October 2020 Print

President's Message

I hope everyone is staying safe and has adjusted to our new reality and adapted to the new ways of doing business. We have all had to make changes and so has SEAOCC. Thanks for your continued support and efforts by the membership committee chaired by Laura Rice of Degenkolb.  I am pleased to report that we have close to the same level of membership as we did pre-COVID.  If you have not paid your dues, please do so before October 15, 2020.  If dues are not paid by October 15th, your membership will be moved to a non-member status and late fees will be imposed for reinstatement. 

Your Membership Matters

Now, more than ever, being part of a professional association like SEAOCC is invaluable. While opportunities for in-person meetings are currently limited, you can still connect with other members of our association. SEAOCC is a great resource for keeping abreast of the latest information that impacts our profession. Your paid membership provides you with a subscription to Structure magazine as well as membership at the state level and NCSEA. Through these forums, you have access to resources such as webinars, live chats, collaboration sites, committees, and codes and standards.  Additionally, the benefits your local member organization brings include reduced prices for attending webinars and other SEAOCC events, access to our membership database through our website, and much more.  With the help of our dedicated member volunteers, we are doing our best to keep the membership roster up-to-date so that you can take full advantage of your membership. For a reminder of other membership benefits, please see the Membership Committee Report below.

On September 24th, I attended the lunchtime webinar organized and hosted by our Continuing Education Committee.  The topic, “Cast-in-Place Concrete Slab Collectors,” was presented by Benjamin Mohr from HOK.  The information was very informative and useful; the speaker gave good advice for accessing further resource material about the topic.  A lack of adequate collectors and improper design can lead to the collapse of structures like the CTV building in Christchurch, New Zealand which become a symbol of the earthquake.

That said, I was a bit disappointed that there were not too many of our members in attendance for this webinar.  I think we can do better in terms of attendance and supporting the effort our committees put into fostering professional growth for our members.  If you have ideas for speakers or topics for future workshops that would benefit our members, please reach out to Sonia Eliseo, Continuing Education Chair, or John Weninger, Program Chair.  If you have other suggestions for how SEAOCC can benefit its members, please notify a committee chair or me.

Bringing Back Our Monthly Meetings

I have reached out to all committee chairs and the Board of Directors to solicit input on how to re-engage and energize our committees and individual member participation.  As you know, many events were canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Unfortunately, there is no timeline as to when we will be back to business as usual.  

So, we are hosting our first dinner meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. This meeting will be a Virtual Event where you can attend from the comfort of your home.  There will be opportunities to interact with your fellow association members and ask questions of our committee chairs.

Please look out for future notifications on how you can register for this event.  If you have ideas and would like to help with planning and organizing this virtual event, please notify our Executive Secretary Mary Lee Hellner.  I am looking forward to connecting with you all at our first virtual dinner meeting on November 10th.  Let's turn on our cameras and reconnect! 

Roy Lobo, Ph.D., S.E.

2020-2021 SEAOCC President

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Calendar of Events

OCT 13

Board of Directors Meeting

Virtual Meeting, Contact [email protected] 


oct 16

se3 Commitee

Virtual Meeting, Contact SE3 Chair Anna Tekuatz 


Oct 22
Nov 10

membership dinner meeting

Virtual Meeting

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Platinum Sponsors


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Committee Reports


By Laura Rice, S.E., SEAOCC Membership Chair 

Hello Everyone! Looking forward to the 2020/2021 year and the opportunity to connect with each of you, whether virtually or in person. Please consider this a final reminder to those who have not yet renewed your membership for the 2020/2021 year - the late fee deadline is October 15th.

As a reminder to all members, your continued Membership in SEAOCC gains you access to:

  • Technical 
    • Discounts on SEAOCC/SEAOC Continuing Education Seminars and Webinars
    • 2019 SEAOC Blue Book (a $75 value, FREE to members).
    • SEAOC Design Manuals (DISCOUNTED to members).
    • Technical Publications (FREE and DISCOUNTED to members).
    • Convention Proceedings (FREE to members)
    • Discounts of up to 25% on select ICC Titles.
  • Social - Discounted Member rates for 
    • Monthly Dinner Meetings
    • Younger Member Forum Events (35 & under) (Ski Trips, Paintball etc.)
    • Yearly Golf Tournament
    • Yearly Convention
  • Influence 
    • Take part in various committees covering technical, ethical, business, legislative and social aspects of our Profession, or rest assured that your membership dollars are supporting the activities of these committees on your behalf.
  • Membership in NCSEA including discounted member rates on NCSEA webinars and publications. SEAOCC is your ticket to membership at the national level.
  • Subscription to Structure Magazine
  • Eligibility for SEAOC Stipends and Grants to further your education and growth.

