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January 25, 2018 - Austin Chapter
New Austin Central Library
Maggiano's Little Italy North Park Dallas
11:45 am - 1:00 PM
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January 30, 2018 - Corpus Christi Chapter
Young and Perspective Members Event
Maggaiano's Little Italy North Park Dallas
11:45 am - 1:00 PM
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January 30, 2018 - Dallas Chapter
AISC 2016 Standards
Maggaiano's Little Italy North Park Dallas
11:45 am - 1:00 PM
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February 20, 2018 - Dallas Chapter
ACI 562
Maggiano's Little Italy North Park Dallas
11:45 am - 1:00 PM

March 20, 2018 - Dallas Chapter
Mass Timber- Products, Performance and Design
Maggiano's Little Italy North Park Dallas
11:45 am - 1:00 PM

April 11, 2018 - State
SEAoT State Board Meeting
Courtyard Marriott 4533 South IH 35 Austin 78744
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

April 19, 2018 -
Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE
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November 01, 2018 - State
SEAoT State Conference

Job Openings for Structural Engineers
Current Members
Fall 2017 State Newsletter


Details of the Advance Program are shown below:

7:00 am Golf Tournament - NorthShore Golf Club
9:00 am Exhibit set up
11:30 am Registration opens
Javier Carlin, P.E., SEAoT State President
Lewis Shrier, P.E., Corpus Christi Chapter/Conference Chair
1:40 pm


Eric Tompos, P.E., S.E., C.B.O., VP/Director of Compliance, NTA
Prescriptive requirements for the use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) were introduced in the 2007 Supplement to the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC). However, the code does not provide guidelines for engineered SIP systems. To fill this gap, the Structural Insulated Panels Association (SIPA) undertook the development of the Structural Insulated Panel Engineering Design Manual, which was released for public review in 2016. This presentation provides an introduction to this design resource and provides an overview of the limit states and design conditions that are addressed using the design manual. The presentation will cover:
1. The scope, purpose and layout of the SIPA Structural Insulated Panel Engineering
2. Some specific limit states addressed in the design manual.
3. Design situations that may be addressed by the design manual.

About the Speaker
Eric Tompos, is the Executive Vice President of NTA, Inc. He is a licensed civil and/or structural engineer in all 50 states. Eric has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and is recognized as a Certified Building Official and Master Code Professional by the International Code Council. He has extensive experience in the design and construction of factory built structures, building components, materials testing, and quality assurance. Eric's current responsibilities are focused on structural design, code compliance of factory built structures, development of policies related to NTA's building product certification activities and solving code compliance issues related to new and innovative building products.

2:30 pm

Dr. Ernst W. Kiesling, National Storm Shelter Association, Texas Tech
Dr. Kiesling will discuss the significance of some of the major weather events that have demonstrated the need for storm protection. His presentation will also cover standards developments and upgrades, code expansions such as ICC 2015, code adoptions by states and jurisdictions, and the increased professionals' participation in design. Frontiers in design and organizational structuring in NSSA will be presented.

About the Speaker
Dr. Kiesling served as Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas Tech for 50 years, 20 as Chair and seven as Associate Dean of Engineering. He was instrumental in developing the concept of the above-ground storm shelter in the early 1970s and has subsequently nurtured quality design criteria and developments. He has been referred to as the 'Father of the Safe Room'. He has served as Executive Director of NSSA since its formation in 2001.

3:50 pm

Randy Daniels, Business Development Manager, Foxblocks
The presentation will provide an overview of Insulated Concrete Forms, their history, design, construction and environmental benefits. Mr Daniels will cover the different types of ICFs, competitive analysis, ICF code approvals and testing. His presentation will include where ICFs work best as well as applications where they are not recommended, along with an overview of sample projects.

His talk will also focus on the building process, including design considerations to maximize efficiency, high-performance insulated concrete building envelopes, benefits to builders, owners and occupants, installation and square-foot costs. He will conclude with a summary of the ICFs contribution to environmentally sustainable “green” construction.

About the speaker
Employed by Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Corporation, the world's quality leader of manufactured ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms), Randy Daniels is Fox Blocks' Western United States Business Development Manager. He has 18 years of ICF technical sales experience and over 30 years of experience in the concrete industry.

