February 2017
Vol. 6, Issue 2  
Chris Kamp, S.E., F.SEAOC, 2016-17 SEAOC President
A Message from the SEAOC President

The first thing that I would like to mention is not a pleasant item.  I am sorry to report that  Lee Adler, our former SEAOC Executive Director, passed away in January.  Lee served SEAOC with distinction and passion from 2000 to 2011, until his retirement for some well-earned time for travel and enjoyment of life.  I was fortunate to serve on the Board with Lee at the helm for several years and saw firsthand the benefit that he brought to our organization.  For more about Lee, please see the memorial article included in this newsletter.    

On a more pleasant note, the SEAOC Board of Directors recently met in San Diego on January 21st. A couple items of note during the meeting include: 
  • The Board has voted to reconvene the SEAOC Professional Practices Committee. SEAONC and SEAOSC have similar committees in place, however it is felt that this is a good time to provide this as a statewide committee. A first charge for the committee will be to update the SEAOC "Recommended Guidelines for the Practice of Structural Engineering in California" which is long overdue. There are subjects such as BIM formats, project delivery methods, sustainability, performance based design, and more that have become fairly common in our profession and our members will benefit from the development of practice standards related to these items as well as a venue to help define the practice of structural engineering. SEAOC is looking for representatives from the regional organizations to establish the state committee. If any member is interested please contact your local M.O. board. 

HANDS ACROSS THE PAELLA - SEAOC Board President Chris Kamp (left) and NCSEA Board President Tom Grogan toasted a productive joint meeting of the two boards on Jan. 20 & 21 in San Diego.  Topics included organizational communications, partnerships on education and publications, dues and election procedures, and marketing of the profession.  The meetings included a convivial Friday night dinner at a Spanish restaurant in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
SEAOC Members Are Also NCSEA Members
By Chris Kamp, S.E., F.SEAOC, 2016-17 SEAOC President

Most of our SEAOC members are aware that a portion of our dues are designated to contribute to SEAOC's membership in NCSEA (National Council of Structural Engineers Associations). NCSEA is an association of the many individual state structural engineer associations in the United States. 

 Since the introduction of the International Building Code as a national code, a primary purpose of NCSEA has been to provide a more influential and unified voice for the structural engineering community when addressing building code changes and other national interests. The membership of SEAOC constitutes a large portion of the overall membership of NCSEA and we have representation with delegates to NCSEA. In addition, SEAOC currently has individual members on the NCSEA Board and on many of the NCSEA committees.
In Memoriam: Lee Adler, former SEAOC Executive Director

Lee Adler
Lealand "Lee" Lewis Adler, born Dec. 10, 1936, in Napa, California, passed away Jan. 5, 2017, in Sacramento, at the age of 80. Courtly and knowledgeable on a range of subjects, Adler served as a steadying hand for SEAOC, assuming the role of Executive Director in 2000 when the organization was wrestling with political challenges. He retired in 2011 and spent much of his later years exploring the distant reaches of the world. 

Adler graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1954 and from UC Davis in 1959 with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He served in the Navy and graduated from Naval Officer Candidate School in 1960, retiring in 1964 as a Lieutenant. After the Navy, he became a 4H Farm Advisor with the University Extension in Eureka for a few years before moving into the non-profit trade association arena. Before his tenure at SEAOC he worked either or both as an administrator or lobbyist for a range of associations, including the Wool Growers, California Grain & Feed and Hotel Motel Associations, the taxi cab companies, as well as lodging, travel, and four-wheel drive associations. HE was a meber He then spent many years as a lobbyist, advocating for many organizations along the way (Taxi Cab, Structural Engineers Association of California, Lodging & Travel Industry, and 4-Wheel Drive to name a few). He also remained in contact with his fraternity brothers from UC Davis Alpha Gamma Rho and the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. He enjoyed travelling around the world, had a zest for life, and a thirst for knowledge. Lee will be missed by all who knew him. A private memorial ceremony was held by his immediate family in line with his wishes. He is survived by his son, Mark Adler; daughter, Lisa Wiens; one grandchild; and two great grandchildren.
Darron Huntingdale, S.E.
Regional Update from the Central California Member Organization (SEAOCC)
By Darron Huntingdale, S.E., SEAOCC President

The Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC) consists of more than 350 members. Many of our members live and work in the greater Sacramento area, but our membership spans the entire region of the Central Valley and Northern Sierras (from the Oregon border north; Fresno to the south; Reno to the east; and Fairfield to the west). 

