The Steel Fabricators of New England (SFNE) will hold its Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
The keynote speaker will be Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD, the new president of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

Charlie will present his "Charlie's Angles" vision for the future of steel. He will focus on AISC's plans to help fabricators increase market share by illustrating the benefits of steel over other building materials.
The SFNE Dinner Meeting will be held at the Marlborough Country Club, in Marlborough, MA, from 5 pm - 8 pm.
Click here to register online.
Click here to download a registration form.

SFNE Golf Tournament Results

The SFNE Annual Golf Classic was held at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Click here to view the tournament photos.

Congratulations to Florrie Davidson from Turner Steel for winning the Hole In One Contest at SFNE's September 23 Golf Tournament.

Other Winners

Long Drive #7 Women
Jessica Yim, Triad Metals International
Long Drive #14 Men
Patrick Cole, McBrie, LLC
Closest to the Pin #3  (10ft 11in},
Gerry Stanitsas, Vulcraft Sales Corporation
Team Results:
1st Place :   57 (-15)
Rens Hayes, Rens Welding & Fabricating
Rens Hayes IV, Rens Welding & Fabricating
Jeremiah O'Neill, Rens Welding & Fabricating
Dan Darcy, Rens Welding & Fabricating
2nd Place :     58 (-14) 
Mark Delaney, Delaney & Associates, Inc.
Scott Delaney, Delaney & Associates, Inc.
Bob Delaney, Delaney & Associates, Inc.
Mark Delaney Jr, Delaney & Associates, Inc.
3rd Place :     59 (-13}
Sean Hood, USI New England
Donald Hoard, Superior Steel Fabricators, Inc.
Josh Cilley, American Steel Fabricators
Steve Doherty, Diamond Iron Work
Special Thanks Golf Tournament Sponsors

Wind & Waves
Exploring ASCE-7-10
(Minimum Design Loads for Buildings & Structures)
and ACSE 24-14
(Flood Resistant Design and Construction) 
Presented by:
Ricky McLain, PE, SE | WoodWorks-Wood Products
John Bologna, PE | Coastal Engineering Company, Inc.
Sean Riley, PE | Coastal Engineering Company, Inc.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | 4.0 PDHs  
There are significant changes coming in the ninth edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code schedule to be adopted in early 2017.  Its adoption of IBC 2015 means concurrent adoption of updated wind and flood design provisions of ASCE-7-10 (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures) and ASCE 24-14 (Flood Resistant Design and Construction), respectively. 
This seminar is designed to cover the revised guidelines in each of those national publications and how they will apply to structural design requirements going forward with the ninth edition.  The four-hour program will be divided into two two-hour presentations focusing on "Wind" (ASCE 7-10) and "Waves" (ASCE 24-14). 
Both topics should be of great interest to practicing structural engineers who will be expected to be familiar with this subject matter when the new code goes into effect.

For more information, contact:
SEAMASS, c/o Bassem Almuti, PE, 99 Summer Street, Suite 600,  Boston, MA 02110

Click here  to register.
From the Massachusetts 
State House News Service

Two Years After Fatal Fire, "Hot Works" Bill Nears Final Passage

By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 6, 2016.....The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to create a state commission to study welding and "hot works" regulation, leaving the legislation in need of a pro forma vote in each branch and the governor's signature to become law.

Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn has championed the bill, telling lawmakers last year that such a commission could make changes that prevent fatal fires, like the March 26, 2014 Back Bay blaze that killed two firefighters.

"This is of particular importance to Mayor (Martin) Walsh and myself given that an investigation of a fire that took the lives of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh, Jr., and Firefighter Michael Kennedy concluded that this fire was caused by nearby welding work that was done without a City permit," Finn wrote in testimony last year. "We are hopeful that this commission can make recommendations that will prevent future tragedies."

The bill (H 4455) would create an 11-person commission with a charge to "investigate and study the current requirements for licenses and permits governing cutting, welding, and other hot work processes that involve burning or a similar operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions, to determine if the state fire code adequately protects the safety of the public and first responders."

The House passed the bill June 30 and the Senate on Thursday followed suit. Both branches must now take a procedural vote to enact the bill in order to send it to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.

While a previous draft of the bill was before the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, Senate Chair James Timilty said, "I love this bill, and we're gonna jump on it, and finish it this year," the News Service reported.

The bill is a redraft of a bill (H 2111) that was sponsored by Sen. Kenneth Donnelly, an Arlington Democrat and a former firefighter, and Rep. Nick Collins of South Boston.

A similar bill cleared the Senate and advanced in the House in September 2014 before sputtering out in that branch.
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Catherine Flaherty, Executive Director,
Laura Preston, Program Coordinator,
Mike Gillis, Program Assistant,