed after something has gone wrong.  To address these questions and other welding dilemmas, special care was taken in Design Guide 21: Welded Connections (Second Edition)  to expand upon Special Welding Applications. Enhanced since the First Edition, the Design…read more →

“SEU Speaker Inspires” Organization of the Month: EERI Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Endowment Campaign Fund

In September 2019, SE University welcomed James O. Malley, SE, from Degenkolb Engineers, to present Changes to the Seismic Design of Steel Structures.  Jim designated the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Endowment Campaign Fund (http://www.learningfromearthquakes.org/) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. Jim shared: “I selected this fund because EERI’s LFE program made a…read more →

Problem Solved: Out-of-Tolerance Fillet Weld Joints

Have you encountered fit-up problems in the field for fillet welded connections?  What has been your solution? AWS D1.1 requires that the engineer approve any alternative acceptance criteria for production welds, but the Code only provides general stipulations applicable to most situations.  Finding an acceptable alternative for fit-up issues often plagues engineers, however in the Second Edition of Design Guide…read more →