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                December, 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 a previous SE Magazine article (February 2012), we wrote about system requirements for laptops which originated from an SEU BIM Forum session presented by Dave Pluke of BIM Ready. Because having a mobile workplace is becoming more common, we wanted to share information about the system specifications needed to successfully run BIM Programs on a laptop, which would be helpful in making a purchasing decision.


We recently asked Dave if he would be able to update this list of specifications to include the most up-to-date information. Dave begins his more.



If you have been curious about previous sessions offered by SE University, we would like to direct you to the Session Archives page of the LearnWithSEU website. 


The archives were added to allow people access to information about previously offered sessions, and also to make it easier to find a session based on the topic. If you select the category for a particular session, you will be directed to a page that includes all of the sessions offered that have the same category designation.


We hope that you find the session archives page and the ability to view the list by date or by session category helpful. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Willard at (805) 482-8436, or by email. 

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.
UPDATES FOR ACI 318-11 - JANUARY 9, 2013
Our next SE University session will be held on January 9th, when we look forward to having Mark Bartlett, PE, from RLG Consulting Engineers in Dallas, TX, talk to our group about the updates to ACI Appendix D in ACI 318-11.


Mark previously worked for 8 years at Simpson Anchor Systems, where he gave numerous Appendix D seminars for a variety of engineering group such as ASCE/SEI, and many different SEA Groups. Mark is also a previous contributor to SE University, where he was the speaker for a two-part session on Appendix D in May and June of 2010.


Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to registered companies on Friday, January 4, 2013. 


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. 

Your SE University Team

Brian Quinn, P.E.

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Lisa Willard, P.E.

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Linda Benson

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Coming Soon to SE University


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.