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                October, 2012  
WELCOME to Learn, Innovate, Excel!  Our goal with this newsletter is to provide useful information and tips that will help you save time, be more productive, and also reduce risk. This information complements our SE University program, by introducing you to tips on a wide variety of topics affecting structural engineers.

In addition to our newsletter, we are happy to announce the launching of our new website,, where we will be providing additional valuable information.
If you have any tips you would like to share as part of a future Learn, Innovate, Excel newsletter, please email Lisa Willard or Brian Quinn


In several upcoming articles in Structural Engineer Magazine, we will be discussing how modeling  different types of diaphragms in commercially available software may impact results. The diaphragm types that will be discussed are No Diaphragm/Flexible Diaphragm, Rigid Diaphragm, Semi-Rigid Diaphragm, and Pseudo-flexible diaphragm.


Diaphragms are used to distribute horizontal forces to lateral frames/walls in a building. The type of diaphragm that is modeled impacts how the loads are distributed. Does metal roof deck constitute a rigid diaphragm? A podium slab? more, and view a video excerpt on Diaphragms from the November 2011 SE University Session  


SE University Scholarship Winners
l to r: Purdue University MSCE Students Nathan Grossman and Gilbert Bullock with Brian Quinn of SE Solutions

SE Solutions was pleased to recently present scholarships to two Purdue MSCE-Structures students to help defray the cost of their education. Gilbert Bullock, EIT and Nathan Grossmann, EIT also received their BSCE degrees from Purdue, and will both be graduating with Master's Degrees in December, 2012. Gilbert is originally from Greenwood, Indiana and Nathan is from La Grange, Illinois. 


The rising cost of education and the decrease in funding available through teaching and research assistantships means that it has become increasingly challenging for students to afford higher education and advanced degrees. We are happy to contribute in a small way to help Nathan and Gilbert meet their educational goals, and we look forward to seeing them enhance the structural engineering profession. 


SE Solutions hopes to provide additional scholarships to structural engineering students in the future. 

Are you tired of trying to track down constant revisions to PDH requirements for each state? If you are licensed in multiple states, it can be time consuming to search for each licensing board and read through its rules to find its continuing education requirements. 
SE University wants to make your life easier! In an effort to help structural engineers keep up with all the states' continuing education requirements and renewal dates, we have added a section to our website that provides this information.  
From our Continuing Education Requirements by State page, you can click on states in which you are licensed to see the license renewal date, as well as the continuing education requirements for that state. If you would like a complete summary of all 50 states, a PDF file is available for download below the map. This option can also be selected if you are viewing the page from a mobile device.
We hope that you find this information helpful. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Willard.
Our next SE University session will be held on November 14, when we look forward to having Bill Kwasny, PE, from American Engineering Testing, Inc., talk to our group about "How to Read and Understand a Geotechnical Report."


Geotechnical reports are critical for structural engineers to comprehend in order to design a safe, serviceable, and economical foundation system. Geotechnical reports also contain much more information than just the soil bearing pressure, but what is that information and why is it important?  

In this SE University session, Bill Kwasny, PE, from American Engineering Testing, Inc., who has over 30 years of experience as a geotechnical engineer, will present information to help structural engineers better understand geotechnical reports - above and beyond the bearing pressure. He will also discuss what structural engineers should expect to see in the geotechnical report and what they should request if involved in the RFP process for the report. 


Handout and registration emails will be sent to registered companies on Friday, November 9, 2012.


To learn more about subscribing to SE University, please contact Lisa Willard at (805) 482-8436, or by email.


Thank you for reading our Learn, Innovate, Excel Newsletter - we hope you found this information useful. If there are any questions we can answer, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. 

Additionally, if you would be willing to help other structural engineers by sharing tips that you have, please email your tip to If we choose your tip to publish, you will have your choice of a $50 Amazon gift card or a $50 donation sent to the Structural Engineering Association of your choice. 

Your SE University Team

Brian Quinn, P.E. 

Lisa Willard, P.E. 


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Coming Soon to SE University


October 24, 2012

SEU BIM Forum: Increasing your Efficiency with Revit Structure


Betsy Werra, EIT

Revit Structure Specialist



November 14, 2012

How to Read and Understand a Geotechnical Report


Bill Kwasny, PE

American Engineering Testing, Inc.



December 12, 2012

Behavior, Analysis, and Design of Post-Tensioned Floors


Jonathan Hirsch, PE

Bentley Systems



December 19, 2012

Practical Design of Post-Tensioned Floors


Jonathan Hirsch, PE

Bentley Systems 




For updated session descriptions and schedules, visit the SCHEDULE page.