SEAMASS News & Member Briefs

and Event Alerts


January/February 2018 

  • Presentation RECAP: Professional Liability Mock Mediation
  • SEAMASS at the 2017 Structural Engineering Summit
  • AEER/SEER News
  • Project Spotlight: The Exchange at 100 Federal Street | McNamara Salvia
  • Code News
  • Member Profile: Meet Brian Post, PE
  • SEAMASS Member News
  • How to Log In and Access Your NCSEA Benefits
  • Career Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar
Presentation RECAP:
Professional Liability Mock Mediation
On January 18, nearly 50 people participated in a half-day professional development event hosted by SEAMASS at the Kostas Research Institute in Burlington, MA. Three industry experts staged a realistic Professional Liability Mock Mediation, including Neil Hartzell, Esq., of LeClair Ryan, and Jay S. Gregory, Esq., Partner with Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP serving as Attorneys, and Hon. Nancy Holtz serving as Mediator.  Role-players for either side of the mediation were SEAMASS members Doug Antholz, PE (McNamara Salvia); Lisa Davey, PE (Thornton Tomasetti); Joe Zona, PE (Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger); and Jeffrey Struble, PE (Struble Engineering, LLC). Attendees earned 4.0 PDH credits.
Mock Mediation Presenters, from Left: Joe Zona, PE; Doug Antholz, PE; Jay Gregory, Esq.; Hon. Nancy Holtz; Neil Hartzell, Esq.; Lisa Davey, PE; Jeffrey Struble, PE
SEAMASS at the 2017 Structural Engineering Summit

SEAMASS was well-represented at the 2017 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit, held from Oct 11-14 in Washington, DC. The event drew a record 500+ attendees from across the country, and featured education sessions for practicing structural engineers, social and networking events, and a trade show with 59 exhibitors.
The McNamara Salvia Team was awarded an NCSEA Project Award for their project, The Exchange at 100 Federal Street, in Boston, MA. (See the Project Spotlight section of this newsletter for details.)   
A delegate interaction and team building session at the 2017 Structural Summit
  One of the General Sessions at the Summit 
Bassem Almuti, Rob Kane, and Kyle Karschner were some of the SEAMASS Members who participated
SEAMASS Member Participants Included: 
Bassem Almuti, PE, LEED AP BD+C - Cannon Design (SEAMASS Secretary) 
Craig Barnes, PE - CBI Consulting, Inc. (SEAMASS Past President)  
Jonathan Bayreuther - McNamara Salvia, Inc. 
Michael Fillion, PE, SECB - Fillion Group, Inc. (SEAMASS Past President) 
Aaron Ford - L.A. Fuess Partners  
Michael Grafe - C.A. Pretzer Associates, Inc. 
Adam McCarthy - McNamara Salvia   
Mark Membreno - Thornton Tomasetti 
SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) Members: 
Robert Kane, EIT - McNamara Salvia Structural Engineers (YMG Chair) 
Kyle Karschner, PE - Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (YMG Finance Coordinator) 
Contributed by David Morand, PE, SECB | Noblin Associates, Inc.
Leaders of several Massachusetts professional organizations, including SEAMASS, AIA/BSA, BSCES, and MEAER have been meeting monthly to continue the positive accomplishments and hard work of MEAER in finalizing the formation of the Massachusetts Emergency Response program.   Now that Massachusetts has adopted a Good Samaritan Law, the next steps will be to engage with either the BSCES or AIA in solidifying the required legal and backup documentation.  Additionally, the group is discussing the formation of a Memorandum of Understanding, so that the legalities of Civil Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation coverage may be worked out.  Currently, the group is reviewing several samples of Memorandums, while working out the logistics of the legal backing through BSCES.   Stay tuned for more updates in future issues of SEAMASS News.
The Exchange at 100 Federal Street
FIRM:  McNamara Salvia
PROJECT MANAGER:  Jonathan Bayreuther, PE
DESIGN ENGINEER:  Kevin Ducharme, PE

Jonathan Bayreuther, PE and Robert Kane, PE of McNamara Salvia with NCSEA Project Award.
SEAMASS congratulates the McNamara Salvia Team on their innovation and success with this NCSEA Award-winning project. Jonathan Bayreuther, PE served as Senior Project Manager, and Kevin Ducharme, PE served as Design Engineer.  Jon credits his McNamara Salvia colleague Rob Kane, PE for encouraging submission of this project for an NCSEA Award.

