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SEAOC Talk - April 2018
April 2018
Vol. 7, Issue 4

A Message from SEAOC President Janah Risha

Tax time and SEAOC Foundation
I’m writing this message just after tax time. As you ponder and evaluate your tax obligations, both now and in the future, and are deciding where you want to make tax deductible charitable contributions, please consider the SEAOC Foundation. The Mission Statement of the Foundation, which was approved in May 2017 is as follows:

The SEAOC Foundation envisions a future of safer buildings and stronger, more resilient communities. This is attained by:

  • Fostering scholarship programs that develop the next generation of California structural engineers.
  • Funding technical publications that share engineering solutions and best practices.
  • Supporting research projects that add to engineering knowledge and innovation.

Donating is quite easy through the website by clicking on the Foundation tab at the top of the page. No donation is too small; every little bit helps. If you’d like to donate securities or would like to include the SEAOC Foundation in your estate planning, please contact Don Schinske, the Foundation’s executive director.

Visits to SEAOCC and SEAOSC
It is customary for the SEAOC President to visit all four member organizations during his or her term...

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SEAOC in the Capitol
SEAOC at the Capitol

SEAOC Legislative Chair Ryan Kersting, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, and EERI Executive Director Heidi Tremayne celebrate a 5-2 vote by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Community in favor of AB 1857 (Nazarian), a bill compelling the State to explore improvements to the State Building Code that consider post-earthquake recovery time and repair costs. The bill is now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. (Below), Ryan Kersting testifies before the committee. SEAOC is also deeply engaged on AB 2681 (Nazarian), a bill to create an inventory the California’s vulnerable building stock; that bill continues to be amended and awaits hearing in the Appropriations Committee.

Getting to Know Your SEAOC Leaders

Matthew Barnard, S.E.


Degenkolb Engineers

Current role or positions held in SEAOC or MO:
In SEAOC, now serving on the Legislative Committee. For SEAOSC, been on the Board of Directors for the past two years and now nominated to be the treasurer next year. Other roles including being part of the committee for the Buildings at Risk Summit (now called the Strengthening Our Cities Summit) and representing SEAOSC on the partners committee for Building Forward LA. I am nominated to become the SEAOSC treasurer for 2018/2019.

Why are you active in the organization?
I am constantly amazed by the skill and passion that our organization brings that betters what we do and how we do it. SEAOC has been part of my life ever since I attended UC Davis. From that first involvement to now, my involvement in the organization has inspired me, taught my valuable lessons and information, and provided opportunities to better our industry and our communities. Thank you to all who have made such wonderful contributions to the organization and to the technical understanding of structural and seismic engineering. I am proud to be part of such an organization and to be building upon your hard work. I know that by being active in our organization, I can also make such a positive difference for others much as you have done for me.

What’s one interesting thing no one knows about you?
I love to hike. California has everything. From amazing people to jaw dropping natural beauty and so much more, you can experience it all when you put on a pack, fill up a water bottle, tie your shoes, and hit the trails. In a modern world interconnected like never before, it is refreshing to get away a bit from the mobile phone and experience the natural world often just steps from our cities.

2018 SEAOC Convention Update

A reminder to potential Exhibitors that there are only 9 booths available inside the Exhibit Hall. The prices for booths will increase on July 1st, 2018.
Sponsorship opportunities will soon be available at the Exhibitor’s website So, secure your choice when the website goes live at the end of April. The Sponsorships are as follows: -- Welcome Gifts (ideas such as cord organizers, visors/hats, aluminum 6" or 12" beveled Engineer rulers, small flash lights, etc.) quantity: 400 / contact
-- Wednesday Welcome Reception
-- Wednesday Younger Members Reception
-- Thursday or Friday Business Lunch
-- Thursday Cocktail Reception

-- Morning or Afternoon Snack Breaks (your choice of Wed., Thurs. or Fri.)
-- Friday President’s Cup Race
-- Friday President’s Cup Beverage Sponsor
-- Friday Night Dinner
-- Student Scholarships
-- Convention Proceedings
-- Golf

The J W Marriott is now taking room reservations @ their passkey Reservation # 1-877-622-3140 or at

The online Early Bird Registration for the Convention is anticipated to begin in early June.

The SE3 Survey is LIVE NOW!

The NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee is currently administering a nationwide survey of structural engineering professionals. This survey is designed to provide valuable information about our profession regarding demographics, compensation, satisfaction, and engagement. It will be one of the largest comprehensive nationwide surveys of structural engineering professionals to date, and we invite you to contribute to this project by completing the survey:

This project began in 2015 when SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) funded a committee to study engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession. In 2016, this group administered their first national survey of over 2,100 structural engineering professionals. Findings from this study included insight into why engineers leave the profession, the importance of mentorship, and the existence of a nuanced gender pay gap. To read the full report or get a quick summary, check out:

In mid-2017, an SE3 Committee was created at the national level through NCSEA with the primary goal of administering a similar nationwide study of structural engineering professionals every two years. This biennial survey will focus on measuring engagement and equity with the goal of providing data and best practices to help ensure that every structural engineering professional has a positive experience within our profession.

Over the past seven months, we’ve been developing the 2018 version of this survey, and it is now live! We would love to have your input. If you’d like to participate, the link to the survey is also available on the SE3 website at

Take The Survey Now

Upcoming Events

May 1: SEAONC 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Ceremony

May 2: SEAOSC & American Concrete Institute Join LA Dinner Event

May 8: SEAOCC Membership Lunch Meeting - CLT & Mass Timber Design

May 9: SEAOSC STAND OUT from the Crowd - Women in Structural Engineering Event

May 15: SEAOSD Member Dinner Meeting “Oroville Dam Spillways: Incident and Recovery Project 2017”

May 17: SEAOCC Masonry Design Seminar

May 17: SEAONC Focus on the Bottom Line: How to Derive the Greatest Impact for Your Marketing Dollar

June 1: SEAOSC Spring Education Program - Updates in the Wood Code and Design Innovations and ASCE 41-17 Updates and Examples

June 7: SEAOCC 2018 Golf Tournament

September 12-14: SEAOC 2018 Convention in Palm Desert

2015 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manual Volumes 1-3

The 2015 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manual provides a step-by-step approach to applying the structural provisions of the 2015 International Building Code and referenced standards.

This collection of the IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manual contains the following:

  • Volume 1: Code Application Examples
  • Volume 2: Examples for Light-Frame, Tilt-Up and Masonry Buildings
  • Volume 3: Examples for Concrete Buildings

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