SEAMASS News & Member Briefs
  • A Message from SEAMASS President Bill Lovollo, PE
  • Call for Volunteer Panelists - SEAMASS SE3 Mentoring Roundtable
  • MA AEER Task Force Update
  • Member Profile: Orion Paul, EIT
  • Member News
  • Highlights of the NCSEA 2019 Structural Engineering Summit
  • Young Members Group News & Updates
  • Event Recap: February 6 Structural Masonry Event
  • Event Recap: November 20 Special Projects Spotlight
  • Welcome New SEAMASS Members & Sponsors
  • NCSEA Offers Reduced Price Webinars & Two Free Webinars
  • Call for Entries - 2020 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards
  • How to Access Your Benefits and Profile in the NCSEA Member Portal
A Message from SEAMASS President Bill Lovollo
Your Board of Directors and I have been meeting virtually to plan how we can best continue to support SEAMASS members in the coming weeks and months. In accordance with guidelines regarding public gatherings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed SEAMASS events scheduled from March through June, and cancelled our Annual Meeting scheduled for May. Registrants were notified that they will receive credit toward a future event, or a refund, and we will announce rescheduled events when appropriate. 
Going forward, as you navigate your own professional challenges, please be assured that SEAMASS remains committed to advancing the structural engineering profession and serving our members through consistent communication, recognition, and education opportunities.

As you’ll see in this issue of SEAMASS News , our vibrant organization continues to grow and provide a variety of opportunities for member growth, connection and mutual prosperity. We thank our newest affiliate-member sponsors, and encourage all members to consider sponsorship, as it helps our non-profit, member-driven organization continue to provide excellent programs and events.

You'll also see some special benefits that NCSEA is offering during the temporary suspension of in-person events.

Be safe and well, and know that SEAMASS remains committed to your success.

Bill Lovollo, PE | SEAMASS President
Call for Volunteer Panelists:
SEAMASS SE3 Mentoring Roundtable
The newly-formed SEAMASS SE3 Committee was awarded an $800 grant from the NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee to establish a local SE3 Chapter dedicated to promoting equity and engagement within the local structural engineering community.

The SEAMASS SE3 Committee currently seeks volunteer panelists to participate in a one-evening Mentoring Round Table event to be held this summer or fall.

Ideal volunteer panelists will have 7+ years of experience, a PE or SE license, and be willing to participate in an evening event in which they will share career tips and lessons learned with the next generation of young engineers. Candidates are encouraged to contact Rob Kane , Design Engineer at McNamara Salvia, who served as Financial Coordinator of the inaugural NCSEA SE3 Symposium and is coordinating the SEAMASS SE3 Mentoring Rountable.
MA AEER Task Force Update
by Michael Fillion, PE, SECB | Principal, Fillion Group, Inc.
Pictured: The Post-Disaster Building Assessment Training Workshop held on Feb 29, 2020

The Massachusetts Architects & Engineers Emergency Response Task Force (MA AEER TF) is a committee created by SEAMASS, AIA/BSA and BSCE. The committee's mission is to assist the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with Certified Post Disaster Rapid Building Evaluators should the Agency ever be overwhelmed following an event. 

