Past Events

Sept 25, 2018: We've arranged an event hosted at/by Reliable Truss in New
Bedford, MA for Tuesday September 25th, starting at 4pm.  Tim LaChappelle will
give a presentation then lead us on a plant tour of their shop. See
FLYER for more

July 31, 2018: Hands on event focused on proper installation of post-installed
concrete anchors!  With the help of Hilti field engineers, you’ll have the opportunity
to get some hands on experience placing anchors in concrete.  We’ll discuss the
appropriate used for various adhesive and mechanical anchors, then we’ll pull test
anchors to failure.  See
FLYER for more info.  

June 16, 2018:  Bill Porter, PE of Structures Workshop will present a short
overview of Concrete Construction basics, focused on history of concrete  On
Saturday June 16 th, please join Bill to form, mix, and pour concrete. See

May 18, 2018:   Please join us on Friday, May 18th for a SEARI social event of fun
and games at Structures Workshop with discussion on future SEARI events  

Nov 16, 2017:   Black Rock Prefabricated Fireproof Columns.  Please note that the
event will take place at: Structures Workshop Please see the attached

May 31, 2017:   Please join us on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 4:45 P.M. - 6:00 P.
M. for "A Selective History of the Forests and Wood Construction in the US” by Erik
Nelson, PE of Structures Workshop. The event is at the offices of Structures
Workshop, See Flyer for more info.

Feb 21, 2017:  Please join us on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4:45 P.M. - 6:00 P.
M., for a structural overview of Insulated Concrete Forms.  Our speaker will be
Winford Peck of Logix Insulated Concrete Forms and event is at the offices of
Structures Workshop, See
Flyer for more info.

Dec 13, 2016:  Please join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 4:45 P.M. - 6:00
P.M., for a seminar on "Tensile Structures."  Our speaker will be Matthew Berrelli,
PE, of Ronstan International, Inc. at the offices of Structures Workshop, See
Flyer .

Oct 11, 2016:  Please join us on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 4:45 P.M. - 5:45 P.
M., for a seminar on "Allowable Stress Design of Post-Installed Anchors in
Masonry."  Our speaker will be Mark Jarvinen, PE, of Simpson Strong-Tie
Company..  See

March 1, 2016:  Please join us for a seminar on open web steel joist composite
floor systems. It will be given by Ric Anderson PE, project engineer for the
Ecospan Composite Floor System supplied by Nucor – Vulcraft. See

Nov 17, 2015:  Wind Webinars Please join us for two wind webinars "Design and
Construction of Low-Rise Buildings for High Winds and Hurricanes" and
"Significant Changes to the Wind Load Design Procedures of ASCE 7-10".  

Dec 1, 2015:  Condition Survey and Thermal Bridging  Please join us for two
webinars "Structural Building Condition Surveys: Looking for Trouble" and
"Structural Thermal Bridging in the Building Envelope"

Sept 8, 2015:  The Application of Traditional and Modern Timber Connections
Please join us for a seminar on "The Application of Traditional and Modern Timber
Connections."  Our speaker will be R.L. "Ben" Brungraber, PhD, PE, and he will be
talking about all aspects of heavy timber connections, including the different types,
their transfer capabilities, and more.  See

Apr 28, 2015:  Recent Snow Events
Please join us for a seminar on "Recent Large Snow Events."  Our speakers will
be Dave Grandpre and David J. Odeh, and they will be talking about recent projects
pertaining to the snow events that have occurred this past winter. See

Dec 11, 2014:  Annual Dinner Meeting  Please join us for our first annual SEARI
dinner meeting. We will enjoy dinner at
Fred and Steve’s Steakhouse, located at Twin River Casino, while reviewing
budgeting, ideas for future events/seminars for SEARI, and having structural
engineering business discussion. (See

Oct 21, 2014:  Archaic Structures  Please join us for a screening on a recorded
webinar: "Code Issues in Existing Buildings: Archaic and Obsolete Structures,"
given by Donald Friedman, PE SECB.

