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LEARN, INNOVATE, EXCEL #55 

                       July 2018  
WELCOME to Learn, Innovate, Excel!  Our goal with this newsletter is to provide useful information and tips that will help you save time, be more productive, and also reduce risk. This information complements our SE University program, by introducing you to tips on a wide variety of topics affecting structural engineers.
  
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IN THIS ISSUE...
  
SEU Speaker Inspires Organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Collin County and UCSD Undergraduate Student Scholarships Fund
Learn1 STEEL DECK DIAPHRAGM CALCULATORS AND RESOURCES  

Keeping up with all of the available resources for structural engineers can be a job in itself. But being aware of these resources can save time and headaches during design. Are you familiar with the most recent tools developed for steel deck diaphragm design? 

In June 2018, Keith Cullum, PE, from Simpson Strong-Tie gave a presentation on Steel Deck Diaphragm Attachment. Keith reviewed the function and components of a steel deck diaphragm and compared common attachment methods. He also talked about appropriate standards and building code references, as well as frequent challenges associated with designing steel deck diaphragms. During the session, Keith offered several references which can be useful when designing your steel deck diaphragms. 

There are many resources available for free download from the Steel Deck Institute at www.SDI.org. Look for items with the Download Now tab for free downloads, which include the ANSI/SDI standards and the recently published Deck on Cold-Formed Steel Framing design manual. The link to download these resources are sent via email after providing your information to SDI. 

Additional resources are available for purchase at https://www.sdi.org/publications-2/ and these include white papers, position statements, manuals and handbook, standards and other helpful references related to designing steel deck. Also, soon SDI will release their SDI Diaphragm Interaction Calculator which will be a web based tool ...    read the full article on our SE University blog.

Learn2 RESOURCES FOR WOOD CONSTRUCTION ISSUES

How often have you visited a job site for a wood structure you have designed, only to find the contractor has used a different fastener than specified? Or perhaps you noticed a seasoning check on a glulam beam and were unsure whether it could jeopardize the integrity of the beam? With so much flexibility inherent to wood construction, there tends to be many "field fixes" or unapproved fastener patterns which then lead to questions about whether these fixes are structurally sound. Having the resources you need when these situations arise can help avoid these issues and may provide additional information to help avoid callbacks in the future. 

In the May 2018 SE University session, Robert Kuserk, PE, from APA - The Engineered Wood Association, presented Frame for Success - Best Practices for Wood Buildings. Robert offered several resources for use when designing a wood framed structure.  

Resources for Wood Construction - Seasoning Checks
Resources for Wood Construction - Seasoning Checks
Robert reviewed the guidelines regarding seasoning checks in glulam beams and recommended APA's Technical Note - Owner's Guide to Understanding Checks in Glued Laminated Timber (Form F450) as a resource when evaluating seasoning checks in wood beams. To learn more about when seasoning checks may be of concern, please watch this short video.

Another resource which can be useful when designing wood structures is the International Staple, Nail, and Tool Association ICC-ES Evaluation Report ESR-1539. This publication has extensive tables and strength values...  read the full article on our SE University blog.

InspireSEU SPEAKER INSPIRES ORGANIZATIONS: 
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF COLLIN COUNTY AND 
UCSD UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS FUND
 
SE University began the  SEU Speaker Inspires  program in 2015 as a way to "pay it forward," enabling our speakers to designate a charity/organization of their choice for SE University to make a donation to help improve our world. To learn more about the organizations that SE University speakers have chosen, please read our  SEU Speaker Inspires Blog Posts .

Keith Cullum, PE Simpson StrongTie
In June 2018, SE University welcomed Keith Cullum, PE, with Simpson StrongTie, to present Steel Deck Diaphragm Attachment. He has chosen Habitat for Humanity of Collin County (https://habitatcollincounty.org) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month. 

A proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades, Simpson Strong-Tie has been a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity International since 2007, donating more than $2.5 million in cash and products. The contribution has helped support numerous Habitat houses across North America as well as U.S. and international programs. In addition, Simpson Strong-Tie employees have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours in building homes and training local Habitat affiliates along with joining the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Projects to repair and build homes affected by natural disasters. As Keith works out of the McKinney, TX office of Simpson StrongTie, he has selected Habitat for Humanity of Collin County to impact his local community.