The committee's 9-person Board of Directors consists of 3 representatives from each group. They meet monthly at The Engineering Center on Beacon Hill in Boston, and are administrated by The Engineering Center Education Trust. Gail Kubik, AIA , one of the driving forces behind the committee’s development, has just concluded her term as Chair.  Jeffrey Struble, PE representing SEAMASS is now the Chairperson.  David Schnerch, PE, Ph.D and Michael Fillion, PE, SECB also represent SEAMASS as directors while former director Dave Morand, PE, SECB continues to participate in meetings on a regular basis as a liaison to SEAMASS.
Recent Task Force Accomplishments & Goals:
  • The TF is available for Cal OES SAP post-disaster building safety training sessions
  • The TF has created an active roster of MA volunteer Post-disaster Building Evaluators
  • The TF continues to build relationships with MEMA and OPSI
A brief Summary of Recent Task Force Post-Disaster Cal OES SAP Training Events:
  • April 2018 at Northeastern's Kostas Research Center, Burlington, MA
  • November 2018 at the ABX conference in Boston
  • October 2019 at the Umass Conference Center, Amherst, MA
  • February 2020: A Post-Disaster Building Assessment training workshop at the BSA office, in response to the January 2020 earthquakes that devastated Puerto Rico. In this workshop-style training, each participant brought energy to the discussion and a desire to help Puerto Rico communities in need. These trained participants are now arranging with Jet Blue for free airfare, and AirBnB for complimentary housing, so they can deploy to the island.
Join the National Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluator Roster:
The latest FEMA P-2005 document ( Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance ) recommends one national roster. Recently ICC & NCSEA joined forces to create the Disaster Response Alliance (DRA) with a national digital database of volunteers to assist local, state or federal entities who need
skilled, trained and certified building safety professionals in the aftermath of disaster. In the recent FEMA post-disaster response writing documents, to participate in post-disaster safety evaluations, candidates need to have completed a 2nd responder course (Cal OES Safety Assessment Program or ICC "When Disaster Strikes) along with the following online FEMA courses: ICS100,200,700 & 800. These courses may be accessed and completed for free at To enlist as a volunteer with the DRA roster, go to their website at where you can enter your current training credentials and contact information. Additional training credentials such as the FEMA ICS courses can be added as you acquire them. Being on the national roster enables you to receive deployment notices for all 50 states should you wish to volunteer beyond your own state borders.  
Meet a Member: Orion Paul, EIT
Orion Paul graduated from Northeastern University in 2017, where he earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering. He is an engineer with L.A. Fuess Partners in Boston and works on the design and retrofit of new and existing structures across the country. 

He also serves as Digital Media Coordinator with the SEAMASS Young Members Group. Orion has answered the questions below, so we may get to know him better. Thank you Orion, for your dedication to SEAMASS and the Structural Engineering profession!
Q: Why did you join SEAMASS?
A: I wanted to get more involved in the industry and decided to attend a YMG meeting last summer. Since then I’ve taken on some responsibility as Digital Media Coordinator and have been attending many of the events that SEAMASS puts on. Overall, my experience with the group has been very positive; I’ve been able to    READ MORE 
Member News
Noblin Associates is now Vital Structures, LLC
Structural Engineers and Building Envelope Technologists
David Schnerch, Ph.D, PE to Present at
NERCSI 2020 Conference in May
SEAMASS Director Dr. David Schnerch, Ph.D, PE, Associate Principal of Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., and his WJE colleague, SEAMASS YMG Member Kara Kea, EIT, will present a session titled, How Does the Snow Melt? Insulation and Insolation at the 2020 Northeast Region CSI Conference on May 29 in Plymouth, MA. Learn more about this presentation, learning objectives, presenter bios and how to register for the conference. 
Highlights of the 2019 Structural Engineering Summit
Pictured from left: Aaron Ford, Jonathan Bayreuther, Jerson Olano, Clay Harman, Rob Kane, Kyle Karschner, Chelsea Hoplin, Bassem Almuti, and Elisa Livingston.

S EAMASS was well-represented at the 2019 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit, held in November at Disneyland in California. SEAMASS participants included:  Bassem Almuti, Craig Barnes, Jonathan Bayreuther, Michael Fillion, Aaron Ford, Clay Harman, Chelsea Hoplin, Rob Kane, Kyle Karschner, Elisa Livingston, and Jerson Olano . This year’s event hosted more than 800 total attendees, and featured more than 45 education sessions for the practicing structural engineer, several networking and awards events, and a trade show with 70 exhibitors.

Jonathan Bayreuther served as one of the moderators for the first SE3 National Symposium to be held in conjunction with a national engineering conference.

NCSEA holds committee meetings at the Summit, open to those who wish to sit in on them.  Michael Fillion, PE, SECB, a member of the Code Advisory Steering Committee, chaired the Existing Buildings Code Committee meeting and was pleased with the interest and participation of younger members who attended.

