SEAMASS News & Member Briefs
MARCH 2019
  • UPCOMING EVENTS - Save the Dates or Register Now:
            MAR 19: Historic Terra Cotta Floor Systems
            MAR 26: Cal OES SAP Post Disaster 2nd Responder Training
            APR 9: Vibration & Acoustics Seminar (3 Presenters)
            APR 24: SEAMASS Annual Meeting, Featuring Gillette Stadium Tour 
  • Building Code News
  • Post-Disaster Emergency Response Updates & MAR 26 Training Invite
  • Did You Know? Resource for Wind, Snow, Tornado or Seismic Loads
  • Young Members Group (YMG) News & Events
  • Event Recap: Improving Constructability & Detailing of Concrete Buildings
  • Meet a Member: Chelsea Hoplin, EIT
  • Welcome New Members & Sponsors
  • NCSEA Call for Abstracts - Submissions Due by March 30
  • SEAMASS Volunteers Sought for NCSEA Public Outreach Challenge
  • Career Opportunities
  • Call for Projects to Feature in SEAMASS News and on Website
Save the Dates or Register Now
Tuesday, MARCH 19 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Historic Terra Cotta Floor Systems
Presented by SEARI - Structural Engineers Assn. of Rhode Island
SEARI invites SEAMASS members to participate in a 2-hour special presentation by Donald Friedman, PE on the topic of Historic Terra Cotta Floor Systems. Five types of floor systems will be discussed: flat end construction, flat side construction, segmental, proprietary, and with concrete joists. The session is eligible for engineering PDH credits in many jurisdictions, as well as 2 AIA CE credits. 
Tuesday, MARCH 26 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cal OES SAP Post Disaster Second Responder Training
Presented by SEAM - Structural Engineers Assn. of Maine
For individuals interested in becoming Certified as Cal OES SAP Post Disaster Second Responder, a day of training will be held on March 26, 2019 in Saco, Maine sponsored by SEAM (Structural Engineers Association of Maine).  
Tuesday, APRIL 9 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Vibration & Acoustics Seminar (3 Presenters)
Presented by SEAMASS
AISC Design Guide 30 – Acoustics of Steel-framed Buildings
Presenter: Benjamin Markham, LEED AP
Director, Architectural Acoustics Group | ACENTECH

Buildings Near Rail Lines - Noise and Vibration Assessment and Mitigation 
Presenter: Jeffrey A. Zapfe, PhD, President | ACENTECH 

Meeting the Acoustic, Noise & Vibration Requirements of the FGI 2018 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals
Presenter: Michael Wesolowsky, Ph.D., P.Eng., Associate Principal
Swallow Acoustic Consultants Ltd. | Thornton Tomasetti
Wednesday, APRIL 24 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
SEAMASS Annual Meeting, Featuring Gillette Stadium Tour
Presented by SEAMASS
Includes Dinner overlooking the stadium, Tour of the Stadium, and Game at 7:30 (New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact); More details coming soon.
Building Code News
by Michael Fillion, PE, SECB | Principal, Fillion Group, Inc.
Pictured: SAC members, around table from left: Mehul Dhruv, Michael Fillion, Richard Henige, Michael Berry, Nicholas Mariani, Joe Zona, Richard Croswell, and Dominic Kelly. Not pictured: Gary McClean

The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) has directed its sub-committees to prepare for issue of the 10th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code. The 10th edition will be based on the 2018 I-Codes with specific Massachusetts front end amendments. They have indicated that they would like to promulgate the 10th edition in the summer of 2019; however, no firm deadline is set, as reviews and a formal process must occur.

The Structural Advisory Committee (SAC) to the BBRS, chaired by Joe Zona of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, met recently to review the 2018 I-codes and start the process of updating the front-end Massachusetts amendments. With each three-year ICC code cycle, the SAC has submitted code change proposals through NCSEA with SEAMASS endorsement. Most of the code change proposals have been to the newer International Existing Building Code (IEBC). Over the course of two code cycles, Massachusetts code changes have appeared in the 2015 & 2018 IEBC. Most notable code change contributions from Massachusetts include Seismic Hazards and Repair due to damage from the effects of snow.  