Randy Daniel’s background includes CA C-8 Concrete Contractor, Ready-Mix Concrete Batchman & Dispatcher, Ready-Mix Technical Support and Ready-Mix Concrete Regional Sales. He has delivered concrete consulting services as subject matter expert for technical and sustainable applications.
In 1998 Randy was designated by the NRMCA and Southern California Ready Mix Association as a presentation “point-man” responsible for introducing Insulated Concrete Forms to the Southern California architectural and engineering community. He quickly developed a passion for this Green Building movement and in 2000 joined the ICF industry full time as an ICF product regional sales and business development manager. Randy has delivered numerous ICF Installer Training Seminars, and ICF AIA CEU presentations. He has been featured on national broadcast media and his video productions are a staple of the ICF You Tube library of knowledge. He is also an accredited ICF trainer/presenter for numerous institutions and associations.
His efforts over the last 18 years have resulted in environmentally friendly ICF construction specified for residential, commercial, military, institutional, federal, municipal, and public works buildings throughout the nation. Projects include schools, banks, megaplex theatres, churches, military, university, multi-story hospitality and production housing to the first LEED Certified public school in CA and two LEED Platinum results; he has developed and delivered over 9.2 million square feet of sustainable and successful ICF wall construction.


4:40 pm

Sherry Mundell, P.E., South Central Texas Technical Advisor, WoodWorks

Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

The presenter will:

  • Identify mass timber products available in North America and consider how they can be used under current building codes and standards.
  • Review completed mass timber projects that demonstrate a range of applications and system configurations.
  • Discuss benefits of using mass timber products, including structural versatility, prefabrication, lighter carbon footprint, and reduced labor costs.
  • Highlight possibilities for the expanded use and application of mass timber in larger and taller buildings.

About the speaker:
Sherry received her BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and has been an active structural design consultant for 12 years. Her primary experience includes structural calculations, design, construction document preparation, and construction administration for new and existing commercial buildings. Her project experience includes hospitals, medical office buildings, schools and universities, movie theaters, art and natural history museums, aquatic facilities, a semi-conductor manufacturing plant, telecommunications towers, cooperative student housing, retail shopping developments, restaurants, banks, hotels, and mid-rise and high-rise multi-family buildings. Sherry is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas.


7:15 am Registration opens
7:15 am Continental Breakfast with exhibitors
9:00 am Companions Leave from Holiday Inn Marina
8:00 am


Professor Todd Helwig, Texas University, Austin
Professor Todd Helwig is the 2017 AISC T.R. Higgin’s award recipient. His presentation will focus on the stability of flexural systems in steel building and bridges with a particular emphasis on bracing requirements. The lecture highlights the results from large-scale experiments and parametric finite element analysis on flexural members. He will discuss the many factors that impact the effectiveness of torsional bracing systems. Professor Helwig will also provide an overview of the system buckling mode for I‐shaped girder systems, which is a relatively new failure mode that the profession has become aware of over the past 15 years. He will also cover improved details, such as the use of split pipe stiffeners and lean‐on bracing.

About the speaker
Professor Todd Helwig is currently in his 23rd year of teaching and conducting research in the field of structural engineering. He currently holds the J. Neils Thompson Teaching Fellowship in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). He joined the faculty at the UT Austin in 2005 after teaching at the University of Houston for 11 years. His area of interest is the design and behavior of steel structures with an emphasis on structural stability and bracing. He has co-developed and taught a number of short courses on the fields of structural stability and bracing on behalf of the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC), the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and the National Highway Institute. Since 1994 more than 5000 engineers have attended the short courses that he has co-developed and taught. He has conducted a wide range of research studies on the design and behavior of steel buildings and bridges. Results from the past studies have led to design methodologies for bracing systems for steel box girders as well as new details for stability bracing systems for I-shaped sections. He has also developed recommendations for cross-frame and diaphragm systems that rely on lean-on bracing to help reduce the number of fatigue sensitive braces on steel bridges. His research has been recognized with several awards including the ASCE Collingwood Research Prize, the ASCE Moisseiff Award, and the ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award. He was recognized by TxDOT with a top innovation award in 2005 for work related to lateral bracing of bridge girders by permanent metal deck forms. In 2010, his work on stability bracing systems in steel bridges was recognized at the North American Steel Construction Conference with an AISC Special Achievement Award. He has served on a number of technical committees for AISC, ASCE and SSRC and
is currently the Chair of SSRC.

