SEAOSD December 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference..... And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.

-Elie Wiesel

When the wind picked up,
The fire spread,
And the grapevines seemed left for dead.
And the northern sky, looked like the end of days,
The end of days.

-Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie)

This time of year should not be a time of shock and mourning.  Thanksgiving, New Years, and everything in between are all about being home and spending time with those you love.  Last month in Paradise, not only were thousands of homes lost, dozens of people who would have shared meals around the tables of those homes died as well.  Although the Camp Fire was a long way from San Diego, it’s still California; wildfires can happen anywhere, and who is to say that it won’t happen here next?  Many of us were here during the mandatory evacuations of 2007, and I for one remember the fear and uncertainty of that time.

Whether it happens again here or not, that’s no reason for us to remain on the sidelines.  Although structural engineers aren’t firefighters or forest management professionals, I don’t buy into the idea that there’s nothing we can do about preventing loss of life and property.  Dam failures and building collapses were not uncommon in the days before engineers started applying principles of science and math to construction.  Even then, there was a point in time when the power of earthquakes and hurricanes was still seen as being so far beyond our control that people were resigned to the devastation they brought. 

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.

-Henry Ford

It didn’t happen overnight, but engineers are by definition “clever, practical problem-solvers”.  Engineers and academics worked together to challenge the mindset of passive resignation, and sought ways to break down the problem (of designing for these forces of nature), and build up solutions.

If you missed it back in September, the farewell message from outgoing SEAOC President Janah Risha announced the formation of an ad-hoc committee on Fire Hazard.  I support his belief that we should partake in the societal aspects of fire hazard.  It’s important to do more than watch the news, donate to relief efforts, and pray for healing.  Do those things too.  But if we really want to step away from passive resignation, away from indifference, we need to educate ourselves and engage with other stakeholders.  Forgive me for quoting Psychology Today as a source, but I think it applies: “it takes a huge amount of fortitude and motivation to accept what is—especially when you don’t like it—and then work wisely and effectively as best you possibly can with the circumstances you find yourself in and with the resources at your disposal, both inner and outer, to mitigate, heal, redirect, and change what can be changed”.  We will.  I’m proud to announce that we have appointed Ian Mellor to represent SEAOSD on the ad-hoc committee.  Not only does Ian have a deep knowledge of structural fire damage investigations, he has been part of the post-disaster response to earthquakes, hurricanes, and the 2011 St. Louis tornado.

Maybe we have to accept that fires will start, but we don’t have to accept this kind of outcome.  We can find leverage somewhere.  We can create, collect, and distribute knowledge.  We can advocate for changes in public policy at the local and state level (as individuals, companies, and as an organization).  If we “zoom out” from the traditional field of structural engineering consulting, and we take into consideration what we’re learning about resiliency, we will see that the root causes of the fire are a separate matter from the root cause of the devastation of the community.  We are stakeholders, and we need to have a seat at the table; it won’t be given to us if we don’t take some initiative, so I look forward to hearing about the progress of Past-President Risha’s ad-hoc committee.

It always seems impossible, until it is done.

-Nelson Mandela

In the meantime, please join us in growing our knowledge and re-engaging with our peers every month.  If you haven’t noticed the announcement emails, consider this your invite to our December 18 luncheon, a joint meeting with ASCE, where you can get an up-close look at an excellent example of clever, practical problem-solving, the Emergency Wharf Repair at North Embarcadero”.  Matthew Martinez, a Vice President at Moffatt & Nichol, will present.

If you would like to get involved in a committee or project, please contact me at [email protected] or our Executive Director, Heather Caya at [email protected].   

If I don’t see you at the meeting, Happy Holidays!  I hope you all had a prosperous year.  May we all close it out in the company of people we love. 

Steven Crook, S.E.

SEAOSD President




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Welcome New Members

New Members for December

Huanming Cong ~ Associate
Allen Markoem~ Student
Abigail Manriquez ~ Student
Julia Panian ~Student
Alissa Gonzalez ~ Student
Renalynn Gamboa ~ Student
David Maestas ~ Member
Kelly Potter ~ Industry
Aaron Fortier~ Member



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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings


SEAOSD Young Professionals 101, Topic: Real Estate Development + Happy Hour December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Barn Brewery 619-230-5714
2850 El Cajon Blvd, Suite 3 (Utah Street in North Park)
San Diego, CA 92104
Venue website

SEAOSD Young Professionals 101, Topic: Real Estate Development + Happy Hour December 13, 2018

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SEAOSD & ASCE Joint Luncheon on December 18, 2018 "Emergency Wharf Repair At North Embarcadero, San Diego, CA"

