SEAOSD July 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Thank you to all of our Members for voting in our annual elections.  July marks the turnover of the Board of Directors.  A special thank you to the Board members that have served our Organization and are now on to different roles.  Mike Braund has contributed countless hours to SEAOSD as a Board Member, Vice President, President, Past-President, SEAOC Representative, and his Committee involvement. Mike will surely be missed on the Board as he transitions out of Past-President.  Jeremy Callister has termed out of his Board Position and Peter Carlson has termed out as our Treasurer; thank you both for your commitment to our organization.  Luvelyn Benitez and Aaron Beebe will remain on the Board for another year and we look forward to their experience as we transition into the new year.  Steven Crook will take over the helm as President as I transition to Past-President.  A very warm welcome to our newly elected Board members: Casey Whitsett (Vice-President) Chad Closs (Treasurer), Jose Restrepo (Director), and Aaron Pebley we look forward to your leadership and perspectives on the Board.

Our last meeting of this fiscal year was held on June 19th at Stone Brewery Liberty Station, it was a well-attended annual Award’s Dinner.   Award’s Night is an opportunity for our community to appreciate the very best in Structural Engineering.  Congratulations to the winner’s and thank you for your presentations of your projects. At Award’s Night we took the opportunity to poll the attendees on interest in different presentation types.  We hope that this will facilitate presentations with maximum interest.  

As a reminder there will be no general membership meetings in July or August, we will reconvene in September.  In the meantime, please make sure that you renew your membership by clicking on the received email or going to our website here: .  This year’s convention will be held in Palm Desert at the very desirable JW Marriott Hotel.  If you have not already signed up, make sure to do so by July 31st for discounted pricing.  You can access the Convention site here: .   For those of you seeking a stipend for attendance there are several opportunities; SEAOSD is offering $1,000 to two deserving candidates,   SEAOC is offering $750 to a deserving Younger Member, and there is also the Nabih Youssef Young Engineers (YEA) program. 

If you have any feedback or want to get involved more next year please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] . I look forward to representing you on the SEAOSD Board as Past-President and SEAOC’s Board next year.

Thank You all for making SEAOSD such an inspiring association,

Curtis Patterson, S.E.

SEAOSD President


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SEAOSD Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards



The Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) congratulates and acknowledges four recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards. Recognition was given for creativity and innovation in design, efficiency in use of materials and labor, suitability of the design to the performance objectives of the project, and addressing any unusual challenges of the project.

Project submissions were judged by a panel of three structural engineers:
Chris Kamp, SE – Principal at SDSE Structural Engineers,
Bret Hart, SE – Director of Engineering Operations at SidePlate Systems
Andy Bersofsky, SE - Project Manager at Patterson Engineering

Congratulations to our Winners!

Award of Excellence in Special-Use Structures

San Diego Zoo-Mesa Bridge

Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Owner/Client: The Zoological Society of San Diego

Architect: Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells

Contractor: Rudolph and Sletten

Functional, artful, and inventive solution to multiple structural challenges. Two thumbs up.



Award of Excellence in New Construction

Mr. Robinson

Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers

Owner/Client: JMAN at Mr. Rob LP

Architect: Jonathan Segal FAIA

Contractor: Jonathan Segal FAIA

Absolutely stunning.  Brings to mind the question “How did they do that”?

                                                                              - Judges    


Certificate of Merit in Special-Use Structure & People’s Choice Award

San Diego Zoo – Africa Rocks

Structural Engineer: Coffman Engineers

Owner/Client: San Diego Zoo Global

Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP

Contractor: Rudolph & Sletten

The art in the project is that the structure is hidden.   



Certificate of Merit in Retrofit / Alterations

Naval Medical Center San Diego Seismic Program/Retrofit

Structural Engineer: Reid Middleton

Owner/Client: U.S. Navy Facilities Management

Architect: Vasquez Marshal Architects

Contractor: RQ Construction & Taylor Devices

Judicious selection of lateral system locations was key to the successful seismic upgrade of an operational Naval hospital.                                     
                                                   - Judges

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Welcome New Members

New Members for July
Emily Spencer ~ Associate
Paul Tominna ~ Associate
Manuel Vega ~ Student


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings


SEAOSD will be dark until September! Please check our website for more info.