The 100 Federal Street Pavilion, officially called The Exchange at 100 Federal Street, is a space-frame constructed in solid plate steel with shop-welded, field bolted exposed connections. The structure is coordinated to match the 5ft x 15ft glazing unit, and eliminates the need for deep curtainwall mullions while providing dynamic interest both inside and out. The angular shape rises from 35 ft tall to 50 ft at the prow and clear-spans 80ft at the widest point. Primary structural analysis was performed with custom shapes and wind-tunnel tested load combinations in RAM Structural System and RAM Elements.

The Exchange will be open for access to the lobby of 100 Federal Street, owned by Boston Properties, in the winter of 2018, and tenant fit-outs will be completed in the Summer of 2018. Perkins + Will served as Architects for the project, and Cives was the steel fabricator. 

Click here to view the article in January issue of STRUCTURE Magazine

Click here to view an article in the January issue of Modern Steel Construction Magazine
Contributed by Michael Fillion, PE | Fillion Group, Inc.

The 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code is now in effect.  The entire state website is undergoing renovation, so things are moving around.   
Once completed, we will notify you in the next newsletter with instructions as to where things have moved.
For now, please use this link for the latest Mass Code Amendments.

Member Profile:  Meet Brian Post, PE

Brian Post, PE is a Structural Engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in Boston.  He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structures from Johns Hopkins University.  A Massachusetts native, he spent two years in Atlanta, GA working in cold-formed steel design before returning to accept a position at Weidlinger Associates, which merged with Thornton Tomasetti in 2015.

Brian currently serves as Records Keeper for the SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG), and will become the Programs Committee Chair for the 2018-19 fiscal year beginning in June. He recently began serving as corresponding member of the NCSEA Existing Buildings Committee, which is chaired by fellow SEAMASS member Michael Fillion, PE.  Congratulations to Brian on recently earning his PE license.

He has answered the questions below, so we may know him better.  Thank you, Brian, for your contributions to SEAMASS and the industry!

Q:  Why did you join SEAMASS? 
A:  I joined SEAMASS because of the opportunities for networking and camaraderie with other engineers in the Boston area. From attending seminars and site visits to gaining insight on becoming licensed, SEAMASS has been a huge benefit to my professional development. I am excited about our upcoming YMG outreach events with local colleges and universities to continue to encourage growth in the industry.

Q:  What are your goals as an engineer? 
A:  My goals are to gain as much experience as possible and eventually find a niche. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. I also want to expand my knowledge of BIM as I see huge potential for its evolving role in the building industry.

Q:  Please describe a project that you're involved with. 
A:  I have been involved with a U.S. Embassy project in a confidential location, requiring a comprehensive analysis of an existing reinforced concrete office building undergoing renovations with a new addition. Located in a high seismic region, its lateral force-resisting system consists of special reinforced concrete shear walls. I used ETABS to perform a response spectrum analysis and checked all new and existing structural elements for code compliance. Due to the modifications to the structure, many of the shear walls required extensive repair details or strengthening with fiber-reinforced polymer.

Q:  How do you spend your free time? 
A:  In my free time, I enjoy traveling. I have been to several European countries and would like to see many other parts of the world. I also enjoy reading, participating in church activities, going to the gym, and rooting for the Boston sports teams.          
SEAMASS Member News
SEAMASS Board Member Lisa Davey, PE, Principal at Thornton Tomasetti, will serve as a guest presenter in an upcoming NCSEA Communication Webinar, to share details of the SEAMASS Scholarship Committee's successful Scholarship Program. This webinar will focus on scholarship programs of various SEAs, how they were started, who they benefit and how these SEAs plan to increase their efforts going forward. NCSEA will soon email the date and time of this presentation. 

