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President's Message March 2024

March 04, 2024 2:39 PM | Anonymous

Dear Members,

I recently read an article about decision making. How many decisions do you make each day? Just getting out of bed as you wake up (decision #1), you probably make 10 or more. I was surprised to read that the average number of adult choices each day is 35,000! How many of these decisions do we make at work? For our projects? When we think about this collectively with working with others, my guess is the number is in the hundreds of thousands or millions for a single structural engineering project!

Decisions for our projects from multiple people must go together and while not all need to work, most will need to. Our clients look to us for our expertise and guidance while they risk their capital driving new development. We are tasked with providing the support they need when they need it. It's the trusted advisor role that we can deliver that keeps them coming back to the expert they know and need. And in many ways, SEAOSC looks to provide this support to our members. We want to be that trusted advisor that you look to and need when you have a question or need support. Do not forgot that we are here—reach out when you need support!

As we roll into March, there are a number of things that we are busy working on:

Our Bylaw revisions were put out to a vote by membership. Thank you to those who voted and provided feedback. Amendments and changes to our Bylaws are governed by Section IX of our current Bylaws ( Although we did not exceed 50% of our members voting, we did receive votes from more than 20% of our voting members. Therefore, in accordance with our Bylaws, our BOD will be voting this month at our monthly board meeting to approve or oppose the latest revisions (with one minor update from member comments).

SEE (Structural Engineering Excellence) Award nominations are here. Don't forget to sign up your best projects and be recognized!

This year’s State convention will be in Portland in September. In 2025, the state Convention will be back in San Diego. As with tradition, each MO hosts and helps plan a convention once every four years and SEAOSC's next convention to host will be in 2026. So, come join the committee! We are just beginning to plan and you can help shape where we may go! If you have interest in joining, please reach out to me directly at or to our association at

We have a number of events coming up as well. 

  • March 6 - Structural Connections: Orange County (Degenkolb Offices)
  • March 7, 14, 21 - NCSEA/SEAOC Webinar Series
  • March 13 - Emerging Engineers Night (DTLA @ Boomtown Brewery)
  • March 21 - Women Working Together Networking Happy Hour (DTLA @ JAMA offices)
  • April - SEAOSC & AIA Joint Membership Mtg
  • May - SEE Awards
  • June - President's Lunch

I hope to see you all there.

Wishing you a productive and inspiring March!


Craig Chamberlain, S.E.
SEAOSC President 2023-24

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