SEAMASS News & Member Briefs
  • SEAMASS at the 2018 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit
  • Event Recap: Geotechnical-Structural Interaction Seminar
  • Event Recap: Forensic Geology & Concrete Petrography Seminar
  • Event Recap: Projects Spotlight Seminar
  • Young Members Group News & Events
  • Member Profile: Chris Barlow, EIT
  • Call for Member Projects
  • SEAMASS & NCSEA Member Resources
  • NEW Streamlined Process to Join SEAMASS
  • Career Opportunities
  • Upcoming November 27 Event – Register Now
2018 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit:
Left photo: SEAMASS members at the Summit, from left: Elisa Livingston, EIT, Brian Post, PE; Kara Kea, EIT; Ted Saltz, PE; Nikki Baldvins, EIT; Bassem Almuti, PE, LEED AP; Chelsea Hoplin, EIT; Michael Fillion, PE, SECB.
Right photo: Members of the NCSEA Northeast Regional Board of Directors, including SEAMASS members Bassem Almuti, PE, LEED AP (front left) and Michael Fillion, PE, SECB (back, 4th from left)
Our state was well-represented at the 2018 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit from Oct 24-27 in Chicago, IL, where more than 600 professionals from across the nation convened to advance the industry and honor those who dedicate their lives to improving it.  SEAMASS member participants included Bassem Almuti, Nikki Baldvins, Chris Barlow, Craig Barnes, Michael Fillion, Aaron Ford, Chelsea Hoplin, Kara Kea, Elisa Livingston, and Ted Saltz.  

In addition to benefitting from practical education, a dynamic trade show, and peer networking, participants gathered to recognize recipients of the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards and NCSEA Special Awards, which honor members that provide outstanding service and commitment to the organization. 

Congratulations to Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger for winning the Most Outstanding Project award within the category, “New Buildings $20M to $100M” for their project, The Baha’i Temple of South America in Sanitago, Chile.
SEAMASS YMG Named 2018 NCSEA YMG of the Year
Left photo: SEAMASS YMG Board members with the NCSEA YMG of the Year Award Certificate, from left: Elisa Livingston, EIT, Brian Post, PE (President), Chelsea Hoplin, EIT
Right photo: SEAMASS YMG Members with Summit Keynote Presenter, Ashraf Habibullah, SE. From left: Ted Saltz, PE, Chelsea Hoplin, EIT; Elisa Livingston, EIT; Ashraf Habibullah, SE; Brian Post, PE; and Chris Barlow, EIT.
Congratulations to our SEAMASS Young Members Group for earning the 2018 NCSEA YMG of the Year Award , presented at the Summit. The award recognizes the Young Member Groups that have had the greatest impact on their young members, member organization, and communities over the past year. Our YMG was one of four nominees considered for top honors (others were New York, Utah, and Washington). 

2017-18 YMG President Robert Kane, PE explained, “ We are proud to have the NCSEA select our organization as the top YMG in the country, recognizing our collective efforts to coordinate site visits, seminars, social outings, and student outreach events over the past year. I couldn't be more excited for our YMG, and for SEAMASS as a whole. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our YMG Board Members, and the support of the SEAMASS Board of Directors. Thank you all for your contributions, and I look forward to the year ahead, under the capable direction of incoming YMG President Brian Post, PE.”

Chris Barlow, EIT of Cannon Design and Ted Saltz, PE of Thornton Tomasetti were awarded scholarships to participate in the Summit, based on their winning essay submissions to NCSEA.
RECAP: Geotechnical-Structural Interaction Seminar
Presenters Kelvin Wong, PE; Jean-Louis Locsin, PE, Ph.D; Damien Siebert, PE; Michael Flynn, PE

On September 11, nearly 70 participants enjoyed a half-day seminar featuring four geotechnical and structural engineering experts who described how their interaction affects design for both professions. Presentations covered a variety of foundation systems and how they are selected and evaluated; supportive excavation and the iterative designs between geotechnical and structural engineers; and some newer foundation systems that are a part of the modern built environment.

