SEAM: Tour of Boise Structural Solutions

SEAM has arranged for tours of Boise Structural Solutions (formerly Wood Structures, Inc) wood truss and wall panel manufacturing facilities in Saco and Biddeford. Following the tours, a social hour and dinner will be held at the Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery in Saco. Dinner selections below.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

1st:Boise Structural Solutions,Industrial Park Road,Saco, ME
2nd: Boise Structural Solutions, 20 Pomerleau Street, Biddeford, ME
3rd: Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery, 100 Main Street, Saco, ME

Credits: 1.5 PDH will be awarded.

Cost: $40 for members/$60 for non-members

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tour truss manufacturing facility
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Tour wall panel manufacturing facility
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Social time
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner

RSVP: by 12pm, Friday, October 16, 2015

DINNER CHOICES: Please select one and email your choice:

Sea Scallops
Seafood Paella
Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Maple Glazed Salmon
Chevre Stuffed Salmon

Chicken Cordon Mill
Pecan Encrusted Chicken
Basil Chicken Penne

10oz. New York Strip
Steak Tips
Sweet & Savory Stuffed Pork

Mushroom Stroganoff
Grilled Veggie Napoleon
Butternut Squash Risotto
Veggie Primavera & Parmesan Risotto Cakes.

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SEAM September Wood Design Seminar

SEAM will be hosting a seminar to be put on by Mr. John ‘Buddy’ Showalter, P.E., of the American Wood Council. The presentation will run approximately six ‘Diamond Approved’ hours and will be comprised of four parts:

  • Connection Solutions for Wood-Framed Structures (DES310) – Two hours
  • Overview of Cross-Laminated Timber (MAT240) – Two hours
  • ASD and LFRD with 2012 NDS for Wood Const’n (STD105) – One hour
  • Significant Changes to AWC’s 2015 NDS & SDPWS (STD510) – One hour

DATE: Thursday, September 17th, 2015

PRESENTER: John Showalter

Buddy Showalter joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 1992 and currently serves as Vice President of Technology Transfer. His responsibilities at AWC include oversight of publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards for Wood Design Focus, published by the Forest Products Society, and STRUCTURE magazine, published jointly by NCSEA, ASCE/SEI, and CASE. Prior to joining AWC, Showalter was Technical Director of the Truss Plate Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Ramada Saco & Express Events
352 North Street
(and off the Maine Turnpike North)
Saco, Maine

6 PDH will be awarded

$125.00 for members/ $150.00 for non-member

7:00 am am-8:00 am Deli Continental Breakfast
8:00 am-10:00 am DES 310 Presentation
10:00 am-10:30 am Break
10:30 am-12:30 pm MAT240 Presentation
12:30 pm-1:30 pm New England Deli Lunch
1:30 pm-2:30 pm STD105 Presentation
2:30 pm-3:30 pm STD510 Presentation

by Friday, September 11, 2015

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SEAM: Open Forum

SEAM will be hosting an evening Open Forum hosted by the board of directors. The meeting will run approximately 1 to 1.5 hours and will be an open discussion within the membership on issues facing the structural engineering profession in Maine. A prime objective will be to have attendees interact with each other and the board by raising concerns, sharing experiences, and comparing practices. It will also be an opportunity for those attending to give feedback to the board on where they see SEAM can be improved.

Some of the topics expected for discussion are:

– Major design issues facing structural engineers right now
– Software
– Codes and Standards
– Legal Issues
– Concerns/question people may have with SEAM

Note: In an effort to reach out to those members outside of the Portland area we will be holding this meeting in Augusta, at the Senator Inn and Spa, off I-95.

***UPDATE: This meeting will be broadcast live online!***
We are offering this option to reach out to those members that may have difficulty attending due to the remoteness of their location. Of course, we would prefer you be there in person, but if that’s not possible then hopefully this will be a more convenient option. Please select the appropriate option when responding. You will receive instructions on how to join the meeting closer to the date

May 12, 2015

SEAM Board of Directors

Senator Inn & Spa
284 Western Avenue
Augusta, Maine 04330

1.0 PDH will be awarded

$20.00 for members/ $40.00 for non-member

5:00 pm -6:00 pm Social Hour
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm-8:00 pm Open Forum

RSVP Deadline Tuesday, May 5th 2015

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Seminar Notice: Lateral Load Design Using the IBC and ASCE 7

This seminar will present lessons learned from recent major wind and seismic events followed by an overviewPhoto2 of the wind and seismic provisions in the IBC and ASCE 7-10. Recent trial designs of wind and seismic provisions have shown that practicing engineers have great difficulty applying the lateral load provisions of ASCE 7 and that they often get unconservative answers.

Photo1The seminar will begin with a presentation on lessons learned from recent high-wind and seismic damage from recent events including recent Midwest storms, and the Chilean and New Zealand earthquakes. A detailed presentation of code wind and seismic requirements will update attendees on these two complex loading protocols and explain the reasons and history of the development of many of the provisions. The seminar will discuss how wind flows around a building and how the flow of wind is taken into account by ASCE 7. In keeping with the local risks, wind design will be emphasized more than seismic design, but both will be presented, because engineers work in many areas beyond the local area. Detailed examples of lateral loads on an actual building will illustrate the use of the provisions. This material has been developed by practicing structural engineers for practicing structural engineers. The seminar is intended for both recent graduates and experienced practicing engineers.Topics

Presented by: Ed Huston, PE, SE
Ed Huston is a 1971 civil engineering graduate of the University of Washington, Ed is a licensed civil and structural engineer in Washington, and is licensed in seven other states. He is a principal in the firm of Smith & Huston, Inc., Consulting Engineers in Seattle, Washington. Ed has over 40 years of experience in structural design, evaluation, investigation and code and standards development. He has been very active in the Structural Engineers Association of Washington, (SEAW) holding positions as Seattle Chapter President and State Association President. He is a member of both the SEAW Wind Engineering Committee and the SEAW Earthquake Engineering Committee. Ed is Former President of NCSEA. He is chair of the Code Advisory Committee – General Requirements Subcommittee.Huston
Ed has served on the board of directors and as President of the Applied Technology Council, (ATC) a national organization whose goal is the research into the effects of wind, earthquakes and other natural forces and the dissemination of the results of that research. Ed was a member of the SAC Steel Project Joint Venture Management Committee; was on the Project Review Panel of ATC 43 – Evaluation of Earthquake Damaged Concrete and Masonry Wall Buildings; and was Lead Technical Consultant on ATC 45 – A Field Manual for Safety Evaluations of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods. He is a co-author of the ATC Design Guide 2: Basic Wind Engineering of Low-Rise Buildings.
Ed is a co-author of the Wind Commentary to the Uniform Building Code – 1991 Edition & 1994 Editions, ATC-60, SEAW Commentary on Wind Code Provisions, as well as the SEAW RSM-03, SEAW’s Handbook of a Rapid Solution Methodology™ for Wind Design and The Masonry Designers’ Guide to the ACI/ASCE 530 Code, First through Sixth Editions. He has made over 160 seminar and technical presentations.

Date: April 7, 2015

Credits: 8.0 PDHs

Location: Ramada Saco Conference Center (352 North Street, Saco ME)

Registration and Breakfast: 7:30
Seminar starts: 8: 00
Seminar Ends: 4:30
Breakfast, Lunch (Deli Sandwiches and Chowder) and an afternoon snack are included.

Members: $185 for those registering until April 4, then $205
Non-Members: $225 for those registering until April 4, then $245
Member price is also for those with membership in other SEAs.

No-shows may be billed unless 24 hour notice is given.

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