Schedule

Prior Sessions

2010-2019 SE University Core Sessions

2019 SE University Schedule
2018 SE University Schedule        2017 SE University Schedule        2016 SE University Schedule
2015 SE University Schedule       2014 SE University Schedule       2013 SE University Schedule 
2012 SE University Schedule       2011 SE University Schedule       2010 SE University Schedule

In addition to the yearly schedules above, you can also access the past session information by CATEGORY or DATE. If you are an SE University Client and would like to watch previous sessions, please log in to your SEU Resource Center account, and select the SEU Session Library.


Upcoming SE University Sessions

SE University Core sessions are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Supplemental sessions are provided as noted. All times shown are Eastern time.

Dec
11
Wed
Developing Effective Communication Skills for Structural Engineers
Dec 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Anthony Fasano, PE
Engineering Management Institute

This session will be one hour. NY PDH will NOT be provided for this session.

If you ask anyone how to be a successful engineer or a top engineering manager, they would tell you that you would need good communication skills. However, they will rarely tell you how to develop them. In this session, you will learn practical strategies that can be used on a daily basis to incrementally improve your communication skills and subsequently your ability to communicate with others. Implementing these strategies will put you on the fast track to becoming a top engineering manager because you will be in the small percentage of engineering professionals who can communicate effectively on a regular basis.

If you follow the strategies provided in this session, this one session alone can have a massively positive impact on your engineering career and life.

Learning Objectives:

• Communicate effectively with team members
• Say things in a way that will help you get the responses you are seeking
• Listen more effectively (the key to communication)
• Be responsive so people want to communicate with you
• Apply strategies to effectively collaborate with your team members

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, December 6th.

Jan
8
Wed
Delegated Design: Addressing Potential Risks with Proper Project Management
Jan 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Doug Allen, P.E.
Simpson Strong-Tie

Delegated design is becoming more and more commonplace as demands in the design world continue to increase, but it undoubtedly can add complexity and blurred lines of responsibility to a project. This SE University session will take a look at three components of project management: design, collaboration, and implementation, examining their interdependencies and potential consequences if not managed effectively.

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Tuesday, January 7th.

Feb
12
Wed
Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Feb 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Claire Gandee
Bekaert

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, February 7th.

Mar
11
Wed
SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure – Wall Options within Revit Structure
Mar 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting

This SEU BIM Forum session will focus on various Wall options within Revit Structure.

During the session Betsy Werra will focus on a number of items including the Revit Wall properties, exploring wall types in Revit, and various tools to help modify / customize the look of your Revit walls. She will also show how to apply wall hosted elements such as wall sweeps and reveals, wall footings, and wall openings, and will review the process for annotating your walls using dimensions, spot elevations, and tags.

Learning Objectives:

Recognize the different types of wall system families
Understand how to display various wall join options
Identify how to create and assign “hosted” elements to existing walls

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, March 6th.

 

Mar
25
Wed
Engineering Ethics Update: Fiduciary Duties
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

DATE CHANGE – Switched with SEU BIM Forum

Speaker: Matthew Rechtien, PE, Esq
Walter P. Moore

This SE University presentation will update attendees on current events in the field of professional engineering ethics. The session will focus particularly on engineers’ fiduciary ethical duties, and the emerging and concerning issue of civil liability for fiduciary duties.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify what is a fiduciary and what are fiduciary duties.
  • Summarize situations in which engineers become fiduciaries.
  • Understand tips to avoid inadvertently becoming a fiduciary.

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, March 20th.

 

Apr
8
Wed
Masonry Checklist: Reviewing Structural Drawings
Apr 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Sam Rubenzer, PE, SE
FORSE Consulting

Checklists are helpful for structural engineers to ensure that all design considerations are met. This SE University session will focus on developing a checklist for masonry design. Among the considerations that will go into the makeup of the checklist are ensuring that the designs be: optimal and efficient, safe and reliable, and constructible. As the checklist is developed, each item from the checklist will be supported by current industry standards, including TMS 402/602-16, and NCMA TEK Guides 10-2D and 10-3.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop checklist of important items for masonry design and construction.
  • Review important aspect of masonry design criteria.
  • Discuss best practices for element design.
  • Consider the impact of efficient and effective designs in case studies.

 

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, April 3rd.

Apr
17
Fri
SEU BIM Forum: Town Hall with Betsy Werra
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting

This SEU BIM Forum Town Hall session will address various questions asked by SE University Clients. Previously submitted questions have been reviewed, and we will ask one of the questions, provide an answer, and follow up on any questions related to that topic before moving on to the next question.

Note: a PDH Certificate will NOT be provided for this session. 