By actively participating in the code change process, the committee’s goal is to minimize the amount of front-end amendments. At the ICC code hearings this spring in Albuquerque, NM, Massachusetts will again be submitting code change proposals to the IEBC. Most of the proposals are written to provide clarity in cases where code confusion has been reported.

Thanks to Joe Zona for chairing the SAC, and also its members: Michael Berry, Richard Croswell, Mehul Dhruv, Michael Fillion, Richard Henige, Dominic Kelly, Nicholas Mariani and Gary McClean. Many SAC members also sit on national code committees including ACI, AISC & NCSEA, to mention a few.

A special thanks to H. W. (Bill) Hagan, who recently retired from the committee, for his hard work and contributions over the years.
Post-Disaster Emergency Response Updates
and MARCH 26 Training Invitation
by Michael Fillion, PE, SECB | Principal, Fillion Group, Inc.
Pictured: Participants in a recent Cal OES SAP training class, and materials referenced

Throughout the past year, members from SEAMASS, AIA/BSA and BSCE have met regularly to form a formal post disaster emergency response group to assist the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) should they ever find themselves overwhelmed after a disaster. The three groups have formally joined together to form MA AEER TF (Massachusetts Architects & Engineers Emergency Response Task Force). As part of the chain of command, TECET (The Engineering Center Education Trust) will be the link between MEMA & MA AEER TF. To date, MA AEER TF has set up a formal agreement between the three groups, an agreement with TECET, and have drafted by-laws. In March 2019, a formal board of directors / officers will be appointed. Nine people will be appointed to the board; three members from each group.   Jeff Struble, David Morand and Mike Fillion are representing SEAMASS as MA AEER TF Board Members. David Schnerch of SEAMASS also participates in the Task Force meetings.

Activities to date have included two Cal OES SAP training classes, one organized by SEAMASS in April 2018 and the other organized by AIA in November 2018. Between the two events, which were attended by architects, engineers and building inspectors, more than 150 people were trained to become volunteer post disaster evaluators.  One of the committee’s goals will be to establish a memorandum of understanding with MEMA which would afford MA AEER TF volunteers liability protection, including workman’s compensation, should they be deployed after a declared disaster. Other goals will be to develop a website and to form a volunteer roster of certified post-disaster second responders. The MA AEER TF holds its meetings at The Engineering Center on Beacon Hill approximately monthly.  

TRAINING INVITATION: For individuals interested in becoming Certified as Cal OES SAP Post Disaster Second Responder, a day of training will be held on March 26, 2019 in Saco, Maine, sponsored by SEAM (Structural Engineers Association of Maine).  
Did You Know?
Resource for Wind, Snow, Tornado or Seismic Loads 
If you are looking for Wind, Snow, Tornado or Seismic Loads in the area of your project, the Applied Technology Council (ATC) has developed a Hazards by Location website. Just enter your address for the loading you are looking for! 
Young Members Group News & Events
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) continues to grow and enhance the SEAMASS membership community. Recent events and recognition include:
YMG 2018 Holiday Party, Sponsored by DeWalt 

