SEAMASS News Briefs, Save-The-Date Reminders and Committee Updates
February 2013

In This Issue

SPECIAL OFFER:  6-Month SEAMASS Membership for $35! 


SEAMASS YMG Earns National Attention 


SEAMASS YMG Event a Success


Requirements Change for SECB Certification


Craig Barnes, PE Awarded SEI Fellowship


Code News


Upcoming Programs and Save-the-Date reminders 


6-Month Membership for just $35!
The SEAMASS fiscal year 2012/2013 ends in June, but it's not too late to join, or to renew your membership through June. 
Don't miss this one-time opportunity to join SEAMASS for only $35 for six months!   Click Join SEAMASS and scroll down to select the Special 6-Month Membership Offer to take advantage of this deal!
Your membership entitles you to the Full Benefits offered by our local chapter and our national (NCSEA) organization.
Thank you for your support of SEAMASS.

Wayne Siladi, P.E., President
and the SEAMASS Board of Directors 
SEAMASS Young Members Group Earns National Attention
Many thanks to the SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) co-chairs Sophia Zamora, EIT and Ellen Kuo, PE, and Advisor Michael Fillion, PE, SECB, for all the energy and effort they have put into forming a successful group.  In fact, our SEAMASS Chapter and Young Members Group earned national recognition in the February issue of PE Magazine!   Learn how the SEAMASS YMG was formed.
SEAMASS YMG Teach-In Event a Success
On Saturday, January 19 the SEAMASS YMG held its first technical seminar, a "Teach-In" featuring a discussion led by Craig Barnes, PE, titled, 'Rules of Thumb'. The event, hosted by Weidlinger Associates, was a great success, attracting more than 25 prospective members, who also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with SEAMASS Officers and Board members including Wayne Siladi, PE, Joe Zona, PEJeff Struble, PE and YMG Advisor Mike Fillion, PE, SECB.  
Going forward, the SEAMASS YMG plans to host another teach-in event, with a presentation by Michael Berry, PE titled, 'Lessons Learned'. They are also organizing a tour of the Weston Seismic Observatory with Mike Fillion, PE, and a trip to a local area building project with deep excavation.
Requirements Change for SECB Certification
Due to new NCEES exam requirements, and to encourage more NCSEA and SEI members to obtain SECB certification, SECB has enacted a two-year minimum open enrollment method for licensed professional engineers practicing structural engineering to attain certification based upon experience and education. The license and/or registration must have been awarded on or before July 1, 2005 and must remain valid continuously through the time of application. The open enrollment period began 1/1/2013. For more information, view the application online.
Application Fees Temporarily Reduced for NCSEA & SEI members
To encourage more NCSEA and SEI members to obtain SECB certification, SECB has reduced application fees for NCSEA and SEI members from $350 to $200 for a minimum period of two years.
Craig Barnes, PE Awarded Fellowship in SEI
Congratulations to Craig Barnes, PE on earning the title SEI Fellow, awarded by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The SEI Fellow (F.SEI) grade of membership recognizes distinguished SEI members as leaders and mentors in the structural engineering profession.

Craig will be formally recognized with other new Fellows from across the nation on May 4, at the Closing Plenary and Annual Business Meeting at Structures 2013 Congress in Pittsburgh, PA.

Craig is a past president of SEAMASS, and is past chair of the Professional Development Committee.  He also serves on the Steering Committee for the SEI 2014 Structural Congress, which will be held in Boston next year.
Code News 
  SEAMASS Contributes Positive Changes to 2015 IEBC
International Code Council (ICC) Accepts SEAMASS Code Change Proposals

In 2012, SEAMASS endorsed and submitted code change proposals to the International Code Council (ICC) applicable to the 2015 IEBC.  At the recent ICC Code Hearings, the following proposals were officially accepted:

  • 907.4.5 extends the requirements to Seismic Design Category-C for wall anchors of Concrete and URM buildings
  • 907.4.5 extends the requirements to Seismic Design Category-C for URM parapet bracing.  The requirements of both 907.4.5 & 907.4.5 have been extended to the Prescriptive compliance method. 
  • 1007.3.1 revises exception #1 to Change of Use trigger for seismic compliance.  Revision allows 'any occupancy' being changed to A, E, I-1, M, R-1, R-2 or R-4. 

Please keep in mind that the IEBC section numbers have changed when comparing the 2009 IEBC to the 2012 & 2015 IEBC issues i.e. section 600 is now section 700.  These code change proposals will be effective in the 2015 IEBC which corresponds with the next Massachusetts Code Cycle.


ACI 318 to be reorganized

ACI 318 is currently being reorganized, and the code will adopt a "design" format.  To facilitate searches and understanding of what has become a very complex code, it will also  adopt a "tool box" concept. As one example of "tool box" utility, ACI used re-bar development length.         


Call for Participants

ACI and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) have joined in the preparation of codifying the repair of concrete, with a target date of 2020.  As this will be a large undertaking, ACI and ICRI are inviting all stakeholders to participate.  Contact Jeff Barnes to participate. 


Don't miss these Professional Development Opportunities

FEBRUARY 11, 2013 (Monday)  |  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SEMINAR:  Structural Masonry Design and Code Review
Presenter: Ed Huston, PE  |  7 PDH Credits Available
Location: Doubletree Inn Hotel, Boston MA
MARCH 12, 2013 (Tuesday)  |  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SEMINAR: Archaic Systems, Timber Grading, Differences Between Old and New Growth, and Innovative Grout Anchors in Masonry Construction
Co-Presenters:  Matthew Stuart, PE, SECB and John Wathne, PE SECB
Location: Holiday Inn, Dedham MA
Registration details forthcoming
APRIL 23, 2013 (Tuesday)
SEMINAR:  Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
May also include a plant tour.
Presenter: Mike Tobin, President, AFM Corporation
Registration Details Forthcoming