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                    March, 2013  
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


Would you like to be more effective creating title blocks in Revit Structure? In our May 2012 SEU BIM Forum, Betsy Werra provided some tips on this topic, including information about title block families, visibility parameters, and detail gridlines. 

To see Betsy's discussion and demonstration about Title Blocks in Revit Structure 2012, please visit our LearnWithSEU Blog  



Trevor Jones, from SE University Client CH2M HILL, recently wrote a book published by the Bentley Institute Press. Analysis and Design of Structures - A Practical Guide to Modeling is a reference guide for engineers using STAAD.Pro in their office. Complete building design examples are included for both steel and concrete, along with information about the ability to integrate STAAD.Pro with other programs (both Bentley programs, and third party programs).

To learn more about Analysis and Design of Structures - A Practical Guide to Modeling, please visit the Training and Learning section of the Bentley website.

Our next SE University session will be an SEU BIM Forum session on March 27th, when we welcome back Betsy Werra for a one-hour session focused on Creating Custom Shape Framing Components. This advanced topic will cover how to create various types of custom shape framing components such as a tapered HSS beam, bent W-Section beam, and tapered cut WT beam.
Handouts and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, March 22, 2013.
Our April Core session will be held on April 10th, when Otto Schwartz, PE, SE will present IBC Special Inspections - Managing the Process. In this session, a review of the requirements of Chapter 17 of the 2009 International Building Code (IBC), focusing on the roles of each project team member and the required submittals and reports, will be presented. Additionally, the minimum testing and inspection required by the various material standards will be discussed. Information will also be provided on where to look for local amendments, forms required by local jurisdictions, and guidelines for the Statement of Special Inspections.
Handouts and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, April 5, 2013.


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Helping Students in Structural Engineering


If you know any students in structural engineering, please pass along the following link for the "Students Connecting with Industry Sessions" (SCIS) at NASCC: Students can attend SCIS on April 18th at no cost, and if they attend the morning and afternoon sessions, they will be eligible to receive up to $175 in travel reimbursement. For the third consecutive year, SE Solutions is working with AISC to put together this great event.


Meet the SE University Team at NASCC 


Brian Quinn and Lisa Willard from SE Solutions will both be attending NASCC: The Steel Conference in St. Louis, MO, April 17-19, 2013, talking with engineers about how SE University can help companies meet their continuing education goals.

SE University will be part of Modern Steel Construction's 2013 NASCC Hot Products Competition. Please stop by Booth 1044 to learn more about SE University, and vote for SE University in the service category.

As part of NASCC: The Steel Conference, join us on Friday morning at 8:00 AM for an exhibitor workshop, during which we will present a session on "Interoperability with Structural Analysis Software and BIM Tools." This session will include information from July 2012 SE University session speaker Doug Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Engineering Group.


More information about the conference can be found at the NASCC 2013 pageIf you have any questions, 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. 


Linda Benson 

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Coming Soon to SE University


March 27, 2013


SEU BIM Forum: Increasing Your Efficiency with Revit Structure


Betsy Werra


This session is one hour



April 10, 2013


IBC Special Inspections - Managing the Process


Otto Schwarz, PE, SE

Ryan-Biggs Associates, PC 



May 8, 2013


Engineering Ethics: A Case Study on the Kansas City Hyatt Hotel Collapse


J. Paul Guyer, PE, RA


This session is two hours



May 22, 2013


SEU BIM Forum: Increasing Your Efficiency with Revit Structure


Betsy Werra


This session is one hour



June 12, 2013


Full Scale Shear Wall Tests for Force Transfer Around Openings


Karyn Beebe, PE

APA - The Engineered Wood Association



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