SEAOSD October 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

As I sit down to write this month’s President report I am filled with gratitude for the stability and safety within our community. The news of Mexico’s devastating earthquakes is a powerful indication of why California employs such stringent seismic codes and the importance of sound structural design. Such a tragedy is also a reminder as to the importance of our structural engineering profession.

I am further grateful for all the support we receive from our members. We have a great deal of members who stay active in our organization and donate their time to meetings, committees, feedback, and helping to keep us strong. A special thank you goes out to WenDee Sullivan and Steve Kerr. They, along with a wonderful team of Convention Committee volunteers, hosted a solid SEAOC event in our home town and organized a well-thought out couple of days for us to learn, network, and enjoy time with our peers. At the Convention, Chris Kamp passed the SEAOC President’s torch to our new state President Janah Risha.  Ali Sadre became a SEAOC Fellow which is the highest honor at the state level, congratulations Ali! Mark your calendars for next year’s State Convention which will take place in Palm Springs, CA from September 11 – September 15, 2018.

The Convention had several topics on Resiliency and Ordinances that are occurring throughout California.  Tony Court is our SEAOSD Representative working with EERI which was our Convention Keynote Presentation “EERI San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Scenario Updates and Panel Discussion”.  You may have heard about this presentation in our local media as it appeared in the Union Tribune, local television, and talk radio.  With this research along with the resilience studies that are occurring throughout the state, I believe it is time to further our conversations with Building Officials in San Diego to review our building stock and provide assistance in improving our susceptible existing buildings.

I hope you all enjoyed the presentation from Mike Romanowski on Mass Timber Construction last month. I personally enjoyed learning about this construction type and the possibility of changes to future building codes related to Mass Timber. Our next meeting will be a luncheon on October 10 and we will be hearing from Wayne Brown on Navigating the Changes to the Existing Building Code. I look forward to seeing everyone soon. 

Curtis Patterson, S.E.

SEAOSD President


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SEAOC 2017 Convention

Thank you to everyone that made this year's SEAOC Convention.  Here is a link to all the memorable moments.Click here for photos

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Welcome New Members

New Members:
Ronald Famorcan ~ Member
Brandon McCormick ~ Associate
Jorge Zesati ~ Associate
Aaron Whitsitt ~ Associate


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings


SEAOSD October 10, 2017 Member Luncheon

October 10, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106


Title: Navigating the Changes to the Existing Building Code

Abstract: With the great number of existing buildings in our society, many of which would perform poorly in a major earthquake, it is important to have structural engineers who understand the unique aspects of working with such a diverse group of structures. The state of the art in evaluating and retrofitting existing buildings can be found in ASCE 41 and the new California Existing Building Code. Both of these documents have undergone significant changes recently so it is very important that the engineering community is familiar with these changes. This presentation will provide both new users and those familiar with the codes a look at how the documents are changing and how best to use them in their current form. An overview of the organization of the documents and where to go depending on what you want to do it also provided. Finally, a summary of the major technical engineering changes will be discussed.

Bio: Wayne Brown graduated with both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington where he conducted research on bar buckling in concrete columns. Over the past 9 years he has been involved on a wide range of projects from small wood structures to large hospital projects including both new design and seismic retrofits. He has particular interests in building information modeling, seismic retrofits, advanced analysis techniques and improving the resiliency of our society. He is also the chair for the SEAOC and SEAOSD existing buildings committees. Wayne is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of California and is an Associate with Miyamoto International here in San Diego. 

SEAOSD YMF Meeting October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Panama 66 Happy Hour Only 1450 El Prado
Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

YMF (and Young-At-Heart) members,

Join us for Happy Hour and an IMAX Movie on Friday, Oct. 13th!!

Happy Hour @ Panama 66


1450 El Prado, Balboa Park 92101

Dream Big: Engineering Our World [IMAX] @ Fleet Science Center


1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 9210


Includes movie ticket* + appetizers + (1) drink at Panama 66

$16 non- SEAOSD member

$10 SEAOSD member

$10 student

*Admission into the Fleet Science Center is included with your ticket.  Come early to check out the museum (10am-6pm). 

