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  • 18 Jun 2014 7:43 AM | Binggeng (Mike) Lu (Administrator)

    Dear all SEAoA members and friends,

    The report of "Snow Loads in Arizona" is available for membership review.Ground Snow Loads in Arizona for Membership Review

    Please provide your comments or questions by July 12, 2014 to our Code Committee Chair Paul Scott at or Report author Scott Freestone at

    For your information, the most complete pertinent information is found in the table in Appendix A.  The document is searchable, except the scanned report in Appendix B.


    Thank you,



  • 30 May 2014 2:19 PM | Binggeng (Mike) Lu (Administrator)

    SEAoA Committee Meeting:

    Time: June 11th 3pm to 5pm

    Location: Phoenix Area @ CTS conference room; Tucson Area: M3 Office



    1. Continue to review the City of Phoenix SSI Certification Program.

    2. Start the State Snow Load discussion in order to respond to ASCE 07.  ASCE 7 is asking for input from us regarding the snow loads in AZ.   


    There will a conference call between the 2 locations. If you plan to attend, Phoenix area contact Paul Scott for at; Tucson area, contact Mike Lu at




  • 07 Jan 2014 11:44 AM | Anonymous
    The Phoenix ACE Mentor Program is looking for Structural Engineers to volunteer as Mentors for High School Students participating in the 2014 ACE Mentor Program at Metro Tech High School. The ACE Program is designed to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry. Students in the ACE program work closely with their mentors on hypothetical projects that provide hands-on experience in solving the types of design, engineering, and construction challenges industry professionals confront every day. 

    Follow link for tentative 2014 schedule. Meetings typically occur on every Thursday from Jan 9th to May 8th at 4pm at Metro Tech High School. The program is specifically looking for 2 engineers that would be able to participate on a weekly or almost weekly basis. Please contact me if you are able to volunteer or have any questions about the program.

    Ben Crellin, P.E.
    2012-2013 SEAoA State President

  • 04 Aug 2013 6:33 PM | Anonymous
    PDH certificates for the 2013 SEAoA Convention main program and optional SEER seminar were sent out over the weekend to the email address that you have listed in your contact information on this website. Please contact if you have failed to receive a certificate for a seminar that you have attended. 
  • 22 Jul 2013 8:44 PM | Anonymous
    SEAoA Members,

    Every two years the Western Council of Structural Engineers Association (WCSEA), which we are all members of, has a WCSEA Round-Up.  These Round-Up’s provide a great way to get continuing education, great networking with engineers who practice in the Western US and have some leisure time in some very interesting places in the West.  In fact SEAoA has hosted the Round-Up numerous times in the past.

    This year the Round-Up is being hoisted by SEAH at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, October 2- 5, 2013  which is on the dryer side of the Big Island.  Attached you find the Registration form and the Tentative Program.  You will notice that the programs are only in the morning since I guess it is difficult keep focused when the waves are crashing a 100 yards away.  In addition since SEAoA is a member organization of WCSEA you get to go per the Member Price for this event as with any other event the other member organizations hold.  As your WCSEA Delegate I encourage you to attend this event and support other member organizations.  If you have any questions about this event please do not hesitate to contact me.


    Ron Schneider, P.E., S.E.
    WCSEA Delegate

    AnnMtg 2013 Registration.doc
    AnnMtg 2013 Tentative Joint Program.doc
  • 26 Jun 2013 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    S. K. Ghosh Associates Inc.

    Seismic and Building Code Consulting

    Structural Engineers Association of Arizona

    Full-Day Seminar in Phoenix...

    Changes between ASCE 7-05 and ASCE 7-10

    October 24, 2013

    Time: 8 am to 5 pm Local Time (8 PDHs)

    Speakers: S. K. Ghosh, Ph.D., and Susan Dowty, S.E.

    This seminar will present a detailed and comprehensive overview of the substantive changes from ASCE 7-05 to ASCE 7-10. Major revisions have taken place in both the wind design and the seismic design provisions. Wind design has changed more substantially than at any time since the publication of ASCE 7-95. The reorganization of the wind provisions will be discussed and the changes to the wind maps and the corresponding changes to the load factors will be explained. In addition, the new simplified version of the general analytical procedure under Method 2, which is applicable to buildings of all heights, will be addressed...[Read More]

    Hilton Phoenix Airport
    2435 South 47th Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85034-6410

    Discounted Publications

    Receive a 15% discount on any of our publications when purchased along with seminar registration.

    We are a registered provider for continuing education in the State of Florida (Provider #4732), and the State of New York (Provider #99).



  • 11 Jun 2013 6:47 PM | Anonymous
    The Final Program for the 41st Annual SEAoA Convention is now available at the Attendee Registration Event Page. We have a great program filled with distinguished technical speakers from across the country. See below for a complete list of speaker biographies.

    SPEAKER BIOS (in order of convention appearance)

    David Flax
    Dave Flax of The Euclid Chemical Company has a Civil Engineering Degree from RPI and over 35 years experience as a field engineer, a contractor, and a researcher with the Corps of Engineers. He has earned his CDT and CCPR from CSI. He has specialized in concrete and has had dozens of articles published. He was awarded the Extra Yard Award by the SCCP for his 30+ years of service to the concrete industry. He is on a number of national organization committees including the “Guide Specifications Committee". He has spoken on this topic and others at The World of Concrete.

