It was great to see the fantastic turnout at our SEAOSC Committee Showcase last Wednesday. I’d like to thank all the committee members who helped us master minigolf, Structural Focus for hosting us, our generous sponsors Fyfe, DuraFuse, and Safe-T-Proof, and Stratiscope for all their work in planning and executing an amazing night.
It was exciting to see such interest from our members in participating in our committees. There is a diversity of committees to get involved in, from technical subjects to member engagement. Committees offer an opportunity for each of us, as structural engineers, to both contribute to our profession and our community but also gain professional development and grow our personal networks.
The first SEAOSC committee I participated in was the Sustainability Committee, back in 2005. I learned a lot, not just about sustainability but how to move an initiative forward, how to create consensus, and how SEAOSC works as an Association. The relationships I made through my work in the Sustainability Committee continue to be valuable today, over 15 years later.
Today, our Committees are producing great work, from the upcoming Leadership Symposium to white papers to helping influence new legislation.
There is something for everyone in our SEAOSC Committees, for any background or level of experience. The more diverse perspectives we hear, the stronger our Association will be. I encourage you to reach out and participate in a committee that interests you!
Patti Harburg - Petrich, S.E.
SEAOSC President 2022-23
The 2022 SEAOC Convention was as hot as the desert was!
I’d like to congratulate Tim Kaucher and the 2022 SEAOC Convention Committee for an amazing job. The Convention was a great opportunity to reconnect with our community of structural engineers, learn about the latest technical advances, grow the profession through the Pathways program, and have a lot of fun. I’d also like to give a shout out to the SEAOSC President’s Cup team who came together with a W for our MO! A huge thank you to all who contributed to this year’s incredibly successful Convention.
Convention Social Functions
Convention App and Registration
Cal Poly Slo Students who helped with Registration as well as whatever was asked of them (including President’s Cup!):
Special Thanks to:
We have an exciting lineup of events coming up.
This week, on September 14, join SEAOSC at Brass Bear Brewing in Santa Barbara for the first Structured Connections of the year. You’ll hear from Andrew Stuffler, SEAOSC’s 2021 Building Official of the Year. Andrew will be speaking about the Cal OES Safety Assessment Program lead staff changes, SAP outreach efforts, and the SAP deployment challenges that we should all expect from extreme weather and anticipated major earthquakes in south Santa Barbara County.
I can’t wait for our 2022 Committee Showcase on September 28 at Structural Focus. Come join SEAOSC for a fun evening of mini golf, biergarten, and the Kogi truck while you learn about what our committees are planning for the upcoming year. Each committee will be hosting their own mini golf hole! If you thought last year was fun, this year is looking to be even better.
Congrats again on a great Convention and hope to see you soon!
Our summer tournament returned in 2022 with a sold out event for the first time in many years (or possibly ever…)! Our members were clearly ready for some time on the course with familiar faces as we put the past two years of the COVID restrictions behind us! We returned again to Friendly Hills Country Club (FHCC) in Whittier on Monday, August 8, and everyone played well! We had over 140 golfers and nearly 150 in attendance this year.
We were treated to great weather with sunny skies and a nice breeze. Special thanks to our sponsors: SIKA (golf ball sponsor),Structural (golf cart sponsor), ASC Steel Deck, NRMCA, Concrete West (hole-in-one sponsors), NUCOR Vulcraft (golf air cannon sponsor), DuraFuse, FYFE, Orca Aggregates, Hilti (birdie sponsors). We also want to thank our Anchor Sponsor, CSI, and our Sustaining Sponsors: Optimum Seismic, Simpson Strong-Tie, Structural Technologies, Fenagh Engineering and Testing, and Saunders. Thanks also to the significant number of foursomes from over two dozen structural engineering and industry firms.
