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                      January 2014  
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 newsletter, please email Lisa Willard or Brian Quinn


The International Masonry Institute has resources for Structural Masonry Design available on their website through their Design Tools - Structural Masonry heading.


This page provides design aids including the following white papers:


Masonry Partition Wall Design

Internal Bracing Guide

   (This guide was authored by Scott Walkowicz, who has presented two SE University sessions.)

IMI RAM Elements V8i Manual for Masonry Analysis and Design

   (This guide was authored by Sam Rubenzer, who has presented sessions for SE University.) 


Also available from this resource page are Structural Masonry Design Tips, a collection of 22 tips that are available in a web-based or PDF format. 

This information is also available as a blog post on the SE University website.          


InnovateENGINEERS WEEK IS COMING - FEBRUARY 16-22, 2014        

Did you know that Engineers Week is coming up in February? The purpose of the event, according to the DiscoverE Website, is to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

How can you participate in Engineers Week? Visit the Idea Starters Page to learn about how you can make an impact.


Lisa's note: If you are looking for ideas for kid-friendly activities you can share with a classroom ...
read more


For the engineers who renewed licenses at the end of 2013, you may be breathing a sigh of relief that those renewals are complete - but don't sit and rest too long! New licensing cycles are starting, and SE University can help you accumulate your PDHs on an ongoing basis. Meanwhile, the following states have upcoming renewals:


States with license renewals before June 1st:


Connecticut* - January 31st

Kansas - April 30th (Last Names A-L)

Hawaii* - April 30th

New Jersey - April 30th

States with license renewals on June 30th:


Oregon (Last Names S-Z)

Kentucky (Last Names L-Z)

Rhode Island*


South Carolina


West Virginia



*These states do not have continuing education requirements


In addition to the states listed above, there are other states that may require renewal based on your initial date of licensure or other rules for that state. Please check your license information to confirm your renewal dates.  

For more information about license renewal, 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.




On February 12th, we will be welcoming back Kim Olson, PE, from FORSE Consulting, for an SE University session on Bracing and Truss Connections for HSS Members. Sam Rubenzer, PE, SE, from FORSE Consulting, and Brad Fletcher, SE, from Atlas Tube, will be panelists for this SE University session.


Using HSS members for trusses and braces can lead to more efficient members and cost savings in handling and erection, but attention must be paid to connection requirements during member design in order to achieve these savings.  Economy can be realized by observing main member to brace member size ratios and specifying fewer members, which will also lead to fewer connection designs. 


This SE University session will include a discussion of the classification of HSS truss joints, and a look at what limit states apply to which joints. The different types of brace connections will be presented, along with their advantages and disadvantages, and tips on making connection design more economical will be provided.


Handouts and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, February 7th.


To learn more about subscribing to SE University, please contact either Lisa Willard at (805) 482-8436 (, or Brian Quinn at (616) 546-9420 (


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





January 22, 2014


SEU Bim Forum: Increasing Your Efficiency With Revit Structure


Betsy Werra

Werra Consulting


This session will be one hour



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

UC Berkeley



April 9, 2014


Checklists for the Quality Assurance of Calculations, Design, and Drawing Production


Tom Heausler, PE, SE

Heausler Structural Engineers



April 23, 2014


SEU BIM Forum: Increasing Your Efficiency With Revit Structure


Betsy Werra

Werra Consulting


This session will be one hour



May 14, 2014


Rules of Thumb for Industrial Building Design


William Kussro, PE, SE

Giffels - IBI Group



June 11, 2014


Frequently Asked Questions About Cold-Formed Steel


Roger LaBoube, PhD, PE

Missouri University of Science & Technology



July 9, 2014


Legal Issues Impacting Shop Drawing Review/Submittals


Matthew Rechtien, PE, Esq

Bodman Law






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