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                November, 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


Many structures are designed with sloping roofs, and engineers have to make the decision about how to model that roof when designing the building. While for the analysis and design of the building, it may not make much difference whether the beams are modeled as flat or sloped, what about the Building Information Model? If this model is intended to be a true representation of how the building is to be constructed, then it is important for the sloped roof to be modeled as sloped, not flat.


In our March 2012 SEU BIM Forum session, Betsy Werra went through a demonstration of how to create sloped framing in a Revit Structure model. Starting with adding a floor/slab, then attaching the columns...   read more, and view a video excerpt from the March 2012 SEU BIM Forum Session .


Rehabilitation Hospital, Concord, North Carolina

SE Solutions would like to offer its congratulations to SE University client Fitzpatrick Engineering Group, and SE University speaker, Doug Fitzpatrick, on their selection as a finalist in the Innovation in Structural Engineering category of the Bentley Systems Be Inspired Awards. 


Doug traveled to Amsterdam this month to attend the Be Inspired conference, and present his project before a panel of judges.


The selected project was a 2 story inpatient rehabilitation hospital, designed for a future floor. Fitzpatrick Engineering Group used both Bentley's AECOsim Building Designer, as well as Revit Structure to create BIM Models for this project. A case study of this project was presented to our SE University group in July, 2012, as part of the session Interoperability: Using Analysis Software with BIM Tools


Congratulations to Doug, and the entire staff at Fitzpatrick Engineering Group! 

As we head towards the end of 2012, there are a number of states with license renewals due on December 31st. 


In the following states, ALL engineers must renew their licenses by December 31st:
Alabama                    North Carolina*            Mississippi                
Washington                North Dakota


In the states below, December 31st is the renewal date, but some engineers' licenses expire in odd years, and so will not renew until the end of 2013:

Arkansas                    Nebraska                    Iowa                          
New Mexico                Missouri                      


To determine if your license is expiring this year, please visit our Continuing Education Requirements by State page, where 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.
* North Carolina approves providers for continuing education, and SE University has gone through the process to become an approved provider.
Our next SE University session will be held on December 12th, when we look forward to having Jonathan Hirsch, PE, from Bentley Systems, talk to our group about the behavior, analysis and design of post-tensioned floors.


This session will provide an overview of the application and benefits of post-tensioning in concrete floors. The basic structural behavior of post-tensioned members will be compared to that of conventionally reinforced structures, including approaches for treatment of post-tensioning in analysis and design. 


An overview of ACI 318 provisions related to post-tensioning will be presented during this session. The importance of including hyperstatic (secondary) axial forces in design will be highlighted, including why this is not accounted for by most commercial 2-D design software.


Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to registered companies on Friday, December 7, 2012. 


In an SE University supplemental session, to be held on December 19th (1 hour), Jonathan will cover the practical aspects of designing post-tensioned floors using commercially available software (RAM Concept).  A complete step by step example will be provided with an emphasis placed on arriving at an economical design.


Handout and registration emails for the December 19th session will be sent on December 14, 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 [email protected]. 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. 

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Lisa Willard, P.E.

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Coming Soon to SE University


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 



January 9, 2013

ACI 318 Appendix D: Update for ACI 318-11 


Mark Bartlett, PE

RLG Consulting Engineers



January 23, 2013

Conflict Resolution: An Introduction for Engineers 


Kyle Twitchell, PE

Robert Silman Associates 



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