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SEAOC has the following standing committees.

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Chair: Ken O'Dell, S.E.

The mission of the SEAOC Communications Committee is to create a positive image of California structural engineers in the minds of the various publics (including public policy officials, business people, homeowners, and students as well as other professionals) as major contributors to the quality of life in our communities and the safety of our built environment. The committee’s primary objectives are to increase Californians’ awareness of the role of structural engineers in assuring the public’s safety and creating and improving our built environment, including an awareness of their mission, work, their leaders and their collective contribution to our built environment and to inform members of the public about what they as individuals can do to help structural engineers increase the safety, soundness and security of structures and infrastructures in their communities.

Chair: Raymond Lui, S.E.

The Disaster Emergency Services Committee is charged with (1) coordination of SEAOC Volunteer Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluators During a Deployment, (2) acting as SEAOC liaison to the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) SAP Steering Committee, and (3) provide information to other organizations regarding SEAOC’s Disaster Emergency Services and the Cal OES SAP.

Chair: Ryan Kersting, S.E.

The purpose of the SEAOC Legislative Committee will be to represent SEAOC and the structural engineering profession on issues that will be or should be considered by the California Legislature or Regulators. The committee will engage in the following tasks: monitor, research, and report on legislation and regulations of interest to the structural engineering profession, take positions on legislation and regulations and coordinate testimony before legislative or regulatory committees when appropriate, propose and advance legislation and regulations of interest to the structural engineering profession that protects the health, welfare, and safety of the public, act as a technical resource to legislators and regulators and their respective staff regarding structural engineering issues, meet with other groups that represent parties that have an interest in legislative and regulatory issues, and wherever possible attempt to coordinate its legislative and regulatory program with organizations with similar interests, and keep the SEAOC Board of Directors and membership informed of legislative and regulatory issues.

Chair: Jeffrey Hunt, Ph.D., P.E.

The Post-Disaster Performance Observation Committee (PDPOC) manages and supports SEAOC’s Earthquake Performance Evaluation Program (EPEP). EPEP’s mission is to systematically gather engineering observations and information following an earthquake to enable evaluation of the structural and nonstructural performance of buildings near strong motion recording stations. By systematically collecting observations on both poor and well performing structures in close proximity to recorded ground motions, the PDPOC is able to build a more complete building performance data set to reduce uncertainties in observed performance and help calibrate performance-based engineering by defining/refining fragility functions for building structural systems and components. The PDPOC manages the goals and procedures for EPEP, holds training sessions and exercises for SEAOC members to become EPEP credentialed, and coordinates the activities of EPEP volunteers in the field after a damaging earthquake. With EPEP, the PDPOC strives to increase post-earthquake reconnaissance opportunities for SEAOC members and engage the practical expertise of its structural engineers.

Chair: Carl Josephson, S.E.

The purpose of the SEAOC Professional Licensing and Certification Committee is to monitor changes in regulation and rules as may affect the licensing and practice of civil and structural engineering, coordinate efforts with other states through participation in national organizations and committees (e.g. NCSEA, SEI, NCEES, SELC, SECB), advise the SEAOC Board regarding proposed legislation that may affect professional licensing, and act as a liaison between SEAOC and the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG).

Chair: Mark Gilligan, S.E.

The Professional Practices Committee is a forum where engineers address professional issues related to the practice of structural engineering. The committee address subjects related to current practice of structural engineering such as the scope of structural engineering services, guidelines for professional conduct and standards of care, recommendations related to the language and content to be included in contracts, project delivery methods, sustainability, performance based design, and more. The committee also advocates for structural engineers and SEAOC members and their firms relative to licensure and jurisdictional matters.

Chair: Kelly Cobeen, S.E.

Publication of authoritative manuals and guides are a core activity of SEAOC. The publications committee is responsible for overseeing the production and making recommendations on these publications. One of their primary task is to ensure the regular development of the structural/seismic design manuals based on the most current International Building Code. SEAOC also periodically develops Blue Book articles, white papers and other publications.

Chairs: Jonathan Buckalew, S.E; Anna Lang Ofstad, PhD

The Resilience Committee is focused on improving the ability of our built environment to recover from damaging events. Implementation of resilient design from engineering perspective encompasses multiple aspects such as; community planning and outreach, improving performance standards for new construction, assessing and upgrading critical infrastructure, identifying and retrofitting existing hazardous structures, and preparing for expedited post-event inspections and repairs. This committee provides an opportunity for us move our profession into the next generation of design practice.

