Schedule

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.

May
23
Wed
SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure – Datum Elements
May 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

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

Creating Datum elements is the starting point of any Revit model. Structural Grids, Levels, and reference planes are the guide lines that represent the proper placement of every structural 3D component in your Revit project. Understanding how Datum elements are used can help you throughout the Revit modeling process.

This SEU BIM Forum session will include tips and tricks on how these Datum elements display throughout structural plans, elevations, and sections. Information will also be included to show how Datum elements react to crop regions, scope boxes, and work planes, and how to make the necessary changes to view these elements correctly.

This will be a beginner/intermediate Revit Structure session.

Learning Objectives:

•Understand how to set up Datum elements properly.
•Identify how Datum elements drive the Revit model and how structural elements depend on them for placement within the project.
•Work with views to display Datum elements and recognize how Datum elements can be modified.

 

Handouts and registration emails will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, May 18th.

Jun
13
Wed
Steel Deck Diaphragm Attachment
Jun 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Keith Cullum, P.E.
Simpson Strong-Tie

Steel deck diaphragms are a common structural element on commercial projects of various sizes, and performance is highly dependent upon the successful design and implementation of the fastening system selected. This presentation will review and compare the various methods typically used to fasten steel decking, look at current reference standards and building code requirements, and discuss potential solutions to frequent design challenges.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this session, learners should be able to:

  • Understand the function and components of a steel deck diaphragm.
  • Review appropriate standards and building code references related to steel deck diaphragm design.
  • Discuss and compare common attachment methods.
  • Recognize frequent challenges in design and review potential solutions to address them.

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

Jul
11
Wed
Project Quality and Inspection Requirements
Jul 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Dave Adams, S.E.
BWE

The work of a professional engineer is judged based on a predefined standard of care, which does not require perfection but appropriate attention to detail. A similar level of quality is to be expected during construction, where numerous checks and balances are applied throughout the process in order to assist in achieving goals specified in building codes. Materials must meet a certain level of durability in order to maintain intended performance criteria, and special inspections are necessary to assure substantial compliance with the construction documents. Multiple quality and inspection issues will be presented in this session so that the attendee will gain a more complete understanding of the goals and requirements for quality assurance of constructed facilities.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Understand the building department’s role in overseeing construction quality.
  • Identify specifications for durable materials of construction.
  • Define inspection and observation tasks over the course of a project.

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

Aug
8
Wed
Behavior and Design of Anchors in Concrete
Aug 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Donald Meinheit, PhD, PE, SE

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

This SE University session is Part I of a two-part series, and will focus on an introduction to anchorage to concrete based on the design provisions in ACI 318-14. During this session, Donald Meinheit, PhD, PE, SE, will review the different types of anchors that are used in construction, and discuss the different failure modes that affect anchors, including steel failure, concrete breakout failure, and bond failure, among others. The session will include information about the conditions that affect anchor capacity, as well as a review of design models, and procedures to account for the geometry of the embedment and the conditions of the concrete. The anchorage design equation and its applications will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the different types of anchors used in concrete construction.
  • Understand the anchor behavior under load and their failure modes, making the pseudo-empirical design equations and design process more rational.
  • Discuss the factors that influence the strength of anchors in tension, shear, and the combination of tension and shear.

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

Aug
22
Wed
Challenges of Proposed Requirements for Mitigating Thermal Bridges in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1
Aug 22 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Martha G. VanGeem, PE

ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 90.1 — which is responsible for continuous maintenance of ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy of Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings — is releasing addendum av on mitigating thermal bridges for public review. This proposed addition to the standard will change how almost every building will be built, impacting all U.S. states except seven (LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, FL, and Hawaii). Addendum av restricts how concrete, steel, and wood components — such as floor slabs, shelf angles, balconies, overhangs, fins, parapets, exposed columns, projections, and penetrations — can be detailed and built. This will also affect the amount of insulation in walls and roofs.

Mitigating thermal bridges is a known methodology of saving energy. There is concern with this specific addendum, however, because this 28-page public review draft is complicated and these provisions have not been tried on any real projects in any U.S. jurisdiction. Because ASHRAE 90.1 serves as the basis for minimum energy savings required by federal law for all states, and a compliance path for the International Energy Conservation Code, it is important to ensure the provisions are technically sound, practical, and cost effective before incorporation into the code. ASHRAE 90.1 serves as the basis for minimum energy savings required by federal law for all states, and a compliance path for the International Energy Conservation Code.

Input is needed from practicing engineers, architects, and contractors during the public review to ensure that these requirements are technically sound, practical, and cost effective. The public review period on addendum av is scheduled for Aug. 3 through Sept. 17. Instructions for submitting comments are available at https://www.ashrae.org/PCToolkit/OCD. Membership in ASHRAE is not required; an ASHRAE account can be created when logging in. Comments are welcome on the addendum as a whole, specific sections, or specific wording.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the climate zones or areas of the United States and Canada where the criteria would apply.
  • Identify the main construction element at the roof/wall intersection that is a thermal bridge of concern and how it would comply with the criteria.
  • Identify the ways that balconies and shelf angles would comply with the criteria.

 

Handouts and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, August 17th.

Sep
12
Wed
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.

Oct
10
Wed
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.

Oct
24
Wed
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.

Nov
14
Wed
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.

Dec
12
Wed
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.