This webinar is a part of NCSEA's monthly Communication Webinars, which are free for all NCSEA Members. Past Communication Webinars can be viewed on the NCSEA Member Portal by visiting the SEA Resources tab with your login information.

SEAMASS Members are encouraged to submit professional news and accomplishments to SEAMASS News. Email your brief summary to SEAMASS Secratary Bassem Almuti for consideration in an upcoming issue.  
How to Log in and Access Your NCSEA Member Benefits

The Member Login section in the right-hand corner of the NCSEA web site is an opportunity for all SEAMASS Members to take advantage of no-cost access to NCSEA's Member Portal, a members-only section of the web site.   
The portal is fully updated and simple to use. If you have logged in before, the login process has not changed.  
If you have never logged in, click on Member Login, type the same e-mail address you used when joining or renewing your SEAMASS membership, and the (case-sensitive) password NCSEA1234.  First-time users will be asked to create a new password.

Once logged in, you can take advantage of benefits such as:

STRUCTURE e-Magazine - Don't wait for the magazine to reach your mailbox each month, access it directly from the member portal!
ICC Publication Discounts - Staying technically-current is an investment; visit this page to save on the materials you need!  
NCSEA Committee Minutes - An inside look at what NCSEA Committees are doing.  
Career Oppportunities

Gale Associates, Inc. seeks Registered Structural Engineers for the following opportunities with the firm's Structural Group in Weymouth, MA:
1. Full-time, Registered Structural Engineer with 5 to 8 years' experience and a P.E. Registration.  Candidates pursuing professional licensing are encouraged to apply.
2. Full-time Registered Sr. Structural Engineer with 10-15 years' experience and a P.E. Registration.  Part-time Consideration will be given to part-time hours (16-24/week)

This section is a benefit to SEAMASS Members. To share your firm's career opportunities, email SEAMASS Secretary Bassem Almuti with a brief description (and/or link to a description on your website) for consideration of publishing in SEAMASS News.  
Upcoming Events
FEBRUARY 14, 2018 (Wednesday)
Changes to the MA State Building Code 8th to 9th Edition
8 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. |  4.0 PDHs
Featuring an Introduction by Robert Anderson, Chief of Inspections, MA State Dept. of Public Safety & Inspections; Presentations by 3 industry experts; and a presentation by International Code Committee representative Beth Tubbs, PE, who will also enter all participants into drawings to win a 2015 IBC Code Book and a 2015 IEBC Code Book.
Event Sponsor:  Simpson Strong-Tie
Seating is Limited; register before February 12.)

MARCH 22, 2018 (Thursday)

Geotechnical-Structural Interaction Seminar
8 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | 4.0 PDHs
This half-day seminar is an opportunity to learn from Geotechnical and Structural engineers how their interaction affects the designs for both professions.  The presentation will cover a variety of foundation systems and how they are selected and evaluated, supportive excavation and the iterative designs between geotechnical and structural engineers, and some newer foundation systems that are a part of the modern built environment.
Presenters and Registration Details Forthcoming

MARCH 24-25, 2018 (SAT-SUN); Optional March 26 Program
Architectural Aluminum in the 21st Century:
Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture
Organized by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Museum, and the Boston Society of Architects' Historic Resources Committee.
APRIL 23, 2018 (Monday)
Post-Disaster Building Safety Assessment Training
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | 7.0 PDHs, including NCSEA Diamond-Certified
PRESENTER:  Scott Nacheman, PE, co-chair of NCSEA's Structural Engineering Emergency Response Committee (SEER), assisted by one or two local Cal-OES trainers.
OVERVIEW (further details forthcoming):  This full-day session will focus on how to conduct post-disaster structural evaluations for use by state and local emergency management agencies.  It will follow California's Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) training procedures, and will qualify attendees as Cal-OES structural evaluators.  This session will be of particular interest to structural engineers, architects, and local building officials. 

This training is an update to the Post-Disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training presented in September 2013 by the Massachusetts Engineers & Architects Emergency Response Committee in collaboration with MA Task Force-1, SEAMASS and SEI Boston Chapter.

Pricing and Registration details To Be Announced

View the SEAMASS Meetings & Events Calendar for all event updates
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