We had a scorecard playoff for 1st place this year with a tie for the top two scores of 56 (at 19 under). It took 4 tiebreakers on the scorecard to get a winner! 1st place tournament winners were Jeff Crosier, Roger Egge, Dan McCarthy, and Larry Nelson. 2nd place tournament winners were Scott Stevens, Don Sunseri, Stephen Brown, and Brian Winley. Closest to the pin awards went to Don Sunseri (on #8) and Nick Caniglia (on Hole #16). Long drive awards went to Josh Todd and Markie McCauley. Accurate drive award went to Dave Hansen.
Thanks again to everyone’s participation. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the SEAOSC Foundation, providing students scholarships, sponsoring research, and advancing the structural engineering profession. We look forward to doing this again in 2023. Should we return to FHCC again next August? Let us know at our survey here.
Craig Chamberlain2022 SEAOSC Golf Tournament Chair
2022 SEAOSC Golf Tournament Vice Chair
One of the most rewarding aspects of belonging to SEAOSC for me is getting to know and work with a wide range of amazing engineers. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is taking steps to create a more diverse and inclusive profession, through our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, our WiSE Committee, and other efforts like the recent Firm Roundtable.
In my short term as president, there have been a number of social issues that can't be ignored. Engineers have an important role to play in our community that can go beyond structural safety. Because of our training, we know how to look at things in multiple ways to ensure we are pragmatic in the way we make decisions. When we design a building, we need to consider the structure in three dimensions, and it is similarly important to consider different perspectives when looking at issues that affect us and our community. With the training you have, I encourage you to have these conversations because as engineers, we know how to take an analytical approach that creates a valuable perspective. We need to continue to show dignity and respect for different opinions, and we need to trust and support peers from all backgrounds and beliefs.
There is a place for every engineer at SEAOSC - technical committees, member focus committees, event committees, and task forces. If you have one hour a month, we have a place for you. If you have one hour every three months, we have a place for you. We are a stronger association when we hear from different voices and perspectives. We are all one association. We welcome your engagement and participation.
I am incredibly excited for the start of our 2022-2023 year at SEAOSC!
This year, my focus is on Membership Engagement. I want to make sure that SEAOSC is providing value to each of you, both personally and professionally. I would love to see new members join our SEAOSC community.
It is also an exciting year for our Association with the new code coming out in 2023. Keep an eye out for programming related to this.
We have some great events coming up, including our Golf Tournament on August 8 (get your tickets now, we are almost sold out!), the SEAOC Convention August 31 – September 3 in Indian Wells, and our Committee Showcase in September – this event is going to be just as fun as last year’s!
I’d like to thank the Education Committee, Existing Buildings Committee, and all the speakers for delivering a fantastic Technical Summit last month on Seismic Retrofit. The content was interesting and valuable. I learned something I was able to use already.
I’d also like to congratulate the SEAOSC Members who were recognized at the President’s Lunch: Michael Ciortea, Sikandar Porter-Gill, Jessica Chen, Elitsa Vutova, Vickey Rogers, Luke Lombardi, Peter Maranian, Colin Kumabe, Margaux Burkeholder, Dan Fox, and Craig Chamberlain. A special shout out to SEAOC Fellows Jesse Karns and Mehran Pourzanjani – I look forward to celebrating with you at the SEAOC Convention.
And lastly, a big thank you to Past President Kelsey Anne Parolini. You are an incredible leader and you did great things for SEAOSC last year.
SEAOSC President 2022-23
The concrete and sustainability committees recently joined forces to start a series of white papers on reducing embodied carbon in concrete structural design. The goal of this series of papers is to highlight and make accessible a variety of carbon emission reduction techniques in concrete production, with a focus on the Southern California region.
This first paper in the series is focused on Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) and contains information and resources to help the industry with the design and implementation of mixes using PLC to help achieve our industry carbon neutrality goals.
You may find a copy of the white paper here:
Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) Reducing Embodied Carbon (REC): Use of Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) in Concrete Mixes
Welcome to June and the gateway to summer! This is an exciting month, and not just because the New York Mets are making a Southern California tour - taking two wins at Dodger Stadium this past weekend, visiting Petco Park, and then stopping in Anaheim to play the Angels. For us here at SEAOSC we wrap up our operating year and prepare to usher in a new chapter of leadership. It is also a month when many of our members are asked to renew their SEAOSC membership. As you may be starting to see those renewal requests in your inbox, I ask: have you been getting the most out of your association membership?
