Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

Upcoming events

    • 28 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom link will be provided
    Join SEI for a 2-Presenter, 1.5 PDH Free Webinar Featuring

     Dr. Kent Harries, PhD, FASCE, PEng   Dr. Ted Segal,  PhD, PE
     Material Standard or Standard Material?
    Challenges and Opportunities in Codes and Standards Development 
     Unconventional Materials and Experimental Structures. 
     Development of construction and materials standards serve technical, social and economic objectives. Most significantly, standards are required for theacceptance of materials by the engineering community. This lecture contrasts the characteristics of codes and standards, and their development, for conventional construction materials and those for emerging, nonconventional and vernacular materials. Challenges associated with code and standard development for these materials are highlighted and discussed through case studies. Recommendations for approaches to codes and standards development are presented; attempting to answer the question: material standard or standard material? 

    Kent is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from McGill University. Harries’ research interests include the use of nonconventional materials in civil infrastructure – ranging from FRP to titanium to bamboo, prestressed concrete bridge structures, and high rise coupled structures. Harries serves as a vice-president of IIFC, Senior Editor of Journal of Construction and Building Materials, chair of ACI Committee 440F (Repair of Concrete with FRP) and on numerous US and international codes and standards development committees primarily focusing on FRP or bamboo materials. Harries is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed articles, three book chapters and is the co-editor of Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials.
     Today, many built works utilize materials with well-established precedents, standards, and design guidelines (e.g., steel, concrete, and wood). While these structures may meet strength and/or serviceability criteria, considering a broader range of materials may lead to more sustainable systems. Unconventional materials may offer environmental, economic, and social advantages when used in place of or in combination with well-established materials in building structures.  This presentation will include discussions of recent research and design projects that have utilized unconventional building materials such as polyester rope, aluminum cast into cracked clay, and scrap acrylic.

    Ted is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Hofstra University and he leads the Segal Structures Group. The group engages in material exploration, form generation, and historic analysis related to a range of engineering research, design, and teaching activities. Ted received a Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Structural Engineering Trav¬el Fellowship in 2008 and the ExCEED (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2017. In 2019, he was selected to be an ASCE ExCEEd Fellow. From 2008 to 2011, Ted worked at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in New York City, where he designed glass and metal enclosures.

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Past events

28 Jan 2021 Annual SEI & ABCD Joint Technical Presentation
05 Nov 2020 SEI - 2020 T.R. Higgins Lecture - Dr. Bo Dowswell
20 Oct 2020 SEI - Energy Efficiency and the Structural Engineer
12 Oct 2020 SEI Design Contest
25 Sep 2020 Steel Day 2020 - A Virtual Event
05 May 2020 SEI Live Webinar: Moment-Resisting Connections in Steel Structures
25 Mar 2020 POSTPONED: SEI-Dr. Harries "Material Standard or Standard Material?"
05 Feb 2020 SEI/ABCD Meeting - Long Span Girders
10 Dec 2019 Cancelled-Community Resilience in Structural Engineering (2 PDH)
07 Nov 2019 SEI Higgins Lecture - Structural Stability: Letting the Fundamentals Guide Your Judgement
27 Sep 2019 Steel Day 2019
21 Mar 2019 SEI - Towards an Integrated Fracture-control Plan for Steel Bridges
24 Jan 2019 SEI/ABCD Joint Dinner Featuring Fred Gottemoeller
17 Dec 2018 CANCELED: SEI Webinar: How Construction Tolerances Affect Structural Design
15 Nov 2018 SEI & YMF Masonry Technical Sessions
04 Oct 2018 Design and Construction of Steel Sheet Piling
28 Sep 2018 2018 SEI SteelDay
18 Jan 2018 Annual SEI/ABCD Joint Dinner
14 Nov 2017 Tips for Optimizing Structural Masonry
11 Oct 2017 The Structural Engineers Role in Urban Search and Rescue
15 Sep 2017 Steel Day 2017
11 May 2017 SEI Dinner: District 11 Accelerated Bridge Replacement Project
17 Jan 2017 SEI/ABCD Joint Dinner: UAV "Drones" for Bridge Inspection
07 Dec 2016 Webinar: Pier and Beam Foundation Design for Wind and Flood Loads
02 Nov 2016 SEI Dinner Lecture - Ultra High-Performance Concrete
30 Sep 2016 Steel Day Tour of Kennywood
15 Apr 2016 Tour of Central Catholic STEM Building
22 Mar 2016 SEI - Structural Sustainability Mini-Course
21 Jan 2016 SEI / ABCD Joint Dinner Meeting
17 Dec 2015 Webinar: Introduction to Rock Mechanics
02 Dec 2015 ACE Mentoring: Structural Engineering
25 Sep 2015 Steel Day 2015
22 Jan 2015 SEI/ ABCD Joint Dinner
03 Dec 2014 ACE Structural Engineering Session
19 Sep 2014 SEI Steel Day Tour
11 Sep 2014 SEI Webinar: Verification of Computer Calculations by Approximation Methods
23 Jan 2014 I-90 Cleveland Innerbelt CCG1 - Expediting a Major Project through Design-Build Delivery
19 Nov 2013 Dinner Meeting - BRADD Software Updates
04 Oct 2013 National Steel Day Tour - CJ Betters Enterprises Slag and Pig Iron Recycling
28 Aug 2013 Design of Anchor Bolts - A Live ASCE Webinar
13 Jun 2013 SEI Planning Meeting
02 May 2013 Structures Conference
12 Dec 2012 ACE Mentoring - Structures Session
08 Nov 2012 A Rather Unique View of Some New and Historic Bridges in Switzerland and France
28 Sep 2012 Steel Day Tour of Carrie Furnace
22 Mar 2012 RSVP BY 3/19: Thin Concrete Shell Roofs: Designing With a Builder's Mentality
19 Jan 2012 ABCD - ASCE SEI Joint Meeting: Lake Champlain Bridge Erection
14 Dec 2011 ACE Mentor Program: Structural Session
23 Sep 2011 SEI American Bridge Tour
11 Jun 2011 Structural Scavenger Hunt
05 May 2011 B.I.M. Seminar for the Structural Engineer
04 Nov 2010 Tips to Optimize Structural Masonry
24 Sep 2010 SteelDay 2010
21 Jan 2010 Guided Walking Tour of the Consol Energy Arena
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