SEAOCC Past Presidents, Scott Breneman and Krista Looza were instrumental in developing and starting a transition plan for SEAOCC that the 2016-2017 Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and Staff have had the pleasure of bringing to fruition. During the summer and fall months, Danielle Smith, SEAOCC Treasurer, took the lead in creating an online membership database where members can log into their member record, update their information, sign up for committee involvement, and pay dues electronically or by check. She also completed setting up a new accounting system, created simplified reports for the Board, and standardized processes to make internal operations run more efficiently. Todd Kemen, SEAOCC Vice President, Lori Campbell, SEAOCC Executive Secretary, and I migrated all of the SEAOCC files to a new shared file structure. A file permission schedule was created for the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, and Staff. Nick Petrarca, SEAOCC Board-Committee Liaison, used this schedule to set up groups and also created a SEAOCC Master Calendar that can be instantly updated and viewed by all.

ENGINEERS WEEK -- SEAOCC President Darron Huntingdale (left), Ken Luttrell of the SEAOC College of Fellows, and representatives from other engineering organizations joined State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) on the Senate Floor Thursday morning to mark National Engineers Week with  Senate Resolution 18.
Follow the Fellows

This feature conveys the observations and advice of members of the SEAOC College of Fellows. The Fellows include seasoned and dedicated members of the profession and the association.  Each month, we ask them a question that may be technical, career-oriented, or simply fun.  Enjoy!

Are you glad you chose structural engineering as your career? Why?
"Yes, I am very glad I chose structural engineering as a fulfilling career. It has provided me an ability and forum to exercise creative skills in designing and seeing built structures in which I can take pride. No less important, it allowed membership in a profession where fellowship and camaraderie, to say nothing of technical exchanges, are shared like no other group to my knowledge."

- Ephraim Hirsch, F.SEAOC

"Yes, because it lead me into earthquake engineering, community resilience planning, and public policy advocacy."
- Chris D. Poland, S.E., NAE, F.SEAOC

"I am very glad that I chose structural engineering as a career. It enables me to combine the rigor of science with the leap of art into the design of buildings that shape the environment we live in. It is extremely fulfilling to have a positive impact on designing buildings to withstand natural forces of gravity and earthquakes. I've had much satisfaction in seeing new buildings constructed as well as extending the useful life of existing buildings with renovations and seismic retrofits. And now I'm extending that information from the individual building into the broader picture of improving the communities we live in. Let me add that the structural engineering community is quite supportive and a great group of people!"

- Grace S. Kang, S.E.F.SEAOC

"I have been happy to have chosen structural engineering as my life's work. It is gratifying to be a significant and "constructive" contributor to society. I have had recognition from both my peers, from local and state government; and from most of the people I have encountered. My only regret is that I did not take more risk and been "independent" (i.e.-business minded) earlier in my career. "

- Manuel Mordon, S.E., F.SEAOC
Seismology Committee Update

Jeremy Callister, S.E.
The Seismology Committee is responsible for the Structural Standards committee's activities related to the provisions of the building codes, national standards, material standards, and construction requirements associated with the seismic resistance and performance of new construction.  For decades the Seismology Committee has also been the authors and stewards of the Blue Book - Seismic Design Recommendations (formerly entitled Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary ). This renowned SEAOC document was first published in 1959, with its most recent publication in 2009. Last year the Seismology committee committed to embark on the effort to update and enhance the 2009 edition of the Blue Book, with the intent of celebrating the 60 th anniversary of the original publication with the release of a 2019 edition.

The committee, with support from the local member organizations, is now beginning this challenging yet important task of updating the Blue Book articles to be in alignment with current codes, national standards, and the most up to date research. In addition, new articles will be added that cover topics such as resiliency, performance-based engineering, and non-structural systems and anchorage.

We invite you to join in this monumental effort. Please reach out to your local Seismology Chair and get involved! 
Kelly Cobeen, S.E., F.SEAOC
NEHRP Provisions Update Committee
By Kelly Cobeen, S.E., SEAOC Past President

The updating of the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (FEMA P-1050) is currently underway under the leadership of SEAOC member  David Bonneville

The activities of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Provisions Update Committee (PUC) kicked off in March 2016. The current update cycle leading to the 2020 NEHRP Provisions is anticipated to develop PUC proposals over 2017 and 2018. These are anticipated to go to BSSC Member Organization ballot between 2017 and 2019. There are currently nine Issue Teams developing proposals for PUC consideration; these address topics including seismic performance objectives (structural and nonstructural), irregularities, shear walls, philosophy for design of components, nonbuilding structures, and many more. 

