Prior Sessions

2010-2018 SE University Core Sessions

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.

Anchors: Design Examples and Qualification/Certification/Inspection
Sep 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Don Meinheit, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.

Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Session Description

This SE University session is Part 2 of a two-part series on anchors, and will focus on certification of installers and inspectors, discuss the design of anchors and how to specify/procure anchors, and review compliance testing. During this session, Donald Meinheit, PE, SE will discuss these issues and provide practical background for specifying anchors on contract documents.

Learning Objectives

After participating in the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss code applications to design problems.
  • Explain why there are qualification standards.
  • Identify code requirements for installation and inspection certification.
  • Identify procurement methods.
  • List suggestions for compliance testing.

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

Improving Clarity, Coherence, and Conciseness in Technical Writing
Oct 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Janel Miller

University of Wisconsin – Madison


Session Description

Engineering managers consider communication to be a critical skill for employees. In fact, successful engineers are not only technically competent but also effective communicators. Although writing remains an essential way to disseminate information, technical and business writing frequently fails to satisfy the audience’s information needs or confuses readers with unnecessarily wordy and complex content. In this SEU session, participants will discover how engineers may employ fundamental elements of rhetoric—Aristotle’s appeals to logos, ethos, and pathos—to engage with and persuade readers. With examples presented in the framework of a writing process, participants will also learn tactics to improve the clarity, coherence, and conciseness of their writing.

Learning Objectives

  • Plan and compose coherent documents using a structured, iterative process
  • Engage, inform, and persuade readers by satisfying their information needs and expectations
  • Apply principles of concise writing to reduce wordiness and improve clarity

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SEU companies on Friday, October 5th.

SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure – What’s New in Revit 2019 and Revit 2019.1
Oct 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting, LLC

This SEU BIM Forum session will include a demonstration of features in Autodesk Revit 2019 software, including the 2019.1 update install. During the session, Betsy Werra will be exploring the latest development of Revit enhanced tools for structural engineers and designers. This session will cover the new Core features including Improvements to the User Interface, Viewing Tools, and Documentation, as well as the structural improvements for Steel Design, Concrete Detailing, and the Structural Precast Extension in Revit 2019.
Learning Objectives 
After participating in this session, the learner will be able to:
  • Recognize the new enhancements in Revit 2019 & Revit 2019.1.
  • Identify how the Revit Core enhancements can be implemented in your everyday workflow.
  • Identify improvements for rebar, precast, and steel design in Revit 2019.


Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, October 19th.

ASCE 7-16 Wind Provisions – Changes Affecting the Design Provisions
Nov 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Don Scott, S.E.

PCS Structural Solutions

This SE University session will review the changes to the ASCE 7 Wind Load Provisions that were adopted in the 2016 edition that is referenced in the 2018 IBC. Some of the changes that have the greatest impact on the design provisions are new Wind Speed Maps used in design, the inclusion of an Elevation Factor, and new Roof Pressure Coefficients. The presentation will explain the background of the new provisions to help engineers understand how and when to use these new provisions in their designs.

Learning Objectives

After participating this session, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the basis of the new wind speed maps
  • Be able to determine the design wind speed at their site using more than one method
  • Understand the basis of the changes to the Roof Pressure coefficients for low-rise flat and sloped roofs
  • Understand the effect the use of the new Elevation Factor has on their design.

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SEU companies on Friday, November 9th.

Updates to the Seismic Provisions in ASCE 7-16
Dec 12 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: John Hooper, S.E.

Magnusson Klemencic Associates

ASCE 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures was recently published and has been adopted by the 2018 International Building Code. ASCE 7-16 includes many technical updates, including numerous important changes to the seismic requirements. This presentation will highlight the important changes to Chapters 11, 12, 16 and 21.

Key changes include update to the soil amplification factors tables, amplification of diaphragm transfer forces, new structural requirements for sites susceptible to liquefaction, updated seismic design values throughout the country, and completely rewritten chapter on nonlinear response history analysis.

