Structural Engineers Association of New York
The event and report were co-led by SEAoNY members S. Nikolaou and R. Gilsanz with participation from other SEAoNY Members from GMS and WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The event and its aftershocks led to hundreds of fatalities, thousands of injuries, tens of thousands of people homeless, serious damage and collapses to buildings and infrastructure, and economic impact estimated at 3% of the national GDP. The performance of the natural and built environment was documented in the geotechnical, structural and nonstructural aspects by the GEER-ATC reconnaissance team that visited the most affected areas. The reconnaissance has yielded datasets, lessons, and suggestions for future research on:
(i) seismological and recorded strong ground motions;
(ii) application of US rapid assessment methods;
(iii) geotechnical and infrastructure performance;
(iv) site amplification and liquefaction;
(v) structural and nonstructural effects and correlation to geotechnical effects;
(vi) critical facilities and seismically-isolated structures response;
(vii) use of advanced 3-D technologies to map drone and photo observations;
(viii) case histories documentation of successful behavior in addition to failures; and
(ix) community/government response and awareness aspects.
View report here.
CIB Seminar: High Performance Concrete in New York City
September 14th 2016
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Engineers, contractors and concrete producers will share their experiences and recommendations for advancing quality in concrete projects
Borys I. Hayda, PE, SECB
Managing Principal -DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Associate -LERA Consulting Structural Engineers
Owner - J & A Concrete Corp.
Quality Control Manager - Jenna Concrete Corp.
William S. Phelan
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Technical Services -The Euclid Chemical Company
New York Athletic Club, 59th & 7th Avenue - 180 Central Park South
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WoodWorks 'Call for Nominations’ for
2017 U.S. Wood Design Awards
Deadline September 30th 2016
WoodWorks, an educational initiative that provides free technical support and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, is now accepting nominations for its 2017 U.S. Wood Design Awards.
The awards recognize excellence in wood design, engineering, and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness, and sustainability.
The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2016.
Projects may be submitted in the following eight categories:
Projects across these categories will also be selected to receive regional awards of excellence. For program rules, category descriptions, and nomination information, please visit www.woodworks.org/wood-design-awards/nominate.
Big Buzz on Tall Wood in New York City
Date: May 3 2016
Venue: The Steakhouse of the New York Yankees.
7 West 51st St
Between 5th & 6th Avenues
Manhattan, NY 10019
Lunch is included in the cost.
On-site Check-in: 8:30 am
Program Begins: 9:00 am
Program Concludes: 1:45 pm
Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.
Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.
As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many architects are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of tall mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support. Finally, the project architect of 475 West 18th, a proposed 10-story mass timber building in New York City currently in design—and east coast winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition—will share insights regarding the design process. Discussion will include economic and sustainability impacts, approval and testing, design considerations, and challenges associated with high-rise residential typology.
Marc Rivard, PE, SE, New England Regional Director, Woodworks
Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in the State of California, and received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a Senior Structural Engineer in California with 13 years of experience primarily involving seismic design and analysis of new and existing buildings. Marc has experience providing structural calculations, plans, specifications and construction administration services for a wide variety of projects including public schools and libraries, churches, state park facilities, multi-family and single family custom homes, universities, commercial and retail buildings, NASA operational facilities, and military housing and operational facilities.
Amir Shahrokhi, LEED AP, SHoP Architects
Amir is a Project Director at SHoP Architects with eight years of diverse architectural experience leading design teams on complex urban sites, large mixed-use projects, and innovative structures. He understands that inventive and meaningful work requires a particular ability to understand and satisfy the goals of various stakeholders in order to create memorable spaces and experiences that impact the lives of those who inhabit them. He has worked at a variety of scales ranging from intimate galleries to multi-block urban projects involving multiple city agencies and transit authorities. Amir’s current and past experiences include: parcels of The King Abdullah Financial District, a mixed-use development in Riyadh; Empire Outlets, an urban mixed-use complex of retail, hotel and parking, situated over a rail yard on the New York Harbor; and the east coast winner of the US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition—475 W18, a 10-story luxury-residential condominium utilizing mass-timber.
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Structured Lineages: Learning from Japanese Structural Design
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
In conjunction with the exhibition A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond, seven leading structural engineers will speak on Japanese structural design from 1950 through today.
This symposium is organized by The Museum of Modern Art and Guy Nordenson of Princeton University, with John Ochsendorf of MIT. Speakers and panelists also include:
Additional panelists include Sigrid Adriaenssens of Princeton University; Caitlin Mueller of MIT; and Mutsuro Sasaki of SAP, Tokyo; with concluding remarks by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA.
Please use the Film entrance at The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building, east of the main entrance on 53 Street.
RSVP to email@example.com.
Space is limited and RSVP is required
9/11 Tribute Center Complimentary
One World Observatory Tickets
One World Observatory is generously offering complimentary tickets to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who responded to the World Trade Center site from September 11, 2001 through May 28, 2002.
Complimentary tickets are being administered by the 9/11 Tribute Center, a project of the September 11th Families Association.
9/11 first responders and recovery workers may register for two complimentary tickers; one week advance registration is required.
Program available through May 2016.
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SEAoA 50th Anniversary
Convention And Conference
June 16-18, 2016
9 PDHs offered
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September 14th - 17th 2016
Registration is now open!
Join NCSEA in Lake Buena Vista Florida at Disney's Contemporary Resort for the 2016 Structural Engineering Summit! Come for the education and networking, stay for the fun![more information]
March 31st - April 1st 2016
The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are pleased to announce the 1st Biennial AEI Forum for 2016 "The IMPACT of the Integrated Building" scheduled for March 31 - April 1, 2016. The technical program will feature an impressive lineup of 9 industry expert keynote lecturers including SEI President, David Odeh, followed by interactive breakout sessions allowing for dynamic discussions and information exchange among Forum participants.
Other Forum highlights include the AEI Student Design Competition, Professional Project Awards and more.
Registration Deadline is March 18th
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Improving the Design of Slender Concrete Columns
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12 noon
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