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Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Structures Virtual 2021 will offer up to 10.5 PDHs. Keep track of the sessions you have attended that are eligible for PDHs*. You will receive an email notification a week after the conference alerting you to access your MyLearning account and upload the total number of PDHs you earned. 

*Note: PDHs are available for the live sessions (excluding vendor and social sessions). Post-conference viewing will not provide PDH credits. 

June 2, 2021

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Remote Data Collection and AI Combined for Powerful Building Infrastructure Assessment

Drones and other remote data sensing technologies are now practically applied to supplement or augment in-person inspection to rapidly, efficiently, and safely collect structural assessment data of various types. The enormous amounts of data produced are processed and interpreted using artificial intelligence and machine learning in ever more powerful ways.

What you will learn:

  • What is the most important thing happening in the industry right now?
  • What are the regulatory challenges?
  • How do trust machine learning?
  • How do you evaluate the technology?
  • How does this save you money and time?
  • What does the future look like?

Moderator: Marc Hoit, Ph.D., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Vice Chancellor for IT & Professor of Civil Engineer, NC State University

Presenters: Ted Parisot, Co-Founder, Helios Visions; Badri Hiriyur, Ph.D., CEO, T2D2; and Benjamin Schmidt, Ph.D., President, RoadBotics

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Designing with Data

This session is aimed at practicing engineers interested in leveraging data for improved design and delivery of projects, whether they be large infrastructure, iconic structures, or commercial and/or residential buildings. The impact of both data generation in design and ‘capture’ from the built environment has the potential to revolutionize the industry, but the transition from more ‘traditional’ approaches to structural design and this ‘Big Data’ environment is a process to be approached with a balance of enthusiasm and caution.

What you will learn:

  • Benefits and implications of designing with data.
  • How data covers all aspects of a project, not just geometry, that extends into obtaining meaning and better decision-making on projects.
  • How data can provide continuity for the built project into structural health monitoring and maintenance that relates to the owner's needs and the environment.
  • Security concerns as more data is shared that can extend over the life of a project.

Moderators: Paul Kassabian, Principal, SGH

Presenters: Martha Tsigkari, Partner, Foster + Partners; Kate Morrical Towne, Digital Design Manager, Silman; and Jon Leach, Director, AECOM

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Virtual Tour: State of the Art Research and Development of Structural Building Products

Join us for a peek behind the curtain of new product development & testing at Simpson Strong-Tie. For over sixty years Simpson Strong-Tie has invested in comprehensive testing to ensure the integrity of our innovative solutions for the construction industry. From their beginnings focused on wood-connectors, to today’s solutions for structural steel, mass timber, and concrete strengthening, their R&D facilities have kept pace with the changing needs of systems testing. One thing, however, never changes: they continue to strive to provide solutions that help people design and build safer stronger structures.

What you will learn:

  • The infrastructure necessary for a large-scale research laboratory.
  • What it takes to design and execute a quality test program.
  • Various kinds of testing undertaken to support product development.

Presenters: Steve Pryor, P.E., S.E., Advanced Research Manager, Simpson Strong-Tie; Michael Wesson, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., Tyrell Gilb Research Laboratory Manager, Simpson Strong-Tie

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Vendor Session: Offsite Construction Methods, Advanced Components, and MiTek Solutions

Join us for an overview of offsite construction methods as they apply to advanced components, construction techniques, and methods that are becoming transformational in our industry. Techniques and methods such as volumetric modular, use of advanced components, and precision cut packages.

Learn about structural design challenges that MiTek helped design professionals find solutions for and the MiTek solutions that exist to help address the common design challenges seen in wood-framed structures. We will also be reviewing examples of projects that demonstrate how offsite methods and MiTek solutions together were able to achieve great results.

Presenters: Steve McFall, P.E., MiTek; Jesse Karns, S.E., MiTek

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Real-World Ethics: Leadership in Action

How can you apply ASCE’s new code of ethics to real-life ethical dilemmas? In this interactive session, you will get a brief overview of the new code. Then, you will break into groups for a facilitated discussion on how you might ethically handle 4 scenarios a structural engineer may encounter in their work, and which parts of the new code of ethics apply. You will leave this session having practiced the application of the new code and with new insights into how it directly applies to your work.

What you will learn:

  • The principles and model of the new ASCE Code of Ethics.
  • Which parts of the ASCE Code of Ethics may apply to real-world ethical scenarios.
  • Interpret the ASCE Code of Ethics and formulate a plan to act ethically given a real-world scenario.

Presenters: Stephanie Slocum, P.E., M.ASCE, Founder, Engineers Rising LLC; Tara L. Hoke, Esq., General Counsel, ASCE; Lisa M. Black, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE, Director Cultural Belonging & Social Ethos, ASCE; and Brock Barry, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, United States Military Academy

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. 

