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A message from SEAOC President Chris Kamp

Monday, September 25, 2017  

By Chris Kamp, S.E., FSEAOC, 2016-2017 SEAOC President

It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since you provided me the honor to be your SEAOC President.  This has been an enlightening and fulfilling time for me as I witnessed, with pride, all of the time and energy that our members put forward in efforts to advance our organization and provide safer structures for the public.   I believe that it has been a good year for SEAOC and for that I would like to thank the members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director and staff.          

We closed our SEAOC year with a great convention in San Diego.  I hope that most of you were able to attend and took the opportunity to renew old and create new relationships with other structural engineers and individuals associated with our profession.  The weather was fantastic, the technical sessions were very informative, and the dinner parties were magnificent and memorable.  I believe that a record for the most photos of San Diego Bay may have occurred during the first hour of the CSI event at Coasterra.  Kudos to the keynote presentation by EERI.  For the first time in my memory, the opening keynote presentation made headlines in the newspaper and airtime on the TV newscasts.  Of course, this four day event could not have gone so smoothly without a lot of work behind the scenes.  I would like to send out a big thank you to the Convention Committee with a special thank you to the Convention Co-chairs WenDee Sullivan and Steve Kerr. They stepped up during some unusual circumstances and led the committee admirably.  A thank you also goes out to the Convention Sponsors, the Exhibitors, and the Sponsors of the several Younger Member Awards and Stipends.  Our conventions could not be the events that they are without their support.  This newsletter contains details about just a few of the many highlights. 

In other news, SEAOC launched a new website last month.  The address is the same http://www.seaoc.org, but the look and the access to content has changed.   There has been a great deal of effort involved to bring this revised site on-line and this new site will be particularly advantageous as related to obtaining and purchasing publications in our bookstore, and to the SEAOC committee work, as ultimately committees will have a secure and common location to store their work which will be accessible to committee members from all the Regional M.O.s.  Please access the new site and log-in to see the new content.  If you need assistance, contact the SEAOC office at info@seaoc.org.                 

This last month we have seen very dramatically the power, destruction and threat to lives that natural hazards can deliver to our communities.  The hurricanes and earthquakes during this time have been noteworthy in their power and reoccurrence.  These events are big news during their occurrence, however we should not forget that it can take years for the people and communities involved to recover.  In recent months several organizations (NCSEA, CALBO, SEI, and others) have developed specific committees and educational events related to an awareness of community resilience.   SEAOC has been involved in a number of these efforts and will continue to be involved.  Many of the concepts related to structural resilient design have been promoted by SEAOC for years and as we help develop these concepts into reality, it is very satisfying.  While nearly all of these outside efforts are noteworthy, SEAOC is generally an association of volunteers and we do have a budget that must be maintained.  As such, the Board will have the unenviable task of deciding how best to utilize the volunteer and financial resources of SEAOC most effectively and efficiently.    However, if there is an effort that any of our members think is a worthwhile effort to participate as an individual, I would encourage you to do so.

In closing, I am looking forward to the year ahead.  Our new Board of Directors will provide good representation and leadership for SEAOC and our membership.  And from working closely this last year with our new SEAOC President, Janah Risha, I have seen the energy and desire he has to be our president and I am sure that with his leadership we will continue to advance our association.