Upcoming Events


2015 Summer Seminar: Latest Developments in Wood and Masonry Design

Wednesdays, June 10 & 17, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco

The SEAONC Summer Seminar will focus on the recent developments in the design of wood and masonry structures. The seminar will provide an overview of recent changes in building codes and standards and highlight upcoming significant changes in wood and masonry design.  Design of special reinforced masonry shear walls and various issues related to masonry detailing, construction, and inspection will be presented.  The attendees will also learn the latest advances in the seismic design of wood shear walls and diaphragms, cross laminated timber construction, and wood detailing.

Evening 1:

Special Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls Design -- Chukwuma Ekwueme, Associate Principal, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Masonry Detailing, Construction, and Inspection -- John Chrysler, Executive Director, Masonry Institute of America

Seismic Design of Wood Shear Walls and Diaphragms -- Kelly Cobeen, Associate Principal, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates

Evening 2:

Wood Building Codes and Standards Update -- Michelle Kam-Biron, Director of Education, American Wood Council

Cross Laminated Timber Construction -- Scott Breneman, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks

Overview of Wood Detailing – Andy Fennell, Principal, Scientific Construction Laboratories, Inc.

Read more and register here.

2015 Conferences Call for Abstracts

SEAONC would like to inform you of two conferences coming up in 2015. The NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit will take place from September 30 to October 3 in Las Vegas. Abstracts for this conference are due on February 23. For more info and to register, visit here. The 2nd ATC-SEI Conference on Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and other Structures will take place from December 10-12 in San Francisco. Abstracts for this conrference are due on January 22. For more info and to register, visit here.

PEER Releases Observation Report and Briefing Video on South Napa Earthquake

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) has just published a document “Preliminary Notes and Observations on the August 24, 2014, South Napa Earthquake" as well a video of the Reconnaissance Briefing of preliminary observations of the earthquake which was co-hosed by PEER and EERI.  To view the press release on the Report with details and download details, click here.  o view release with details and a link to the briefing video, click here.

SEAOC Press Release on American Canyon Earthquake

As the Napa region works to recover from the strongest California earthquake in 20-plus years, the rest of the State should be on notice that Sunday’s 6.0M American Canyon earthquake did not let us off the hook. Instead, this and every other recent earthquake should be taken as a wakeup call for residents and business owners in California and other seismically active regions of the US. To read more click here.

Triangle of Life Strategy Flawed

In the wake of the recent American Canyon earthquake, you may have come across a theory on the internet titled “Triangle of Life: Ten Tips on Surviving a Building Collapse"; presumably providing tips on how to protect your life in the event of an earthquake. However, this strategy is flawed. To read more click here.

TCA Offers Discounts to SEAONC Members

The Tilt-up Concrete Association has extended member discount privileges to all SEAONC Members for their 2014 Convention, September 29 - October 1 in San Jose, CA.  For more information and the discount code, please click here.

SEAONC Launches New Structural Engineers Referral List

This helpful new resource allows the public to easily search for Structural and Civil Engineers that specialize in specific areasof structural engineering. Results can be narrowed not only by specialities but also by location. To search for engineers using this tool click here.

Those structural/civil engineers desiring to be listed here should click here. SEAONC member login is required.

First Time Login Instructions for SEAONC Members

The Structural Engineers of Northern California are proud to announce the launch of the organization's new website. For the past two years, the website committee has been working with Aeronet Communications in developing and implementing a strategy to upgrade our existing website.  In order to log into the new SEAONC website for the first time, you must first reset your password. It's quick and straightforward.  Learn how to do this now so you can access website content exclusive to members only.

Join a Committee!

One of the most important aspect of SEAONC membership is participation in committees and now it's never been easier to join a committee.  Click here to find out more...



New Publication from Professional Practices Committee

The Professional Practices Committee has just released a new publication entitled "Practice Considerations for the San Francisco Wood-Frame "Soft-Story" Seismic Retrofit Ordinance" For more information click here.

SEAOC 2014 Membership Directory

A 2014 directory of members of the Structural Engineers Association of California regional associations (SEAONC, SEAOCC, SEAOSC, and SEAOSD) is available here


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