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SEU companies on Friday, December 7th.

HSS Truss Connections: The Ts, Ks and Ys Of It All
Jan 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: R. Bradlee Fletcher, S.E.

Atlas Tube

Trusses are one of the more common uses of Hollow Structural Sections. The joints and the connections of HSS members in trusses can be the cause of confusion during design and unneeded costs during fabrication. This presentation will highlight how to avoid some of the common pitfalls when it comes to designing and detailing HSS truss connections by sharing some simple rules to follow when sizing the truss members and designing the joints and their connections.

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SEU companies on Friday, January 4th.

Engineering Ethics Update & Miscellany
Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Matthew Rechtien, P.E., Esq., Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of Ann Arbor

This SE University session will provide participants with an update on ongoing, newsworthy developments in engineering ethics, furnish perspective on the evolution of engineering ethics rules, and review a case study concerning ASCE’s latest ethics rule update.

Handout and registration emails will be sent to SEU companies on Friday, February 8th.

Avoiding Vibration Issues in your Structure
Mar 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speakers: Ravi Ozarker, P.E., P.Eng. & Geoff Blumber
Hexagon, PPM

It is critical to check for vibration in your structures, as vibration is not just a problem in industrial projects with heavy equipment, but also in commercial and residential projects. In addition to structural failure modes from cyclic loading, there are serviceability failures such as occupant discomfort which must be considered. With modern analysis methods, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, to avoid the high costs associated with most remediation options. This SE University presentation will provide guidelines on avoiding vibration issues by identifying sources of vibration, pointing out code and serviceability limit states, and discussing vibration analysis in depth. The use of software tools will be covered as well, including how to use your preferred analysis software as a virtual lab to better understand how vibrations affect your structure.

Learning Objectives:

After participating in this session, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify three types of vibration.
  • Identify two types of vibration sources, and give examples of each.
  • Understand the three methods of vibration remediation and how they affect vibration.

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SEU companies on Friday, March 8th.

March 2019 SEU BIM Forum
Mar 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting, LLC


Revit has improved the functionality of materials throughout the years by adding a new advanced material library with resolution textures, additional controls, and dramatic quality improvements to give a more realistic look to Revit Structure Models.

In this SEU BIM Forum session, Betsy will review material properties, including how they affect your Revit model elements and views, and demonstrate how to create and manage a material library. She will discuss the process to edit, customize, and organize materials, and show how materials are assigned to elements, as well as how the material affects the look of those elements depending on the set graphic display.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the material properties in Revit 2019
  • Identify how the materials affect the Revit model within various views and graphic displays
  • Explain how to assign materials to various elements within Revit 2019

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, March 22nd.

Lintels for Masonry Walls
Apr 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Cathleen Jacinto, SE, PE, FORSE Consulting

This SE University session will illustrate the actual behavior and load distribution of a lintel within a wall, to help engineers understand how to design this common element more effectively and efficiently. The session will include information on lintel design including the basics of arch analysis, code requirements specific to lintels, design criteria, and the various options in selecting lintels in masonry walls, and will outline specific assumptions that impact masonry walls and lintels, such as masonry strength and control joint locations.

During this SE University session, attendees will explore how the design of masonry lintels can add significant structural and architectural benefit to the wall that contractors and owners will welcome for crack and corrosion prevention. This presentation will focus on sharing practical design tips, including information on software tools that can be used to more accurately design lintels, and a more in-depth understanding of the behavior of this commonly used structural element, prevalent in many structures today.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build knowledge on fundamental features of lintels for masonry walls.
  • Acquire insights on the behavior and load distribution of lintels and masonry walls with openings.
  • Discover the advantages of modeling masonry walls with finite elements.
  • Comprehend practical design tips to achieve high performance masonry lintels.

The Registration email will be sent to SEU Companies on Friday April 5th. The Handouts will be sent by Tuesday, April 9th.