SEAMASS News Briefs, Event

 Announcements & Member News

AUGUST 2015  

  • Recap: Etiquette For Engineers Workshop
  • Recap: Irregular Building Design and the 2012/2015 IBC
  • Register for Sept 16: WoodWorks Northeast Wood Solutions Fair
  • Submit Your Concerns for Discussion at the 2015 NCSEA Summit, & Renew Your Membership Now
  • SEAMASS YMG is Award Finalist for YMG of Year  
  • Tools to Determine Seismic & Wind Loads
  • Member News 
  • Career Opportunities
Etiquette for Engineers: Painless Networking Workshop
Coordinated by the SEAMASS Young Members Group

The SEAMASS Young Members Group hosted a filled-to-capacity workshop on July 30 titled, Etiquette for Engineers: Painless Networking.  Marianne Cohen of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting led an interactive presentation on how to handle business situations -- from conferences to cocktail parties -- with poise and confidence.

Participants learned a variety of essential networking skills.
Topics included: what to know before you go, name tag placement, shaking hands, body language, connecting with clients and customers, and building better business relationships. After the presentation, participants practiced their new networking skills while enjoying food and beverages. 

The YMG thanks Weidlinger Associates, Inc. for the use of their conference room.

Irregular Building Design in Accordance with the 2012/2015 IBC

More than 40 attendees participated in the seminar presented by Dr. Timothy Mays on Aug 10, titled Irregular Building Design in Accordance with the 2012/2015 IBC.    Dr. Mays discussed critical factors such as plan layout, aesthetics, space planning and other issues that often result in irregularities, the presence of which leads to code required modeling and detailing enhancements that are not often discussed in practical design guides or textbooks on lateral design.

Dr. Mays explained how and why building irregularities impact structural design, and provided several examples of how to appropriately analyze and design lateral force resisting elements for various types of irregular buildings located in Seismic Design Category (SDC) B and D.   Participants each received a copy of the Guide to Design for Common Irregularities in Buildings - 2012 IBC and ASCE/SEI 7-10.
REGISTER NOW for September 16 Educational Event:
WoodWorks Northeast Wood Solutions Fair
Educational Event Centers on the Design of
Non-Residentialand Multi-Family Wood Buildings

The Wood Products Council's WoodWorks program will host a free Wood Solutions Fair on September 16, 2015.

Intended for design and building professionals, the fair will include 12 seminars dedicated to the design, engineering and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. Seminars and speakers will include (among others):

Building Enclosure Details and Assemblies for Wood-Frame Buildings
Colin Shane, MEng, PEng, RDH Building Sciences Inc.

International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction
John "Buddy" Showalter, PE, American Wood Council

Energy and Environmental Performance of Wood Structures
Presented by Russ Miller-Johnson, PE, Engineering Ventures, PC

Mass Timber Building Systems: Understanding the Options
Presented by Bernhard Gafner, PEng, MIStructE, CEng, Dipl. Ing., Fast + Epp

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Architects, engineers, developers, code officials and anyone else interested in wood's exciting design possibilities (in building types that include commercial, industrial, mid-rise/multi-family, schools, restaurants, and others).

WHEN:  September 16, 2015 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lunch/Wood Design Award Presentation: Noon - 1:20 p.m.

WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA

EDUCATION CREDITS:  Attendees can earn six AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (FBPE-approved)

COST: Free, and includes lunch. Seating is limited; register today!

View the 4-page Event Brochure for complete details

Submit Your Issue or Concern for Discussion
at the 2015 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit
Michael Fillion, PE, SECB will represent SEAMASS at the 2015 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit from Sept 30-Oct 3 in Las Vegas, NV.

He will participate in NCSEA Committee meetings on October 3 and a Delegate Interaction Meeting on October 4, in advance of the general summit keynote address and meetings.

Mike is currently preparing a list of concerns from our chapter members, to share with fellow delegates as they exchange ideas on best practices.  Please contact Mike to propose issues for him bring to the Summit.