    Jason J. Thompson
    Jason Thompson is the Vice President of Engineering for the National Concrete Masonry Association.  His duties and responsibilities include overseeing the technical activities of the association including research and development, design, construction, and testing standards development, design resources and tools, and creating and delivering seminars and lectures covering these subjects.  Jason is also active in the development of building codes and standards for masonry structures and systems where he represents NCMA and the masonry industry through the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards. Prior to joining NCMA, Jason worked at a private engineering consulting firm in Washington State.  Upon completing his graduate studies in 1997, Jason began his career with NCMA in the laboratory as the Association’s Research Engineer.  Since that time Jason has served in several evolving capacities within NCMA focusing on the structural performance of concrete masonry, research and development, codes and standards, to his current role as Vice President of Engineering. Jason has served in several leadership and executive capacities in various forums including: Chair of the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards, Executive Committee of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, Technical Activities Committee and Board of Directors for The Masonry Society, technical advisor to the Code Resource Support Committee, and the Technical Coordinating Committee of the International Code Council.

    Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE
    Ms. Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she is expanding continuing education resources for architects, engineers, and building officials as well as coordinating the development of university level wood design course.  Before joining AWC, she worked nearly five years in the wood industry as the Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for the Wood Products Council initiative WoodWorks.  Additionally, she was a Structural Engineering consultant and Executive V.P. of Harris Engineering, in California.  She has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review.  Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering.  She is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer, a member of APA - Professional Associates Program, APA Standards Committee PRG-320 on Cross-Laminated Timber, and the International Code Council.   She is an active member and past Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and is currently a volunteer on the Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo Architectural Engineering Advisory Board.

    Rafael Sabelli, SE
    Rafael is Director of Seismic Design at Walter P Moore. He is the co-recipient of the 2008 AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship, and is a member of the AISC Task Committee on the Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings, the ASCE 7 Seismic subcommittee, and the NCSEA Seismic Code Advisory Committee. He is the coauthor (with Michel Bruneau) of AISC Design Guide 20: Steel Plate Shear Walls, as well as of numerous research papers on conventional and buckling restrained braced frames. Rafael was the 2000 NEHRP Professional Fellow in Earthquake Hazard Reduction, and is the Past Chair of the Seismology Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of California. Rafael is currently the Vice President of the Structural Engineers Association of California.

    Joshua B. Kardon, PhD, SE, F. ASCE
    Principal Structural Engineer Josh Kardon has been in continuous practice since 1973 and established Joshua B. Kardon + Company in 1978. As an expert in the area of a Structural Engineer's Standard of Care, lecturer, and active member of numerous professional organizations, he remains in the forefront of his profession. Josh volunteers his time and expertise to young people in the community.

    Jim C. Barnes, PE
    Jim Barnes has worked for 20 years for the State of California’s disaster agency, soon to be named the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services). Mr. Barnes has served as the lead statewide coordinator for the Safety Assessment Program (SAP) for five years, and has given around 150 classes in the subject since 2004. He has been invited to give classes in Colorado, Arizona, and Massachusetts, and presented part of the keynote address for the “Buildings at Risk” Structural Engineers Association conference at the University of Southern California in 2011. He traveled to New Zealand in June 2011 as part of an Applied Technology Council team to investigate safety assessment methods and issues in response to their February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Mr. Barnes has co-authored articles on safety assessment, and participated in a webinar version of the SAP Evaluator class for the National Conference of Structural Engineers Associations in May 2012. Mr. Barnes also serves as the lead for preliminary damage assessment for potential federal disasters in California. Prior to working for the State of California, Mr. Barnes worked in construction design in California and Hawaii.

  • 06 Feb 2013 5:46 PM | Anonymous
    March 7-8, 2013    Westin La Paloma Resort    Tucson, Arizona

    The Winter Leadership Forum is your opportunity to gather together with leading structural engineers in an energetic and engaging environment focused on leadership, networking and game-changing strategies for the new economy.

    Designed to engage engineers at the top, and those on their way to the top, the Winter Leadership Forum offers two days of invaluable sessions, roundtables, and networking time. With sessions tailored to leadership, management and planning in structural engineering, presentations will be delivered by thought-provoking leaders with plenty of opportunities for interactive discussion.

    This event will explore the mindset and skills necessary to be a transformative leader, and how to best align your role with your company’s needs.

    *For registration, speakers, and schedule of events see link below.

  • 10 Jan 2013 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    AISC will be offering a free workshop on January 23, 2013 at the Westin Phoenix Downtown. Registration is required to attend. See link below for registration and additional information.


    Original Correspondence from AISC:

    Are you or your firm interested in an improved review and approval process? Have you wondered if there is a more efficient way issue approvals? Would you like to save time and money while simultaneously conducting a more thorough review?
    Pease join AISC Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Westin Phoenix Downtown for a free workshop: Shop Model Review and Approval. Attendees will learn fundamental concepts behind model review and approval and first-hand case studies from users who have successfully integrated steel models into the review and approval process. Further, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the use of models in specific applications from personnel from both Tekla and SDS/2.
    The workshop commences at 7:30 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast; the workshop will conclude at noon. Workshop attendees are eligible for 4 PDHs /.4 CEUs.
    Although this is a complimentary event, registration is required. To register, see other workshop locations and learn more about model review, please visit
    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 03 Jan 2013 7:22 AM | Anonymous
    Effective January 1, 2013 Pima County has adopted the 2012 International Building Codes and will no longer accept designs per the 2006 codes. See the following links for Pima County's current codes and local amendments.

    Current Codes
    Building Permitting (see Codes and Local Amendments)

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