8:50 AM

Will Ikerd, P.E. Ikerd and Associates
Attendees will learn how to increase their profits while lowering their risks. The session will present information on thinking beyond being a sub-consultant and how you can bring true value by delivering the structure as early as possible. One focus of the session will be on understanding the critical path to process. It will include lean processes for the structural engineering office with BIM using the BIMForum Level of Development of Specification as a tool to manage risk, define scope, and secure profits. The importance of understanding BIM coordination and laser scanning will be covered as tools for successful project outcomes. This session will provide an update of current trends and will provide an in-depth review of the new BIM Forum LOD Specification as it relates to structure. The session will also discuss the standard of care and what is currently considered industry standard, and also include discussions on BIM Execution Plans and how they should include reference to the BIM Forum LOD Specification.

About the Speaker
Will Ikerd—PE, CM-BIM, LEED AP—is principal at IKERD Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting group in buildings, civil, and industrial construction markets specializing in using Building Information Modeling (BIM)-enabled Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). He serves as an expert consultant in design and construction cases involving BIM and VDC processes.He is currently on the board of directors of the national BIM Forum, and was past chair of the Structural Engineering Institute’s national BIM Committee. He has won the Best Speaker award twice from the International Structures conference, and he was named Structural Engineering magazine’s “Top 10 Leaders in Structural Engineering,” Glass Magazine’s “Top 30 under 40,” and Building Design & Construction magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He has served as PCI’s BIM consultant in that industry’s innovation initiatives.

10:20 am

Eric Woomer and Eric Wright, Congress Avenue Partners
Lobbyists Congress Avenue Partners will discuss SE Licensure in Texas including SEAoT's  past, current and future strategies. They will highlight the importance of “grass-roots” involvement and actions that SEAoT members can take to become more involved in the process of securing SE licensure.

Eric and Eric will also touch on interim activities of which they are aware that may affect Structural Engineers practicing in Texas and which is likely to come up in the next legislative session. Members will be encouraged to ask questions.

About the speakers
Eric Woomer, Principal

Eric Woomer is a governmental affairs consultant and lobbyist with extensive senior leadership experience advising legislators at the state and national level, as well as Fortune 100 companies. He is well-regarded for his ability to research, analyze and synthesize issues quickly to design innovative but pragmatic public policy.
Described as “a steady hand in Capitol circles,” Woomer has served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to three Texas state senators, both Republicans and Democrats, representing areas as widely diverse as the Texas Panhandle and the Houston Ship Channel. Additionally, Woomer served as Press Secretary for legendary U.S. Congressman J.J. “Jake” Pickle and as a policy advisor to the senior U.S. Senator from Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Woomer has overseen PAC creation and fundraising activities, and coordinated grassroots efforts to aid policy development efforts. Woomer and his associates have twice been ranked 7th among corporate in-house lobby teams and lobby partnerships in Capitol Inside magazine's Lobby Power Rankings.
Woomer holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he also received the LBJ Award for Academic Excellence, presented annually by former First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson to the school's top graduates. A 1988 National Merit Scholar, Woomer received a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1993.

Eric Wright, Principal
Working with members and staff of the executive and legislative branch, Wright has helped craft meaningful solutions to often complex and politically sensitive issues. Wright’s extensive political relationships combined with his knowledge of the legislative appropriations, regulatory, and public affairs processes, have given him a solid reputation of creating competitive advantages for a variety of corporations and associations.
Wright served as Chief of Staff to former Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff. Wright successfully coordinated the office's interactions with members of the Texas Senate, the Texas House of Representatives, the Governor's office, and all of Texas' nearly 250 executive branch agencies. With a staff of 45 professional and administrative employees, he managed issues ranging from appropriations to education, natural resources to economic development and from transportation to taxes.
From 1996 to 2000, Wright served as the committee director for the Texas Senate Finance Committee. Wright served two legislative sessions as committee director in which the legislature adopted two state budgets, the 1998-99 biennial budget of $87 billion and the 2000-01 budget of $98 billion.
In the private sector, Eric Wright has served as a legislative consultant for several of the country's largest corporations. Representing clients such as Motorola, IBM, SAS, Sempra Energy, Texas Instruments and the Huntsman Corporation


11:10 am

Lance Osborne, P.E., Structural Technologies
The presentation will cover recent advances in post-tensioning technology, as well as post-tensioning design techniques for long span beams, girders, plates and unique structural elements for durability. Using recent case studies our experts will expand on the advantages of post-tensioning as a design solution for buildings and how customized post-tensioning design applications have solved a variety of construction issues.