Dave K. Adams, SE BWE
In July 2018, SE University welcomed back Dave K. Adams, SE, with BWE, to present Project Quality and Inspection Requirements. In 2016, he designated the University of California at San Diego Undergraduate Student Scholarships Fund ( https://giveto.ucsd.edu/) for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month, and he has chosen to do the same in 2018.

Dave chose UCSD Undergraduate Student Scholarships Fund for his SEU Speaker Inspires donation because he would like to help make it possible for more students to attend UCSD and study structural engineering.  


Thank you, Keith and Dave, for helping structural engineers with your SE University session, and for your designations of Habitat for Humanity of Collin County and University of California at San Diego Undergraduate Student Scholarships Fund as our SEU Speaker Inspires Organizations of the Month!

CEreqSTATES WITH UPCOMING LICENSE RENEWALS    

Summer is here! You may have license renewals coming up, and as always, you can use the upcoming SE University sessions to help you meet your continuing education requirements. If additional hours are needed, please contact Lisa Willard to discuss how we can help you. 

The following states have license renewals by July 31 :

Indiana
Wisconsin
Vermont*


The following states have license renewals on September 30th:

District of Columbia* (August 31st)
Louisiana (September 30th - some engineers)

*These states do not have continuing education requirements.

In addition to the states listed above, there are other states that may require renewal based on your initial date of licensure or other rules for that state. Please check your license information to confirm your renewal dates.   
  
For more information about license renewal, please visit our Continuing Education Requirements by State page, where you can click on states in which you are licensed to see the license renewal date, as well as the continuing education requirements for that state. If you would like a complete summary of all 50 states, a PDF file is available for download below the map. This option can also be selected if you are viewing the page from a mobile device.
 
We hope that you find this information beneficial. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Willard.

NextSEUCOMING NEXT TO SE UNIVERSITY:

BEHAVIOR AND DESIGN OF ANCHORS IN CONCRETE


On August 8, we will be welcoming Don Meinheit, PhD, PE, SE, from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, for the first of a two-part series for SE University to present Behavior and Design of Anchors in Concrete. This session will be held from 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT.

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


CHALLENGES OF PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS FOR MITIGATING THERMAL BRIDGES IN ANSI/ASHRAE/IES STANDARD 90.1


To coincide with a period of public review on a proposed addition to the ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy of Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, we will be welcoming Martha G. VanGeem, PE, from VanGeem Consulting to SE University on August 22 to present  Challenges of Proposed Requirements for Mitigating Thermal Bridges in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1. This session will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 pm EDT.

NOTE:  This session will be one hour.

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


ANCHORS: DESIGN EXAMPLES AND
PROCUREMENT/INSTALLATION/INSPECTION


On September 12, Don Meinheit, PhD, PE, SE, from Wiss Janney, Elstner Associates, will conclude his series for SE University by presenting  Anchors: Design Examples and Procurement/Installation/Inspection . This session will be held from 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT.

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



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Thank you for reading our Learn, Innovate, Excel Newsletter - we hope you found this information useful. If there are any questions we can answer, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. 

Additionally, if you would be willing to help other structural engineers by sharing tips that you have, please email your tip to Tips@LearnWithSEU.com. If we choose your tip to publish, you will have your choice of a $50 Amazon gift card or a $50 donation sent to the Structural Engineering Association of your choice. 

Regards,
 
Your SE University Team
 

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Brian.Quinn@LearnWithSEU.com 


Lisa Willard, P.E.

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Coming Soon to SE University

ALL SESSIONS 1.5 HOURS (1.5 PDHs) UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE


         
August 8, 2018

Behavior and Design of Anchors in Concrete

Don Meinheit, PhD, PE, SE
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.


August 22, 2018

Challenges of Proposed Requirements for Mitigating Thermal Bridges in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1

Martha G. VanGeem, PE, LEED AP BD+C, FACI
VanGeem Consulting

NOTE: This session will be one hour.


September 12, 2018

Anchors: Design Examples and Procurement / Installation / Inspection

Don Meinheit, PhD, PE, SE
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.


October 10, 2018

Writing Workshop

Janel Miller
University of Wisconsin - Madison


October 24, 2018

SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure (Topic TBD)

Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting

This session will be one hour.


November 14, 2018

Updates to ASCE7-16 Wind

Don Scott, SE
PCS Structural Solutions


December 12, 2018

Updates to ASCE7-16 Seismic

John Hooper, SE
Magnusson Klemencic Associates





For updated session descriptions and schedules, visit the SCHEDULE page.