SEAM November Meeting: Designing with Unistrut Metal Framing System

Saving time is a recipe for success in the construction industry. The old adage “Time is money” smacks of cliché, but every successful contractor will vouch for the veracity of this statement.

“One of the greatest advantages of Unistrut Metal Framing Products is that their strut system allows you to save time compared to conventional construction products. Unistrut Metal Framing Products don’t require any welding or drilling, which allows construction professionals to complete their strut connections quickly and easily. Better yet, these parts are 100% adjustable and reusable, offering further time and money-saving benefits.

But the advantages of Unistrut Metal Framing Products go well beyond helping construction professionals save time and money. These metal strut products are designed to the highest possible standards of quality to ensure that all completed work is safe and reliable. It’s hardly surprising that Unistrut products have been relied on in everything from solar panel support to nuclear construction projects.”

SEAM will be hosting an evening seminar presented by Jake Shaw, the Director of Marketing of Unistrut Metal Framing System. Mr. Shaw is an engineer at Unistrut’s headquarters in Illinois.
Mr. Shaw’s presentation will include information about the following:

  1. General overview of Unistrut (product offering, applications, technical info, unique products)
  2. Conduit/pipe/cable tray supports (application details, products)
  3. Rooftop supports (products, applications)
  4. Seismic bracing (current offering, upcoming OPM, new products)
  5. Hilti system vs. Unistrut

In addition, Unistrut is launching an updated seismic program shortly and is building out some future products and services. Mr. Shaw would like to discuss seismic bracing as it relates to the company’s products.

Mr. Shaw will provide a Technical Resource / Quick Reference Guide as well as a Unistrut USB (pre-loaded with electronic versions of catalogs) for anyone interested.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Embassy Suites next to Portland Jetport
1050 Westbrook Street
Portland, Maine

5:30 Social
6:00 Dinner
6:30-8:00 Presentation
8:00-8:30 Q&A and discussion of seismic bracing

2.0 PDH’s will be awarded

$40 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $60 for non-members

by Friday November 15th, 2019

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SEAM September Tour: Superior Concrete, Auburn, Maine

SEAM has arranged for a tour with Superior Concrete at their Auburn facility. Tour will include both a tour of the concrete batch plant and lab facility. On hand will be two representatives from Superior Concrete that will discuss integrating precast concrete for buildings and bridges into projects. Please arrive with steel toed shoes and eye protection. Following the tour, a social time and dinner will be held at DaVinci’s Eatery.

September 19th, 2019

Superior Concrete
982 Minot Ave
Auburn, ME 04210

Social & Dinner
DaVinci’s Eatery
150 Mill Street
Lewiston, Maine

1.0 PDH will be awarded

$40.00 for SEAM members
$60.00 for non-members

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tour
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Social Time
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner

by Friday, September 13, 2019

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SEAM May Seminar: Designing Aluminum Structures

SEAM will be hosting a full-day seminar presented by Randy Kissell, PE, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants, Durham, NC.

The learning objectives of Mr. Kissells’ presentation are to:

• Know the major aluminum alloy groups and their uses
• Know the principle structural properties of aluminum
• Become proficient in designing aluminum structural members and connections

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

J. Randolph Kissell, P.E.
In 1993, Randy Kissell co-founded the TGB Partnership, an engineering firm specializing in aluminum structural design. He co-authored Aluminum Structures – A Guide to Their Specifications and Design, published by John Wiley and now in its 2nd edition, co-holds numerous US patents on aluminum structures, and was featured on the cover of Structural Engineer magazine in 2013. He has conducted ASCE’s Designing Aluminum Structures seminar since 2002 and similar seminars for the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations and the American Welding Society.

Mr. Kissell is the secretary of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the Aluminum Association, responsible for the Specification for Aluminum Structures, used throughout the US for aluminum structural design. He is also the chair of the American Welding Society’s Subcommittee on Aluminum Structures, and a member of the ASTM Light Metal Alloys committee and the Canadian Standards Association’s committee on Strength Design in Aluminum.

Abromson Center, Level 2
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
(Parking is free in the garage attached to the Abromson Center. Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the car park.)

7.0 PDH (NCSEA DIAMOND REVIEWED) will be awarded

$160 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $220 for non-members

7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental breakfast and Registration
8:00 am – 10:00 am First Session
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break with snacks and beverages
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Second Session
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Third Session
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break with snacks and beverages
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fourth Session

by Friday May 17th, 2019

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SEAM April 2019 Meeting: Loss Prevention (Case Study)

Gregg Ritter of Clark Insurance will be leading a seminar on loss prevention, which involves identifying and anticipating risks in the practice of architecture and engineering. Studying claims that have actually happened can help you more readily spot risks, identify opportunities to use loss prevention techniques and decrease exposure to claims in your own firm. The case Gregg will present is taken directly from an actual claim. It is not a composite case, nor has it been embellished—it is simply a real-life situation that involves design professionals.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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

1.5 PDH will be awarded
Insurance Premium Credit for AXA, XL, and Beazley clients

$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 – 7:45 pm Dinner and complete workshop

by Friday, April 19, 2019

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