Questions submitted for this session

(to be answered in this order; after 1 hour, we will “carry over” the remaining questions to the next session)

  1. What the best way to frame sloped structural framing members?
  2. What is the best method to model sloping roof steel?
  3. For framing plans: How do you show building openings (such as doors, windows, etc) while also showing the framing/header above?
  4. Is it possible to edit system families (ex. section flag)?
  5. Copy/Monitor tool – How useful is that? Is it commonly used and how does it work?
  6. What are your thoughts on the effectiveness and limitations of the copy/monitor tool for walls?
  7. Design Options relating to structures still confuses some of us. Anything to help clarify this feature.
  8. Can you please explain the View Range feature in detail, (especially the Top Range)?
  9. Is it possible to put a referenced callout into a larger text note? Example being “See #5/S3.2 for additional information – Typical this elevation”. So instead of having to manually fill in the #5/S3.2 can that be referenced text, so if/when the detail moves the number updates automatically.
  10. Do you anticipate Revit allowing for an alternate dimension string for existing conditions? It would be useful to be able to put in ± as a prefix and (F.V.) without using the override with adding a prefix and suffix for every dimension string.
May
1
Fri
SEU BIM Forum: Town Hall #2 with Betsy Werra
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting

This SEU BIM Forum Town Hall session will address various questions asked by SE University Clients. Previously submitted questions have been reviewed, and we will ask one of the questions, provide an answer, and follow up on any questions related to that topic before moving on to the next question.

Note: a PDH Certificate will NOT be provided for this session. 

Questions submitted for this session
(to be answered in this order; after 1 hour, we will “carry over” the remaining questions to the next session)
Please note that the question numbers are a continuation from the previous Town Hall Session on 4/17.

  1. Is it possible to put a referenced callout into a larger text note? Example being “See #5/S3.2 for additional information – Typical this elevation”. So instead of having to manually fill in the #5/S3.2 can that be referenced text, so if/when the detail moves the number updates automatically.
  2. Do you anticipate Revit allowing for an alternate dimension string for existing conditions? It would be useful to be able to put in ± as a prefix and (F.V.) without using the override with adding a prefix and suffix for every dimension string.
  3. Can you describe your folder structure and process for maintaining your custom Revit library.
    Do you update your families to the newer versions with every new release? Do you update your company template with the new families at every new release?
    Does your company template “lag” the current release just in case new projects still start using older versions of Revit?
  4. What do you do when you have to “save” to a previous version? We have had projects at the same facility with different clients. Sometimes the second project is done in an older version of REVIT, so we either have to dumb it down to an IFC, try to do some fancy Dynamo scripts to save the model and reproduce it in an older version, or remodel the information. Unfortunately, we cannot mandate the version of Revit our client uses.
  5. What is the best (most efficient) way of using a shared architectural model in creating the structural model/documents; i.e. redrawing walls, floors, roof decks or using the architect’s model? We want our drawings to look a certain way, but often find we need to remodel what the architect has to get the look we want.
  6. Is there a way to control the hatching of different layers of walls from an architect’s shared model? We want the veneer to show hatched but the rest of the wall layers to be shown in coarse mode.
  7. We want to show our window openings hatched. Is there a way without just drawing a hatch in each location on plan?
  8. Can you clarify an issue with materials – why are some listed by category, some are not, and what is the best workflow.
  9. What would be a step by step systematic process to associate a specific project elevation with a specific Mean Sea Level (MSL) elevation (particularly if the MSL elevation isn’t made available until late in the project)? For example Project elevation +(100’-0”) = 831.44 MSL.
  10. What are the pros and cons of modeling rebar in concrete elements – would be good to see some examples. We don’t model these elements and detail everything on sections with components/detail lines.
  11. Can you discuss steel connections to be modeled and scheduled and the pros and cons of this action. We use drafting lines to detail them but would be nice to see some examples of modeling those elements.
May
13
Wed
Practical Strategies for the Modeling and Analysis of Diaphragms
May 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Allen Adams, P.E., S.E.
Bentley Systems, Inc. / RAM

Session Description:

The behavior of a building structure in response to an earthquake or wind, including the distribution of the lateral forces to the lateral force resisting elements such as moment frames, braced frames or shear walls, is heavily dependent upon the nature, extent and stiffness of the floor and roof diaphragms. It is important that the building model used in the analysis and design of a building accurately – or adequately – captures the effects of these diaphragms.

ASCE 7 has fairly extensive requirements related to diaphragms, but confidently determining the proper way of performing the necessary analyses that satisfy those requirements can be challenging. With an emphasis on semi-rigid diaphragms, this presentation will discuss the types of diaphragms identified by the Building Codes and commonly considered by engineers, review Building Code requirements pertaining to those diaphragms, and provide practical recommendations on the appropriate modeling of those diaphragms in analysis software.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between rigid, semi-rigid, and flexible diaphragms and their impacts on analytical results
  • Review in-depth the 2018 IBC and ASCE 7-16 building code requirements pertaining to diaphragms
  • Learn about the sensitivity of analytical results to the various components of semi-rigid diaphragm model, including mesh size, material stiffness, and frame stiffness
  • Make appropriate decisions on diaphragm and load modeling, balancing the needed level of accuracy with the business demands of speed and simplicity

 

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, May 8th.

May
27
Wed
SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure – Truss Options within Revit Structure
May 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting

 

This SEU BIM Forum session will demonstrate various ways to create different types of parametric trusses using the Revit family templates and in-place families to make them work for your building design.

 

The webinar will show various Truss tools for attaching, editing profiles, cutback and resetting the truss, and exploding the truss to individual components.   This session will delve deep into the family editor for truss creation so it will be important for attendees to have some knowledge about families such as reference planes, reference lines, formulas, form creation, and the creation of parameters.

 

Learning Objectives:

Recognize the different types of Truss families.

Understand how to edit a truss by using Truss tools, family editor and modification options.

Identify how to create trusses using Truss templates and families, In-Place families, and framing elements.

 

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, May 22nd.