In December at the Kinsale Irish Pub in Boston, nearly 50 Members and guests of the SEAMASS YMG enjoyed a Holiday Party sponsored by DeWalt. The YMG is grateful to DeWalt for providing food for participants, as well as generous raffle prizes.  
SE/PE Exam Prep Seminar
On February 20, the SEAMASS YMG coordinated a free SE/PE Test Prep Event for engineers of all ages and experience levels. Recently-licensed engineers walked participants through the registration, prep, and exam phases of both the SE and PE exams. The event was held at the McNamara Salvia office.
SEAMASS YMG Sponsored & Participated in the
BSA Winter Warmer for Emerging Professionals
On February 28, the SEAMASS YMG helped sponsor the Boston Society of Architects Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) Winter Warmer. This popular annual event connects emerging professionals across the AEC and design fields.
Learn more: Visit the SEAMASS YMG Page of to view recent events and see biographies of the 2018-19 YMG Board of Directors and Committee Chairs, who volunteer their time and talent to lead and shape the group’s future.
EVENT RECAP: Improving Constructability
and Detailing of Concrete Buildings
Left: Presenters, from left: Joe Neal, Mike Mota, Pat Barb, and Michael Russillo
Right: Pat Barb presents constructability of high-rise projects
On February 26, nearly 50 people participated in the professional development event, Improving Constructability and Detailing of Concrete Buildings, which featured presentations by four industry experts.  Mike Mota of CRSI addressed the adoption of Grade 100 into ACI 318-19 and its use in high rise concrete construction to mitigate congestion and improve constructability; Pat Barb of S&F Concrete discussed constructability of concrete high-rise projects in the Boston Market with a focus on use of High Strength reinforcement and concrete;  Michael Russillo of CobiaxUSA explored best practices in use of voided slabs with a focus on several new current projects in NYC and Los Angeles; and Joe Neal of Harris Rebar explored best practices in detailing of concrete elements.

Special thanks to John Thomsen and the team at Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger for hosting the event at their Waltham office. The event was sponsored by AllPlan and CRSI.
Meet a Member: Chelsea Hoplin, EIT
Chelsea Hoplin, EIT is a Project Engineer with more than 3 years of experience in geostructural engineering. She currently works for GEI Consultants in Woburn. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with structural and geotechnical concentrations from University of Minnesota Duluth.

Chelsea has answered the questions below, so we may get to know her better. Thank you, Chelsea, for your contributions to SEAMASS and the Structural Engineering profession!
Q: Why did you join SEAMASS?
A: I joined SEAMASS to network with and get to know other structural engineers. I also joined to get involved and understand areas within the practice that I’m normally not exposed to everyday.

Q: What are your goals as an engineer?
A: In the short term, my goal is to obtain P.E. licensure (which I’m working on now). In the long term, my goal is to continue to grow as an engineer and become a “go-to” person for both my coworkers and peers in the industry when they have challenges or are looking to collaborate. I also want to become a mentor for other young professionals.

Q: Describe a project you're involved with.
A: A project I’m involved with is a bascule span bridge replacement in the Bronx, NY. The project includes construction of 2 temporary lift bridges that will be in service during the demolition and construction of the replacement bridge. The project is challenging due to the amount of construction that needs to occur within a small area with other large infrastructure and traffic to maintain. It has also required significant coordination between our client (the construction JV), the Owner, and their design team. Our scope also includes design of 9 cofferdams and several trestles, working platforms, and foundations.  

Q: As an engineer, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: The point of my career that I’m most proud of so far is the first time I was able to stand on a structure I designed! I was able to work on that project from the start of design through construction and being on-site to see something I designed being built was very exciting. 

Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: In my free time I enjoy going to spin classes, running, traveling, cooking, and cheering on Boston sports teams!
Welcome New Members & Sponsors
SEAMASS welcomes these recent new Members and Sponsor-Members:


Salvatore Cherone - Junior Structural Engineer
Lim Consultants


Gregory Clauson, EIT - Structural Steel Specialist
American Institute of Steel Construction 
Rebecca Lubrano, PE - Senior Staff II
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Nicholas McMahon, EIT - Associate Enginee r
Vanderweil Engineers

Bryan Paul, PE, -Structural Engineer III
CDM Smith

Kenneth Quigley, PE, SE - Executive VP

Pieresearch specializes in rebar reinforcing alignment and centralizer products for every construction need. Visit
NCSEA Call for Abstracts
Submissions Due by MARCH 30
The 2019 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit Committee is seeking 45 to 90 minute presentations that deliver pertinent and useful information that is specific to the practicing structural engineer.

The Summit will feature education in both technical and non-technical tracks. Desired submissions are those on best-design practices, new codes and standards, recent projects, advanced analysis techniques, management, better business practices, and other topics that would be of interest to practicing structural engineers.