Coincident with the update to the 2020 Provisions is BSSC Project 17, working on a ten-year cycle update to seismic design maps.  In addition to USGS incorporation of new ground fault hazard information and attenuation functions, Project 17 is reviewing the rules used to translate the science of seismic hazard into design maps and provisions. Under the leadership of SEAOC member Ron Hamburger , Project 17 working groups are currently assessing topics including acceptable risk, multi-period spectral parameters, deterministic maps, uncertainty and precision, and approaches to stabilizing localities that have been subject to fluctuating seismic design category assignments. There are currently a notable number of SEAOC members that are also members of BSSC PUC and Project 17 committees, issue teams and working groups. SEAOC members not already involved but interested in these activities are encouraged to visit the BSSC web site where details of these activities are posted. Interested members can also check in with your local seismology committee, who as a minimum will have involvement in the BSSC Member Organization ballots. 
SEAOC Publications Committee Update

As most SEAOC members are likely aware, Volumes 1-3 of the 2015 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals (SSDMs) are currently available, and the webinar series presenting design examples is underway and well attended. Many thanks to Rafael Sabelli, who has served as Project Manager for the SSDMs over a number of editions, and to the volume managers, authors, reviewers, and webinar presenters.  This 2015 edition provides a timely way for California engineers and plan reviewers to get up to date with the newly enforced 2016 California Building Code. Volume 4, presenting design examples for steel buildings, will be available later this year, as will associated webinars. 

Meanwhile, the publications committee is working through the logistics of three publications intended to become available over the next few years. First, the SEAOC Wind Committee is developing a Wind Design Manual, based on the wind provisions of ASCE 7-16 and 2018 IBC. The manual will focus on solved design examples, very similar to the SSDMs, and address a wide range of building and component designs. 

Second, the SEAOC Seismology Committee is developing a significant update to the SEAOC Blue Book, with the intent to publish in 2019, the 60th Anniversary of publication of the first Blue Book. Seismology Committee members are currently in the process of developing updated material. Finally, planning is now getting underway for the 2018 IBC SEAOC SSDM series. The publications committee works in concert with these committees, the SEAOC Board, and Executive Director Don Schinske to coordinate the technical, logistical and business aspects of these publications.
California Building Standards Commission Update

It was reported in the January 2017 newsletter that the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) might take action on regulations evolving from 2015 balcony and stair collapses. This action was taken by the CBSC at their January 27, 2017 meeting, and the resulting emergency regulations became effective January 30, 2017. The resulting regulations can be accessed here.

Thank you to SEAOC member Ken Luttrell for attending the CBSC meeting on behalf of SEAOC. Members of the SEAOC Committee on Elevated Exterior Elements (CEEE) will continue to monitor for possible additional code changes addressing this topic.
CALBO Structural Safety Committee

In an effort to expand SEAOC's relationship with the building official community, Colin Blaney, Jeff Ellis and Michelle Kam-Biron, representing SEAOC, have been participating on the  California Building Official  (CALBO)  Structural Safety Committee . Structural Safety Committee members Joe Kirkpatrick, Sharon Goei, Michelle Kam-Biron, Dennis Richardson and Timothy Koutsouros have prepared an overview of some of the more significant code change relating to structural design and inspection. For more in-depth discussion of these and more see the ICC publication Significant Changes to the California Building Code, 2016 edition.

2017 SEAOC Convention: Abstracts due by March 17th

Abstracts are requested for papers to be presented as part of the Technical Program for the 2017 SEAOC Convention, to be held September 13 through 15, at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa at Mission Bay, San Diego, California.

Submissions across a wide range of topics related to structural engineering are encouraged. General topics could include resilience and building rating systems, new codes/standards/guidelines, new research, other natural hazards, green building design and sustainability. Abstracts about recent projects, design and professional practice are also welcome.

The abstracts chosen for presentation at the 2017 SEAOC Convention are required to submit a final technical paper that will be published in the SEAOC Convention Proceedings.

