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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SEAM Meeting Notice: Liability Mitigation

SEAM will be hosting an evening seminar to be put on by Mr. Gregg Ritter, of Clark Insurance. The presentation will run approximately 1.5 hrs and will focus on liability mitigation.

The primary discussion will focus on case study in liability mitigation. Also discussed will be liability drivers and contract language.

DATE: March 3rd 2015


Mr. Ritter is a Vice President and Senior Account Executive of Clark Insurance, Inc. in Portland. Mr. Ritter is a graduate of the University of Vermont and specializes in professional liability insurance for engineers and architects.

The dinner planned is a new England barbecue including green salad, roasted red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, mac-n-cheese, barbecue chicken, and warm fruit cobbler.

Seasons Event & Conference Center
Ramada Inn Plaza
155 Riverside Street
Just off exit 48 of the Maine Turnpike
Portland, Maine

2.0 PDH will be awarded

$35.00 for members/ $50.00 for non-member
Payable ahead of time on the SEAM website via Paypal, by check, or at the door.

5:00 pm-5:30 pm Social
5:30 pm-6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm-8:00 pm Presentation
8:00 pm-8:30 pm Questions

SEAM website by Friday, February, 27 2015


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SEAM Full Day Welding Seminar

Diamond Approved for 8 pdh’s.

February 12, 2015

SEAM is planning a full day seminar on Welding.

Topics to include:
-Improve your design skills.
-Learn what conditions create potential failures and how to avoid them through good design and specifications.
-Receive tips on proper welding design to reduce cost and avoid problems in fabrication, erection and inspection.
-Improve the quality and clarity of your project specifications, as well as update them to the latest standards.
-Better understand the engineer’s role in specifying inspection and testing requirements, and in making evaluations.
-Expand your knowledge of welding symbols to accurately convey your design information.

February 12, 2015

Bob Shaw, SSTC

Seasons Event and Conference Center
155 Riverside Street
Portland, Maine

8 PDH’s will be awarded (Diamond Approved)

$185.00 for members/ $245.00 for non-member

7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Presentations & Questions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Presentations & Questions

by Friday, February 6, 2015

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