Social Activity: Molecular Mixology Class

Looking for a fun activity at the end of a full day of learning? Join us for the Molecular Mixology Class where you will not only make cocktails/mocktails but learn about the science behind the drinks with our host from Molecular Food Cocktails. Each conference registrant will receive an emailed receipt card and all you have to do is gather the ingredients and tune in. There will even be time to ask questions. See you there!

Host: Calsin Hoyle, Owner, Molecular Food Cocktails

June 3, 2021

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Structural Engineering for a Changing Climate: The Floating City

In adaptation to climate change, architects and engineers have proposed innovative strategies for land reclamation and population relocation such as the construction of “Floating Cities” and “Amphibious Architecture”. ASCE has recently launched “Future World Vision” to reimagine and prepare for the future. They identified “The Floating City” as one of its bold projects. This session will stimulate discussion with the audience. Challenges and future research needs will be identified by both panelists and the audience. The hope is that a community of scholars and practitioners can be formed to continue communications and advance the vision for the future. Presenters will share brief presentations and then the audience will enter breakout rooms for discussion. When the group gets back together, the speakers will summarize discussions from the breakout and encourage additional conversation from the full audience.

Break Out Rooms:

  • Regulatory Challengers with Bill Nachamen
  • Amphibious Construction with Elizabeth English
  • Structural Design for Ocean Waves with Maria Garlock
  • Floating City Systems with David Odeh

What you will learn:

  • Start building a community of professionals working on, or interested in, advancing studies on the Floating City and Amphibious Architecture.
  • Show projects that are innovative - they are, essentially, representing "adaptable aquatecture" - architecture that adapts to water. The innovations will inspire others to 'think outside the box'.
  • Identify challenges that our profession faces to make living with water a reality. It will perhaps inspire others to tackle some of these challenges so that as a community of professionals we can plan for a future of living with water.

Presenters: David J. Odeh, P.E., S.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Principal, Odeh Engineers, Inc.; Maria Garlock, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Co-Director Architecture and Engineering Program, Princeton; Elizabeth English, A.M.ASCE, University of Waterloo; and Bill Nechamen, CFM, Co-Chair Floodplain Regulations Committee, Association of State of Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

The Structural Engineer's Toolbox to Decarbonize Construction: The Present and Future

SEI’s SE2050 initiative states that the structural engineering community shall achieve net-zero embodied carbon designs by 2050. Showing how this is possible will take a collaborative and dedicated effort, but it is a necessary contribution to reducing the impacts of climate change. To the young or old structural engineer, this might sound like a daunting task. As problem solvers and stewards of our built environment, structural engineers have an obligation to help define the path towards this goal. This session will address why reducing embodied carbon in construction is important for structural engineers, how engineers are reducing construction carbon on real projects today, and what strategies they are using to do so. It will also explore new design methods, materials, and technologies that will minimize embodied carbon and other design constraints on future projects.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of reducing embodied carbon on your projects.
  • Real-world applications of existing design practices and tools available today.
  • What emerging design methods, materials, and tools that will make embodied carbon design part of the future practice of structural engineering.

Presenters: Michael Gustafson, P.E., Senior Industry Strategy Manager, Structures, Autodesk; and Don Davies, P.E., S.E., President, Magnussen-Klemencic Associates

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

An Introduction to Systems Engineering and What it Means to Structural Engineers

Recent discussions about the future of civil and structural engineering, including ASCE’s Future World Vision, posit that to provide value and serve society, we must engage more in Systems Engineering. Systems Engineering is a term commonly used in other engineering disciplines but is unfamiliar to many structural engineers. This session will explore what Systems Engineering means in the context of structural engineering and how it can be leveraged further in the future. Applications within and outside of structural engineering will be discussed.

What you will learn:

  • What systems engineering means in the context of structural engineering and why it's important to our future.
  • How it is being applied in structural engineering practice and in other disciplines from which structural engineers can learn.
  • How academic institutions are integrating it within civil and structural engineering curriculum and research.

Moderator: Jerome F. Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, CDM Smith Professor and Department Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Presenters: David J. Odeh, P.E., S.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Principal, Odeh Engineers, Inc; Gerald (Jerry) Buckwalter, M.ASCE, Chief Innovation Officer, ASCE; Matteo Pozzi, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; and X. Shelly Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MISSION Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Performance-Based Design: Earth, Wind, & Fire

Performance-based design increases opportunities for innovation by the designers. The principles of performance-based design will be presented within the context of three common hazards: wind, fire, and seismic. These hazards will be presented through three application-specific case studies to highlight common performance-based principles and specific approaches to each hazard. Considerations with engaging the owner and/or client with long-term benefits of establishing performance criteria, working with building professionals, and preparing for peer review panels will be discussed. The session concludes with a panel discussion.

