Structural Engineers Association of New York
SEAoNY Honorary Member Lecture
Are We There Yet?
A Personal History of AEC Innovation
May 10, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
In 2014 the Harvard Business Review published a ranking of innovation by industry and it was no surprise to see our industry dead last. It’s no wonder that in the last few years we have seen outsized interest in our industry from the venture capital community—we might be the last, stubborn frontier of global proportions. Everywhere you turn you bump into ConTech and PropTech and the promise (or threat, if you shy from opportunity) of AI and MI. The world has finally caught on. But to understand where we’re going, it helps to look at how we got here. What does all this mean for the future of structural engineering, as a practice and as a career? Here are reflections of a 40-year engineering career, and why I wish I were 25 years old again.
About the speaker: Thomas Z. Scarangello has more than 40 years of experience leading the structural engineering and analysis of a wide variety of building types worldwide, from long-span sports and entertainment venues to high-rise commercial and mixed-use buildings. With the 2015 merger with Weidlinger Associates, Tom expanded the firm’s service offerings to include transportation, protective design and security, and applied sciences. He is co-chair of the New York Building Congress Council on Innovation and Best Practices and the NYBC Ascend conference. He is also active in evaluating and promoting innovative AEC technology, serving as chair of TTWiiN, an innovation accelerator that commercializes technology spun off from Thornton Tomasetti incubators, as well as driving industry innovation as a member of the BuiltWorlds’ Corporate Venture Forum and as a founding member of AEC Angels.
SEAoNY Members – Free
Non-Members – $15
1 PDH offered
Registration closes 5 pm, May 09, 2022
DEADLINE EXTENDED: 1/18/22
Call For Abstracts: SEAoNY Annual Conference March 2022
We are excited to announce the 2022 SEAoNY Annual Conference
will be virtual and held during March 2022.
Topic: Design Scenarios for a Changing World
Program Description: Structural engineers practicing in New York also often design projects located elsewhere and must learn to deal with a variety of environmental load scenarios, some of which involve ongoing evaluation of the effects of climate change. With this variety comes the need to anticipate uncommon design events and develop approaches to deal with unconventional structural demands. This year's topic will highlight the increased performance expectations we ask of our built environment, unusual design scenarios, both in New York City and across the country.
We hope you will send us your abstracts to help us plan an exciting annual conference.
Items to consider when submitting abstracts:
The EXTENDED deadline for submissions is 1/18/22
You may not want a lot for Christmas,
but there is one thing you need.
The NCSEA Summit offers networking,
and PDH are guaranteed.
You may be sad it was postponed,
or you may not have even known…
But the SEAoNY Board is here to make your wish come true…
All we want for Christmas is to hear from YOU!
Apply by 1/4/2022!
Call for NCSEA Summit Scholarship Applications
The SEAoNY Board of Directors is pleased to open the call for applications for scholarships to the National Council of Structural Engineers Association's annual Summit. The conference will be hosted at the Hilton Midtown in NYC February 14 to 17, 2021 with additional sessions offered virtually.
Scholarship recipients will have their FULL REGISTRATION PAID, compliments of the SEAoNY Board. All members are welcome to apply. Mentors, please encourage your mentees! There will be scholarships designated to younger members, as well as “Upstate” members and applicants of diverse backgrounds.
For consideration for the NCSEA Summit Scholarship, please submit a letter to the SEAoNY Board introducing yourself and explaining what aspect of the annual conference you are most looking forward to and why. Letters shall be no more than one page and submitted via email by 5 pm on Tuesday, January 4th to email@example.com.
For more information about the Summit, please visit http://www.ncsea.com/events/ .
Submit Application Here
The 2021 "Hack the Building Code" Innovation Challenge has officially kicked off, and submissions are now being accepted from the public on ways to improve the ways we design, construct and maintain our city of over 1.1 million buildings.
The challenge is an open call to startups, industry professionals, and the public, looking for the best ideas on how we can make our city's buildings and construction sites safer, more efficient, more resilient, and more sustainable.
The application deadline for submissions is November 3rd, 2021.
