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Upcoming events

    • 19 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Macayo's Cantina - 300 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
    • 14

    Central Chapter Dinner Meeting: 

    Caisson Strengthening

    Many existing structures, such as self-supporting telecommunication towers, are built with constant-width caisson foundations. Due to the increased demand to add more loading on these structures, and more stringent strength requirements in recently-revised design standards, many existing caisson foundations require significant strengthening for additional uplift resistance. Although a number of retrofit design solutions are frequently used in practice, there is a lack of literature providing guidelines for the proper analysis of the retrofitted foundations. A detailed analysis and design methodology is recently proposed to significantly increase the uplift capacities of existing caissons through the use of helical/micro piles and concrete cap beams. This presentation will introduce the proposed methodology, and present the strut-and-tie and finite element models developed to verify the system-level behavior. The overall design methodology will be presented in a case study involving an existing tower. The proposed design has a general applicability and is suitable for applications where there is limited space around the existing foundations. 

    Presented by: 

    Serhan Guner

    Serhan Guner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining Toledo, he worked as a consulting structural engineer for five years in Toronto. During this time, he was awarded the Carson Innovation Award for his retrofit design of a large foundation system. He is a voting member of Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 447 (Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures). His research interests include numerical modeling of retrofitted concrete structures, failure behaviour of concrete, pile caps and helical piles, and analysis of deep elements, disturbed regions and anchorage zones. More information about his research can be found in his university website at 

    Mexican Buffet Lunch: Spinach con Queso, Fajita Bar – Steak, Chicken, and Fresh vegetables (Comes with Rice, Beans, Fresh Chips & Salsa).  

    Please join us!

    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

    Tucson Chapter Lunch Meeting: 

    Challenges During the Sabino Canyon Extension Project

    Please join us as Dan Lundwall, from Structural Concepts shares design aspects and challenges overcome during the Sabino Canyon Extension project, specifically related to the Airmen Memorial and Mullins Landfill Bridges.

    Presented by: 

    Dan Lundwall

    Structural Concepts Engineers

    Please join us!

    The meal will be beef brisket and smoked chicken with sides of mac and cheese, buttered green beans, and housemade cole slaw. Ice tea, water and coffee will be the served beverages.

    Please contact Jennifer McMahon ( for special dietary needs. Vegan options are available.

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Conference Center - 5040 WILD HORSE PASS BLVD., CHANDLER, AZ 85226

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix: 320 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
    • 45

    Central Chapter Dinner Meeting: 

    Structural Modeling: An Essential Skill for Engineers

     Learning how to properly model in structural software can save you both time and money. This presentation will cover the common pitfalls of structural modeling, and will include important tips to keep in mind when building models. Also covered will be rules of thumb for FEA plate modeling, as well as methods of integrating/coordinating a structural model between multiple software applications. Expect to learn the best practices to improve the speed and accuracy of your structural designs. 

    Presented by: 

    Debbie Penko

    Debbie Penko is a licensed engineer in California and joined RISA in 2007.  Debbie is the COO which has her involved in all aspects of the software including technical support, marketing, and sales, as well as development and testing.  Debbie has a wide variety of experience before coming to RISA including working in New York for Wexler and Associates designing commercial concrete Hi-Rise buildings. She has also specialized in Cold Formed Steel and trusses working for a software company called Keymark Enterprises. In both Colorado and New York, she has worked in the telecom industry designing and analyzing cellular towers.

    Please join us!

    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton - Paradise Valley-Scottsdale, AZ

    2019 SEAoA Annual 

    Convention and Conference

    June 13-15, 2019 - DoubleTree by Hilton - Paradise Valley-Scottsdale, AZ

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    Thursday and Friday June 13-14

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