June 25, 2014:  Risk Category and Wind Speeds  Please join us for an
educational presentation on risk categories and wind speeds given by David J
Odeh, Steven Olsen, and David Grandpre.  SEARI will team up with the RI Building
Officials Association.  (See

May 20, 2014:  Concrete in Torsion  Please join us for an educational
presentation on torsion in concrete by Erik Nelson, PE, SE of Structures Workshop,
Inc. Erik will introduce the basics of designing for torsion using ACI 318-11.   (See

Feb  18, 2014:  Strength Design of Adhesive Anchors   Please join us for an
informative seminar on the strength design of adhesive anchors. Our guest
speaker will be Mark Jarvinen, P.E. from Simpson Strong-Tie
Company.   (Click to see

Nov 19, 2013:  Amusement Ride Talk  Please join us for a seminar given by
Magdy Guirguis, P.E., "Amusement Ride Industry Opportunities." Please see the

Sept 10, 2013: Wind Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10  Come for the webinar,
"Significant Changes to the Wind Load Provisions of ASCE 7-10 and Coordination
with the 2012 IBC and 2012 IRC."   (See

May 30, 2013:  Geotechnical Discussion  Our speaker will be Steven Bogle, P.E.,
from Geisser Engineering, Inc. He has an extensive background in soils
evaluation. (See -

Jan 29, 2013:  Structural Engineering Software Developments  Please join us for
a presentation on Structural Engineering Software Developments,by Brian Armour,
P.E., and Kurt Krasavage, E.I.T., of CSC. See
flyer for more info.  

Nov 13, 2012:  Cold-Formed Steel Engineering  Please join us for a presentation
on Cold-Formed Steel Engineering, by Christian Van Nelson of ClarkDietrich
Engineering Services LLC.  See
flyer for more information.

Sept 18, 2012:   Structural Collapse of the Bussey Railroad Bridge The Regional
Manager, Steve Pennington, of Geo-Instruments will be giving a presentation on
Modern Lessons Learned Regarding the 1887 Structural Collapse of the Bussey
Railroad Bridge in Massachusetts.  See attached

May 17, 2012:   Joint ASCE/SEARI Dinner Lecture with Gene Corely  For our May
speaker we have the preeminent structural engineer Gene Corley.   The meeting
and dinner will be held at Squantum Association in Riverside  Please join us!   

March 22, 2012:   Engineered Wood Construction  Do you need to brush up on
engineered wood design, detailing, and construction? Don't miss this one.  We
will have Bryan Readling, who is a structural engineer and APA's North Carolina
Senior Engineered Wood Specialist deliver the talk.   (

Jan 10, 2012:   Welds  Please join us for an educational presentation on
designing and specifying welds by our very own Erik Nelson, PE, SE of Structures
Workshop, Inc.  (

Nov 7, 2011:   International Existing Building Code  Rhode Island is considering
adopting the new IEBC, which has recently been adopted in MA and CT as the
code for existing buildings.  The speaker is David Bonowitz, from CA, who heads
the NCSEA Existing Building Committee.    Come join us.   

Sept 6, 2011:   Design in Flood Zones  Please join us for an educational
presentation on Coastal Construction in Rhode Island, presented by Michelle
Burnett and Jerry Murphy of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency RI-
EMA.   (See

May 3, 2011:  "LiteSteel" Beam for Residential  New product LiteSteel will be
discussed for residential projects by Gerald Murphy.   This talk highlights cold
formed steel (history, process, welds, construction applications) as well as the
product LiteSteel.  See
PDF of Event.  

April 1, 2011:  Diaphragms and More Timothy Mays will discuss the 2006/2009
International Building Code (IBC) and ASCE/SEI 7-05 requirements that are
difficult for structural engineers to apply during routine practice See

March 1, 2011:  Rehabilitation of Timber Structures  Paul Gilham, PE, SE of
Western Wood Structures, Inc will present on reinforcing and rehabilitation of
existing wood structures and reasons for doing so.
See Flyer

Nov 30, 2010:  New Details for Masonry Construction  Richard Filloramo, Area
Director International Masonry Institute, will highlight new details, materials and
specifications for masonry construction. Th (For more info please see
Flyer and
Mtg Minutes)

May 4, 2010  "Practical Seismic Design"  A Discussion of the Equivalent lateral
Force Procedure, presented by Erik A Nelson, P.E.  Erik will discuss the equivalent
lateral force procedure using latest updates in IBC 2009 and ASCE 7-05.  (see
more >  
Mtg Minutes)

March 24, 2010:  SEAMASS presents "Steel Connections / AISC 13th Edition"
Bill Thornton, Ph.D.,P.E., will present braced frame connections for seismic design
and art and science of connections in the morning.   In the afternoon, Erik Nelson
will present "From the Green to the Black"  (read more >

March 9, 2010:  "Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel"  Bill Pascoli, P.E.,
American Institute of Steel Construction, will guide us through architecturally
exposed structural steel. In addition, Chris Doppke, Capco Steel, will answer
questions regarding fabrication of AESS. (read more >

February 9, 2010 "Total Precast Structures"  Join us for an informative,
educational presentation "Total Precast Structures" by Rita Seraderian, P.E. of the
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (read more >
Structural Engineers Association of Rhode Island