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  • Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    In lieu of a gala this year, SEA-MW presented the 2021 Awards Exhibition featuring professionally created displays of project finalists, sponsors, and our organization. Displays were showcased in the District Architecture Center's storefront along 7th St NW for the full week. The exhibition was open to the public.

    The exhibition was capped with an Awards Reception at the District Architecture Center in downtown DC on Saturday evening, June 26, 2021.

    Event Hours:

    • Friday 6/18 - Kick-off Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm
    • Saturday 6/19 and Sunday 6/20 - Open to public from 12-4pm
    • Monday 6/21 through Friday 6/25 - Opening to public from 4-7pm
    • Saturday 2/6 - Awards Reception from 4-7pm
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)
    Gary R. Strand, P.E., Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. 

    A presentation on the necessary content of structural drawings. Have you ever been frustrated by the assembly instructions provided with a bike or an IKEA product?  How are you taking your high level, complex structural analysis and turning it into a set of instructions for the construction industry?  Please join us for a presentation which encourages open discussions about our end product and the challenges of meeting the needs of our clients. Zoom based webinar.

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    SEA-MW Young Members Group is hosting a mini-lecture presentation. Each of the 7 presentations will have 20 image slides, each shown for 20 seconds. Presenters speak alongside the presentation, with the slides automatically set to change every 20 seconds. It is a fast and engaging presentation style that effectively conveys concise information to the audience. The presentation can be on anything related to the presenter’s career as a structural engineer. This includes topics covering specific projects, construction, experiences and lessons obtained, or innovation in structural engineering. This event is a virtual webinar.

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Jennifer G. Nelson, CPA and Thomas J. Moul, CPA of Stambaugh Ness discuss the benefits of the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit, what activities qualify, and success stories from structural engineering firms such as yours. This powerful tax savings strategy can be a significant cash flow booster and one you should take full advantage of. This webinar explains the benefits of the R&D Credit, how to identify qualifying activities, best practices to track qualifying expenses for maximum benefit, recent changes impacting the R&D Tax Credit, the future state of the R&D Tax Credit. This is a virtual webinar. 

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Jonathan C. Shoemaker, Esq. (Lee/Shoemaker PLLC) Once the surge of excitement that comes with landing a new project passes, reality sets in: it’s time to negotiate and finalize a contract, but what provisions present the most significant risk to a structural engineer? And are those risks “real,” or merely the fantasy of insurance carriers and lawyers? This program draws upon case studies of design professionals – and “war stories” from the presenters – to identify the “do’s and don’ts” that all structural engineers should consider when negotiating a contract to minimize the assumption of unreasonable risk and to maximize profitability. This is a webinar. 

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2021 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Concrete is a powerful, versatile, and economical material, but persistent modeling challenges and logistical complexity in the field leave many engineers with questions. To further explore these considerations, The Younger Members Group invites all SEA-MW members to tune into a panel discussion and get answers to some of your questions on concrete. Our speakers: Kate Towne (Silman Associates), Bill Lyons (Euclid Chemicals), Michael Lenkin, PE (Lenkin Enterprises, Inc.), Charles Mitchell, PE (SK&A Structural Engineers). The panelists represent a wide range of expertise within design and construction. SEA members are invited to submit questions on any concrete-related subject.

  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    You’ve all heard that each of us only get 24 hours in every day. Although many books have been written about various management styles and time management skills, this presentation will focus on how to apply those styles and skills to the practice of structural engineering. Topics will include project management, work/life balance, and strategies for the post-COVID workplace. Our speakers: Michael Zajac, PE (Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.) and Ryan Seckinger, PE (Walter P. Moore)

  • Wednesday, December 02, 2020 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Join us for a lunch-time technical presentation explaining why engineers should be reviewing and designing diaphragms, how to design diaphragms, and where in the building code to find diaphragm design requirements. This presentation will provide a general overview of various diaphragm types (metal deck, concrete, wood, etc.), followed by examples highlighting different analysis methods. One PDH Hour certificate will be provided for attending this event. Our speakers: Rose A. Rodriguez, PE, SE, (ADTEK Engineers, Inc.) and Joe Sharkey, PE, SE (Cagley & Associates, Inc.)

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Since March 2020, businesses not previously set up for full time teleworking were forced to operate this way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington DC metro area engineering firms were no exception, and the change occurred seemingly overnight. SEA-MW has assembled a panel of principals from four member firms to discuss how companies have handled operations during the pandemic, and how COVID-19 may shape the new normal moving forward. Online discussion.

    • Marcia Camarda, PE, LEED AP – SK&A Structural Engineers
    • Frank Malits, PE – Cagley & Associates
    • Alex Salmin, PE – Ehlert Bryan
    • Gary Strand, PE – Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:00 PM | Rose Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Donald Dusenberry, PE, SECB, Past-President of the Structural Engineering Institute presents on a task committee report titled A Vision for the Future of Structural Engineers and Structural Engineering: A Case for Change, to help SEI and its members adapt to the changing environment in the construction industry. The following influences, among others, rose to the top priority. SEI’s responses all center on the belief that structural engineers of the future need enhanced leadership and innovation skills in a world in which technology and globalization present new challenges and opportunities. Don will discuss influences impacting the construction industry, and SEI’s vision for the future.

    • Our codes and standards stifle innovation and creativity, hinder designs that respect sustainability and resiliency, and turn design services into commodities. Response: Facilitate transition to performance-based codes and standards.

    • Other professions are facing many of the same challenges, yet we are working separately to solve them. Response: Lead summits with other professions on matters of common interest so we can work together and pool resources to find solutions.

    • Technology has opened the world to competition and opportunity. Response: Form the Global Activities Division within SEI to focus on international issues and global opportunities.

    • Our present educational system does not prepare engineers with skills to be leaders and innovators, or to operate in a global business world. Response: Develop and advocate for a fundamentally new education for structural engineers.

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