SEAM Seminar: Structural Engineering of Mid-Rise Wood-Framed Construction

This seminar will focus on structural design strategies for mid-rise wood-frame projects. As modern multi-family living evolves to achieve greater urban density while accommodating more amenities and long-term value, projects are growing larger, taller and incorporating more open space with views of the surrounding neighborhood. As the material of choice for many of these mid-rise projects, wood framing is well suited to accomplish these evolving trends in multi-family and mid-rise construction. However, along with a shift in the aesthetic and programmatic layout of these buildings has come a need to better frame the spaces and that onus is on the structural engineers. In addition, more and more of a building’s fire and life safety design considerations are becoming a joint effort with architect and engineer.

This half-day seminar will address a number of topics that structural engineers will need to understand in order to cost effectively design and detail mid-rise and mid-rise over podium projects. Specific topics covered will include:

• Structural implications of the use of fire-retardant treated wood framing and sheathing in exterior walls of type III projects
• Design of stacked bearing walls subject to high axial forces
• Anchorage of mid-rise wood-frame projects to concrete podiums for uplift and overturning forces
• Code limitations for height of podium structures as well as height of wood-frame lateral force resisting systems
• Design strategies for open-front and cantilever diaphragms in wood-frame structures
• Calculation of diaphragm deflection and drift compatibility in open-front structures
• Distribution of lateral forces throughout mid-rise buildings, particularly those in high seismic regions
• Analysis methods for semi-rigid and rigid diaphragms permitted in SDPWS
• Effect of structural elements on architectural considerations such as wall and floor assembly acoustical and fire-resistance design
• Holistic approaches to structural design that accounts for fire and life safety requirements, especially at structural connections and assembly intersection

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020

Marc Rivard, PE, SE, WoodWorks
Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst. Prior to WoodWorks, he was a Senior Structural Engineer involved primarily with seismic design and analysis of new and existing buildings. Marc has experience providing structural calculations, plans, specifications, construction administration and structural plan review services for a wide range of building types, including multi-family/mixed-use, education, commercial, office, institutional, and military.

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, WoodWorks
Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the U.S. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is very active as a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design and is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont.

Abromson Center, Level 2
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Parking is in the main parking garage attached to the Abromson Center. USM now charges $2/hr for parking in the garage
(Note: Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the garage)

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

$80 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $120 for non-members

7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration (Beverage/bagels/fruit provided)
8:30 am – 9:30 am Presentation
9:30 am – 9:45 am Break
9:45 am – 10:45 am Presentation
10:45am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Presentation / Closing

by Friday January 31, 2020

-Registration for this seminar is closed-

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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

Please –Click Here– to sign up and pay for this event.


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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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