The event offered 4.0 SEAMASS-Certified PDHs, and Presentations included:

Support of Excavation: Structural & Geotechnical Engineers, Working Together
Bill Walton, PE, SE, F.ASCE, D.GE | Senior Vice President, GEI Consultants 
Michael Flynn, PE | Project Manager, GEI Consultants

Geotech 101: Everything You Wanted to Know
Damian Siebert, PE | Geotechnical Discipline Leader, Haley & Aldrich

The State of the Art in Geotechnical Engineering
Kelvin Wong, PE | Project Manager, Haley & Aldrich

Seismic Design of Buildings - Geotechnical Aspects
Jean Louis Locsin, Ph.D, PE | Senior Technical Specialist, Haley & Aldrich 
RECAP: Forensic Geology & Concrete Petrography Seminar
On October 11, participants learned from the firsthand experiences of Scott Wolter, PG, a forensic geologist, professional petrographer, and host of The History Channel's America Unearthed series. Mr. Wolter discussed general petrography and related concrete testing, and explored details of the Pentagon attack and forensics, as well as a murder case using petrography, and other case studies.

The event offered 4.0 SEAMASS-certified or 3.0 NCSEA Diamond-certified PDHs.

The Event Sponsor was Alpha Weatherproofing Corp., represented by Paul Capobianco, President.
RECAP: Projects Spotlight Seminar With 3 Design Experts
Project Spotlight Presenters, from left: Glenn R. Bell, PE, SE, CEng, SECB;
Matthew W. Streid, SE; and David J. Odeh, SE, PE, SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE

On November 6, participants were treated to a unique behind-the-scenes experience as they learned firsthand details about spotlight projects, presented by leading design firm principals. The event offered 4.0 SEAMASS or NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs, and featured these projects:

Design of Baha’i Temple, Santiago, Chile
Glenn R. Bell, PE, SE, CEng, SECB
Chairman & Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 

145 Broadway - Cambridge, MA
Matthew W. Streid, SE
Senior Associate, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

New England Projects Under Construction That Utilize Hybrid Designs
David J. Odeh, SE, PE, SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE
Principal, Odeh Engineers, Inc. 

This event was sponsored by LNA Solutions, represented by Steven Holiday.
Young Members Group News & Events
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) continues to grow and enhance the SEAMASS membership community. Recent events and recognition include:
NCSEA YMG Trivia Night Event
At the NCSEA YMG Trivia Night in July, SEAMASS placed first among several other YMGs from across the country.

22 members participated, and the event was hosted by McNamara Salvia.   
Tour of One Dalton
In August, the YMG toured Boston's third tallest building One Dalton - a new 61-story skyscraper in the heart of Boston's Back Bay, slated to open in Spring 2019. It will be approx. 740 ft high, and home to a Four Seasons hotel at the lower levels, and luxury condos in the upper levels.
Tour of Boston College Rec Center
In October, the YMG toured the new Recreation Center at Boston College. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, the new Connell Recreation Center is a 244,000-sf building that broke ground in March 2017.
NCSEA 2018 Structural Summit
The SEAMASS YMG was named 2 018 NCSEA YMG of the Year at the NCSEA Annual Summit in Chicago, IL. YMG members at the event to accept the award included  

YMG members Chris Barlow, EIT of Cannon Design, and Ted Saltz, PE of Thornton Tomasetti each submitted winning essays, and earned scholarships from NSPE to participate in the summit.   View details and their winning essays
Learn more: Visit the SEAMASS YMG Page of to view recent events and see biographies of the 2018-19 YMG Board of Directors and Committee Chairs, who volunteer their time and talent to lead and shape the group’s future.
Member Profile: Meet Chris Barlow, EIT
Chris Barlow, EIT is a Structural Engineer 1A with one year of experience in structural engineering. He currently works for Cannon Design in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned his Master of Architectural Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University. 
He serves on the YMG Board as Student Liaison, and earned a scholarship to participate in the 2018 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit in Chicago.
Thank you, Chris, for your contributions to SEAMASS and the Structural Engineering profession!
Q: Why did you join SEAMASS?
A: I joined SEAMASS to continue my education as a structural engineer and to network with others in the profession. SEAMASS offers a variety of resources for equipping young engineers like myself with industry knowledge beyond a higher education degree, such as site visits and study sessions. Structural engineers also face many unique challenges every day with solutions far outside the box of common industry knowledge. In those instances, having a community of creative thinkers surrounding me becomes very useful.

Q: Describe a project that you’re involved with.
A: At Cannon Design, I am involved with a number of very interesting projects. One particular project, a 76,000 SF athletic center near Washington, DC, really packed in a lot of innovation and unique features for its relatively small size. What I am most proud of are the 64 round, tapered, architecturally exposed, glulam columns, sloped in two planes, supporting the 102’ long steel trusses over the gymnasium.

