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MARCH 22, 2018 (Thursday)  | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Geotechnical-Structural Interaction Seminar

Presentation Overview:
This half-day seminar is an opportunity to learn from Geotechnical and Structural engineers how their interaction affects the designs for both professions.  The presentation will cover a variety of foundation systems and how they are selected and evaluated, supportive excavation and the iterative designs between geotechnical and structural engineers, and some newer foundation systems that are a part of the modern built environment.


Presentation 1:   Structural Engineer & Geotechnical Engineer, Working Together
The design of support of excavation is one of many challenges where a back and forth between two engineers is necessary to ensure safety and stability at the heart of a building structure.

Bill Walton, PE, SE, F.ASCE, D.GE  |  Senior Vice President, GEI Consultants
Michael Flynn, PE  |  Project Manager, GEI Consultants

Presentation 2:  Foundation Selection 101
This presentation will provide a high-level overview of various foundation systems and highlight the typical subsurface conditions (geology) in the Boston basin and how they affect foundation selection and design.
Damian Siebert, PE | Geotechnical Discipline Leader, Haley & Aldrich

Presentation 3:  The State of the Art in Geotechnical Engineering
Loading to new heights, pushing the capacities of foundation elements. The presentation will include the use of high capacity micropiles, latest trends in ground improvement, and the implications on the allowable capacity of the changes in the Building Code allowable material stresses on driven piles.
Kelvin Wong, PE  |  Project Manager, Haley & Aldrich

Presentation 4:  Seismic Design & Building Code Updates for 9th Edition
Seismic design loading is unique in that it comes from the ground up.  Learn the intricacies of the geotechnical impacts from seismic design along with code updates to the 9th Edition Mass Code
Jean Louis Locsin, Ph.D, PE  |  Senior Technical Specialist, Haley & Aldrich

WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Registration is from 7:30-8:00 a.m.; The program begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kostas Research Institute at Northeastern University, Burlington MA  Directions

INVESTMENT: (Includes breakfast & Rebecca's Cafe boxed lunch) 
$125  Presentation Plus 4.0 SEAMASS-Certified PDHs
$150  Presentation Plus 4.0 NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs
$100  Government and Building Officials - Presentation + 4.0 PDHs
$  75  Presentation only (no PDHs)
$  25  Students - Presentation (no PDHs)- Enrollment proof required
$350  Event Sponsor Opportunity


MARCH 24-25, 2018 (SAT-SUN); Optional March 26 Program
Architectural Aluminum in the 21st Century: Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture
Organized by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Museum, and the Boston Society of Architects' Historic Resources Committee
This intensive conference will be held on the MIT Campus in Cambridge, MA on SAT-SUN, March 24-25, 2018 (with an optional program Mon., March 26). It will explore technical and practical issues involved in keeping new and existing aluminum facades, windows/other building components, structural elements, and artistic works in good condition and will probe the cost-benefits of procedures for preserving and protecting these building envelopes, components, bridges, ornamentation, and sculpture. The conference also will look at several innovative uses of aluminum/aluminum alloys in the design of new structures.  Presentations by more than 35 renowned architects, engineers, conservators, designers, scientists, and aluminum industry leaders on the use of aluminum in the construction and care of structures in the built environment and in the fabrication and conservation of works of art. View the link below for more info. Continuing education credits available.
CLICK HERE for the Conference Schedule, Registration Form, and other information

APRIL 23, 2018 (Monday) | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Post-Disaster Building Safety Assessment Training 

SEAMASS is pleased to once again offer a full-day training seminar on methods to assess the safety and usability of buildings after natural and man-made disasters. This training can be employed by engineers and architects to assist government agencies in their emergency response to such events. 

This training program was last offered in September of 2013 in a collaborative venture by SEAMASS, the Boston Chapter of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Massachusetts Engineers & Architects Emergency Response Committee (MEAER), and all attendees became certified Evaluators under the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ Safety Assessment Program (Cal-OES SAP), qualifying them to participate in emergency response activities in many states (soon to include Massachusetts).  Participants in this year's seminar who have an active license in any state as a Design Professional (PE, SE or RA) will also receive Cal-OES credentials. (Valid license numbers will be required for this certification.)  NOTE: 2013 certifications will expire this year, but re-certification can be achieved with an on-line refresher course.

Based on the Applied Technology Council’s well-accepted post-disaster methodologies and documentation guidelines ATC-20 and ATC-45 (for earthquake and wind/flood events, respectively), this SAP training course will provide engineers, architects and code-enforcement professionals with an understanding of the basic skills required to perform safety assessments of structures following disasters.  Case studies will be presented and discussed to illustrate examples of possible damage scenarios that a Second Responder could encounter and how to properly assess the damage and record it for later use by emergency management personnel.  Attendees will be introduced to the FEMA requirements and protocols for responders operating in a post-disaster theater which will prepare them to take the self-study online courses required of Second Responders who wish to perform post-disaster assessments.

About the Presenters:
The program will be taught by Scott Nacheman, MSc.Eng., AIA, the current co-chair of NCSEA’s Structural Engineering Emergency Response Committee (SEER). SEER is a national organization that has been assisting State SEAs since November 2001 in establishing and maintaining emergency responder groups that provide trained professionals to government agencies that are overwhelmed by large-scale disasters.  Mr. Nacheman has considerable experience in responding to disasters all over the country including Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. He will be assisted by David Grandpre, PE, SECB and Michael Fillion, PE, SECB both local Cal-OES trainers (Mr. Grandpre was one of the 2013 program speakers).  

Scott Nacheman, Msc.Eng., AIA
Director | Chicago office of DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Co-Chair, NCSEA’s Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Committee
Structures Specialist, IL Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force and DHS/FEMA US&R IN-TF1

Michael Fillion, PE, SECB
Principal | Fillion Group, Inc.
Co-chair, SEAMASS SEER Committee
Chair, NCSEA Existing Buildings Code Committee
Member, Structural Advisory Committee-MA State Bldg. Code  

David Grandpré, PE, SECB
Structural Engineer | CA Pretzer Associates, Cranston, RI

Structural Specialist | RI Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team (2005-2016)
Co-founder, RI Architects and Engineers Emergency Response Task Force 7 (RI AEER TF7)

Space is limited; please register early to ensure a seat at this valuable training seminar.

WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2018
Registration is from 7:30-8:00 a.m.; The program begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kostas Research Institute at Northeastern University, Burlington MA  Directions

Includes breakfast & Rebecca's Cafe boxed lunch
Includes copies of ATC-20 and ATC-45 for each attendee, plus pre-printed Evaluator Student Manuals.
$150  Presentation Plus 6.5 SEAMASS-Certified PDHs
$125  Government and Building Officials - Presentation + 6.5 PDHs
$100  Presentation only (no PDHs)
$  35  Students - Presentation (no PDHs) - Enrollment proof required
$350  Event Sponsor Opportunity


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