SEAOSD December 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Report

We are officially in the holiday season. Christmas songs are playing, shoppers are out getting their gifts, office parties have begun, and travel arrangements have been made to see loved ones. The holidays are a joyful time to cherish family, friends, and the many gifts present each and every day. This time of year is also a good reminder of work-life balance and its importance to the long term success of our engineering careers. So many times we get caught up in the hustle of acquiring new business, maintaining existing relationships, balancing a work team, and staying those long hours to meet deadlines. It can be beneficial to take a break from the everyday grind and enjoy personal relationships and passions. Nigel Marsh uses his time on TED Talks to outline an important point of work-life balance: “If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you.” It’s up to us as individuals to prioritize what is important and structure balance in our lives to make room for health, happiness, and prosperity. May this holiday season bring you an abundance of all three and may you each enjoy your time with colleagues, family, community, and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Curtis Patterson, S.E.

SEAOSD President


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Welcome New Members

New Members for December
Anna Lang ~ Associate
Aida Pirahmadi - Student
Jason Cha - Student
Nathan Jo - Student


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Calendar of Events

Future Meetings

Sustainable Design Committee Lunch Meeting on "Sustainability 101 - Structural Steel & Sustainability" December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Coffman Engineers, Inc
1301 Third Avenue, Ste 300
San Diego , CA 92101
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Sustainable Design Committee Lunch Meeting on "Sustainability 101 - Structural Steel & Sustainability" December 15, 2017

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ASCE & SEAOSD Joint meeting December 19, 2017

December 19, 2017
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Handlery Hotel
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego , CA

ASCE & SEAOSD Joint meeting December 19, 2017

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SEAOSD January 16, 2018 Member Luncheon

January 16, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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

SEAOSD January 16, 2018 Member Luncheon

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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.



Entry-Level Structural Engineer

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Job Posting
Nov. 30, 2017


Structural REVIT/AutoCAD Drafter

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Job Posting
Nov. 30, 2017


Structural Engineer

Coffman Engineers - San Diego

Job Posting
Nov. 29, 2017


Engineering Specalist (JO# 4395)

Judicial Council of California

Job Posting
Nov. 1, 2017


Engineering Specialist (JO# 4394)

Judicial Council of California

Job Posting

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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




Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017

Click Here to View Call and Submit an Abstract

Interested in presenting at DFI's 2018 Annual Conference? Consider submitting abstracts for original technical papers and panel sessions to the DFI 43rd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, being held October 24-27, 2018, at the Hilton Anaheim, Calif. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017. The event will provide an international forum for a wide-range of geo-professionals to present, discuss, and debate all aspects of assessment, development, design and mitigation for complex loading conditions in the 21st Century. Submit your abstract at - using Conference ID: DFI2018 - for a technical paper or panel discussion on the following topics:

* Risk Assessment and Mitigation
* Lessons Learned (Case Histories/Innovations/Forensic Work)
* Seismic Design/Soil Structure Interaction/Lateral Loading
* Performance-Based Deep Foundation Design
* Ground Improvement
* Innovation Techniques for Earth Retention and Stabilization
* Advancements in Instrumentation and Monitoring
* Analysis, Design and Construction for Extreme Events
* Mega-Projects (Projected Work/Risk Mitigation/Contractual Aspects)
* Constructability Issues and Design Aspects
* Other Deep Foundations-Related Topics


Applied Technology Council Update:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC) invite members of SEAOSD to participate in the prediction of the seismic response of three deep, wide-flange structural steel beam-columns.  Contestants are invited to submit a single entry of one of the following two categories: (1) Simple: Capturing the main response parameters; (2) Comprehensive: Capturing the full nonlinear cyclic response of the test specimens intending to predict overall and local response parameters. 

The submittal deadline is January 12, 2018 and category winners will be awarded at the AISC Steel Conference (NASCC) taking place in Baltimore, Maryland on April 10-13, 2018.  One representative of each category winner will be invited to make a presentation on the techniques used (model and analysis) and challenges arising in the prediction, which resulted in a winning team.

For more information, please visit the contest website: 

Bernadette Hadnagy

Director of Operations 

Applied Technology Council

201 Redwood Shores Parkway, Suite 240

Redwood City, California  94065

Phone: 650-595-1542

Fax: 650-593-2320

E-mail: [email protected]

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