The SEAMASS Young Members Group was recognized as a finalist for Young Member Group of the Year , and YMG members also presented at the event.  Kyle Karschner presented How to Prepare for the SE/PE Exam , and Rob Kane presented How to Optimize Your State’s YMG Program.

A project submitted by Summit Engineering, The Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex Spiral Staircase , won an NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in the category of “Other Structures”. 
Young Members Group News & Events
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) continues to grow and enhance the SEAMASS community by coordinating events and programs designed to support young engineering professionals. Recent events are summarized below.
SEAMASS YMG at the NCSEA 2019 Structural Engineering Summit
The YMG was recognized at the Summit as a finalist for Young Member Group of the Year for this submission package. Several YMG members led or participated in seminars, networked with fellow engineers, and enjoyed the opportunity to explore Southern California. YMG President Chelsea Hoplin was a Scholarship Winner.
YMG Event Recap: Tour of The Sudbury
In December, representatives from McNamara Salvia showcased their work at this tower in the Bulfinch Crossing Redevelopment and shared some of their challenges they encountered while completing the complex project. After touring the structure and enjoying the view from 480 feet above Boston streets, participants socialized over refreshments in downtown Boston.
YMG Event Recap: Holiday Celebration

In December, SEAMASS Young Members Group gathered at the Kinsale Pub in Boston to celebrate the season and network.
DeWalt generously sponsored the YMG Holiday party for the third year in a row with food, refreshments, and great raffle prizes.
Event Recap: The Emerging Professionals Winter Warmer

In January, YMG members met and networked with young architects, engineers, and contractors from the Boston A/E/C community. The event was hosted by the Boston Society of Architects and partially funded by SEAMASS.
Follow or Link to SEAMASS YMG on these Social Platforms:
Instagram (@seamassymg) and  LinkedIn  
For more info, visit the YMG Page of
C ontact SEAMASS YMG Chair Chelsea Hoplin, PE for opportunities to participate.
EVENT RECAP | February 2020
Tips for Optimizing Structural Masonry
and Masonry Restoration Techniques
Presenters, on left: Brian Trimble of IMI, and Matthew Roberts of Hilti
On February 6, participants learned practical techniques and solutions regarding structural masonry from seasoned industry experts who shared their experience and insights, including: Tips for Optimizing Structural Masonry , and Masonry Restoration Techniques , presented by Brian E. Trimble, PE, CDT, LEED AP, International Masonry Institute; and Post Installed Anchors , presented by Matthew Roberts of Hilti, Inc.
EVENT RECAP | November 2019
Special Projects Spotlight
Presenters, from left:
Rami Bahjat; Adam McCarthy, PE; Patrick McCafferty PE, LEED AP; Michael Shearer, PE;
Nikola Nikolov, SE; Andrew Bradshaw, PE; Jerome MacKenzie, PE; and Mark Ennis, PE
On November 20, participants including engineers, architects and building officials enjoyed unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about three spotlight projects, directly from industry-leading design firm professionals. 

Projects included The Green Line Extension Project – presented by by STV presenters Mark Ennis, PE; Jerome MacKenzie, PE; Andrew Bradshaw, PE; and Nikola Nikolov, SE; The Little Building Renovation at Emerson College – presented by McNamara Salvia presenters Adam McCarthy, PE and Rami Bahjat; and The Northeastern ISEC Pedestrian Bridge – presented by Arup Presenters: Patrick S. McCafferty PE, LEED AP; and Michael S. Shearer, PE. The event offered 4.0 SEAMASS-Certified or NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs.
Welcome New Members & Sponsors
SEAMASS Welcomes Recent New Members and Sponsors

Professional Members:
Laila Gudrais, SE | Sr. Structural Engineer | WSP USA
Shaun McKenna, EIT | Jr. Structural Engineer | Digiorgio Associates

New Vendor Sponsors / SEAMASS Associate Members:
Atlantic Prefab | Mark Beroney |
Atlantic Restoration | Ted Fernald |
Bar Splice Products | David Casella |
ConSpec Associates | Patrick Morrissey |
Contracting Specialists Incorporated | Don Kearney |
Euclid Chemical | Dan Clark |
Fenagh Engineering & Testing | Joseph Francisco |
P.J. Spillane | Chris Kelley |
Structural Technologies | John Mulcahy |