To pay your dues and renew your membership, please log in to the SEAOCC website member area using your membership account. You may pay by credit card or mail us a check. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

seaocc wind committee restart

Ken Luttrell and Norm Scheel are looking to see if there any interest in reinstating the local wind committee. They are both involved in the Wind Commitee at the state level. Whether you think wind is a breeze or just want to learn more, please contact either (or both) of them at [email protected] and [email protected]

SE3 Committee AnnouNcement

By: Anna Tekautz, S.E., SE3 Chair

Did you know your local SEAOCC SE3 committee receives support and guidance from the NCSEA SE3 committee? Did you know NCSEA SE3 hosts events throughout the year and they have three sessions lined up for the virtual NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit in November? The SEAOCC SE3 committee looks forward to hosting future events this year specific to our local region, but also encourages you to check out the NCSEA SE3 committee and their mission and events https://www.se3committee.com/.     

If you are interested in joining the SE3 committee to help make an impact or have topics you would like the committee to discuss, please reach out to Anna Tekautz at [email protected].

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Aug. 31, 2020


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Welcome New Members

new members posted on october 13, 2020

Mohamed Abdelaziz - Norman Scheel Structural Engineering - Associate
Bryce Gagner - Buehler - Associate
Daniel Maldonado - Student

new members approved on October 13, 2020

Tyler Wilfong, Advanced Structural Design - Associate
Christopher Hilson, Degenkolb - Member S.E.
Kale Stiverson, Lionakis - Associate
Rubinjeet Sangha - Student

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Design Tools for Resilient-Based Design

To achieve community resilience buildings should be designed or retrofitted to be able to recover their necessary functions within a reasonable time period.  Fortunately, the engineering community now has tools to be able to achieve this using performance based seismic design.  Details of available tools are published in the third article of a series of monthly articles in SEAOC Talk titled “Design Tools for Resilient-Based Design” which gives guidance to help structural engineers become leaders in community resilience. 

Using the design tools mentioned in the article, “…engineers can make a direct and immediate contribution toward improving community resilience by designing buildings with post-earthquake recovery time in mind, determined by the building’s function, client desires, and expected hazards.”  Application of the resilience design concepts using currently available tools enables us to communicate with building owners and the public the seismic performance of buildings in terms of – safety, repair costs, recovery time, and environmental impact for a given event.  Current tools or methodologies available and referenced in the article, include:  1) The FEMA P-58 Methodology, 2) Arup Downtime Assessment Methodology (DAM), 3) Applications and Software (PACT/PET), and 4) Seismic Performance Prediction Program (SP3).  

If you are not familiar with some of these concepts and the design tools available for resilient based design, and would like to know more, this article provides an excellent summary introduction. 

If you are interested in joining the SEAOC Resilience Committee, please email Jonathan Buckalew ([email protected]) and Anna Lang Ofstad ([email protected]).

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YMF - Apply Now for Scholarships for NCSEA Virtual Structural Engineering Submit

NCSEA is offering scholarships to young members to this year's Virtual Structural Engineering Summit, being held November 4–6 (& November 10–24 with the Rebroadcast Sessions).

Recipients will receive free registration to the Virtual Summit which includes all educational sessions, access to the trade show, and the NCSEA Awards Event.

To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be:

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Ask SEAOCC Leadership

Name something you wouldn't want to run into a dark forest or abandoned building.

"I have no desire to be in either of those places, let alone run into anything in them." - Laura Rice

"A clown." - Ben Faircloth

"Moose. More people are injured by moose in Alaska than bears each year." - Devon Lumbard

"Lots of eyes." - Nick Herskedal

Apple or Pumpkin Pie Survey

Apple: 2

Pumpkin: 2

Both: 2

Result: Inconclusive, all pie is good!

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Board of Directors

Roy Lobo


Vice President
Devon Lumbard


Tim Piland, S.E.


Past President
Ben Faircloth, S.E.


Director - Central District
Allison Konwinski


Director - Central District
Rachel Leung, P.E.


Director - Central District
Laura Rice, S.E.


Director - Central District
Louay Shamrokh, S.E.


Director - East District
Brett McElhaney, S.E.


Director - North District
Jeremy Kellogg, S.E.


Director - South District
Doug Mayer, S.E.


Nick Herskedal


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Industry News

Structural Masonry Design Webinar Announced

The Northwest Concrete Masonry Association is sponsoring a newly updated three-part webinar series on reinforced masonry design. It will focus on the requirements of the 2018 IBC Chapter 21 and the referenced material standard TMS 402/602 codes. Both working stress and strength design of reinforced concrete masonry will be covered.

Learn how to use and interpret the building code through masonry building element design examples. Participants can earn continuing education credit. The webinar dates are November 19, December 3, and December 10.

This is a practical design webinar for practicing engineers.

Register at www.nwcma.org/seminar.

Questions? Please call 425.697.5298

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