SEAOSD Members: 2017 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards – Call For Entries

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Feb 022017

It’s not too early to start preparing for the 2017 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards!


Please visit click here SEAOSD_2017_EiSE_Entry_Packet to download the entry packet.

Entries are due Thursday April 27th, 2017


SEAOSD is proud to announce a few key changes this year…


  • The SEAOSD Awards entry process has been combined with the state level SEAOC Awards program.  This new integrated program is now a two-tiered process to truly reveal the best of the best of structural engineering excellence in California.


  • Projects must be submitted to the SEAOC/SEAOSD Awards program. There will no longer be a separate application for the SEAOC Awards.  Projects that win a Regional (SEAOSD) award will be automatically advanced to the SEAOC Awards program.


  • The only entry fee is the SEAOC/SEAOSD Awards entry fee of $150. No additional entry fee will be required for advancement to the SEAOC Awards.


  • Display boards are no longer optional and are due at the same time as the electronic submission materials.


  • The winners of the SEAOC/SEAOSD Awards will be displayed at the 2017 SEAOC Convention hosted right here in San Diego!  This is a chance for your firm to shine in front of all Convention attendees in our own back yard.

Steel Moment Frame Testing – How and Why?

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Dec 192015


The 1994 Northridge Earthquake highlighted the need for comprehensive full scale testing of moment frame connections.  Since then hundreds of tests have been completed in order to study and confirm the complex behaviors these important joints have when going through inelastic deformations. This presentation will highlight some of the reasons these tests are completed and some of the lessons learned.  Included in the presentation will be actual video and photographs of recent SidePlate Moment Frame tests completed at UCSD as well as blast tests performed in New Mexico.  Lastly, the presentation will outline how a testing protocol is developed and how testing can help in advancing the engineering methods designers use.



Ryan Smith, S.E.

Western Regional Business Manager


SidePlate Systems, Inc.

25909 Pala, Suite 200

Mission Viejo, CA 92691


Ryan Smith is a licensed Structural Engineer in California. He is the Western Regional Business Manager for SidePlate Systems, specializing in seismic connection design. Ryan obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Ryan recently served on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineer’s Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) and remains active in the organization.

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SEAOSD October 13, 2015 Member Dinner joint with EERI

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Oct 132015


The San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Planning Scenario update is an ongoing bi-national project led by EERI, SEAOSD and UCSD to quantify the expected physical damage and socio-economic impacts of a M 6.9 earthquake affecting the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan region. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve the region’s earthquake awareness, preparedness, public policy, seismic retrofit policy, and disaster resilience. The San Diego-Tijuana cross-border metropolitan area is the largest in the world and its international border crossing is one of the busiest with over 60 million crossings per year (SANDAG).
The first Earthquake Planning Scenario for San Diego was published in 1990 titled “Planning Scenario for a Major Earthquake, San Diego-Tijuana Metropolitan Area,” prepared by the California Geological Survey (CGS) as Special Publication 100. This scenario included the San Diego and Tijuana metropolitan areas, and was designed for International planning where significant earthquake damage could occur on both sides of the border. A team of engineers, geologists, social scientists, public officials and private industry leaders is collaborating to update this scenario. The group has subdivided its efforts into three working groups: the geo-hazards group defining the earthquake hazard, the buildings and infrastructure group estimating the expected physical damage, and socio-economic group assessing the social and economic impacts on the region.
This presentation will address the current progress on both the Mexican and U.S. sides for the first two working groups. First, a summary of the overall project will be provided. The progress and challenges encountered in defining the earthquake hazard, fault rupture length, and secondary geologic hazards will be described. Finally, the progress made to date on inventorying the building and infrastructure stock in Tijuana and San Diego and assessing the expected damage will be presented. Opportunities for SEAOSD and EERI members to participate in the study will also be discussed.

Part 1: Introduction (Lelli Van Den Einde).
Part 2: WG1, Earthquake Hazard (Diane Murbach, Jorge Meneses).
Part 3: WG2, Damage to Buildings and Infrastructure (Alvaro Celestino, Tony Court, Roberto Ruiz-Salas).

1. Dr. Lelli Van Den Einde, Teaching Professor, Structural Engineering, UCSD; Vice-Chair EERI San Diego.
2. Diane Murbach, CEG, Murbach Geotech, Past-President SDAG.
3. Dr. Jorge Menses, GE, Chair EERI San Diego, Group Delta Consultants Inc.
4. Alvaro Celestino, SE, Degenkolb Engineers, San Diego.
5. Anthony Court, SE, A. B. Court & Associates, Past-President SEAOSD.
6. Roberto Ruiz-Salas, PE, Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc., San Diego.

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September 15, 2015 Member Luncheon joint with ACI

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Sep 152015

Description of Performance Based Design Methodology and Peer Review Process in the City of San Diego”

Guest Speaker Jim DesRoches, P.E. with Glotman Simpson

Presentation Abstract:
Presentation will include: a case study of a recently constructed high rise tower utilizing the Performance Based Design approach, discussion of recently approved PBD projects in San Diego, and scheduling of the Peer Review and review process for approval by the City of San Diego.

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