December 18, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

SEAOSD & ASCE Joint Luncheon on December 18, 2018 "Emergency Wharf Repair At North Embarcadero, San Diego, CA"

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SEAOSD January 15, 2019 Member Luncheon

January 15, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

SEAOSD January 15, 2019 Member Luncheon

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SEAOSD & ACI San Diego Joint luncheon March 19, 2019 "ACI 562-16 – The ACI Concrete Repair Code"

March 19, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

SEAOSD & ACI San Diego Joint luncheon March 19, 2019 "ACI 562-16 – The ACI Concrete Repair Code"

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2019 SEAOSD Scholarship Application

Student Scholarships

2019 SEAOSD Scholarship Announcement

The Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD) is pleased to announce the 2019 SEAOSD Scholarship.  Undergraduate and graduate students from SDSU and UCSD who are studying and planning on pursuing a career in structural engineering are eligible.

Scholarships will be awarded as follows:

  • One (1) scholarship of $1500 will be awarded to one undergraduate student at SDSU
  • One (1) scholarship of $1500 will be awarded to one undergraduate student at UCSD
  • One (1) scholarship of $1500 will be awarded to one university graduate student at-large from either SDSU or UCSD


The criteria for selection will include academic achievement, involvement in the structural engineering community, leadership, a desire to pursue a career in the field of structural engineering and financial need.  Students must also be official student members of SEAOSD which is completely free!  If you are not a member, please fill out the membership application at:


Students who wish to apply shall provide the following information via an online application before end of day Friday, January 4, 2019 and also meet the minimum requirements noted below:

  1. Resume – including honors, activities, organizations, SEAOSD activities and work experience, (1 Page Maximum).
  2. Transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).
  3. 500 Word Essay - describing your reason for pursuing structural engineering, your professional aspirations for after graduation and brief description of financial need.
  4. Letter of Recommendation – from an instructor or work supervisor. The letter should center on the students character, leadership qualities, career interest in structural engineering and potential for growth. It is highly encouraged to get a letter of recommendation from an instructor other than the faculty advisor to your student organization.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • 3.2 Graduate GPA if applying for the Graduate Student Scholarship and have completed Graduate coursework
  • Be involved in at least one extracurricular activity. These can include service groups, professional/engineering organizations or clubs, social societies, volunteer programs or other noteworthy extracurricular involvement.  Activities related to the SEAOSD Student Group will be more heavily weighted.


The scholarship awards will be presented at our annual “SEAOSD Student Night with Industry” dinner meeting being held on February 19, 2019. The scholarship winners must be present at Student Night in order to collect their award!

We at SEAOSD are proud to continue our tradition of supporting local Structural Engineering programs and look forward to receiving your applications! 

Please apply via the following link: Click here                                        

For all questions please contact Lenard Tran the SEAOSD Student Liaison for 2019 at: [email protected]    



Lenard Tran and the SEAOSD Board of Directors

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Ram Jack Sponsor

The Stabilization of A Nine-Story Condo Building

A nine-story condo building in Philadelphia was threatened when fill soil was detected underneath the structure.  Since this kind of soil would threaten structural integrity, Larsen Landis, the structural engineering company working on the condo project, contacted Ram Jack Tri-States to provide helical stabilization.  Working alongside engineers, Ram Jack decided to install 276 helical piles to secure the building’s steel columns and concrete footings, using both  3 ½” and 5 ½” diameter piles.  In four months’ time, Ram Jack helped to put in pile caps and grade beams, and ultimately installed their custom-designed and manufactured helical piles to support the building.  Thanks to Ram Jack’s ability to create unique solutions to foundation problems, Larsen Landis was able to trust that the condo would remain stable for years to come.

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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.



Structural Engineer

Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers

Job Posting
Nov. 21, 2018


Structural Engineer (PE)

SEEStudio, Inc.

Job Posting
Nov. 15, 2018


Job Posting
Oct. 30, 2018


Job Posting
Oct. 5, 2018


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SEAOSD Mentor Program

“Share your passion for Structural Engineering with budding college students! Sign up to be a mentor for a day and introduce your mentee to the world of structural engineering. Take part in an opportunity to show the next generation of structural engineers the different aspects of this industry and what it entails. Truss us. It’ll be fun!”

Click here for the application

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Advertisement Policy

September 5, 2018


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 [email protected].  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 30, 2018. 


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





Steven Crook, S.E.

President 2018-2019



Non-Profit Organization 501(c)(6)

Tax ID #23-7016819


Click here for the 2018-2019 Advertising Policy


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