Previous Summit attendees have expressed direct interest in the following:
Case Studies, Lessons Learned, Snow Loads, Ethics, Bettering Communication, Business Practices, Accounting, Client Growth, Connection Design, and Wind Design

The Submission Form must be completed in full by MARCH 30, 2019, and speakers will be speakers will be notified of abstract acceptance by April 30, 2019.
SEAMASS Volunteers Sought
for NCSEA Public Outreach Challenge
The NCSEA Communications Committee invites SEAMASS and ALL NCSEA Member Organizations to participate in the very first Member Organization Public Outreach Challenge to inform and educate other industries, professions, and the general public about Structural Engineering.
This is a unique challenge and opportunity for SEAMASS to help improve the visibility and recognition of practicing structural engineers with outreach through news articles, videos, blogs, and any other creative content to spread the message about our profession and its critical role in society. To kick off the first year of this competition, articles published in 2018 qualify for the 2019 Challenge.

Can You Volunteer Your Time or Expertise? 
Please consider volunteering your expertise or time to help SEAMASS do our part to inform and educate other industries, professions, and the general public about Structural Engineering. Our entries must be assembled and submitted for consideration to NCSEA in one package by September 8, 2019.

Click here for details about the challenge, and contact Bassem Almuti with your ideas, questions, or to learn more about getting involved.
Career Opportunities
Senior Structural Engineer  
Engineers Design Group, Inc. seeks a Full-time, Registered Structural Engineer with 5-10 years’ experience and a PE Registration.  View Full Position Description

Structural Engineer
Engineers Design Group, Inc. seeks a Full-time Structural Engineer with 2 to 5 years' experience. Candidates with a professional license or pursuing professional licensing are encouraged to apply.  View Full Position Description
Structural Engineer or Technician
LeBrasseur Engineering, a small engineering firm in Newton, MA that specializes in residential and small commercial structures, seeks a structural engineer or technician (minimum 2 years) who is dynamic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and able to work with minimal supervision on a variety of design and inspection projects. Working remotely at times is a possibility. View Full Position Description
Senior Project Manager
LeMessurier, an award-winning structural engineering consulting firm, seeks a Senior Project Manager in our Boston Office. LeMessurier works closely with architects, owners, contractors, developers, and artists from around the world on a wide variety of projects. We seek a Senior Project Manager to enhance delivery on our special projects. View Full Position Description
Registered Roofing Consultant/Engineer 
Noblin Associates seeks a Full-time Roofing Consultant with an engineering or architectural background and 5-15 years’ experience in Building Technology, with roofing, cladding, siding, and waterproofing design experience, for the firm’s Bridgewater, MA and Hampton, NH offices.  View Full Position Description

Staff Engineer
Noblin Associates seeks a Full-time Staff Engineer with 5-15 years’ experience in Building Technology; or Structural Engineering; or Architectural Engineering, for the firm’s Bridgewater, MA and Hampton, NH offices. View Full Position Description
This section is a benefit to SEAMASS Sponsors . Email SEAMASS Secretary Bassem Almuti with a brief description (and/or a PDF or link to a description on your website) for consideration of publishing in SEAMASS News.
Call For Member Projects
to Feature in SEAMASS News and on Website
All SEAMASS members are encouraged to submit projects for the Project Spotlight feature section of SEAMASS News, as well as promotion on the SEAMASS website, or potentially as part of a SEAMASS Projects Spotlight Seminar.

Projects may range from small to large; be located anywhere in the world; and designed by structural engineers in the SEAMASS region. Of particular interest are projects that attract attention from the structural engineering community, engaging them to learn about a project. For example, spotlight projects should include relatively unique details, such as unusual structural, construction, or architectural features; or out-of-the-box structural design approaches and detailing solutions.

If you have a project to submit for recognition, please contact Bassem Almuti at .
SEAMASS is grateful to these Annual Corporate Sponsors for
their support and Dedication to our Organization
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