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A message from SEAOC President Kelly Cobeen

Friday, September 23, 2016  

Welcome to the September edition of SEAOC Talk. With fall almost upon us, and our kids and young adults back in school, there is a lot of activity underway. The same is true at SEAOC where the end of the 2015-2016 SEAOC year and our annual convention are almost here!

  • The NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit occurred just last week in Orlando Florida. Representing the SEAOC Board were President-Elect Chris Kamp, our SEAOC Delegate to NCSEA Norm Scheel, and Past-President Ryan Kersting, who was tapped to make a Summit presentation on SEAOC’s Structural Seismic Design Manuals. Thank you to them and other members of SEAOC in attendance. Look for more detail of Summit activities in the October SEAOC Talk. 
  • With the SEAOC Convention only a few weeks away, we would like to remind you that in addition to board and committee meetings and excellent technical sessions, we will be conducting the SEAOC Annual Business Meeting and recognizing inductees into the College of Fellows at the Thursday lunch. We will have a fantastic Hawaiian-style luau and entertainment at the Thursday dinner. On Friday our lunch program will recognize the SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering awardees, and celebrate with Ashraf Habibullah the Glory of Engineering. Our Friday dinner, hosted by Computers & Structures, Inc., will celebrate the establishment of the Ed and Diane Wilson Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley. And this is not all! There are a host of other technical and social goings on at the convention, and we are looking forward to seeing many of you there.    
  • We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our SEAOC Convention Sponsors. Their contributions help make the convention special, while keeping it affordable for participants and not becoming a net expense to the association. Our sponsors are: Computers and Structures, Inc., Hilti, Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc., Core Brace, Dealey Renton & Associates, Fabreeka, Mitek, Degenkolb, Murphy Burr Curry, Inc., Walter P. Moore, Buehler & Buehler, Cal Capitol Group, Dewalt-Powers, Forell Elsesser Engineers, Inc., Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., Langan Treadwell Rollo, Rutherford & Chekene, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Holmes Structural, and Structural Focus.
  • Continuing on a theme from the August newsletter, this edition includes two articles discussing SEAOC’s collaborative relationships with other organizations that have similar interests and objectives. Look for articles in this newsletter addressing our collaborators in the work of California legislation, and our collaboration with the Applied Technology Council (ATC).
  • As the official end of the SEAOC 2015-2016 year is September 30, 2016, this is my last newsletter article as SEAOC President. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow members of the SEAOC board and the many SEAOC members involved in committee activities for their efforts and enthusiasm for the association. We would not have an association without the contributions of these people; it is amazing to have seen firsthand the great number of members contributing and the depth of their engagement and commitment. Thank you to all! I would particularly like to thank departing SEAOC board members Manny Sinha (SEAOSD), Kevin O’Connell (SEAOSC), Scott Breneman (SEAOCC), Darrick Hom (SEAONC), and Past-President Ryan Kersting. It has been a pleasure to be part of the SEAOC board, and I am thankful for the opportunity.  

The SEAOC Board will be having an in-person meeting in Maui immediately prior to the convention in October. If you have something that you would like to bring to the attention of the board for their consideration, please contact Executive Director Don Schinske or me


Warming up Your Aloha for the 2016 SEAOC Convention

The Convention Committee continues its hard work planning the 2016 SEAOC Convention in Ka’anapali, Maui. Continuing from the last SEAOC Talk, here is one last short snippet of information about Hawaii.

Legend: It is only appropriate for this last legend before the Maui convention to be about the god Maui, and his mother Hina, maker of tapa cloth.

Maui, getting bored, decides to build a kite. Not an ordinary kite, but a huge kite using the strongest tree limbs, his mother’s strongest tapa cloth, and the strongest woven fibers for the string. When finished, the kite is 45 feet wide and 75 feet long, but there is no wind to fly it in. So Maui and his friends decide to carry the kite to the Keeper-of-the-Winds, and ask him for wind to fly the kite. The Keeper-of-the-Winds keeps the many winds of Hawaii in two ceremonial bowls, called Ipu Iki (little bowl) and Ipu Nui (big bowl). The Keeper-of-the-Winds agrees that it would be great to see the kite fly, and takes out the smaller Ipu Iki. Opening the lid, he starts calling out the winds to fly the kite. He calls first the soft wind of Hilo, but alas the wind can barely lift the kite off the ground. He calls next the misty wind of Waimea, and the wind lifts the kite to the tree tops, but Maui asks for more. The Keeper-of-the-Winds then lets all of the winds out of Ipu Iki; the dusty wind of Puna and the smoky wind of Kilauea send the kite soaring high. But then the wind stops, and Maui decides to go home for the day. The next day when he arrives, Maui tells the Keeper-of-the-Winds that the small winds of Ipu Iki are not enough and he wants the big winds of Ipu Nui. Even though the Keeper-of-the-Winds repeatedly warns Maui that the winds of Ipu Nui are too strong and not meant for kite flying, Maui insists that he and his kite are also strong, and he is not afraid. Maui himself calls forth the winds from Ipu Nui. As he calls, the ipu begins to boil, and the East Wind pops the cover and comes charging out, lifting the kite further than it has gone before. Next, the North Wind bursts out of Ipu Nui, followed by the West and South Winds. Together they pull the kite out high above the tree tops, until suddenly the kite has reached the end of the rope. Maui tries to call the winds back, but they have gone too far to hear his call, and next thing he knows he has lost the kite. Not only is the kite had lost, but the great winds have blown away his mother’s tapa and the tapa of every other family in the district. No one it the district will talk to Maui for many days following his great wind. Not to be stopped, Maui goes on to build kites again. But, learning his lesson, he makes them small and uses them to study and get to know the many winds of Hawaii, so that eventually he is sought out throughout the district as a wise predictor of the winds and weather. Based on “Calabash of the Winds” from Hawaiian Myths of Earth, Sea and Sky by Vivian L. Thompson.