What you will learn:

  • Underlying principles of performance-based design.
  • Critical performance scenarios for three common hazards, seismic, wind, and fire.
  • Strategies to engage owners, building officials, and peer review panels.
  • Steps for performance-based design from initial client engagement to constructions.
  • Long-term considerations and benefits of life-cycle planning.

Moderator: Kevin LaMalva, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal Fire Consultant, Warringtonfire

Presenters: John D. Hooper, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Director of Earthquake Engineering, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Vital Patel, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, Managing Principal, Director of Design/Structure, Walter P. Moore; and Seymour M.J. Spence, Ph.D., A.MASCE, Associate Professor, Development of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Vendor Session: Leveraging Multiple Geotechnical Construction Techniques for One Optimal Solution with Keller

Most geotechnical challenges can be resolved with a single technique. However, taking advantage of the individual strengths of multiple techniques can often result in an optimal solution for many projects. This presentation presents the strengths of different technique classifications and how to combine them into an integrated solution. 

What you will learn:

  • Project characteristics to consider when evaluating geotechnical construction techniques.
  • Benefits and limitations of different geotechnical construction techniques.
  • How to combine techniques for a project to take full advantage of their benefits. 

Presenters: James D. Hussin, P.E., Director, Keller; and Michael Marasa, P.E., Keller

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Vendor Session: Simplify Workflow, Improve Accuracy, and Save Time with ASCE 7 Digital Products

Learn how to use ASCE 7 Online and the ASCE 7 Hazard Tool to quickly navigate your way through Standard 7. Discover how these digital tools' interactive features can help you work faster, save time, and improve the accuracy of your projects. All attendees of the presentation are eligible to receive a free corporate 60-day trial to ASCE 7 Online. 

Presenter: Carolyn Valliere, Senior Manager, Publications, ASCE

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

ASCE 7-22: New and Updated Hazards

SEI manages the development of ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7). Every six year this nationally adopted loading standard is updated, and new data and science is researched and becomes available. In the 2022 edition of the standard, several familiar hazards will be updated, and possible new additions will be added. This session will present updates and include new developments in two of the most common environmental hazards: Seismic and Wind.

Moderator: Jennifer Goupil, P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, Senior Manager Codes & Standards, ASCE

Presenters: Emily Guglielmo, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, Martin and Martin; and Cherylyn Henry, P.E., F.SEI, Zapata

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Mentoring Up and Down: Social Event

Are you a young professional facing career path challenges like finding a mentor, career transitions from school to industry or technical to management, or finding your way within academia? Are you a leader working to mentor and guide young professionals and want real feedback from young professionals on those challenges? Join us in this highly interactive, networking, and discussion-based social event where leaders and young professionals come together and share their thoughts on today’s top career development challenges for young professionals.

Facilitator: Stephanie Slocum, P.E., Founder, Engineers Rising, LLC

Break-out Room Leaders:

  • Mentoring Young Professionals: David J. Odeh, P.E., S.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Principal, Odeh Engineers, Inc; and Zane Bradley Wells, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Transitioning Career from School to Industry: Emily Guglielmo, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, Martin and Martin; and Dani Schroeder, EIT, A.M.ASCE, Pennoni
  • Overcoming Challenges in Academia: David Prevatt, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, University of Florida; and Rudraprasad Bhattacharyya, Ph.D., P.E., PEng, ENV SP, M.ASCE, Vanderbilt University
  • Managerial Skills: Jerome F. Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, CDM Smith Professor and Department Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University; and Kamel Bilal, Ph.D., C.Eng, A.M.ASCE, Stantec
  • Global Practice: Glenn Bell, P.E., S.E., CP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, F.IStructe, Consulting Engineering and Director, CROSS-US; and Ruoyang (Andrew) Wu, Wilson & Company, Inc.

June 4, 2021

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Why You Should Add Bayesian Methods to Your Toolbox

Bayesian methods offer powerful tools for analysis and decision-making under uncertainty and with imperfect models. Seldom mainstream in civil and structural engineering curricula, they are not sufficiently known or used in practice. However, their application in civil and structural engineering is increasing. To many, Bayesian methods seem mysterious, complex, and daunting, whereas in reality, the concepts are quite straightforward. With the increasing possibility of gathering data with ubiquitous sensors, these methods are even more useful now than before. Furthermore, Bayesian methods are useful not only in assessing probabilities but also in constructing imperfect models of physical phenomena.

What you will learn:

  • What Bayesian methods are described in straightforward, conceptual terms.
  • Why Bayesian methods are powerful tools for modeling and decision making with sparse data and uncertainty.
  • How to apply Bayesian methods in everyday work through actual case studies.