About the speaker
Lance Osborne holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, and is a licensed professional in 21 states and three Canadian provinces. He is involved in numerous professional associations including ACI, PCI and NPCA. In addition he is a member of PTI and serves on the DC-20 Building Design committee. Lance has over 18 years of industry experience and is currently the Director of Sales for Post-Tensioning Solutions for STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES / VSL, a Structural Group Company.


12:20 pm



Alfred Spada, NCSEA Executive Director
This presentation will examine the current state of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and the benefits the association provides you as a member of SEAoT. The discussion will then shift to cover how NCSEA is working with the state Structural Engineering Associations (SEAs) to help prepare the Structural Engineering profession for the future, including covering on SE Licensure.

About the speaker:
Alfred (Al) Spada joined the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) as the Executive Director in July 2016. Prior to joining the NCSEA, Al spent 19 years with the American Foundry Society, serving most recently as its Vice President-Business Development; Director of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations; and Publisher/Editor of its three trade magazines and its journal. Spada is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado.

2:20 pm

Dr. Lance Kinney, P.E., Executive Director, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
The presentation will over updates on Board rule changes that have occurred over the last year, as well as general updates on initiatives the Board is working on, information on enforcement statistics, and the engineering Code of Conduct.

About the speaker:
Dr. Kinney is the Executive Director of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.  He has been with the Board for over fifteen years and is responsible for all agency programs and activities, including legislative, rule, budget, and policy issues, and represents the Board at statewide, national, and international functions. He also gives licensing and ethics outreach presentations all over the state at universities, companies, and associations. 
Prior to working at the Board, he worked in the semiconductor industry for 11 years.  He has a Bachelors Degree in Physics from the University of Texas, a Masters Degree in Industrial Technology from Texas State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction focused on Learning Technologies from the University of Texas.  He has lectured as an adjunct professor in the Engineering and Technology Department at Texas State University and Electronics and Advanced Technologies Department at Austin Community College. 

3:50 pm

Sherry Mundell, P.E., South Central Texas Technical Advisor, WoodWorks

With an increase in mid-rise wood-frame buildings, more designers are seeking information on code-compliant and constructible detailing. Many are unsure of the code’s requirements for details, specifically at the intersection of rated assemblies and where structure and fire protection meet. This presentation will focus on common detailing issues and areas of misunderstanding—including fire-resistance rating continuity, allowable uses of wood framing in shaft and fire walls, and fire safety principles associated with the intersection of two rated assemblies. Mid-rise wood-frame opportunities and code-specified building sizes will also be reviewed, followed by discussion of detailing code requirements, code compliance, and rationale for approval with an emphasis on constructability and practicality.

The presenter will:

  • Discuss allowable construction types, occupancies, and building heights and areas for wood-frame mid-rise construction per the International Building Code
  • Examine a variety of floor-to-exterior wall details for use in wood-frame, Type III construction and discuss code compliance paths and approval rationale for each.
  • Discuss code-permitted shaft wall and fire wall construction materials and fire-resistance requirements, and review common details for each.
  • Consider code provisions for corridor and balcony fire-resistance protection, and identify details that accommodate these requirements while maximizing wood use.

The use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is innovative in its ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the issue of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant urban environments. A renewable resource, it can also help meet the sustainability requirements of even the most stringent green building rating systems, while offering the additional benefit of carbon sequestration.

The innovative use of wood is in fact changing the skyline. Increasingly, five- and six-story wood buildings are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers embrace timber’s vast potential for lower costs, faster installation, and a significantly lighter carbon footprint. Through the use of case studies, this session will showcase recently completed projects that illustrate this trend. Topics will include current code allowances for mid-rise wood buildings, design strategies and environmental performance. Discussion will also touch on the international trend toward even taller wood buildings, made possible by emerging research and the development of advanced wood products and technologies.

About the speaker:
Sherry received her BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and has been an active structural design consultant for 12 years. Her primary experience includes structural calculations, design, construction document preparation, and construction administration for new and existing commercial buildings. Her project experience includes hospitals, medical office buildings, schools and universities, movie theaters, art and natural history museums, aquatic facilities, a semi-conductor manufacturing plant, telecommunications towers, cooperative student housing, retail shopping developments, restaurants, banks, hotels, and mid-rise and high-rise multi-family buildings. Sherry is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas


5:00 pm


Javier Carlin, P.E., SEAoT State President
Lewis Shrier, P.E., Corpus Christi Chapter/Conference Chair