Structural Engineers Association of New York

  • 09 Feb 2017 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Location: New York Athletic Club, 59th & 7th Avenue – 180 Central Park South

    Topic: 90 Minutes to Discharge a Concrete Truck Is This an Outdated Requirement?

    Event Flyer

    Most specifications require a ready mix truck to discharge the concrete within 90 minutes after the

    cement had been mixed with water. This requirement is given in ASTM C-94, the standard for ready mix concrete.

    This standard has existed for over 30 years. Concrete technology has changed significantly over these years.

    The cement of today is not the cement we had 30 years ago. Today, we have admixtures that can delay the

    cement hydration process for hours, and we have admixtures that can extend the desired slump life of a concrete mix.

    The issue of how much time should be allowed to discharge a truck is not a simple answer, like 90 minutes.

    This seminar will present:

     The latest in concrete technology to extend the working time for a concrete mix;

     Test data on plastic and hardened concrete that was not discharged in 90 minutes;

     What others are specifying as a required time or criteria to discharge concrete.

    Cas Bognacki will be the seminar moderator. There will be three presenters

    • Dr. Mohamed Mahgous
    • Dr. Charles Nmai, PE, M.ASCE
    • Henry Prenger

    Click here to register. 

  • 24 Jan 2017 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EERI NYNE -GEER Mini - Symposium

    The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen

    February 2, 2017 

    3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    The Mini-Symposium will have 2 parts: (1) A series of four talks by the foremost seismic experts involved in the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquake sequence and the 2016 Kaikoura, NZ earthquake in the fields of infrastructure and liquefaction assessment, reconstruction planning, rebuild, and code modifications; (2) a panel of international and NYC code seismic experts will discuss with the speakers key aspects of the NZ practice modifications and implementations as they relate to protection and resiliency of the critical infrastructure of our metropolis and our nation at large.

    Click here for event flyer and registration information

  • 29 Dec 2016 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Industry veteran Don Allen provides insights, photos, and details from projects that have worked, and some that have not. With over 25 years of both Engineer-of- Record and CFS specialty engineer experience, Allen will show both design examples and field photos / repairs where problems have been avoided / created / resolved on CFS framing projects. Allen will discuss each specific design challenge, why a certain approach was taken, what went right with the design and construction, and what could have been done differently for conditions that did not work. Allen will also discuss some of his recent work overseas, and how innovations worldwide are shaping CFS construction in North America. 

    For additional information, click here and here to register. 

  • 28 Dec 2016 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Concrete Industry Board Educational Seminar: The Key to a Successful Project - Collaboration between the Engineer and the Contractor

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12 noon

    Speaker: Mike Schneider - President, American Concrete Institute (ACI) SVP, CPO, Baker Concrete Construction, Inc., Monroe, Ohio

    Location: New York Athletic Club, 59th & 7th Avenue – 180 Central Park South

    We have all been involved with good and bad projects. One of the key differentiators between successful and unsuccessful jobs is the communication and collaboration (or lack thereof) between the engineer, contractor and other team members. This live presentation will discuss a number of items that can effect budget, schedule, quality and the safety performance of a project. The end game is to have a satisfied owner that would like to use the same project team on the next job.

    The earlier the contractor is involved in the design process the more impact he can have on the project cost curve. It is imperative that the expectations of all parties are identified early and hopefully there is congruency. How do we balance the issue of design optimization versus constructability. Constructability ultimately impacts the schedule and budget. How are the tolerance interfaces between various trades (elevators, curtain wall, floor coverings) discussed before they become an issue? We will discuss the importance of a pre-construction conference that is an open discussion of the potential issues. We will look at case histories where collaboration has helped to guarantee project success.

    Mike Schneider is a veteran of the concrete industry. He started with Baker Concrete Construction (Monroe, Ohio) as a Project Manager in 1978, and is currently Sr. Vice President/Chief People Officer. He also serves as the company champion of Baker’s Incident & Injury Free (IIF) Program and is responsible for safety within Baker on a Global basis. Mike has been a member of ACI since 1981 and currently serves as ACI President. He’s also an active member and past President of ASCC (American Society of Concrete Contractors). Mike is involved with the Boy Scouts of America and serves on numerous boards throughout the Cincinnati community.

    Professional Development Hours (1.0 PDH accredited)

    Reservation deadline: 1/25/17

    Reservations not cancelled by 1/25/17 will be billed.

    $75 Members with payment received by 1/25/17

    $85 Nonmembers with payment received by 1/25/17

    $95 No admittance without payment @ the door (seating not guaranteed)

    $200 (to sponsor educational seminar (seat not included)

    Business attire required (Jacket and tie - No jeans or sneakers)

    Click here to register

  • 16 Dec 2016 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Infrastructure Summit at the New York Build Expo 2017 - 15th & 16th March, Javits Center is the leading construction and design event for New York.

    This market leading two day event is a must attend for: Architects, Brokers, Developers, Planning Managers, Government, Contractors, Financiers, Construction Managers, Builders, Tradesmen plus many more.

    Click here to register. 

  • 27 Oct 2016 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the Applied Technology Council (ATC) has released a report on the reconnaissance findings of the April 2016 Mw7.8 Muisne, Ecuador earthquake, available here.

    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.

  • 22 Aug 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

    Megan Lenz
    Associate -LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

    Antonio Martins
    Owner - J & A Concrete Corp.

    Raul Herrera
    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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  • 07 Jul 2016 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    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: 

    • Multi-Family Wood Design 
    • Commercial Wood Design - Low-Rise
    • Commercial Wood Design - Multi-Story
    • Wood in Schools
    • Institutional Wood Design
    • Green Building with Wood
    • Beauty of Wood 
    • Wood in Government Buildings

    Projects across these categories will also be selected to receive regional awards of excellence. For program rules, category descriptions, and nomination information, please visit  

  • 18 Apr 2016 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Big Buzz on Tall Wood in New York City

    Date: May 3 2016

    Time: 9:00am-1:45pm

    Venue: The Steakhouse of the New York Yankees. 

    7 West 51st St
    Between 5th & 6th Avenues
    Manhattan, NY 10019

    Cost: $30

    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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  • 07 Apr 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    MoMA Symposium

    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: 

    • William Baker of SOM Chicago
    • Seng Kuan of Washington University
    • Marc Mimram, architect and engineer, Paris
    • Laurent Ney of Ney + Partners, Brussels
    • Mike Schlaich of Schlaich Bergermann Partner, Berlin
    • Jane Wernick of Jane Wernick Associates, London

    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

    Space is limited and RSVP is required

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