Q: As an engineer, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: During my final year at Penn State, my thesis project won first place first place for structural engineering, as well as the first place overall award from the Professional Engineers in Private Practice of Pennsylvania. I worked extremely hard on that project, but the amount of knowledge I gained in such a short time was very rewarding.

Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and cooking. Recently, I finished the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy by Cixin Liu. My favorite places that I have traveled so far are Bangkok and Tokyo. My favorite dish to cook is Thai Red Curry, using a mortar and pestle I picked up in Thailand.
Call For Member Projects
All SEAMASS members are encouraged to submit projects for the Project Spotlight feature section of SEAMASS News, as well as promotion on the SEAMASS website, or potentially as part of a SEAMASS Projects Spotlight Seminar.

Projects may range from small to large; be located anywhere in the world; and designed by structural engineers in the SEAMASS region. Of particular interest are projects that attract attention from the structural engineering community, engaging them to learn about a project. For example, spotlight projects should include relatively unique details, such as unusual structural, construction, or architectural features; or out-of-the-box structural design approaches and detailing solutions.

If you have a project to submit for recognition, please contact Bassem Almuti at .
SEAMASS & NCSEA Member Resources
and New Streamlined Member Registration Process
NEW: Updated Process to Join SEAMASS & NCSEA
SEAMASS has streamlined the process to make it easier for New Members to join our state and national organization. New members may complete and submit a New Member Application online, as well as submit their payment, all in one transaction.
View the Join SEAMASS page of our website for details. 

The link also enables members to bundle their membership with a SEAMASS Sponsorship, for just $300 more (less than $1 per day) for Professional or Business Sponsorships. Corporate Sponsorships are also available for $1,200/year (less than $5 per day).  Learn about Sponsor Benefits

Instructions for Cal-OES SAP Trainees to Join NCSEA/ICC Second-Responder Roster 
Participants in the April 2018 SEAMASS Post Disaster Building Safety Assessment (SAP) Training seminar received your Cal-OES identification badges. They are now encouraged to join the Second Responder Roster, to ensure that when disaster strikes in Massachusetts or neighboring States, we are prepared to act quickly & effectively. Joining the roster ensures that you will receive NCSEA email alerts about the need for Second Responder volunteers. 
HOW TO JOIN THE ROSTER: Visit to add your name.
QUESTIONS? Contact Mike Fillion, PE, SECB  

NCSEA Monthly Communication Webinars FREE for Members
NCSEA Members are encouraged to view past webinars available on the NCSEA Member Portal by visiting the SEA Resources tab with your login information.

How to Log In and Access Your NCSEA Benefits
The Member Login section of the NCSEA web site is a benefit for SEAMASS Members to enjoy no-cost access to NCSEA’s Members-only Portal. If you’ve logged in before, the login process has not changed. If you have never logged in, click on Member Login, type the same e-mail address you used when joining or renewing your SEAMASS membership, and the (case-sensitive) password NCSEA1234. First-time users will be asked to create a new password.  Once logged in, you can access to STRUCTURE Magazine, ICC publication discounts, NCSEA Committee minutes, and more.
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Career Opportunities
Noblin & Associates, LLC Seeks Candidates for These Positions:

Registered Roofing Consultant/Engineer 
Full-time Roofing Consultant with an engineering or architectural background and 5-15 years’ experience in Building Technology, with roofing, cladding, siding, and waterproofing design experience, for the firm’s Bridgewater, MA and Hampton, NH offices.  View Full Position Description

Staff Engineer
Full-time Staff Engineer with 5-15 years’ experience in Building Technology; or Structural Engineering; or Architectural Engineering, for the firm’s Bridgewater, MA and Hampton, NH offices. View Full Position Description
This section is a benefit to SEAMASS Sponsors . Email SEAMASS Secretary Bassem Almuti with a brief description (and/or a PDF or link to a description on your website) for consideration of publishing in SEAMASS News.
Upcoming Event - Register Now for November 27
Disaster Assistance Building Evaluator Training
NOVEMBER 27, 2018 (Tuesday) | 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Disaster Assistance Building Evaluator Training Workshop
6.5 HSW CEUs | 6.5 PDHs | Credit is Approved for Building Officials

This event will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, as part of the Pre-Show Education series at ABX 2018. Hosted by The MA Architects & Engineers for Emergency Response Task Force (AEER). View Details and Register Now 

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