SEAOSD November 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

We kicked off the fall season with a great meeting last month which focused on navigating through the updates within the existing building code. Wayne Brown, from Miyamoto International, brought clarity to various changes to ASCE 41 and the California Existing Building Code for both new and familiar users alike.

Piloting through the code brings to light the true art in evaluating existing structures and our role in establishing a safer society. Currently, many of San Diego’s structures would perform poorly in the event of a major earthquake and require retrofitting. In fact, the sheer number of vulnerable buildings in our neighborhoods is overwhelming. Our Seismology Committee suggests that the first step toward addressing the issue can be made with a proper building inventory which will assess the amount of risk at hand. The efforts of our local Existing Building Committee and Seismology Committee members have been actively gather data from identifying local susceptible building types to Recon missions to Mexico City.

Victor Garcia - Chair of the local Seismology Committee and representative to the State, has been working hard at keeping the Committee active and relevant.  It is members like Victor that make our association great!  The Seismology Committee is looking at the lessons that can be learned from the Mexico City earthquake and the implications to the San Diego building stock. Look out for more material from our diligent committee coming soon. If you have made a recent trip to Mexico City, please reach out to Victor with any input that may be helpful.

The month of November brings several interesting topics to the membership:

·         Lunch & Learn Insurance Law Update @ Cavignac & Associates: November 7th 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

·         Geotechnical/Environmental Liability Design Through Construction, Member Dinner @ Stone Brewery Point Loma: November 14th 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events.

Curtis Patterson, S.E.

SEAOSD President


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Welcome New Members

New Members:
Reza Moradi ~ Associate
Cassandra Ford - Associate
Jennifer Ciofolo - Member


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings


SEAOSD November 7, 2017

November 07, 2017
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Cavignac & Associates
450 B Street 18th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

SEAOSD November 7th Lunch & Learn Insurance Market Update – Including the Impact of SB 496

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SEAOSD November 14, 2017 Member Dinner

November 14, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

SEAOSD November 14, 2017 Member Dinner
Event Sponsored by:

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April 30, 2018 is our Annual Golf Tournament at Twin Oaks! More informarion will be coming soon!

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SEAOSD Outreach Program

Have a cool engineering story to tell? SEAOSD Outreach is looking for volunteers to talk at Earl Warren Middle School on December 11 and December 18 between 8 and 10 am.  These volunteers will meet with 8th Grade STEM students to discuss Structural Engineering in a round table type setting. If interested, please contact Sarah Witt at [email protected]. 

SEAOSD is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the “Engineer for a Day” mentorship program.  This individual will coordinate getting applications from potential Mentors and Mentees, reviewing applications for suitability, matching program participants, and doing follow up work.  This is a great job for someone wanting to inspire college engineering students.  If interested, please contact Sarah Witt at [email protected]. 

SEAOSD would like to thank Jenn Ciofolo, Lisa Bridge and Soumabrata Dutta for volunteering at the Fleet Science Center Engineering Festival.

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Get Involved

“Interested in getting more involved? The continuing education committee is looking for committee members! Committee members will help schedule seminars/short technical programs for SEAOSD members to receive the most current information and tools for structural analysis, design and detailing using the latest technologies and design standards. Please contact the Committee Chair, Jenn Ciofolo, to get involved. [email protected]



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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.



Engineering Specalist (JO# 4395)

Judicial Council of California

Job Posting
Nov. 1, 2017


Engineering Specialist (JO# 4394)

Judicial Council of California

Job Posting
Nov. 1, 2017


Structural Engineer

TKJ Structural Engineering

Job Posting
Oct. 26, 2017


Structural Engineer

Mour Group Engineering + Design

Job Posting
Oct. 25, 2017


Structural Engineer

Saiful Bouquet

Job Posting
Sep. 28, 2017


Experienced Structural Engineers

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Job Posting
Sep. 14, 2017


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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 [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 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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Other Announcements

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 Event:

Dear Engineering Society Leaders:
Please join our Fall Engineering Council ALL-Society meeting. This is a quarterly strategic meeting of the San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC) that representatives from each local Engineering Society are strongly encouraged to attend:

Date: Wednesday November 8, 2017

Time:  5:30pm Social, 6:00pm Meeting Begins

Location: ATE-Rentals (Sorrento Valley)


Society Updates (bring your updates)

Awards Expansion Committee Update

2018 Engineers Week Banquet Planning Committee Update

Infrastructure Development Committee Updates

RSVP: to [email protected] for food planning and to add your name (and/or Society representative) to the calendar. You won't want to miss out. Make sure your Society is represented! 

Thank you to the participating organizations supporting the Engineering Festival, the Call for Keynote Speakers, and your work on key Engineering Council E-Week planning and infrastructure development! Want to get more involved?

Contact us: Visit "contact us" SDCEC webpage for officer and committees. Our calendar is up to date for additional details.

Like, share and help cross-promote our SDCEC Linkedin posts  

Bring Society updates to the Council meeting, or send me a note to add in our next communication..

See the Engineering movie "Dream Big: Engineering Our World"- Spread the word

Very much looking forward to seeing you at our quarterly council meeting. The future of the SDCEC depends on you! 


Debra Kimberling, President

San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC)

[email protected] 

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 Event:

2017 COSMOS Technical Session 

Theme: The Evolving Process of Determining Site-Specific Design Ground-Motions in Areas of High Seismicity

The Consortium of Organization for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) will be holding its Annual Meeting and Technical Session at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California on Friday, November 17th.  The Crowne Plaza SFO is conveniently located at 1177 Airport Boulevard one block east of the 101 Freeway ( The Crowne Plaza has a complimentary shuttle (runs every 30 minutes) from San Francisco Airport.  For those coming by BART, the shuttle stop is located in front of the International Terminal upper level adjacent to the SFO BART Station. Registration and breakfast for the Technical Session will begin at 7:30 am with the technical program starting promptly at 8:30. This year we will again be having a hot buffet breakfast and lunch. As in previous years, the session will be followed by a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a partially hosted bar (we will be providing drink tickets to registrants).

This year’s technical session has the theme: The Evolving Process of Determining Site-Specific Design Ground Motions in Areas of High Seismicity. The morning session will provide presentations on COSMOS/USGS/CGS joint activities, updates on the new COSMOS Ground Motion Converter Tool and new CESMD Developments, new available PEER data sets from subduction zone earthquakes, simulating ground motions for Great Earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, Issues associated with mixing PSHA and DSHA strategies at the interface of subduction zone and crustal events and engineering use of duration from crustal and subduction events.  The afternoon presentations will feature presentations on Issues in establishing the maximum magnitudes for Deterministic Seismic Hazard Analysis, using local ground motion recordings to adapt to existing GMPEs for design site specific ground motions, using a new web tool to determine longer period (2 to 10 seconds) ground motions from the SCEC Utilization of Ground Motion Simulations (UGMS) for Southern California, updated on the new hazard tools and design web tool from USGS and others for usage with ASCE 7-16 and updates and progress report on Project 17 (2021 NEHRP/2022 ASCE 7) Ground Motion including tentative decision on the approach to be used established design ground motion levels and maximum magnitudes. Speakers will include Alan Yong, Hamid Haddadi, Silvia Mazzoni, Art Frankel, Kofi Addo (tentative), Jon Heintz, Nick Gregor, Nico Keuhn, C.B. Crouse, Nico Luco and Charlie Kircher. As in years past, the last part of the Technical Session will include a lively panel session which will allow a forum for discussion. 

Registration fees are $ 280 for nonmembers that includes hot breakfast, lunch,               hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  There is also a special reduced student rate of $ 60.  This year, attendees will be able to earn 0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or 6 Profession Development Hours (PDUs) by attending.  Program details for the COSMOS Annual Meeting and Technical Session are available at the COSMOS website at


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