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Regional Update from Southern California

Thursday, January 25, 2018  

By Bob Lyons, SE, SEAOSC President

SEAOSC closed out the year in 2017 with a smash-hit Holiday Party held at Parker’s Lighthouse in Long Beach, across the harbor from the Queen Mary. This annual party was enjoyed by all, with positive feedback on the venue and ambiance of Parker’s Lighthouse. The photographer once again this year was our very own member SE Dean Reyes. View photos here. We wish to recognize CSI for a very generous contribution that helped keep prices down, especially for our younger members. Thank you CSI for your support of this event and support for the engineering profession in general.

Hitting the ground running in 2018, we hosted a joint SEAOSC/AIA dinner meeting on Jan. 10, featuring an inside look at the Disney theme park design process, how these unique structures came to be, and highlighted lessons learned that can be applied by creative design teams to enhance the aesthetic of any project. The presenter was Kent R. Estes, Principal Structural Engineer from Walt Disney Imagineering. This event had about 150 registrations and based on an informal survey following the presentation, and as evidenced by lengthy post presentation informal discussions, everyone found the presentation interesting and engaging.

On Jan. 23, SEAOSC hosted a webinar on Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel: Categorized by Design. This webinar, presented by Lorena Arce, PE, Structural Steel Specialist with AISC, explained how and when to implement the AESS Category Method to effectively communicate the desired appearance for architecturally exposed structural steel in a format that contractors can understand. Attendees also learned factors impacting the implementation of AESS, how to identify and specify AESS in the contract documents, the expectations of fabrication and erection of AESS under the 2016 AISC Code, and methods for achieving AESS quality with relation to budget and schedule.

Up next will be the Feb. 2 SEAOSC Winter Education Program on Steel Design – Code Updates and More, the Feb. 7 monthly dinner meeting featuring The Annual Career Fair & Student Scholarships Awards Night dinner with presentation by the SEAOSC Safer Cities Mexico City Recon Team, and SEAOSC is working on plans to celebrate Engineers Week, beginning on Feb. 18. Stay tuned for details!