View the Business Directory and Professional Directory at
How to Be a Sponsor, or Upgrade Your SEAMASS Membership to Include Sponsorship
Professional members (Engineers) who have already paid their $50 annual dues are invited to upgrade their membership to a SEAMASS Professional Sponsorship, for just $300 more (less than $1 per day). Corporate Sponsorships are also available for $1,200/year (less than $5 per day). 

Affiliate Members (Vendors who support engineers with services or education) are welcome to join SEAMASS as Business Sponsors, for just $350/year.

Click below to open a one-page PDF with sponsor options, benefits & registration links.
NCSEA Now Offers Reduced Price Webinars
and Two FREE Recorded Webinars with Password Access
SEAMASS members can take advantage of price reductions for the next NCSEA live webinar and several recorded webinars. Additionally, NCSEA is offering members these two free recorded webinars (regularly $250/webinar), each worth 1.5 continuing education credits: 

How the AISC 360-16 Chapter K Changes Affect HSS Design, by Kim Olson, P.E., covers the background for the changes to AISC 360-16 Chapter K, an overview of the updates, and illustrates that the differences are not as extreme as it appears at first glance. Access this webinar here and enter password: FREEWEBINAR.

Post-Tensioning Concepts, Repair, Modifications & Evaluation of Existing PT Structures , by Nate Poen, discusses the evolution of these changes, the problems they created, repair strategies and the long-term solutions provided by the new encapsulated post-tensioned systems that are used today. Access this webinar here and enter password: FREEWEBINAR

Both webinars award 1.5 hours of Diamond-Reviewed Continuing Education after passing a quiz. Once you view the webinar, login to your account on NCSEA’s Education Portal to take the quiz and receive your continuing education credit. Use the attendance code: 7b0RaKhy for How the AISC 360-16 Chapter K Changes Affect HSS Design, and 8RPo8a8N for is Post-Tensioning Concepts, Repair, Modifications & Evaluation of Existing PT Structures.
2020 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards
NCSEA's Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards annually highlights some of the best examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world. Projects are judged on innovative design, engineering achievement, and creativity. Multiple winners are presented in eight categories with an outstanding winner chosen from each category. The winners will be honored at NCSEA's Structural Engineering Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada this November.

The awards are presented in the following categories:
  • New Buildings < $30 Million
  • New Buildings $30 Million to $80 Million
  • New Buildings $80 Million to $200 Million
  • New Buildings Over $200 Million
  • New Bridges or Transportation Structures
  • Forensic/Renovation/Retrofit/Rehabilitation Structures < $20 Million
  • Forensic/Renovation/Retrofit/Rehabilitation Structures > $20 Million
  • Other Structures

Entries are due on July 14, 2020. Structural engineers and structural engineering firms are encouraged to enter. Learn more about the awards along with submission instructions.
How to Update Your Profile and Access Your Benefits
in the NCSEA Member Portal
The Member Login section in the upper right corner of the NCSEA web site provides no-cost access to the Member Portal, a members-only section of the web site that provides access to white papers, member-only tools & resources, discounts to ICC publications, and digital issues of STRUCTURE magazine.  
If you have never logged in, here's how: Click on the member login link and enter the e-mail address you used when your joined or renewed your SEAMASS membership. Then enter the (case-sensitive) password NCSEA1234. First-time users will be asked to create a new password. 

If you've logged in before, and forgotten your password: Enter your email address, and click "forgot password", to receive an immediate email with password reset instructions.

How to update your contact info (Name, Email, Mailing Address, etc.): The My Information section of the Member Portal provides you with access to your personal record, including contact information, transaction history and mailing preferences. NOTE: Please also notify with any changes to your contact information, so we can update our SEAMASS Roster.
SEAMASS is grateful to these Annual Corporate Sponsors for
their support and Dedication to our Organization
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