Structural Engineers Association of New York
SEAoNY Gives Back: Volunteer for Kid’s Day
SEAoNY’s Young Members Group is gathering volunteers for ASCE Met Section’s National Engineers Week “Kids Day”. Please join us to give back to our community by volunteering your time to such a valuable cause.
National Engineers Week Kids Day
This event will introduce kids to the field of engineering through a series of fun and educational games as a part of National Engineers Week. Children of all ages will have an opportunity to complete various creative hands-on activities with the assistance of professional engineers and engineering students.We have several sessions available this year:
Monday February 18th
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Saturday February 23rd
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Pier 86, W 46th Street
New York, NY
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Volunteers are needed to assist in running the event. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and copy email@example.com. In your email, please specify which date/time you would like to volunteer.
Please see the ASCE Met Section website for more information.
SEAoNY’s Young Members Group will be coordinating other volunteer and outreach programs throughout the year. If you have ideas or would like to get involved, please email SEAoNYYM@gmail.com.
February 21, 2019
Registration and Lunch: 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Presentation: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
246 W Willow St., Syracuse, NY 13202
Presented by Jonathan Tavarez, P.E.
Averaging over 200 inquiries each week, the Steel Solutions Center can readily identify trends in the inquiries received. The Steel Solutions Center works closely with the Engineering and Research Department and the Committee on Technical Assistance to develop new Frequently Asked Questions to address these topics. These questions are published on the website each quarter, providing a valuable resource to the design and construction industry. This one-hour seminar focuses on the most commonly asked questions from this resource, including such topics as the new 2016 Specification, the new 2016 Seismic Provisions, and high-strength bolting.
Registration opens at 11:45am. Presentation begins promptly at 12:30pm
For SEAoNY members, registration is $35
For non-members, registration is $45
Registration closes at 5pm on February 20, 2019
Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, New York NY
The SEAoNY Education Committee is hosting an Interview Workshop for College students at the Cooper Union. The event consists of a presentation on fundamental interview skills, teaching students what to expect in an interview, and offering useful tips. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with experienced industry professionals, offering their own insight about the interview process.
SEAoNY YMG and AWC Present:
The Wood Evolution
February 27, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Center for Architecture | 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012
Presented By: Michelle Kam-Biron, SE, SECB
Join SEAoNY for a special presentation by Michelle Kam-Biron of AWC: "The Wood Evolution: Innovative Structural Systems and Related Codes and Standards." Please bring a business card to be entered into a raffle to win a hard copy of the 2018 NDS suite. Recap and Rewind to Follow!
As a structural building component, wood offers many environmental benefits, including the ability to maximize carbon storage and minimize carbon dioxide emissions associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings. Designers in Europe have been using “mass timber” structure design principles and techniques for over 15 years, to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. In 2018, 14 code changes for mass timber construction was submitted for the 2021 IBC to allow larger mass timbers buildings and in December, all code changes were approved leading the way to expand the use of mass timber in the U.S. This presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing a variety of innovative structural wood products and systems as well as the related codes and standards. Case study examples of innovative projects in Canada, the US and Europe will be used to illustrate how you can apply these products and systems to your future building designs. These creative and imaginative structures are designed to take advantage of wood’s environmental and structural benefits and will inspire you to blend structure back into architecture using massive timber and other wood systems.
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2 PDHs (pending)
Advanced registration closes 5:00pm February 26, 2019
Registration opens at 5:30pm. Seminar begins promptly at 6:00pm
For SEAoNY members, registration is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
For non-members, registration is $40 in advance or $45 at the door.For student members, registration is $5.
To avoid the credit card convenience fee, please send us a check. If you would like to bring cash or a check at the day of the event, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The event will take place at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.
AI in Structural Engineering
March 19, 2019
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Presented By: Robert K. Otani, PE, Chief Technology Officer, Thornton Tomasetti
Structural engineering is a very old craft and profession and although there have been software advances for analysis and design as well as the advent of Building Information Modeling in the last 15-20 years, the engineering processes have not changed. However, the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will greatly disrupt the conventional engineering practice within the next 10-15 years. We believe that up to 40% of structural engineering can be automated using Artificial Intelligence and many other processes involved with the business of engineering like project management, accounting, and marketing will be at least be augmented by Artificial Intelligence.
In designing structures, there are many mundane and repetitive tasks that engineers are essentially overqualified for. AI can automate those tasks. This allows engineers to spend their time being creative and solving problems. AI can also automate QA/QC since it can find outlier patterns.
Our team has been researching AI and Machine Learning since 2015 and have developed working applications that leverage AI. One application called Asterisk is an optioneering web-based software (alpha stage) that can design a building structure (gravity, lateral, and foundation system) in under one minute and therefore multiple options of column spacing, loading, materiality, and facade systems can be computed to optimize for the most suitable design for the client.
The presentation would include a short history of artificial intelligence as well as an introduction to “Asterisk” as well as discussion of potential future uses of AI in structural engineering and construction processes.
Robert K. Otani, PE LEED AP is Chief Technology Officer at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., a 1500+ person multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, and founded the CORE studio, an applications development, advanced computational modeling, and R&D group at his firm. Robert serves as the Advisory Committee for Thornton Tomasetti’s firm wide Research and Development program and Liaison with TTWiiN Inc., an independent entity created by Thornton Tomasetti focused on driving innovation to commercialization of products. He has extensive structural design and project management experience involving commercial, infrastructure, institutional, cultural and residential structures. Over his 25-year career, he has worked on a wide variety of complex projects, including high rise buildings, long-span roof structures, sports arenas, airport terminals, major building structural renovations, complex art projects totaling over $2 billion USD of construction. His professional and academic interests focus on informed architecture relating to optimized structural typologies, high performance structures, and structural sustainability. He has served as President of the Structural Engineers association of New York in 2007 and has been a professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture since 2008 and Columbia GSAPP since 2009.
l.5 PDH Credits (pending)
Advanced registration closes 5:00pm March 18, 2019
Registration opens at 5:45pm. Seminar begins promptly at 6:15pm
For SEAoNY members, registration is $25 in advance or $35 at the door.
For non-members, registration is $40 in advance or $50 at the door.For student members, registration is $5.
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