Save the Dates:

September 18, 2018 Dinner Meeting
October 23, 2018 Luncheon
November 13, 2018 Dinner Meeting

January 15, 2019 Luncheon
February 19, 2019 Student Night
March 19, 2019 Luncheon
April 9, 2019 Dinner Meeting
May 21, 2019 Luncheon Fellows Honored
June 18, 2019 Awards Night


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Job Forum

Classified Job Listing

  • SEA News charges $100 ($150 for non-members) for “Job Posting” ads for 2 months in SEAOSD Newsletter.

  • In addition, the advertisement will be posted at under “Job Forum” for 2 months.

  • Please limit ads to 100 words and one graphic that may include company logo (4” x 2”).

  • Advertisements may be renewed or extended for $50 ($75 for non-members) per each additional month.



Experienced Structural Engineer (3+ years)

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Job Posting
Jun. 6, 2018


Senior Structural Engineer

Division of the State Architect - State of CA

Job Posting
Jun. 1, 2018


Project Engineer

Patterson Engineering, Inc.

Job Posting
May. 21, 2018


Job Posting
May. 7, 2018


Project Engineer

Coffman Engineers

Job Posting
May. 4, 2018


Job Posting
Apr. 12, 2018


Project Engineer

LPA, Inc.

Job Posting
Apr. 11, 2018


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The SE3 Survey is LIVE Now!

The SE3 Survey is LIVE NOW!

The NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee is currently administering a nationwide survey of structural engineering professionals. This survey is designed to provide valuable information about our profession regarding demographics, compensation, satisfaction, and engagement. It will be one of the largest comprehensive nationwide surveys of structural engineering professionals to date, and we invite you to contribute to this project by completing the survey:

This project began in 2015 when SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) funded a committee to study engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession. In 2016, this group administered their first national survey of over 2,100 structural engineering professionals. Findings from this study included insight into why engineers leave the profession, the importance of mentorship, and the existence of a nuanced gender pay gap. To read the full report or get a quick summary, check out:

In mid-2017, an SE3 Committee was created at the national level through NCSEA with the primary goal of administering a similar nationwide study of structural engineering professionals every two years. This biennial survey will focus on measuring engagement and equity with the goal of providing data and best practices to help ensure that every structural engineering professional has a positive experience within our profession.

Over the past seven months, we’ve been developing the 2018 version of this survey, and it is now live! We would love to have your input. If you’d like to participate, the link to the survey is also available on the SE3 website at

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EERI San Diego Regional Chapter Events: August 2018

EERI San Diego Regional Chapter Events: August 2018

The EERI San Diego Regional Chapter is organizing these upcoming events to be held in late August. Special discounts apply when registering for both events. Registration is now open.

San Diego State University
Hardy Memorial Tower, Room HT-140
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

A 1-Day Short Course

“Using DEEPSOIL: An equivalent linear and nonlinear seismic site response analysis software platform”
Presenter: Prof. Youssef Hashash (M.EERI,1999), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm

This short course will introduce the latest release of DEEPSOIL (V7) for seismic site response analysis (SRA). The course will provide attendees with a background on SRA and the development of the DEEPSOIL platform. It will cover the various modules available including motion processing, equivalent linear analysis, and nonlinear analysis with and without pore water pressure generation. The course will also include a number of hands-on exercises to gain familiarity with the development of model input and evaluation of analysis results. 

Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering 

“Seismic Settlements”
Moderators: Prof. Julio R. Valdes and Dr. Jorge Meneses (M.EERI,2006)
Friday, August 24, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm

This colloquium series will focus on seismic settlements – the topics are oriented towards geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, engineering geologists, architects, civil engineers, researchers, and students. Speakers set to present at this colloquium include Prof. Jonathan Bray (M.EERI,1990) (UC Berkeley), Prof. Kohji Tokimatsu (M.EERI,1994) (Tokyo Soil Research Co.), Prof. Youssef Hashash (M.EERI,1999) (UIUC), Prof. Susumu Yasuda (M.EERI,1995) (Tokyo Denki University), Craig Comartin (M.EERI,1987) (CDComartin, Inc.), Stephen Harris (M.EERI,1986) (SGH), among other professionals and professors from the US and Japan.


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