SEAM Seminar: Engineers’ Guidelines for Historic Structural Systems

SEAM will be hosting this half day seminar presented by Mr. Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE
The seminar will review several types of historic, archaic and obsolete structural framing systems. We will explore original design bases, how systems appeared on period documents, how to identify on site and how to analyze such systems under current building codes. The seminar will give a survey of historical changes in building technology, discuss their meaning today and consider how the safety of historic systems compares to that of modern structural systems.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE

Donald Friedman is president of Old Structures Engineering, PC, a structural engineering consulting firm for historic and old buildings. A professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the investigation, analysis, and restoration of landmark buildings. Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, and is a licensed engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. He is certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board, and is a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Friedman’s design experience includes the integration of modern construction into existing buildings with archaic and obsolete structural systems; repair and restoration of steel, masonry, iron, wood, and concrete structures; and the investigation of historic buildings to determine structural type and condition. In addition to Mr. Friedman’s project work, he has taught engineering of historic buildings in the building conservation programs at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; he has spoken at numerous conferences on such topics as the structural analysis of masonry facades, and the failure of obsolete structural forms; he is the author of After 9-11: An Engineer’s Work at the World Trade Center, Historical Building Construction, and The Investigation of Buildings, and the co-author of Building the Empire State and The Design of Renovations. Refereed papers include “Methodology of Conservation Engineering,” “Cast-Iron Columns in Renovation Design,” “Hidden Intricacies: The Development of Modern Building Skeletons,” and “Ambiguity in Building Investigation.”

Abromson Center, Level 2
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Parking is free and located in the main parking garage attached to the Abromson Center
(Note: Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the garage)

4 PDHs will be awarded, Diamond Approved
Note: NCSEA does not warrant that a course complies with the continuing education requirements in all jurisdictions

$90 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $130 for non-members

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration (Beverage and fruit provided)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session (with break)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Afternoon Session

by Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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SEAM April Meeting: Structural Fire Protection

SEAM will be hosting an evening seminar presented by Eric Apolenis from Coffman Engineers, based in Atlanta Georgia. The presentation will cover structural fire protection design as it pertains to 2018 codes and standards.

The presentation will consist of three main parts:

1. Prescriptive Structural Fire Protection Strategies
2. Changes in Structural Fire Engineering
3. Performance Based Design (PBD) Approaches for Structural Fire Protection

Included in the discussion will be relevant IBC and ASCE provisions for fire protection with background information on calculating fire resistance rating, types of construction, and fire and smoke protection features. A case study using performance based design will also be discussed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Eric Apolenis, P.E., Engineer, Fire Protection
Coffman Engineers, Atlanta

DiMillo’s On the Water
25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
Please park at the Wharf – it will be validated by the restaurant

1.5 PDH will be awarded, Diamond Approved
Note: NCSEA does not warrant that a course complies with the continuing education requirements in all jurisdictions

$50 for SEAM members, $70 for non-members

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Registration/ Social
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:45 pm Presentation

by Friday, April 6, 2018

When you register online you will be given a choice of three meals (see detailed meal list below) – be sure to make a selection. If you don’t – we will choose for you!

• Grilled Vegetables over house made polenta served with garlic bread

• Maple Baked Haddock Fresh Filet of Haddock, topped with Seasoned Bread Crumbs and Maple Cream Sauce

• Black Angus Sirloin Steak 9 oz. Black Angus Steak served with bleu cheese and garlic butter and House made onion rings. Cooked Medium Rare to Medium Unless otherwise requested

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SEAM Meeting: Beyond Contract Basics

Gregg Ritter of Clark Insurance will be leading a seminar on the Do’s and Don’ts of effective contract writing. This seminar will be useful even for engineers with standard contracts, as there are new recommendations for clauses as issues have arisen over the past few years. The program is designed to help you review client-developed agreements and to improve your contract negotiation skills. You will:

  • Understand the general purpose of 25 different types of contract clauses or issues and the risks commonly associated with them.
  • Be able to identify contract and negotiation solutions to these risks.
  • Be able to recognize clauses that contain onerous language and those with acceptable wording.
  • Learn to revise clauses to reflect a more equitable allocation of risk.
  • Be better prepared to justify these modifications.
  • Acquire strategies to provide alternative or additional language to protect yourself.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gregg Ritter (Vice President, Senior Account Executive)
Gregg, a graduate of the University of Vermont and a resident of Portland, has distinguished himself in the area of professional liability for architects and engineers. He has more than 20 years in the industry and joined Clark in 2003. He serves as a VP of the agency as well as a Fiduciary of the Clark Insurance Employee Stock Ownership Trust.

Clark Insurance
1945 Congress Street, Building A
Portland, Maine 04104

2.0 PDH will be awarded
XL Insurance Premium Credit

$40.00 for SEAM members
$60.00 for non-members

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Registration/social time
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Dinner
6:15 pm – 8:15 pm Seminar

by Friday, March 9, 2018



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SEAM Meeting: Leading Effective Meetings

SEAM is pleased to present a workshop hosted by Nancy K. Ansheles – Catalyst & Co. The workshop will run approximately 90 minutes and will have the following objectives:
• Observe and evaluate factors that contribute to facilitating successful group meetings
• Identify characteristics of effective group leaders
• Review the structure and process that maximizes participation by others
• Discuss and practice critical facilitation skills

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Nancy K. Ansheles, M. Ed.
Nancy Ansheles is passionate about helping develop and achieve results through creative learning programs. For more than 20 years, she’s motivated leaders and professionals to develop workplace skills, energize the creation and sustainability of effective teams, and sparked organizational change. She has created and facilitated customized learning programs for more than 200 clients and 28,000 learners.
Additional information about Nancy may be found at:

University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus
Abromsom Center, Room 213
Free parking in attached garage
88 Bedford Street
Portland, Maine 04101

1.5 PDH will be awarded

$40.00 for SEAM members
$60.00 for non-members

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Registration
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Workshop
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Dinner and complete workshop

by Friday, February 9, 2018

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