Renew Your SEAMASS Membership to be Included on the
SEAMASS 2014-15 Roster to be Submitted at NCSEA Summit

SEAMASS must submit our Roster of 2015-16 Members at the NCSEA Structural Summit on September 30.  The SEAMASS fiscal year began on June 1.  All members are reminded to RENEW their membership if they haven't already done so. If you have already renewed, thank you for your support.

To renew, visit the Join SEAMASS Page and scroll down to the Renew Your Membership section. Click on the PayPal button and view specific instructions. (A LL renewing members must email with the brief info detailed on the renewal page, after they pay online via PayPal. )

SEAMASS YMG Named as Finalist for NCSEA YMG of Year Award
Winner to be Announced at 2015 NCSEA Annual Summit
Congratulations to the SEAMASS Young Members Group for being selected as a finalist for the NCSEA Young Member Group of the Year Award by the NCSEA Young Member Group Support Committee (YMGSC).

Emily Guglielmo, NCSEA's Selection Committee Chair, informed SEAMASS YMG, " This award is given in recognition of exemplary work and dedication to your YMG.  Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!"  

SEAMASS YMG Chair Bassem Almuti, YMG Student Liaison Michael Figueroa, YMG Records Keeper Robert Kane, and YMG Events Coordinator Benjamin Mall will participate in the 2015 NCSEA Annual Summit in Las Vegas, where the YMG of the Year finalists and winner will be announced at the Young Member Mixer on Wednesday, September 30.

About the YMG Award:
The award is designed to recognize Young Member Groups that are providing a benefit to their young members, member organization, and communities.   NCSEA evaluates YMGs based on their accomplishments in four categories ( Professional Development, Community Outreach, Membership & Participation, and Networking).

Useful Web Tools to Aid in Determining Seismic & Wind Loads
Contributed by Michael Fillion, PE, SECB  | Fillion Group, Inc.
Mike Fillion, PE, SECB, has compiled this list of some useful tools to aid you in determining seismic & wind loads:

On the USGS website, visit the U.S. Seismic Design Maps page to determine the MCE spectral response accelerations Ss & S1.  These factors are automatically calculated by entering the Design Code Reference Document, Site Address, Site Soil Classification and Occupancy Category.

The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.


Visit the Applied Technology Council's web page, ATC Windspeed by Location to determine the wind speed at your project site simply by typing in the address.
If you are trying to determine terrain effects due to escarpments, topo software is available, such as Topo North America 10 by DeLorme.

Member News

SEAMASS President Mike Berry, PE completed the Pan-Mass Challenge on August 1-2, riding from Sturbridge to Bourne, MA over two days.  Mike explains, " When my friend (and best man from my wedding) was seriously ill, I felt helpless. The PMC was my way of contributing something to help fight cancer, and it was a great experience."  He jokingly added, " The hardest part was staying overnight in a pup tent!" (Riders can also choose stay in a hotel.)    

About the PMC: 
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is an annual bike-a-thon that runs through 46 towns in Massachusetts.   Since 1980, the PMC has since raised $455 million for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) through the Jimmy Fund. Cyclists choose from 12 routes of varying mileage designed to cater to all levels of cycling strength and fundraising ability. There are six two-day routes that range from 132 to 190 miles and six one-day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles. Cyclists are required to raise between $500 and $5,200 to ride in the PMC, depending on the chosen route.


The Boston office of Cannon Design is looking for an Entry-level Structural Engineer to join our team. We are on the leading edge of integrated sustainable design and the use of virtual environment modeling and building information modeling. If you are a self-motivated, goal-driven engineer interested in the exciting growth fields of science and technology, health care, and education, then we would like to talk with you!  For more information on this opportunity, visit

Gale Associates, Inc. has an opportunity for a Registered Structural Engineer with 3-7 years of experience and a strong resume in the evaluation and renovation of existing structures and facades, foundation design and concrete rehabilitation.  Knowledge of waterproofing and building envelope assemblies is helpful.  Ability to assist with management of projects, computer efficiency and effective presentation/communication skills are essential.  Gale offers an excellent salary and full array of benefits. Send resume & salary requirement to  EOE/AA/Veterans/Disabilities Employer.

Thank you SEAMASS Corporate Sponsors
Thank you to these SEAMASS Members who have contributed their  
Corporate Sponsorship in support of this member-driven organization: 
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