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2019 SEI Lecture Series Impact

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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One of the initiatives funded for the 2018-209 fiscal year by the SEI Futures Fund was the SEI Standards Lecture Series. The goal of these events was to increase SEI membership and participation at the local level, provide a direct path for continuing education on new ASCE/SEI Standards, inform local members about the standard development process and future of performance-based codes, as well as to promote opportunities to get involved with ASCE/SEI standards development process. 

Four SEI Chapters (from 14 applicants) were selected by the SEI Local Activities Executive Committee (LAD ExCom) to receive ASCE/SEI 7-16 presentations by the SEI leaders that develop them.

The SEI Boston Chapter was the first to host (on March 5 at Tufts University). Greg Soules, P.E., S.E., P.Eng, SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Vice-Chair of the ASCE/SEI 7 Main Committee presented on "What You Need to Know About the 2016 Modifications to ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads Standards". The event had 44 registered attendees which included a mix of both ASCE/SEI members, non-members and student members. Boston attributed their success with a vertical themed event (which they hadn't had in the past) due to outreach to students and other professional organizations in the area.

SEI Graduate Student Chapter at Florida International University (in conjunction with the SEI Miami-Dade Chapter) was the second in the series on March 7 at FIU. Donald Scott, P.E, S.E, F.SEI, F.ASCE, and Cherylyn Henry, P.E, F.SEI, M.ASCE, ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee Chair, and Secretary, respectively were the speakers for their event. 43 attendees not only experienced a great lecture but were treated to a tour of the Wall of Wind Laboratory, adding a more visual component to this event which focused on the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Wind Provisions.

On April 9 SEI Oregon Chapter hosted the third lecture in the series with Greg Soules once again as the speaker, this time addressing ASCE/SEI 7-16 Seismic Provisions. This lecture was the highest attended with 70 attendees, but they also had 16 students at Oregon Institute of Technology participate via a live stream. They highly recommend the live stream option - as it has the potential to reach so many more attendees.

June 5 SEI Illinois Chapter hosted the final lecture with Don Scott and Cherylyn Henry making their second appearance. An audience of about 30 people that were different from their typical group in that it included more people from the building industry (SEI Illinois usually is bridges/transportation) with a few first-time attendees. Despite it being during the offseason and with most students busy with final exams/projects this lecture was a great finale to the Lecture Series.

The SEI Futures Fund has committed to funding the SEI Standards Lectures Series for the 2019-2020 year. Connect with your local SEI Chapter to learn more.

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