January President's Message

Happy New Year everyone!  Hopefully you all had a chance to enjoy some time off and enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones as we enter a year facing the many new changes that lie before us.  I know that I, for one, did and it was a great “staycation” as we spent several days walking local beaches, seeing new movies that have come out and we explored all the wonderful things you can do with a big box of chanterelle mushrooms a buddy and I found basically in my own back yard.  You can prepare them sautéed as appetizers on a tooth pick, top them over tomato cream pasta, sprinkle over scrambled eggs and the BEST, make chanterelle stuffed ravioli! Awesome!

OK, so….the incoming year promises to be exciting for us structural engineers.  First, we all love a new code, right?  Well we’ve got one, the 2016 California Building Code became effective on January 1st.  From where I’m sitting, it looks like the biggest change is in Chapter 34 where that now becomes the 2016 California Existing Building Code.  Note also that some of the reference standards have also changed.  So far those include ACI 318, ACI 530 and the NDS.  As we move on into the year though, I’m sure we will find more wonderful changes but the good news is that we all will be able to learn all we need to know to continue to do your jobs by attending our Spring Seminar in March on the 8th and 15th at the PG&E Auditorium so save the date on your calendars.

Also, the second week of the month, we have the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago Chile.  As I looked over the list of speakers, of which there seem to be at least a hundred or more from all around the world, I was extremely pleased to see so much participation by SEAONC members speaking on really great topics.  I’m proud to say that it’s another shining example of how we here at SEAONC continue to be world leaders in designing better structures to resist earthquakes.  I’m sure all of you that are attending will represent us well.  I only wish I could go to see you all in action.

Next, on January 26, there will be the SE3 Symposium 2017.  This promises to be both an exciting and informative event being held at San Francisco SPUR on 654 Mission Street.  This will take place between the hours of 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and will feature three information-packed sessions entitled Listen, Assess and Change that will address the fantastic work our SE3 Committee has done over the last couple of years.  Their findings from their recent survey should be a true eye opener as to how we affect Equity and Engagement in our Structural Engineering practices in the years to come.  It will be followed by a networking event that will feature fine refreshments that should aggregate good discussion amongst us all.  Special thanks go out the sponsors of the event, Thornton Tomasetti and Arup!

Finally, because we will not be having regular members meetings this month, our next encounter will be either at the San Francisco meeting being held on February 7th at the City Club or at the South Bay meeting on February 21st at Michael’s at Shoreline.  Seeing as we will not be having as many meetings as in the past at the City Club, let’s have a great turn-out and whoop it up.  Have a great January and we will see you there!

Dick