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  • October 04, 2021 11:04 PM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    It was wonderful to see our California Structural Engineering community come together last month in San Diego for the annual SEAOC Convention. Thank you and congratulations to all those volunteers who planned, presented and were recognized during the few days together. A special congratulations goes out to our Southern California members who’s projects received recognition for their Excellence in Structural Engineering:

    I would also like to extend another round of congratulations to SEAOSC member Michelle Kam-Biron for her induction into the SEAOC College of Fellows. Established in 1994, The SEAOC College of Fellows was established to honor esteemed members of our community who have provided distinguished service to the association and made outstanding contributions in the field of structural engineering. Michelle has been a leader, mentor, teacher, advocate, and so much more here in Southern California. It is wonderful to see her recognized on the state stage for her contributions.

    This year, the convention gave me the opportunity to reflect on my membership and participation in SEAOSC. I was first introduced to the association as an active member of the student chapter at Cal Poly, SLO. I was drawn back to the association early in my career, finding it a valued and trusted source for technical information. What keeps me engaged at this stage is the people. Although the technical content of the convention was indeed extraordinary, the highlight of the event for me was the connection with colleagues. The one-on-one conversations - something we are not always able to carve out time for in our overflowing schedules - were powerful moments of collaboration and inspiration: glimpses into the different paths each of us have traveled in our careers, the pride we have in the work that we do, and the visions we have for the future. It is those conversations that sent me home with a renewed excitement for the future of the profession.

    I am looking forward to more of those conversations this Wednesday, as our SEAOSC community comes together for an outdoor Committee Showcase. If you haven’t already signed up, I encourage you to join us in Gardena from 5:30pm - 7:30pm and challenge yourself to make a new connection.

    Warmest Regards,

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

  • September 27, 2021 9:55 PM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    Notes from the Building Codes & Standards Committee: IBC 2024 Call for Code Changes Proposals

    The SEAOSC Codes and Standards Committee provides information on various code  development processes, including the I-Codes, ASCE 7, ACI, AISC, AISI, AWC, etc. Our building codes are only as good as we, as structural engineers, make them. Get involved with the code development process by sending your code proposals for the endorsement by SEAOC. Here's how...

    This month (September 2021), the SEAOSC Codes and Standards Committee is focused on the International Building Code proposed revision status/updates.

    The International Code Council is now preparing to accept proposals to the structural provisions of the 2024 International Building Code, 2024 IBC. The SEAOSC Building Code and Standards Committee is collecting code proposals to be shared with SEAOSD, SEAONC, and SEAOCC for the endorsement of SEAOC. Each of the Building Codes and Standards Committees of the four SEAOC member organizations will discuss proposals and form a position of support to be transmitted to the ICC. The deadline for code proposals is January 10, 2022.

    The timeline and information on the 2024 IBC development may be found on the ICC web site at

    Send your code proposals to the SEAOSC Building Codes and Standards Committee by simply emailing them at

  • September 21, 2021 11:56 AM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    Got Milk?... Beef, It's What’s for Dinner…. These are powerful, strategic campaign slogans that not only represent a product but promote an experience. 

    Thanks to NCSEA (the national association to which we belong), the Structural Engineering industry is embarking on its own campaign.  A program designed to promote the value of Structural Engineering and raise awareness for what we do.  And the tagline is...


    Designed to promote Structural Engineering Excellence, the campaign will demonstrate how structural engineers create experiences in our communities - where we work, live, love and play.  The campaign is designed to draw a connection between the work we do and the lives of our community members.  All advertising and social media posts will drive viewers to the campaign website:

    SEAOSC will play an active role in sharing the message materials provided by NCSEA via social media.  Together we can increase our reach, so please follow SEAOSC on LinkedIn, Twitter, and/or Facebook.  When you see a message that resonates with you, consider sharing it so that our voice will grow stronger.

  • September 06, 2021 8:59 PM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    “The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California will empower its members and advance the Structural Engineering Profession in service to our community” - This is SEAOSC’s mission.  A single simple sentence to let the world know what we are all about. Twenty-two strategically crafted words strung together, intended to define the vast types of works we do. It is the five words in service to our community that I would like to focus on today.

    For me, “our community” is the neighborhoods, cities, and counties that we live, work, and raise our families in. To be able to serve this community is a powerful thing. That act of service is providing safe buildings for our community members to thrive. That act of service is educating the next generation of engineers, providing new research and technical resources to those already in the field, or developing new products.  And that act of service also includes educating and advocating for our neighbors - protecting and improving the housing, economy, and character of those around us. SEAOSC has approached this advocacy recently on multiple fonts:

    • For nearly a decade, our SEAOSC Safer Cities Program has emphasized the value of strengthening existing buildings as a means of creating safer communities. Our volunteers have worked with a number of Southern California Cities to aid in the development of recent Seismic Retrofit Ordinances. And as recently as August, we once again activated our Safer Cities Advisory Program to support a local jurisdiction. To learn more about the current efforts our members are collaborating on, please join us for the State of SEAOSC address, September 8th.