In addition to these great benefits, your continued membership allows the association to further its mission, including efforts in Community Engagement and Policy Advocacy.
I do hope you will continue your involvement with SEAOSC, and better yet share your experience with a friend or colleague. We are always looking to extend our community, and your testimony is a great way to do that.
Kelsey Anne Parolini, S.E.
SEAOSC President, 2021-22
The Cal Poly Pomona and CSU Los Angeles SEAOSC Student Chapters have been active over the past year, each with around 20 to 30 members that meet on a bi-weekly basis. While the SEAOSC Student Chapter at CSU Los Angeles was inactive over the past semester due to lapse of filing status with the University, they were active throughout the Fall semester and they aim to have the charter reinstated for the start of the school year in September. SEAOSC Board member Dan Fox and SEAOSC Student Chapter Liaison Michael Falcone gave presentations to both chapters informing students about opportunities for involvement in the Association post-graduation and giving them a glimpse at what to expect when entering the work environment. The students are in the process of electing a new Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Both chapters have exciting plans for the upcoming school year that include office and job site visits; inter-chapter meet-ups potentially between CPP, CSULA, and UCLA; and industry rep visits. SEAOSC will stay connected and involved in these events over the course of the school year.
The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) regularly assists local jurisdictions to create safer cities with regards to buildings. This work is done through SEAOSC’s Safer Cities Advisory Program. This year, SEAOSC members have been working to support the City of Torrance with the review of the technical aspects of their seismic retrofit ordinances. Members with expertise in seismic retrofit design and analysis provided feedback and advice as they reviewed draft retrofit ordinances that included non-ductile concrete buildings, steel moment frame buildings, "soft-story" buildings, and tilt-up concrete buildings. Currently, these draft ordinances are moving forward through the city's process for consideration by the City Council for adoption.
SEAOSC is proud to have worked with the City of Torrance as it takes proactive steps to better understand the current risk to life and property of the existing built environment and then develop a process by which that risk can be reasonably and significantly reduced.
On May 25, 2022, more than two dozen code officials from cities and agencies across Southern California joined for the 3rd annual SEAOSC Building Safety Month Webinar, this year focused on sustainable design. After a presentation by SEAOSC President-elect Patti Harburg-Petrich, the online meeting attendees broke into groups to address two questions, whose summary answers are below:
When asked how they’re addressing sustainability in building design and practice already in their work, most groups discussed that there has been a primary focus on the energy side of sustainability - electrification, limiting water use, etc. There have been some examples with smaller scale construction, but sustainability often appears as “extra.”
The conversation then moved on to the barriers they saw in implementing more sustainable building practices in their respective communities. The answers were more varied, with a primary barrier being the cost of these practices as well as the understanding of how it can be done.They also suggesting the following barriers needed to be addressed:
When we try to be creative, it enters into a gray area of the code, which leads to confusion and reluctance to act.
Science means new materials don't compromise structural safety
There is a concern that we’re not ready for this. Do we have the tools in place to do this work?
To be sustainable, we should focus on existing buildings -- financing, costs, people wanting to do this.
Access to materials
Access to training for personnel
People are resistant to change
The pressure that the building community is under to build housing fast and affordably means that sustainability is not the priority at times.
Working with multiple agencies/departments to get everyone to move into the same direction
Bottoms up has a hard time getting this down (top-down directives help make this happen; legislation does work.)
Code minimums can be a barrier
The barriers will be shared with the appropriate SEAOSC Committee to work with southern California jurisdictions to develop solutions and provide insights to support them in achieving their safety and sustainability goals. Building officials and city leaders are invited to access the resources and expertise of the SEAOSC Safer Cities Advisory program, where we can provide the expertise and pro bono support to cities working on these initiatives.
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