Can't make it to the movie? Happy hour only... (includes 1 drink)

$5 non-SEAOSD member**

Free  SEAOSD member

Free student

**Walk-in's welcome, but is cash only. 

.....Look for the Pink Hard Hat! 


Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how you think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and solar cars, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

  • Travel from Nepal to Dubai and Australia to Haiti, then to Seattle, San Francisco and Phoenix, Arizona, in this new giant-screen film.
  • Find out the secret that has kept the Great Wall of China standing for centuries.
  • Learn how engineers help keep buildings safe during earthquakes.
  • See an underdog robotics team try to beat the odds in a NASA-sponsored competition.

Director and two-time Academy Award nominee Greg MacGillivray says that Dream Big is "an entertaining, visually spectacular film full of stirring human stories that reveal the impact engineers have on our society. We hope it energizes kids of all ages, especially girls, to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world." 

Dream Big is locally presented by The Shiley Foundation. Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.



$10.00 SEAOSD Member Ticket (Includes movie ticket* + appetizers + (1) drink at Panama 66)

$16.00 Non-Member Ticket (Includes movie ticket* + appetizers + (1) drink at Panama 66)

$10.00 SEAOSD Student Member (Includes movie ticket* + appetizers + (1) drink at Panama 66)

$0.00 SEAOSD Member Ticket Happy Hour Only (ticket includes appetizers + (1) drink at Panama 66)

$0.00 SEAOSD Student Ticket Happy Hour Only (ticket includes appetizers + (1) drink at Panama 66)

$5.00 SEAOSD Non-Member Ticket Happy Hour Only (ticket includes appetizers + (1) drink at Panama 66)


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Advertisement Policy

Dear Potential Sponsor/Donor:
The Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) incorporated as a non-profit corporation on October 2, 1967, and has been serving San Diego Structural Engineers and the community ever since.  Our mission is to advance the structural engineering profession through the improvement of the quality of design and construction; to assist the public in obtaining professional structural engineering services; to promote natural hazard mitigation; to provide continuing education and encourage research; to provide Structural Engineers with the most current information and tools to improve their practice; and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession. 

On behalf of SEAOSD, I would like to formally invite you to participate in our advertising and sponsorship program.  Attached is our updated Advertising Policy that outlines a wide variety of options to choose from to fit your specific needs.  Given our association comprises over 300 members, this is an excellent opportunity to promote and reach out to the local engineering profession.  This includes job forum postings, displaying your business card in our Professional Directory, adding your company logo to our website, sponsoring one of our monthly member meetings, or participating in our annual golf tournament each spring.  There are also several sponsorship packages you may want to consider that offer discounted rates with a packaged deal. 

I would like to emphasize that as a non-profit organization, your continued support is vital for our association to uphold our mission and advance the structural engineering profession.  This includes the ongoing work of our local and state committees ranging from structural standards development, sustainable design, public relations, advising local government, and business forum activities.  SEAOSD has also been heavily involved with student organizations, including job shadowing programs, awarding student scholarships, as well as hosting an annual “Student Night” that provides a unique opportunity for local college students to meet design professionals and learn more about the structural engineering profession.

If you would like to take advantage and benefit from these opportunities while also helping to strengthen our association, please contact our Executive Director, Heather Caya, at (619) 733-2734 or  Please note that the Annual Sponsorship Program extends during SEAOSD’s fiscal year from July 1 to June 30, and a 10% discount is available for all sponsorship payments received by September 15, 2017. 

Thank you again in advance for your support of our association. 

Curtis Patterson, S.E.President
Non-Profit Organization 501(c)(6)
Tax ID #23-7016819


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News Around the World

On September 7 and September 19, two earthquakes of magnitude 8.2 and 7.1 struck the southern and central part of Mexico. The strong earthquake with epicenter in the state of Puebla caused damage to many buildings in Mexico City.  SEAOC 2017 Convention Committee members, Humberto Caudana, from the Structural Engineering Department at UCSD and Nicole Trujillo joined a team of volunteering structural engineers from Reid Middleton to offer help in Mexico. 

The SEAOSC Existing Buildings Committee will also be sending a team along with other private firms Miyamoto International and Degenkolb Engineers with SEAOSD Board member Jeremy Callister on the Degenkolb team. 

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