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SEAoNY and its volunteer committees host a number of informative seminars and webinars throughout the year.  Videos are posted approximately one month after the event and are available for free to SEAoNY members.  Please note, you must be signed in to your member account to view recordings.

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As sustainability and carbon reduction goals creep into projects, engineers will need to become familiar with the documents that record building materials' impact to the environment: environmental product declarations or EPDs. This webinar will provide engineers with an introduction to EPDs. Attendees will learn how to read EPDs and extract the relevant sustainability information for their projects. A breakdown of the key components of EPDs will be provided. The presenter will also explain how the documents are developed and maintained. He will then discuss potential stumbling blocks and give insider tips for successful sustainable engineering implementation.


A unique architectural form for a proposed supertall in New York City led to a creative structural solution by WSP. The solution requires detailed analysis and understanding of the load paths, resulting in atypical impact to the building’s non-structural system, and leading to adjustments required in fabrication and erection of the building structure. This course will cover the general structural systems and unique aspects for the design and construction of The Spiral.




This webinar is the second of a SEAoNY series on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging focusing on performative versus substantive practices towards meaningful change. Learn how to leverage inclusion and belonging in your recruitment and retention practices. Stay for facilitated dialogue with your colleagues where you can share ideas and insights!


Presented by the NYC Department of Buildings Operations Bureau: This recording will introduce a PW1 user guide updated specifically for DOB NOW filings. An overview will be provided of the DOB NOW application process and how to navigate the new user guide from documents to technical reports.


The worldwide economic impact of corrosion has been estimated to be 3% of the global domestic product, yet there is little emphasis on designing structures to resist corrosion. In a profession with regimented design processes for load-induced effects, similar design processes for considering corrosion resistance are lacking. This presentation addresses this gap by reviewing: basic scientific principles governing corrosion to develop a scientific foundation for research findings; long-term field data on the performance of steel structures in varied quantified environments; field and laboratory assessment methods for corrosion; and practical design strategies for improving corrosion resistance. Audience members will be better prepared to optimize the corrosion resistance of their structures, improving life-cycle costs and service lives of civil engineering structures.


This panel focuses on recent advances in fire engineering and strategies to achieve fire resilience in buildings and communities. The panelists discuss different aspects of fire protection engineering and fire life safety, performance-based structural design for fire, and wildfires that impact wildland-urban interface communities.


As climate change becomes an increasingly pressing issue, it is important now more than ever for structural engineers to put sustainability at the forefront of their work. This panel is targeted towards young engineers & students who are looking to learn more about sustainable structural design and hear from those who have integrated sustainability into their practice.


The speakers discuss design and construction aspects of this unique award-winning project.

The Syracuse Stadium (a.k.a. JMA Dome), a 50,000 seat multipurpose domed stadium, opened in 1980 as the first, and remains the only, covered stadium in New York. The stadium hosts Syracuse University athletics as well as hosting a myriad of events serving the campus and the greater Syracuse community. The stadium has recently undergone a dramatic renovation featuring the replacement of its air-supported roof with cable truss roof structure.

Geiger Engineers designed and engineered the new roof and led the project design team. The project includes a new sound system, sports lighting, a center hung video scoreboard, and air-conditioning of the stadium facility. The new roof is the first-of-its-kind cable truss clad partially with tension membrane and rigid panels developed to exploit the geometric configuration of the original air-supported roof. The new roof covering 23,250 square meters (250,000 square feet) features an external steel crown truss supported on the original concrete ringbeam and its supporting structure. Whereas the original roof required snow to be melted or otherwise removed, the new structure is designed to support more than 6,350,000 kg (7,000 tons) of snow while providing natural daylighting of the facility.


Structural Engineers have the opportunity to include language in project specifications that will influence the selection of materials by the procurement team. When carefully researched, the specification team can identify concrete suppliers that will offer products manufactured with the lowest impact to the environment.

In this webinar, the presenters will offer the appropriate background information and potential approaches to defining embodied carbon limits within the concrete specs that can be used to determine the acceptance of suppliers and products. They will also outline two approaches for including these embodied carbon limits and discuss the pros and cons of each approach.


The 2021 collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, FL has emphasized the importance of identifying, evaluating, and correcting punching shear deficiencies in flat plate construction. In practice, punching shear related cracking can be challenging to identify as cracking is usually concealed. Current and previous code equations are of limited use for evaluating the punching shear capacity of slabs with excessive top cover and low reinforcement ratios. This presentation describes approaches to screening for punching shear deficiencies, field evaluation of existing conditions, and punching shear strength evaluation. Also presented are cost-effective retrofits for strengthening slab/column regions where deficiencies have been identified.


SEAoNY's Young Member Group hosts a PE Exam tips presentation to discuss the strategies for passing the new computer based PE Exam. A group of YMG members who have recently taken and passed the PE Exam host a panel discussion to answer attendees questions regarding the process. 


SEAoNY's Young Member Group hosts a PE Exam Application presentation to discuss the new application process for the computer based PE Exam. A group of YMG members who have recently submitted their applications for the PE Exam host a panel discussion to answer attendee questions regarding the process.


Structural engineering is a broad field touching a wide variety of industries/sectors which encompass far more than the typical "bridges or buildings." If you've ever been curious about what those opportunities look like, consider joining us for "Structural Engineers do WHAT??" - our latest Candid Conversations panel featuring panelists who forged structural-based career paths on roads less traveled!

Panelists speak on their experiences working on the fringe edges and niche sectors of the structural engineering industry. They discuss how they pursued these often not-thought-of career options.


Structural Engineers have the opportunity to include language in project specifications that will influence the selection of materials by the procurement team. When carefully researched, the specification team can identify structural steel manufactured with the lowest impact to the environment.

In this webinar, the presenter offers the appropriate background information and benchmark criteria that can be used to determine the acceptance of suppliers and products. He also outlines the documentation that the supplier requires in order for assessment of their ability to meet said criteria.


With recent code changes, property owners are required by law to file compliance reports on these two unique structures. This presentation will review different types of retaining walls and parking structures, the maintenance difficulties and inspection nuances, and the details of the code requirements for each.

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