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A message from SEAOC President Joyce Fuss

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  

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

One of my primary goals as your president for this year has been to provide our membership the opportunity to be informed of the work being done by our committees and of those representing SEAOC on the boards or committees of outside organizations.  The past month has been an especially busy time as projects that were put on hold last year have fully come back to life and new projects are also picking up momentum, not only in our offices but also for our Association.  I continue to be amazed that we have so many dedicated and extremely talented members and volunteers who make SEAOC the premier professional organization for structural engineering.
The months of March and April are extremely busy for the SEAOC Legislative committee, as bills are introduced. The opportunity to provide technical expertise and testimony at hearings means several hours a week of additional time spent participating in the process. While all of this is a swiftly moving target, we should have an update on the most important bills SEAOC is tracking by May.  Hats off to SEAOC Executive Director Don Schinske, Legislative Committee Chair Ryan Kersting and his diligent team from each of the four SEAOC Member Organizations (MOs) for meeting weekly to track and contribute to this very important task.
The SEAOC Continuing Education Committee is holding regular meetings under the leadership of Kelly Cobeen and has established a tentative schedule for SEAOC seminars and webinars for the coming year.  The Wind Design Manual and ATC/ASCE 41 Examples in-person seminars are scheduled with the collaboration of each MO, to ensure the timing of these fits well with the local scheduled seminars and meetings.  The Wind Design Manual webinars are expected to start in November, and will cover some of the examples not presented at the seminars along with some of the most popular presentations.  The committee is also planning to meet at the SEAOC Convention in Squaw Creek at Lake Tahoe in August.
The ad-hoc SEAOC Fire Committee has completed their document entitled “Structural Engineering Bulletin to Post Wildfire Site Investigations” and this publication is in the final review stage with the Structural Standards Committee.  The goal of the as-hoc group is to initially bring information to those involved in volunteering for the evaluation of damaged structures after fires (and also those who may be interested in doing so), to raise awareness, to provide reference to resource documents, and to protect engineers from unnecessary risk and litigation.  We anticipate this will be available to the SEAOC membership very soon.
There are many more projects underway and we will include updated on as many as we can next month. Until then, please check out the SEAOC Convention website and make your room reservations early!  It promises to be an event to remember filled with amazing educational opportunities and social events, the Excellence in Engineering Awards, and much more all in a beautiful setting!