    • This past year, SEAOC sponsored state Assembly Bill 1329, fighting to raise design standards above and beyond that of life safety. On behalf of all four California Member Organizations, SEAOC’s Legislative Committee gave us a powerful statewide collective voice on capitol hill. Here in Southern California, we lent support to the effort by connecting with state legislative offices to discuss vulnerabilities in our own backyards.  If this type of work is something that peaks your interest, please check out our SEAOSC Legislative Action Committee during the October 6th Committee Showcase.  (Although the bill did not make it to the Governor’s desk last week, the amount of effort put forth by the SEAOC committee and chair Ryan Kersting was enormous and much appreciated.)

    What does in service to our community look like for you, and how can SEAOSC help you with that vision?  As always, share your thoughts and feedback with  

    Warmest Regards,

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

  • September 05, 2021 2:29 PM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    On September 3, 2021, the State of California launched the 45-day public comment period for the Building Standards Commission approved proposals to amend the California Building Code (CBC) by State jurisdictions (DSA, OSHPD, HCD, etc.). The SEAOSC Codes and Standards Committee is asking all members to review these proposals and offer your expertise and input. This can be done by emailing your comments to the Codes and Standards Committee, as it will have more weight if it is included with comments from the Association.

    These proposals can be found at 2021 Public comments ( You will see one bar for each jurisdiction. For example, if you click “DSA-SS/CC,” you will see the following:

    From the options, “Initial Express Terms” are the actual proposals written in legal language. For a better understanding, you may consider reading the “Initial Statement of Reasons” (ISOR) first.

    The proposals were written in April, and the Commission decision can be found by clicking “Commission Action Matrix.” The matrix shows most of them approved as written. (Note that those few that were not approved will not advance, and as such, commenting on them is not useful.)

    Again, the SEAOSC Codes and Standards Committee recommends that you send your comments to their Committee by emailing where they will review comments and adopt them as part of the official position of SEAOSC. Please send your comments by September 30, 2021 for consideration by the committee.
  • August 30, 2021 9:00 AM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    Engineers typically focus on solving technical problems. However, policy and legislation can greatly affect our profession as well as local and state building requirements and related enforcement. In this light, SEAOSC has reestablished the Legislative Action Committee.

    The committee’s charge includes engaging with policy makers and legislators within SEAOSC’s region to review the policy and legislation and coordinate input with other SEAOSC committees regarding issues within their scope. This includes identifying the issue, its scope, and whether it affects licensure, jurisdiction authority, or statewide seismic or resilience policy or legislation. Additionally, the committee will work to proactively develop policy positions that advocate for structural engineers and a more resilient built environment, as well as develop and maintain relationships with policymakers and their staff.

    The committee will meet on the fourth Thursday at 4:30pm of every month beginning in October 2021. All levels of experience and interest are welcome to join. Come add your voice to better influence and shape policy so it more positively affects our profession, industry, and communities! Simply email to express your interest.

  • August 17, 2021 12:05 AM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    On Monday, August 9, 2021, more than 100 golfers hit the links at Friendly Hills Golf Course in Whittier for the Annual SEAOSC Golf Tournament. Foursomes and golfers made up of members, guests, sponsors, and industry partners spent the day trying to get the lowest score while having the highest amount of fun. Everyone had three chances to win $10,000 with a hole in one on three different holes, but that elusive prize wasn’t claimed by even the day’s best golfers! Thanks to our sponsors, including Tournament Sponsor Fyfe, as well as Nucor Vulcraft/Verco Group, Sika Corporation, Hilti North America, Concrete West, Simpson Strong-Tie, and Hardy Fall Protection System. Thanks to our golf Tournament Chairperson and current SEAOSC Treasurer, Craig Chamberlain.


  • August 16, 2021 10:59 PM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    Structural Engineers play such a vital role in our society, not just for the built environment where we lend our technical expertise to the construction world, but also, in providing peace of mind, solace and a sense of security, especially in the aftermath of a tragedy such as the Champlain Towers condo collapse.  Once the shock of such a tragedy has passed, the general public and our community leaders begin a quest for answers and seek experts to help provide those answers. 

    In the digital age where information flows so readily, Structural Engineers have a responsibility to the public and our profession to be a pillar of knowledge. But how do we get our message across? How can we make ourselves heard, and how do we provide the peace of mind to our neighbors, letting them know that Structural Engineers have the answers? 

    On August 4, SEAOSC leaders participated in a virtual, 2-hour media training to tackle these topics and more.  We took a dive into the recent tragedy and reviewed several media clips where various engineers from across the nation, including fellow SEAOSC members, addressed various media outlets. During this training, attendees were able to participate in a mock media interview to add additional realism to the class.

    Topics also included how to craft effective messages and what perceptions may be left in the minds of viewers, who are likely not engineers, based on how the information is presented. The participants were able to gain a better understanding of how the media seeks out its “experts,” and, if called to respond, how to be more prepared to better represent the profession. 

