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  • August 22, 2022 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    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.

    Happy golfing!

    Craig Chamberlain
    2022 SEAOSC Golf Tournament Chair

    Dan Fox
    2022 SEAOSC Golf Tournament Vice Chair

  • August 01, 2022 9:42 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    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.

    Warmest Regards,

    Patti Harburg - Petrich, S.E.
    SEAOSC President 2022-23

  • July 11, 2022 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    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.

    Warmest Regards,

    Patti Harburg - Petrich, S.E.

    SEAOSC President 2022-23

  • June 07, 2022 7:34 PM | Anonymous

    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

  • June 06, 2022 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    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?

    • We have 14 active association committees - are you actively participating? In this new world of virtual meetings, it is easier than ever to get involved in committee work and engage with like-minded colleagues in your specific areas of interest.
    • Have you been sharpening your skills with webinars and education programs? This past year we have been working to bring you a mixture of technical content as well as personal and professional development topics. It’s not too late to take advantage of our half-day seismic retro-fit program scheduled for June 30th in DTLA. As a member, you receive event discounts and other special privileges. And don’t forget, these benefits extend to SEAOC and NCSEA content as well.
    • Have you been “in the know” thanks to our SEAOSC This Week email blast? Each Tuesday we have been curating industry specific content, not only to help keep you apprised of association activities but also hot topics that affect our professional practice.
    • Has your professional network grown? As many of you know, networking is an important part of our personal success and growth. I can personally attest that there are dozens of valuable connections I would be missing out on, would it not be for my involvement in SEAOSC. Here at SEAOSC we have revamped our meetings this past year taking advantage of happy hour style “Structured Connections” to connect our members.

    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.

    Warmest Regards,

    Kelsey Anne Parolini, S.E.
    SEAOSC President, 2021-22

  • May 30, 2022 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • May 27, 2022 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • May 27, 2022 9:43 AM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    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:

    1. When we try to be creative, it enters into a gray area of the code, which leads to confusion and reluctance to act.

    2. Science means new materials don't compromise structural safety

    3. There is a concern that we’re not ready for this. Do we have the tools in place to do this work?

    4. To be sustainable, we should focus on existing buildings -- financing, costs, people wanting to do this.

    5. Access to materials

    6. Access to training for personnel

    7. People are resistant to change

    8. The pressure that the building community is under to build housing fast and affordably means that sustainability is not the priority at times.

    9. Working with multiple agencies/departments to get everyone to move into the same direction

    10. Bottoms up has a hard time getting this down (top-down directives help make this happen; legislation does work.)

    11. 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.

  • May 16, 2022 8:51 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    In September, I shared with you SEAOSC’s mission statement and the ways that the association was actively advocating in service to our community”.  I asked what the phrase in service to our community”  looks like for you, and how SEAOSC can help you with that vision? As the months have unfolded, I have seen our members work together on a number of projects that I truly believe not only advance the profession of Structural Engineering but to strengthen our communities as well.

    Over the past months I have also been fortunate to glimpse ways in  which our SEAOSC members carry the association mission into their personal lives and careers - stepping into leadership roles when the opportunity arises. Did you know that one of our members sits on the City of Alhambra Planning Commission and another participates in a City advisory body focusing on regional community resilience?  These individuals, with training and expertise in Structural Engineering, are getting involved in their communities, spurring innovation and growth while also giving a face to our industry. Other SEAOSC members have taken leadership roles on School Boards, Scouting organizations, and ACE Mentoring – all of which are providing influence and setting examples for future generations.

    It is not just the community, organization, or institution that benefits when you volunteer for leadership positions,  but there are benefits for you as well:

    • You have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals with experiences, background and mindsets that may very well differ from the professionals you work with on a daily basis.

    • It allows you to take on levels of responsibility, management, or leadership that may not be available to you in your office.  Ultimately allowing you to develop skills that will propel you in your professional career.

    • It will grow your network, and possibly open new opportunities for you down the road.

    These are all benefits I have experienced as I have navigated the executive positions of SEAOSC, and can honestly say for as much as I have given I have received it back two-fold.

    And speaking of SEAOSC leadership, I am happy to share that all five individuals, nominated by the SEAOSC Nominating Committee have graciously accepted the invitation to join the 2022/23 Board.  We introduced you to Margaux Burkholder in last week’s email and Steven Shepherd in this one, and we will continue those introductions in the coming weeks so that you will also get to know Daniel Zepeda, Richard Byrd, and incoming Treasurer Garrett Mills.  Keep an eye on our weekly newsletters for this content.

    I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events, including the joint ACI/SEAOSC dinner in Fullerton next week.  Please don’t hesitate to say “hi” and share your leadership story with me.

    Warmest Regards,

    Kelsey Anne Parolini, S.E.

    SEAOSC President, 2021-22
  • May 16, 2022 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) is pleased to present a unique opportunity for Students and Early-Career Professionals during the 2022 SEAOC Convention in Indian Wells, CA. In continuing our response to the 2020 SEAOC Call to Action we are convening a group of Engineering Students and Early-Career Professionals to share ideas on enhancing the pathways into and through the profession of structural engineering in California. To accomplish this, SEAOC is inviting interested students and early-career professionals to apply to join the SE Pathways Cohort at the 2022 SEAOC Convention.

    This will be a great opportunity to network with the practicing professionals and colleagues; learn keys issues the SE profession is facing, including Diversity Equality and Inclusion; meet representatives from trades that may assist you in your future as practicing engineers; and most important, have an opportunity to help shape the future of Structural Engineering practice in California. We strongly encourage all to apply for this opportunity. Additional benefits and opportunities you will receive include:

    Full Access to the 2022 SEAOC Convention Program

    · Two tracks of technical subjects

    · One track on professional development topics

    · Industry Receptions & Meals with Colleagues

    Primary Expenses Paid

    · Full Convention Registration

    · On-Site Accommodations for 3 Nights

    · Reimbursed Travel Expenses

    · 1-Year Free SEAOC Membership

    Special SE Pathways Cohort Activities Include:

    · Private Reception with Cohort Members and Industry Mentors

    · Participation is Pathways Workshops & Roundtable Conversations

    · Invitation to YMF Speed Mentoring Session

    This program's goal is to sponsor at least 20 students and 20 early-career professionals for inaugural SE Pathways Cohort. Students should be in at least their third year of undergraduate engineering (structural emphasis) studies and early-career professionals should be within their first three years of structural engineering industry involvement. Application & Registration information can be found on the 2022 SEAOC Convention Website at

    Read SE Pathways Cohort Invitation for Student Members here.

    Read SE Pathways Cohort Invitation for Young Members here.

    Read SE Pathways Cohort Invitation for Faculty here.

    Download the 2022 SEAOC Convention Cohort Program Application here.

    Read the 2022 SEAOC Convention Pathways Track here.

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