Last year's winners from our 2020 "Hack The Building Code" Challenge and our Carbon Neutrality Innovation Challenge included a wide range of ideas to improve our city's built environment which were showcased at our digital industry conferences. DOB also issued Buildings Bulletins in support of these innovators, official guidance documents which provide technical approvals for the use of products, processes and technologies that are not specifically enumerated in our Codes.
To mark the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s annual commemoration of the end of the nine-month rescue and recovery period at Ground Zero, NYPD Chief Terri Tobin, Baptist minister Reverend Bill Minson, Vicki Arbitrio of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), and Dr. Benjamin Luft from Stony Brook’s WTC Monitoring and Treatment Program share their personal recollections of 9/11 and its aftermath and discuss the devastating health issues affecting the rescue and recovery community nearly 20 years after the attacks.
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The SEAoNY Programs Committee is actively seeking members to help us plan events for SEAoNY & the engineering community. Involvement with the Programs Committee is a great opportunity to meet other engineers & design professionals while engaging with the AEC industry. We hold monthly virtual meetings and have many ways to be involved in planning these events, depending on your availability and interests.
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Recognizing the Contributions of Structural Engineers in the Days, Months, and Years After 9/11
As it is for many, September 11 is a day of remembrance and reflection for the structural engineering community. We remember the tragedy of that day, and how, in the face of that tragedy, people came together to help in the response and recovery efforts. The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of all the victims of the tragedy that took place 20 years ago, as well as our appreciation and gratitude to all of those who came together to help the search, rescue, and recovery efforts.
First responders searched the debris at ground zero to look for survivors and attend to the wounded. Structural engineers were right alongside them, helping to ensure that the debris field and surrounding structures they were entering were safe. Many of these structural engineers were affiliated with SEAoNY or other member organizations of NCSEA. Approximately 450 structural engineers worked shifts with first responders and contractors to evaluate the condition of approximately 400 buildings surrounding the World Trade Center site to ensure that they were safe to re-occupy.
“Personally, I would like to thank all of those volunteers again for their dedication and effort during that difficult time for all of us,” says Edward M. DePaola, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, and SEAoNY President during 9/11. “At the time, we were amazed at the response of the structural engineering community, and I’m still amazed and proud when I think about what we did.”
Over the 20 years since that fateful day, structural engineers have played an instrumental role in the disaster investigations and in the development of changes to building codes and construction practices resulting from those investigations. In addition, structural engineers have developed and implemented enhanced disaster response measures at both the local and national levels that better position structural engineers for rapid deployment in a time of need. In particular, the Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) program promotes expeditious post-disaster recovery of communities through building safety evaluations and has been activated for numerous natural disasters around the country since 9/11.
The lessons learned from 9/11 serve as the foundation for substantive changes to how high-rise buildings are engineered as well as a decisive path toward more safe and resilient communities.
“As we reflect on the events of that tragic day, we feel fortunate that our education and training as structural engineers prepared us well to assist in the recovery,” says NCSEA President Ed Quesenberry, P.E., S.E. “We are resolute in our commitment to doing whatever we can to ensure that the buildings we live and work in are safe and to being ready to respond when our communities need us.”
This statement was developed in partnership with the National Council of Structural Engineers
NCSEA, AISC, SEI, and the CTBUH released a joint statement of gratitude for the structural engineers that offered their expertise during and after the 9/11 tragedy.
This webinar series will provide an overview of the Design Guide on the ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete as well information on the major changes that occurred from the 2014 to the 2019 edition of ACI 318. The purpose of the Design Guide is to assist in the proper application of the provisions in the 2019 edition of Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-19) for cast-in-place concrete buildings with nonprestressed reinforcement. Two-hour live presentations will take place on June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14; a recording of each session will be made available to event registrants. The presentations will not be offered individually.
The main goals of the webinar series are to provide:
Design and detailing of the following structural members are covered for buildings assigned to Seismic Design Categories A through F with emphasis placed on the revisions made in ACI 318-19:
Design aids, flowcharts, and worked-out examples are presented that illustrate the design and detailing requirements. Included are examples not commonly found in other reinforced concrete resources.
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