    Though many tactics and techniques were presented, the basis of this work was being intentional in the messaging the interviewee is trying to get across to the wider audience. This stems from four simple questions:

    1.     What do you want the audience to know; what is your key message? What is the information you have that they should have regarding that topic?

    2.     What do you want the audience to do when they hear your message? What is your “call to action” for them?

    3.     What is visual or descriptive about your message? What examples or analogies can you use to illustrate your key points that will resonate with non-engineers? (This is especially important for radio or print publications.)

    4.     When is your message relevant? When should you be pitching to media on your topic or be ready to respond because of some other circumstance?

    With these four components, you can begin to form your key message that can be practiced and refined before it’s actually needed. SEAOSC’s Board has adopted key talking points for representatives to use during interviews that allows for the individuals expertise to shine while representing the association and profession.

    From this training, it’s clear how much responsibility you have if a member of the media reaches out to you… your 5-minute interview may very well contain a 3-second clip that can impact the opinion millions of people have on the Structural Engineering profession. 

    SEAOSC will be offering additional media and communication trainings throughout the 2021-22 program year, so make sure to register for the next program.

  • August 10, 2021 11:50 PM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    • In response to the sudden collapse of the Champlain Towers South building on June 24 in Florida, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors July discussion and approval of Supervisor Janice Hahn’s motion regarding the mandating of building evaluations, SEAOSC swiftly took action to serve our public stakeholders. We invited our State Assemblymembers and Senators, as well as local policymakers and city officials, to hear from our Structural Engineering community in a discussion of the concerns and questions that are being posed in their communities. The conversation was well attended with over 50 participants from Southern California’s state legislative offices, counties and cities. Topics of discussion included:
    • the importance of building maintenance
    • potential vulnerabilities in aging building envelopes, concrete construction, and welded steel moment frames
    • feasibility and value of post occupancy inspection programs
    • possibility of using existing data to identify vulnerabilities in communities
    • legal liability taken on by jurisdictions in an inventory process

    The program featured SEAOSC members as the expert panelists including John Wallace (UCLA), Jonathan Glassman, Vida Tarassoly (Rubicon Engineering), and Boardmember Maria Mohammed (Structural Focus). Each shared insights that enabled the attendees to begin to craft informed policies and programs to address the need to ensure the safety of existing buildings. From this conversation, multiple state and local offices have engaged with SEAOSC to get more information and advice, and have even requested the activation of our Safer Cities Advisory program.

    Here at SEAOSC, it is our mission to advance the profession of Structural Engineering in service to our members and our community.  Each of our members does this in their own way, and the association works to elevate and promote our profession as manifested by the active members. If you are interested in these types of community conversations, consider becoming engaged with our newly-formed SEAOSC Legislative Action Committee, starting up this fall. You can find out more about this and other ways to leverage your expertise on October 6, 2021 at the annual SEAOSC Committee Showcase.

  • August 03, 2021 12:00 AM | John Bwarie (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Exciting and important changes are coming to SEAOSC this year - all in service of our members and our profession. Here are five main changes you can expect to see coming your way...

    1. New Executive Director:  We are excited to welcome John Bwarie as SEAOSC’s new Executive Director.  As founder and CEO of Stratiscope, John has a passion for community engagement and activation. Together with his team, John is positioned to elevate your member experience while also helping the association strengthen its outward facing voice.  Join me in welcoming John and the Stratiscope team.

    2. New and Improved Member Benefits:  2020 brought changes to our industry and the way we do our jobs.  SEAOSC understands this, and is making a point to align member benefits with the here and now. We'll be offering member-only resources and tools to help you thrive from trainings to access to policy-makers to new activities that raise the value and reputation of the structural engineering profession.

    3. Updated Communications and Branding: SEAOSC putting a focus on communication this year, both internally among our members and externally to the communities we work in.  You will see changes in our outreach, replacing the monthly newsletter with weekly emails - keep an eye out for us each Tuesday.  We also have a growing presence on social media, so if you haven’t yet done so check us out on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.  As the year progresses we will also be harnessing the momentum coming from NCSEA’s External Marketing & Public Relations Program.  It is important to us that SEAOSC reflects the professionalism and energy each one of you show in your work. 

    4. Returning to In-Person: SEAOSC is scheduling in-person events in the Fall of 2021.  Gatherings will be done in a safe manner, following Federal, State and Local guidelines.  Save a spot on your calendar October 6th for our annual Committee Showcase.

    5. Reimagined Events: As we emerge from a year of virtual interactions, SEAOSC will be rethinking how we connect.  Meeting formats will vary each month and include happy hour gatherings, new venues, virtual/in-person hybrid interactions, and even breakfast gatherings for you early birds.  Meetings will still be the first Wednesday of the month, so don’t be shy, come check out what we have in store.

    SEAOSC is powered by the passion our members and supporters have for Structural Engineering.  It is this internal network that allows us to continue striving forward in our community outreach, professional development, networking and technical knowledge.  In turn, we want to make sure we are meeting your expectations.  As valued members, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the SEAOSC office ( with any comments or suggestions.

    Warmest Regards,

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

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