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                   March 2019  
WELCOME to Learn, Innovate, Excel!  The entire team from SE Solutions would like to wish you a Happy 
New Year!

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.
If you have any tips you would like to share as part of a future Learn, Innovate, Excel newsletter, please email Lisa Willard or Brian Quinn

Typically, engineers rely heavily on Chapter K of AISC 360 for design guidance for HSS connection designs. However, there are many additional resources available including additional design examples and principles which are not referenced or included in AISC 360.

In the January 2019 SE University session, Brad Fletcher, SE, from Atlas Tube, gave a presentation on HSS Truss Connections: The Ts, Ks, and Ys of It All. Brad reviewed ways that HSS truss joint configurations affects the strength and stiffness of the overall truss, as well as how the fabrications costs of the truss relate to the truss joints connections and details.

Brad offered several resources for the design of steel trusses, connections, and multi-planar trusses. Of course, AISC 360 offers design guidance in Chapter K for HSS connections, however AISC Design Guide 24 adds further insight for HSS connection design. Brad noted this design guide will be enhanced and released again later this year.

CIDECT (International Committee for the Development and Study of Tubular Structures) also offers great examples and principles which may not be covered in the AISC design guides. The 9 CIDECT design guides are available for free download on the AISC website, and further support can be found...  read the full article on our SE University blog. 


Are you familiar with the changes to the wind provisions in ASCE 7-16? If you've taken the time to look at the wind maps, you may have noticed some significant changes to the contours and wind speed, but there are other changes that will affect your daily designs within the wind provisions. It is important to not only know what has changed, but why the changes were made.

In November 2018, Don Scott, SE, from PCS Structural Solutions, presented ASCE 7-16 Wind Provisions - Changes Affecting the Design Provisions. Don covered the changes to the new wind speed maps and explained how to determine the design wind speed. He also presented the changes to the roof pressure coefficients, and explained the effects of the new Elevation Factor.

Don was able to provide much insight as to what went into the changes to the wind speed maps and roof pressure coefficients. Since ASCE had not made changes to the non-hurricane wind speeds since 7-95, there was a significant increase in new anemometer locations and data gained from these locations. The new maps now reflect more regional variability in extreme wind climates. Wind speeds in the great plains remain unchanged, but for the rest of the country wind speeds have decreased, most significantly along the west coast. Also, new hurricane models have reduced the hurricane winds along the northeast coast, while the hurricane winds along the southeast coastlines remain unchanged.

Don offered two permitted web based tools that may be used to access wind speed data for various locations in the United States....  read the full article on our SE University blog.

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 .

Brad Fletcher, SE, Atlas Tube
In January 2019, SE University welcomed Brad Fletcher, SE, from Atlas Tube, to present HSS Truss Connections: The Ts, Ks, and Ys of It All. Brad designated the Alzheimer's Association ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month.

Brad shared that he chose this organization because "My Dad had Alzheimer's and my mom had dementia so I have firsthand knowledge on how challenging it can be."

According to its website, "The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health."  

Matthew Rechtien, PE, Esq., Sr. Assistant City Attorney, City of Ann Arbor
In February 2019, SE University welcomed back Matthew Rechtien, PE, Esq., Senior Assistant City Attorney with the City of Ann Arbor, to present Engineering Ethics Update and Miscellany. In 2017 and 2018, he designated the David and Maxine Fowler Endowed Excellence Fund at the University of Texas at Austin ( for the SEU Speaker Inspires donation of the month, and he has chosen to do the same in 2019.

Matthew previously shared why he chose the David and Maxine Fowler Endowed Excellence Fund: "Dr. Fowler, with the support of his wife, Maxine, has been a mentor, advocate, and friend for twenty years. As a professor at the University of Texas for half a century, he has touched the lives of literally hundreds of other engineering students, engineers and others in a similar way. Dr. Fowler is a gentleman and scholar in every sense of those words. I am humbled to be able to contribute, in any way (but especially by, as he did, teaching my fellow engineers), to his legacy, including the David and Maxine Fowler Endowed Excellence Fund."

Thank you, Brad and Matthew, for helping structural engineers with your SE University session, and for your designations of The Alzheimer's Association and David and Maxine Fowler Endowed Excellence Fund at the University of Texas at Austin as our SEU Speaker Inspires Organizations of the Month!


As we enter the 2nd quarter of 2019, there are a number of states with upcoming license renewals.  If additional hours are needed, please contact Lisa Willard to discuss how we can help you. 

Engineers in the following states have license renewals due by June 30th (bold states expire by April 30th):

In the following states, engineers should renew their license by the specified date:

Kansas - Last Names M-Z (April 30)
Oregon - Last Names G-K (June 30th)
Kentucky - Last Names A-K (June 30th) Utah (March 31st)
Louisiana (March 31st)
West Virginia (June 30th)

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.



On March 27, Betsy Werra, will present our SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure - Materials in Revit 2019  for SE University . This session will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST.

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

Session Description:

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.


On April 10, Cathleen Jacinto, PE, SE, from FORSE Consulting, will present  Lintels for Masonry Walls  for SE University . This session will be held from 12:30 - 2:00 pm EST.

Handouts and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, April 5th.


On May 8th, Roger LaBoube, PhD, PE, from Missouri University of Science and Technology, will present on Cold-Formed Steel  for SE University . This session will be held from 12:30 - 2:00 pm EST.

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

To learn more about subscribing to SE University, please contact either Lisa Willard at (805) 482-8436 ( or Brian Quinn at (616) 546-9420 (

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 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. 

Your SE University Team

Brian Quinn, P.E. 

Lisa Willard, P.E. 

Jenny Schultz, P.E.

Cathleen Jacinto, S.E., P.E.

Linda Benson 

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Coming Soon to SE University


March 27, 2019

SEU BIM Forum: Tips & Tricks in Revit Structure - Material in Revit 2019

Betsy Werra
E.L.Werra Consulting, LLC

April 10, 2019

Lintels for Masonry Walls

Cathleen Jacinto, PE, SE
FORSE Consulting

May 8, 2019

Topic: Cold-Formed Steel

Roger A. LaBoube, PhD, PE

June 12, 2019

SEU Core Session: Topic TBD

July 10, 2019

Topic: Tilt-up Structures

John Lawson, SE
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

August 14, 2019

Welding/Design Guide 21

Duane Miller, PE
The Lincoln Electric Company

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