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A message from SEAOC President Joyce Fuss

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  

By Joyce Fuss, SE, SECB, LEED AP, SEAOC President 2018-2019

It’s a new year for SEAOC this month and we are off to a running start already (more about that below).  I am honored to serve our Association as your president this year and we are looking forward to a very busy year.  Last month we had a wonderful well-attended convention in beautiful Palm Desert, filled with excellent technical presentations on topics from the evaluation and strengthening of existing structures to innovative design and analysis methods for new buildings. The convention proceedings are available in the members’ section of our website. Be sure to check this out and find the papers that are of particular interest to you.
During the convention we announced the publication of our first-ever Wind Design Manual. This manual is now available for order online in both soft cover and PDF.  SEAOC members receive the ICC discount on this essential resource.  Look for seminars and webinars coming soon, starting with a SEAOCC seminar on Nov. 8 in West Sacramento.
We also received a reminder of an issue that relates to the importance of the ongoing efforts of SEAONC’s SE3 committee. See the letter to the editor included this month regarding the experiences of some younger women attending this year’s convention. This saddens me and although I know that our membership upholds a high standard of respect and professionalism towards all participants in SEAOC events, it is an opportunity to raise our awareness and remind ourselves of the policies put in place by the board and updated as recently as 2012 (see section 10 in our SEAOC Policies & Procedures in the Members’ area on our website). 
We will be taking steps to ensure a better atmosphere at future events including reviewing these policies and making sure to inform guests and participants of expectations.
At the board meetings on Sept. 11 -12 and Oct. 19,  several important topics were discussed:

  • We adopted a balanced budget which required trimming in some areas where we historically have not spent the entire amount and acknowledging some publication expenses will be distributed over a longer time based on past experience
  • The publications committee provided an update on the 2018 Seismic Design Manuals and set a goal to have these published in time for the next convention in 2018.
  • The Legislative Committee via Chair Ryan Kersting provided information regarding the two bills SEAOC was involved with (influencing via advocacy and technical support) and lead us in a discussion of the next steps after the governor vetoed both, and how collaboration with other organizations and government agencies can address oppositions.  This might include developing guidelines for a “functional recovery” standard or methodology towards achieving more resiliency in the design of new structures, and how to best create an inventory of vulnerable existing building stock.  EERI and SEAOC intend to work in partnership in defining “functional recovery.”
  • SEAOC’s relationship and interaction with NCSEA was explored and the Board agreed that an increased presence of SEAOC attendees at the NCSEA Summit is an important way to further the benefit to our association  The Summit took place in Chicago from Oct. 23-27.  This annual event is packed with board and committee meetings, technical and “human engineering” topics and several social events which present a great opportunity to .  There is also a coalition meeting between NCSEA, CASE and SEI/ASCE to explore ways to  share effort and information as well as develop plans for collaboration on committees continuing education, and other areas of common interest. We will have more to report on this next month. 

Best regards and thanking all of you for your hard work on behalf of our profession,

Joyce Fuss