Chair: Wayne Low, S.E. (2016 Convention Chair)

For over eighty years SEAOC has held an annual convention that provides an opportunity to learn about state-of the art technologies, advancements in structural engineering, enjoy social events, sporting activities, and attend technical sessions given by researchers and structural engineers. The convention provides an opportunity for interaction among all members of the Association as well as our Industry partners and students. The presentation of the Excellence of Engineering awards and the induction of new member into the College of Fellows are also highlights of the convention. Technical Proceedings are provided to all attendees as well as to non-attending members upon request. Each year the convention rotates among the SEAOC Members Organizations (SEAOCC, SEAONC, SEAOSC and SEAOSD). This committee oversees the transition from once convention to the next, and ensures continuity and transfer of best practices between the hosting Member Organizations. For details, visit

Chair: Kevin S. Moore, S.E. (CA, WA), SECB

The mission of the SEAOC Structural Standards Committee (SSC) is to provide a forum through which SEAOC Technical Committees and Member Organizations may work to: develop consensus positions on the content of provisions contained in building codes and national consensus standards that affect structural engineering practice in California, advocate these positions with the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) toward the several committees maintained by the national model building code and national standards development organizations (SDO), in certain circumstances specific to California, advocate these positions directly before the various committees maintained by the national model building code and standards development organizations and the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), develop and submit specific proposals for change and/or public comment to the International Building Code and national consensus standards with NCSEA whenever possible, develop and submit specific proposals for change and/or public comment to the California Building Code (currently only applicable to adopting state agencies), develop consensus positions on the procedures and approvals used by national evaluation services in preparation of code equivalency reports, advocate these positions to the evaluation services, prepare specific proposals for procedures and approvals, for consideration by the evaluation services, review publications developed in Technical Committees for quality, editorial content, readiness for publication and consistency with SEAOC positions and policies, bring issues to the Board when appropriate to facilitate continued efficient operation of committees and relay questions from the Board regarding Technical Committee publications to Technical Committee chairs, and review and provide input to publication managers for SEAOC publications developed outside of the Technical Committees, such as the Seismic Design Manual, for consistency with SEAOC positions and policies.

The Structural Standards Committee oversees the following Technical Committees: Evaluation Reports, Existing Buildings, General Engineering, Quality Assurance, Seismology, Sustainable Design, and Wind.

Chair: Mark A. Moore, S.E., LEED AP

The Evaluation Services Committee is responsible for provisions of evaluation service acceptance criteria and evaluation reports developed by various bodies, related to the design, materials and construction associated with structural components and systems in structures, including the development, consistency, and review of procedures of testing and verification for conformance with the building code.

Chair: Brian Olsen, S.E.

The Existing Buildings Committee works on issues related to the evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. Working closely with NCSEA Existing Buildings Subcommittee, we provide code change proposals, reviews, and commentaries on existing building guidelines, codes, and standards (such as ASCE 41, IBC Chapter 34, and the IEBC). We also work with state and local jurisdictions on policies regarding existing structures.

Chair: Steve Spence, S.E.

The General Engineering Committee is responsible for the Structural Standards Committee's activities related to the provisions of building codes and national standards related to design, materials and construction requirements associated with the resistance of new construction to all loading conditions except seismic.

Chair: Y. Henry Huang, S.E.

The Quality Assurance Committee is responsible for provisions of the building codes and standards that relate to quality assurance plans, structural observation, special inspection, inspection, design quality control, peer review and other measures intended to assure that constructed works conform to the design requirements and the requirements of the building codes and standards.

Chair: Meaghan Halligan SE SEAOSD

The Seismology Committee is responsible for the Structural Standards Committee's activities related to the provisions of building codes and national standards related to design, materials and construction requirements associated with seismic resistance and performance of new construction, including collaboration with and review of activities and positions of the Evaluation Service Committee related to seismic performance of products and systems.


Chair: Megan Stringer

The Sustainable Design committee is responsible for the Structural Standards Committee's activities related to the provisions of building codes and national standards related to sustainability. The committee considers design, materials and construction requirements associated with sustainability of new and existing construction.

Chair: Stephen Kerr, S.E.

This committee has on-going work in development of code change proposals to the wind design provisions in the ASCE 7-16 Standard, IBC, IRC and IEBC. In view of the need for enforceable provisions to regulate the design and installation for PV photovoltaic system on roofs, a subcommittee was appointed in 2010. With representative of SEAOC members, academia and industry representatives, the committee wrote two reports. These publications SEAOC PV1-2012, Structural Seismic Requirements and Commentary for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Arrays, and SEAOC PV2-2012, Wind Design for Low Profile Solar Photovoltaic Arrays on flat Roofs, are available from SEAOC office.

Chair: Kelly Cobeen, S.E; Tim Hart, PE, SE, LEED AP

This committee is responsible for planning and executing SEAOC educational programs, primarily those based on state-level publications such as the Structural/Seismic Design Manual series.