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    • Wed, February 22, 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • Sat, April 01, 2017
    • 11:30 PM
    • SEAMi

      2017 Structural Engineer of the Year

                  2017 Young Structural Engineer of the Year

    We are pleased to announce that the SEAMi “Structural Engineer of the Year” and “Young Structural Engineer of the Year” awards will once again be presented to two deserving SEAMi members.  Nominations are sought from our membership.

    SEAMi would like to recognize members who are helping to make a positive impact through the profession of structural engineering in our communities and the world around us.  Volunteer work such as Habitat for Humanity, etc. will be considered.

    This award is not necessarily for designing the most complicated or largest structure. Our intent is to recognize our peers who are making a difference in our world and serving as role models for others in the course of performing their duties as structural engineers.

    The Structural Engineer of the Year Award is presented to a structural engineer in recognition of their outstanding achievements in structural engineering; mentoring younger engineers and/or students; and their contributions to improve the quality of life for others.

    The Young Structural Engineer of the Year Award is presented to a structural engineer who has been practicing in the field of engineering for 12 years or less, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in structural engineering and contributions to improve the quality of life for people around them.

    To nominate someone for either or both of the awards, please complete the appropriate nomination form (s)

    2017 SEAMi Engineer of the Year Award Appication 

    2017 SEAMi Young Engineer of the Year Award Application

     Please remit completed forms to: 

    Karin Kapteyn: kkapteyn@classicengineering.com

    Nominations must be received by April 1, 2016.  Only SEAMi members will be considered for these awards.  SEAMi Board Members are not eligible.

    Please help us to recognize our peers who are making strides to improve our profession, our community and our world. Winners will be selected by a panel of Structural Engineers from another state SEA association.  Awards will be presented at the annual SEAMi  Spring Conference on May 11, 2017, at the Kellogg Center in Lansing. Confreence details will be coming to you soon.

    Sincerely,

    SEAMi Board of Directors

    Robert Downey                       Bill Kussro                             

    Bill Thayer                              Brandon Hildreth

    Andrew Twarek                      Andrea Reynolds                   

    Karin Kapteyn                         Jonathan Beythan

    • Wed, April 12, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, 1800 E. Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids

    Timber in Historic Structures: Deriving Allowable Design Values

    Tom Nehil will review how timber species identification and appropriate use of grading rules can enable us to responsibly assign allowable design values to lumber and timber in historic buildings. He will describe current work in the Timber Frame Engineering Council to provide training and establish standards for informed application of grading rules to timber in existing buildings by establishing a grasp of the underlying science behind the grading rules. This deeper understanding, built on 130 years of testing and standards development in stress grading of timber, can enable us to use, or  in some cases even improve on, the allowable design values presented in the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS©). When combined with structural analysis, differentiation between timber characteristics and mechanical alterations, and determination of critical sections, we have powerful tools to get the most from existing timber framing and avoid both unnecessary expense and possible compromise or loss of historic fabric. This facilitates conservation and appropriate use of our built cultural resources.

    Tom Nehil is a structural engineer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he specializes in evaluation, preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Tom is a member of the  Timber Frame Engineering Council that is part of the Timber Framers Guild, and chairs the Timber Grading Training Committee for the Council. He is also active with the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network among other professional organizations. He is a regular instructor at Tillers International in Kalamazoo where he teaches wood identification, timber frame design, and traditional stone masonry.

    • Wed, April 12, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • G's Pizza of Saginaw, 3823 Bay Road, Saginaw

    Timber in Historic Structures: Deriving Allowable Design Values

    Tom Nehil will review how timber species identification and appropriate use of grading rules can enable us to responsibly assign allowable design values to lumber and timber in historic buildings. He will describe current work in the Timber Frame Engineering Council to provide training and establish standards for informed application of grading rules to timber in existing buildings by establishing a grasp of the underlying science behind the grading rules. This deeper understanding, built on 130 years of testing and standards development in stress grading of timber, can enable us to use, or  in some cases even improve on, the allowable design values presented in the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS©). When combined with structural analysis, differentiation between timber characteristics and mechanical alterations, and determination of critical sections, we have powerful tools to get the most from existing timber framing and avoid both unnecessary expense and possible compromise or loss of historic fabric. This facilitates conservation and appropriate use of our built cultural resources.

    Tom Nehil is a structural engineer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he specializes in evaluation, preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Tom is a member of the  Timber Frame Engineering Council that is part of the Timber Framers Guild, and chairs the Timber Grading Training Committee for the Council. He is also active with the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network among other professional organizations. He is a regular instructor at Tillers International in Kalamazoo where he teaches wood identification, timber frame design, and traditional stone masonry.

    • Thu, April 13, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Ruby + Associates, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 400, Bingham Farms, MI

    Timber in Historic Structures: Deriving Allowable Design Values

    Tom Nehil will review how timber species identification and appropriate use of grading rules can enable us to responsibly assign allowable design values to lumber and timber in historic buildings. He will describe current work in the Timber Frame Engineering Council to provide training and establish standards for informed application of grading rules to timber in existing buildings by establishing a grasp of the underlying science behind the grading rules. This deeper understanding, built on 130 years of testing and standards development in stress grading of timber, can enable us to use, or  in some cases even improve on, the allowable design values presented in the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS©). When combined with structural analysis, differentiation between timber characteristics and mechanical alterations, and determination of critical sections, we have powerful tools to get the most from existing timber framing and avoid both unnecessary expense and possible compromise or loss of historic fabric. This facilitates conservation and appropriate use of our built cultural resources.

    Tom Nehil is a structural engineer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he specializes in evaluation, preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Tom is a member of the  Timber Frame Engineering Council that is part of the Timber Framers Guild, and chairs the Timber Grading Training Committee for the Council. He is also active with the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network among other professional organizations. He is a regular instructor at Tillers International in Kalamazoo where he teaches wood identification, timber frame design, and traditional stone masonry.

    • Thu, May 11, 2017
    • 7:15 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Kellogg Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI.


    2017 SEAMi Spring Conference


    This year's statewide structural conference will be held again in East Lansing, with up to 10 hours of continuing education available!

    Attendance fee includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Breaks and Italian Buffet Dinner.

    For more information and a list of our event sponsors, please view the 2017 SEAMi Spring Conference Flyer here.

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