SEAM Meeting: Replacement of I-91 Rockingham, VT Bridges

Please join us for a presentation by Thomas French, P.E., on Thursday, July 14th at TIQA in Portland. Thomas French, PE is a Transportation Department Manager for HDR, Inc. He is responsible for Civil, Structural, Maritime and Environment staff in New England. Tom has spent 28 years on the inspection, analysis, design, project management and construction of bridge, highway, drainage, civil/site and miscellaneous building projects throughout the country. He has been the lead design engineer on over 200 projects during his career as a designer for the NHDOT, as a design consultant, and as the engineering manager for a precast concrete company. Tom has spent the last 26 years as an EMT and Firefighter serving his hometown, Henniker, where he lives with his wife and two youngest daughters.

This presentation will provide an overview of the replacement of twin four-span steel deck truss bridges carrying I-91 over the Williams River and Green Mountain Railroad in Rockingham, VT. The new bridges are 860-feet long with piers up to 138 feet tall. Each bridge has five girders comprised of seven segments spliced into continuous girders over 850 feet long. With some individual segments weighing over 93 tons, fabrication, delivery, and erection took careful analysis and planning. To accommodate stringent pier slenderness criteria, rotational stiffness of the piers was increased by incorporating two bearings per girder at each pier. This project is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 PCI Design Award for Bridges with Main Span over 150ft and was selected #6 on the Roads& Bridges top 10 Bridge Projects for 2021.

We feel very fortunate to have Tom join us to discuss this innovative project.

HDR I-91 Rockingham Bridges Project Page

Thursday, July 14, 2022

TIQA (in Courtyard by Marriot Downtown/Waterfront)
321 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine

1.0 PDH will be awarded

$40.00 for SEAM/NCSEA members
$60.00 for non-members

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

by Thursday, July 7, 2022

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SEAM Tour: Back Cove South CSO Storage Facility

Join us for a site tour of the progress at the Back Cove (South) Storage Facility in Portland. Get a close up view of the construction activities for the excavation visible from I-295 at Back Cove. Glen Adams, PE, of Sargent Construction will be providing a site tour of the excavation / new tanks and a discussion of the challenges encountered on this project, with insight from the structural engineer, Woodard and Curran.

Construction of the new storage facility includes multi-level internally braced sheet pile walls to support excavation of depths up to 25 feet below sea level in poor underlying soils including clay and bay mud. Construction of the new tanks includes more than 17,000 yards of cast-in-place concrete that will store over 3.5 million gallons of combined sewer overflow (CSO) collected from three city outfalls and directed to the tanks using 72″ pipelines.

We will meet at the south end parking lot at Baxter Boulevard, adjacent to the project site (across from Hannaford). Hard hat, eye protection, boots and safety vests are required. Steel toe is NOT required.

Glen Adams, Business Development Director, Sargent Construction,
Senior Project Manager of Back Cove CSO Storage Facility

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hard hat, safety vest, eye protection, boots (steel toe NOT required).

Baxter Boulevard Parking Lot (across from Hannaford)

CREDITS: 1 PDH will be awarded

$20.00 for SEAM/NCSEA members
$25.00 for non-members

3:00 – 4:30 pm, Site Walk with Q/A

RSVP: by Tuesday May 10, 2022

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SEAM: Engineering Social Event and Annual Meeting

Join SEAM and your fellow engineers for an evening social event. This event is to celebrate our return to regular in-person activities and allow SEAM members and friends to socialize, network, and enjoy some good food and drinks together at Buck’s Naked BBQ in Freeport.

Planned Menu:

• Appetizers (crudites, cheese, meats, fruits, dip and crackers)
• Buck’s buffet (pulled pork and jerk chicken)
• Cash bar

We will also be conducting our annual meeting to briefly discuss the following:

• Current SEAM organization status
• SEAM financial report
• Notice of SEAM board position opening
• Report from the NCSEA Summit by our SEAM delegate.

This is a non-PDH event.

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Bucks Naked BBQ – Freeport, ME
568 US-1, Freeport, ME 04032

No PDHs will be awarded

$30.00 for SEAM members
$35.00 for non-members

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm, arrival/social
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm, annual meeting
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, dinner
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, social

by Thursday April 21st, 2022

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SEAM Tour: USM, Portland Campus Development Project Site Tour & Presentation

Please join us for a site tour, project presentation, and dinner at USM’s Portland Campus Development Project Site. This exciting project includes two separate buildings and a portion of Mass Timber construction! The project includes a three story, 42,000 square foot Career & Student Center built of a combination of conventional composite steel framing and exposed Mass Timber construction. The project also includes a separate eight-story, 218,000 SF, 580 bed dormitory constructed with load bearing CFMF walls and precast concrete plank floors.

We will meet in the lobby of the Abromson Community Center and the site tour will begin at 4:30 pm, guided by PC Construction. Following the Site tour we will walk back to the Abromson Center for a Buffet Style Dinner and project presentation from the following speakers. Please note face masks are currently required inside all USM buildings.

Presented by:
Peter Rand, Discipline Leader / Senior Structural Engineer
SMRT Architects & Engineers

Matt Skillins & Andrew Pires, Project Managers
Garret Bertolini, Preconstruction Project Director
PC Construction

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

88 Bedford St, Portland, ME 04101
(Parking is available for $3/hr in the garage)

$35.00 for SEAM/NCSEA members
$45.00 for non-members

by Tuesday, March 29, 2022
(Please RSVP by this date for dinner order)

4:30 pm-5:15 pm Site Tour
5:15 pm-5:30 pm Buffet Dinner Served
5:30 pm-6:30 pm Presentation & Q/A

1.5 PDH will be awarded

Hard Hat, Eye Protection, Safety Footwear,
High Visibility Vest or Coat, Face Mask


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