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.
If you have any tips you would like to share as part of a future Learn, Innovate, Excel
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or Brian Quinn
|NEW AISC DESIGN GUIDE AVAILABLE - DESIGN OF
BLAST RESISTANT STRUCTURES
In July 2013, AISC released a new Design Guide for the Design of Blast Resistant Structures. Design Guide 26 is available as a PDF Download for free to AISC Members, or can be purchased as a PDF or hard copy.
In the November 2013 Modern Steel Construction article Bracing for Blast, Patrick Newman, a senior engineer at AISC, discusses some of the design guide's key aspects, including Blast Loads, Blast Design, and Progressive Collapse ...read more
|EXCEL TIPS - USING THE TREND FUNCTION TO INTERPOLATE BETWEEN VALUES
In performing engineering calculations, there are often times when you have to interpolate between values to get an answer to use in an equation. We know that similar triangles can be used to find that intermediate value, but how can we automate the process?
In Excel, the Trend function works well when you are trying to identify a number along a straight line. As long as you have your known X and Y values, and the new X value, you can easily determine the new Y value ...read more
|TWO MORE STATES REQUIRING CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR LICENSE RENEWAL (DE AND MI)
Delaware and Michigan are the two newest states to require Continuing Education as a condition for license renewal.
For engineers licensed in Delaware, 24 PDHs will be required during each renewal period. The 2014 to 2016 renewal period is the first that requires PDHs to be earned.
Starting June 30, 2013, credits earned can be applied to the 2014-2016 renewal period through the carry forward provision. A maximum of 15 hours earned between June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2014 can be carried into the 2014-2016 renewal period.
At least 3 PDHs must be earned in Professional Ethics, and no more than 9 PDHs may be earned in topics related to business or project management.
For more information about continuing education and license renewal in all states, 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 beneficial. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Willard.
|COMING NEXT MONTH TO SE UNIVERSITY - DESIGN OF MAINTENANCE ACCESS & FALL PROTECTION SYSTEMS
On December 11th, we will be welcoming Kelly Streeter, PE, from Vertical Access for an SE University session on the Design of Maintenance Access & Fall Protection Systems for New and Existing Buildings.
Ideally planned for and designed into a building, access systems for ease of continued maintenance are often value-engineered out of important projects, leading to interesting access challenges. Engineers must work with clients to engineer a range of potential solutions that are then evaluated for cost, ease of use, and other parameters so that in-house and contracted maintenance can be completed safely and efficiently.
Applicable state and federal standards will be reviewed and case studies, including Islip Courthouse and the New York Public Library, will be discussed. Handouts and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, December 6th.
To learn more about subscribing to SE University, please contact either Lisa Willard at (805) 482-8436 ([email protected]), or Brian Quinn at (616) 546-9420 ([email protected]).
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]
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Your SE University Team
Brian Quinn, P.E.
Lisa Willard, P.E.
Coming Soon to SE University
December 11, 2013
Design of Maintenance Access and Fall Protection Systems for New/Existing Buildings
Kelly Streeter, PE
January 8, 2014
Moment Connections to HSS Columns; HSS Series #1
Kim Olson, PE
Sam Rubenzer, PE, SE
FORSE Consulting, LLC
February 12, 2014
Truss/Bracing Connections with HSS Members; HSS Series #2
Kim Olson, PE
Sam Rubenzer, PE, SE
FORSE Consulting, LLC
March 12, 2014
Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete: Special Moment Frames
Jack Moehle, PhD, PE
April 9, 2014
Checklists for the Quality Assurance of Calculations, Design, and Drawing Production
Tom Heausler, PE, SE
Heausler Structural Engineers
May 14, 2014
Rules of Thumb for Industrial Building Design
William Kussro, PE, SE
Giffels - IBI Group
For updated session descriptions and schedules, visit the SCHEDULE page.