Moderator: Glenn Bell, P.E., S.E., CP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, F.IStructe, Consulting Engineering and Director, CROSS-US

Presenters: Armen Der Kiureghian, Ph.D., Taisei Professor of Civil Engineering Emeritus, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. University of California at Berkeley; Nathaniel Wagner, P.E., Ph.D., Project Engineer, Slate Geotechnical Consultants; Chin Man (Bill) Mok, Ph.D., Principal/Vice President, GSI Environmental; and Mohamed Talaat, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Tour: How Structural Fasteners are Researched, Developed, and Tested

Join the Structural Engineering Channel podcast host Alexis Clark for an intimate tour of Hilti’s Western Hemisphere Product Development and Testing Center in Irving, TX. We will not only give you an insider’s look at our state-of-the-art facility and equipment but also demonstrate how tests are executed. Along the way, we will interact with some fastening and testing experts who will share insights as to why and how tests are conducted and the effects that has on your design and job site performance.

What will you learn:

  • Experience an intimate tour of testing facility and interactions with subject matter experts.
  • Observe ultimate loading of steel fasteners, static tension pull test, and dynamic shear testing of post-installed anchors.
  • Understand how and why fasteners are tested by various methods and how that impacts your design and job site performance.

Presenter: Alexis A. Clark, P.E., Product Manager, Chemical Anchors

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Practical Applications of Emerging Technologies

Technological innovations in the structural design, analysis, and assessment of buildings and infrastructure have accelerated rapidly in the last decade. What are the emerging trends in applied research and design that can be applied now? This IES-style session explores case studies in bridges and buildings of emerging technologies being used. Featuring speakers from an academic, practitioner, and government background, you will learn about emerging technologies in building and infrastructure design and construction.

What you will learn:

  • Advances in non-destructive condition assessment of highway infrastructure and research advancements with regards to deploying existing technologies and developing innovative and robotic NDE technologies.
  • Advances in digital design, including AR/VR/Laser Scanning including the use of AR of construction sites, 3D model delivery, interoperability, and how structural engineers are different from other AEC disciplines.
  • How conventional and non-conventional data streams can be integrated through the concept of a digital twin using a case study of a smart building at George Mason, and how such facilities could see the stage for the next wave of advancements in AI for infrastructure.
  • How AI is being used for monitoring populations of bridges through crowdsourced data collection, focused on moving vehicles as data sources.

Moderator: Stephanie Slocum, P.E., Founder, Engineers Rising, LLC

Presenters: Hoda Azari, Ph.D., Nondestructive Evaluation Research Program Manager, Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team (HRDI-20), Federal Highway Administration; David A. Lattanzi, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor & John Toups Faculty Fellow, Co-Director, Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnership, George Mason University; Mustafa Gül, Ph.D., PEng, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering 7-257, University of Alberta; and Kristopher Dane, D.Eng., VP and Director of Digital Design, Thornton Tomasetti

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

20 Questions: What You Need to Know About Engineering Contracts to Avoid (or Minimize) Litigation

This session will consist of a live interview of Sarah A. Johnson, Esq., by engineer and podcaster, Anthony Fasano, P.E., Johnson is a practicing attorney who defends engineers in litigation in the State of Illinois. She also acts as claims counsel for Those Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London subscribing to the professional liability insurance policies issued via the ASCE program written through Pearl Insurance. The interview will cover common issues that arise during contract negotiations, as well as during litigation based on Johnson’s experience.

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare for contract negotiations.
  • How to identify and present alternative provisions.
  • How to utilize concessions to their advantage.
  • How to analyze the interaction of certain provisions with their professional liability insurance policies.

Presenters: Anthony Fasano, P.E., Founder, Engineering Management Institute; and Sarah A. Johnson, Esq., Karbal, Cohen, Economou, Silk, & Dunne, LLC

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Innovative Materials and Future Structural Applications

In this session, materials science experts will present their research on novel classes of materials, their mechanical (and other) properties, and potential applications in a round table discussion. The speakers will present an introduction to their materials science research, highlighting the unique properties and characteristics. In one example, the promise and potential of engineered living materials will be presented. In another example, the unique properties and characteristics of composite metal foams will be discussed. The session will also facilitate audience participation by brainstorming opportunities, challenges, and barriers to applications of new structural materials in buildings.

What you will learn:

  • Novel materials with unique structural and other material properties.
  • Potential construction applications of engineered living materials and composite metal foams in buildings.
  • Barriers, challenges, and opportunities for new material applications in buildings.

Moderator: Marc Hoit, Ph.D., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Vice Chancellor for IT & Professor of Civil Engineer, NC State University

Presenter: Afsaneh Rabiei, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NC State University; and Wil V. Srubar III, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Founder and Managing Director, Aureus Earth, Inc.

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