SEAOSD May 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Report

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
-Pat Riley

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
-Wilma Rudolph

It’s not the waking, it’s the rising.

Excellence in Structural Engineering is more than just an “attaboy” for a job well done. 

Being nominated to the SEAOC College of Fellows is more than just a capstone to a long career. 

In both cases, these are opportunities for us as a group to recognize champions. 

The deadline for entries for EiSE has passed, and the awards dinner isn’t until June 18th, but May is your opportunity to check out the entries and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.  This is one of my favorite meetings, and an award that we should all take pride in participating in the voting for.  You’re likely to see a lot of projects that have put structure on display; projects that have put engineers on the tip of the spear, and given us the chance to showcase our importance to the design team and relevance to society.  Even if your project doesn’t win, keep doing good work and showing it off.  It might be your project, but you’re representing for all of us.

May is also the Fellows Luncheon.  If you’re a Fellow, you attend for free!  We also take a few minutes to highlight the work and accomplishments of one of our Fellows.  This year, we’ll hear about Zubaid Karim.  I was in the audience during last year’s convention, when Zubaid was elevated to the college of Fellows.  I came away with a better understanding of what it means to “stand on the shoulders of giants”.  Here is a group of individuals who have not only done great work, they gave of their own time and talent to improve the profession. Within our own offices, we get to see a little bit of this; those managers and principals that go the extra mile to lift someone else up, patiently stoking the fire of understanding in the next generation of engineers.  You may not be aware of other ways that they are working on behalf of the entire profession.  Come, listen…and walk away inspired.    

All of that before we hear our main presentation!  Whether you’re a recent grad looking to improve your modeling skills, or an experienced manager looking for insight into best practices for your team, Debbie Penko’s presentation has something for you. 

Speaking of working on behalf of the entire profession, I want to offer a sincere “thank you” to everyone who accepted a nomination to appear on the ballot for the next Board of Directors.  You have other commitments, both at work and at home.  It’s not glamorous.  It doesn’t pay a dime.  But we need you, and I’m glad you said yes.  If we’ve reached out, and you are still on the fence about accepting, know that although you won’t get rich, it is definitely rewarding.  Say yes.

We have a lot going on, with opportunities for you to lead, help, or attend something special.  June will be bookended by two awesome (local!) in-person training workshops.  June 3rd is your chance to obtain or renew certification as a CalOES SAP evaluator.  Near the end of the month (date TBD), we will be co-hosting in-depth SEAOC presentations on understanding and using ASCE 41 for evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings.  As our existing building stock gets older, and our codes get smarter, this standard continues to gain importance.   

If you can’t attend the SEAOSD in-person seminar for CalOES SAP training, consider signing up for the NCSEA webinar on June 12th.  Link here:

This webinar marks the first time that NCSEA has agreed to revenue-sharing for SEAOSD members who attend an NCSEA webinar.  Thank you, Curtis Patterson for negotiating on our behalf, and thank you to Al Spada and Kat Ort of NCSEA for finding a software solution to make this possible. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in making our golf tournament a success.  It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year, as well as a great opportunity to have fun with clients and re-connect with industry partners. 

Please check out our website for other announcements and upcoming events.  And in case you missed the earlier message, please continue to hope and pray for healing for Ashley Zautcke.

Steven Crook, S.E.

SEAOSD President


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Welcome New Members

New Members for May

Osvaldo Salas ~ Member SE
Angelene Taduran ~ Member

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

SEAOSD June 3, 2019 Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Evaluator Training Workshop

June 03, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

San Diego Environmental Services Building
9601 Ridgehaven Court
San Diego , CA 92123

SEAOSD June 3, 2019 Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Evaluator Training Workshop

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SEAOSD Awards Dinner June 18, 2019

June 18, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

SEAOSD Awards Dinner June 18, 2019

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Ram Jack Sponsor


“With 123 settlement locations identified, the scenic Villa Granada Apartments suffered from undersized footings, poor drainage, and inferior soil.  These issues became critical when cracks and tripping hazards cropped up, creating numerous hazards for the residents.  Knowing that an immediate solution was necessary, Degenkolb Engineers introduced Ram Jack to the complex construction manager.  Considering the inferiority of the footings, Ram Jack decided to start by shoring the existing columns to preserve both the structures and the residents’ safety.  There were additional requirements which added to the scope of the project; lightweight equipment was necessary to avoid disrupting the landscape, and since there were very little footings remaining under the existing posts, the decision was made to encase the pile in concrete.  Ram Jack was able to address every condition for the repair, and successfully installed helical piles to stabilize the apartment complex, with the project finishing far ahead of schedule.”

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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 Design Engineer

Lovelace Engineering, Inc.

Job Posting
May. 1, 2019


Job Posting
Mar. 12, 2019


Senior Engineer - Civil/Structural

San Diego Gas & Electric

Job Posting
Mar. 12, 2019


Structural Engineer Openings

Coffman Engineers

Job Posting
Feb. 25, 2019


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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!”

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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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