Interested presenters should upload an abstract of their paper (300 words or less) by March 17, 2017, via the Call for Abstracts form. If you have any questions, please email SEAOC.SD.2017@gmail.com

Learn more about the 2017 SEAOC Convention at convention.seaoc.org
Getting to Know Your SEAOC Leaders
Chad Closs, SE,  LEED AP
Chad Closs
Degenkolb Engineers

Current role or positions held in SEAOC or MO: SEAOSD Student Liaison, 2017 SEAOC Convention Technical Chair
Why are you active in the organization? 
As the past president of the UCSD Student Chapter of SEAOSD when I was in school, I saw the benefits of participating in professional organizations. The development that happens, not only technically as an engineer due to the seminars and convention, but as a person through the relationships and networking, is something that is very important to me. SEOAC, I feel, is the best avenue for this as a practicing structural engineer and wanted to continue my involvement once I began practicing.
What's one interesting thing no one knows about you?  
I would have gone to culinary school if I didn't get accepted to UCSD for undergrad!

Katy Briggs, SE
Katy Briggs
BASE Design

Current role or positions held in SEAOC or MO: Member of SEAOC Seismology Committee, Chair of SEAONC Seismology Committee and Chair of Seismology Concrete Subcommittee
Why are you active in the organization? 
I originally got more involved with SEAONC when I briefly left structural engineering to work for a general contractor.  It was a way to stay connected and up to date with what was going on despite not being in the field.  When I realized working for a general contractor was not for me and I came back to structural engineering, I stayed involved because of the community.  Now that I am one of the owners of a small structural engineering firm, having all the resources that SEAONC and SEAOC offer and a network of structural engineers to reach out to are even more important. I especially enjoy being chair of SEAONC's Seismology Committee because it keeps me up to date with code changes, issues structural engineers are facing, and advances in the field.
What's one interesting thing no one knows about you?  
I have been practicing yoga for several years now, which people may know about me, but what they likely do not know is that I can do the splits and have *almost* mastered the headstand.  Up next....scorpion pose! 

Upcoming Events
SEAOC 2015 IBC  Structural/Seismic 
Design Manual

SEAOC's 2015 IBC Structural Seismic Design Manual is available for purchase. Volumes 1, 2, and, 3 (Code Application Examples; Examples for Light-Frame, Tilt-Up, and Masonry Buildings; and Examples for Reinforced Concrete Buildings) have had the most significant changes from the 2012 edition, and are available as a set.
SEAOC Members SAVE 20% on both the hardcopy and PDF version of the manuals if they access the ICC purchase page through the SEAOC website (must be logged in)

The IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manual, throughout its many editions, has served the purpose of illustrating good seismic design and the correct application of building-code provisions. The manual has bridged the gap between the treatment of topics in the SEAOC Blue Book (Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary) and real-world decisions that designers face in their practice. The examples illustrate code-compliant designs engineered to achieve good performance under severe seismic loading. In some cases simply complying with building-code requirements does not ensure good seismic response. This manual takes the approach of exceeding the minimum code requirements in such cases, with discussion of the reasons for doing so.
Volume 4 (Examples for Steel Buildings) will be available in 2017; it contains modest revisions to the 2012 edition.

NCSEA 2017 Structural Engineering Summit: Call for Abstracts

The 2017 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit Committee is seeking presentations of up to 75 minutes that deliver pertinent and useful information that the attendees can apply in their structural engineering practices. Submissions on best-design practices, new codes and standards, recent projects, advanced analysis techniques, management, business practices, and other topics that would be of interest to practicing structural engineers, are desired. The 2017 Summit will feature education specific to the practicing structural engineer, in both technical and non-technical tracks.

Applied Technology Council (ATC) Newsletter

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) publishes a quarterly newsletter that includes wonderful discussions of recently completed ATC projects and sneak previews of projects in the works. If you know about the work of ATC, you will be excited to see this information. If you do not know about the work of ATC, this is a great chance to become familiar with the type of research to practice projects they are leading, and opportunities for involvement.

  View the January 2017 ATC Newsletter >
Contact Us

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SEAOC, the Structural Engineers Association of California, is respected as an authoritative world leader in the practice of structural and earthquake engineering, as a nationally influential participant in structural code and standard development and as a valuable resource to practicing structural engineers in California. SEAOC consists of 4 regional associations: Northern CA (SEAONC), Southern CA (SEAOSC), Central CA (SEAOCC), and San Diego (SEAOSD), focused on regional considerations and supported at the state level by SEAOC addressing statewide initiatives.
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