SEI SF Past Events

2017 September

Coastal Cleanup Day at Crissy Field with SEI

SEI SF joined in cleaning up a 2.1 mile stretch along Mason Street and McDowell Avenue In total 200 gallons of trash and 80 gallons of recyclables were removed.

SEI SF at Crissy Field

2017 August

ASCE 7-16 Presentation by Ron Hamburger

ASCE/SEI 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures is now available for purchase.  This edition of the standard, which will be referenced by the 2018 IBC, has a number of major improvements, including new Chapters on Tsunami loads and performance-based structural fire protection, a completely rewritten Chapter on Nonlinear Seismic Response History analysis, and many incremental improvements to the requirements for seismic, snow, rain, and wind loading.  Ron Hamburger, SE, chair of the ASCE 7 Committee, will provide an overview of these important changes.
Dinner will be provided in the Caltrans Cafeteria starting at 6 pm. The presentation will start at 7 pm.
Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM PDT
Caltrans Auditorium
111 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612, CA 94612


2017 June

Happy Hour at Trappist

Well, if you were there you know how great it was and if you missed it, you definitely missed out. Make sure to join us at the next opportunity.

Enjoying a Beautiful SF Bay Area Afternoon on the Back Patio

2017 May

Happy Hour at Fieldwork Brewery

We enjoyed the gorgeous spring weather while networking over some great beer, we had a Happy Hour at the Fieldwork Brewing Company; a craft brewery founded in Berkeley, CA.

2017 April

BART Extension Tour

Provided by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), the Tour of the BART Extension Project included construction site visits to both the Milpitas and Berryessa stations, which are part of the 10-mile BART Berryessa Extension.

The Milpitas BART Station is located at the intersection of Montague Expressway and Capitol Avenue near the Great Mall in Milpitas.  Key features of the station included, ground-level concourse, below-ground boarding platforms, seamless connection to VTA’s Montague Light Rail Station, multi-story parking garage next to station, VTA bus transit center, and on-site bicycle storage room.   The station is scheduled to open in December 2017.

The Berryessa BART Station is located between Berryessa and Mabury roads, adjacent to the San Jose Flea Market in east San Jose.  Key features include, street-level concourse, above-ground boarding platform, multi-story parking garage next to station, convenient private shuttle and “Kiss-and-Ride” loading areas, freeway access from US 101/Oakland Road and I-680/Berryessa Road, VTA bus transit center with Express Bus service to Downtown San Jose, and on-site bicycle paths and indoor bicycle storage room.  Originally scheduled to open in 2018, the station is now anticipated to be open to service in December 2017.

2017 February

Dream Big

The ASCE San Francisco Section is excited to kick off Engineer’s Week and our Dream Big Student Outreach Program with a Red Carpet Premier of Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Dream Big is a giant-screen film about engineering that will take viewers on a journey of discovery and show audiences how engineers are developing the world of tomorrow. The premier is an opportunity to network with other industry professionals, celebrate the industry and the innovation that continues to bring society to new heights, and to inspire a new generation to reach for the stars in an industry that is at the center of our world.

Location: San Jose Tech Museum201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

When: Friday, February 17th

2016 November

An Evening with Bridges to Prosperity

On November 17, the Golden Gate Branch, SF YMF and SEI hosted Mike Keever and Jeff Carlson from Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit organization based in Denver, CO, and has the mission of providing isolated communities with access to essential health care, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.   B2P does work all over the world, but is primarily active in Panama, Nicaragua, Haiti, Rwanda, and Bolivia.

Mr. Keever and Mr. Carlson discussed B2P’s latest trip to Lurá, Panama where a group of 11 volunteers built a  166 ft long suspension Bridge. This team was unique in that it was comprised of volunteers from 10 different companies/organizations; including, 4 state DOTs, HDR, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, CH2M Hill, Utah Pacific Bridge and Steel, Hirschfeld Industries, and the National Steel Bridge Alliance.  The volunteer team lived for two weeks in the local community and worked closely with Bridges to Prosperity representatives and local residents to build the bridge.  The team worked cohesively as a unit and completed the bridge ahead of schedule.

2016 October

Living Lab Work Day

Come join us on Saturday October 8, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM for some outdoor fun while helping Bishop O’Dowd High School. You will get hands on experience in building bioswales in an educational garden. Bioswales will treat roof and parking runoff, encourage increased infiltration, and bolster a redwood grove. Req: Work pants, closed toe shoes, a hat & a pair of gloves will be provided or get yours.

2016 September

Coastal Cleanup Day with SEI of ASCE

We are participating in this year’s California Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17th. The event is a great opportunity to take care of our beaches while enjoying a day at the beach. We have chosen a beach that is in the most need of a little TLC: the Candlestick/Yosemite Slough North in San Francisco. The cleanup will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and everyone is welcome including friends and family. You can come and leave at any time, however note that the “best” trash gets picked up first, so first-come first-served.



Tour of Transbay Transit Center

Currently under construction, the Transbay Transit Center Project is a visionary transportation and housing project that transforms downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area’s regional transportation system by creating a “Grand Central Station of the West” in the heart of a new transit-friendly neighborhood. Join us on September 22nd at 1:30 PM for an opportunity to tour the facility. Registration is limited so sign up early.


2016 August

SEI of ASCE Technical Presentation

This presentation highlights some of the Suspension Bridges in California & Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques and construction methods used to construct orthotropic decks in California.  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) adopted orthotropic deck/box girder system in the 1960’s for long span bridges because of its lower total weight resulting in lower dead load and consequently, lower seismic forces to be resisted by the bridge superstructure and substructure.  The construction engineering requires a good knowledge of structural analysis and structure design to ensure that the bridge structure is not over-stressed, and is stable during all stages of construction.  This presentation will highlight the following:

  • Highlight some of the long span suspension bridges in California.
  • Retrospection on the  orthotropic decks when first introduced in California to the New Bay Bridge recently constructed with orthotropic deck
  • Construction sequencing that went to build such structures.

Presenter: Ajay Sehgal, Senior Bridge Engineer, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

When:  August 25, 2016

Where: Caltrans District 4 Auditorium (111 Grand Ave., Oakland)


  • 6 – 7pm   Deli-Style Dinner and Social Networking Hour
  • 7 – 8pm   Presentation


  • General – $20
  • Member of ASCE, SEI, or SEAONC; Caltrans Employee – $15
  • Student – $10

NOTE: Each attendee earns 1.0 Professional Development Hour (1.0 PDH)


2016 June

Tour of Walters & Wolf Precast

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Please join SF SEI for a tour of Walters & Wolf Precast; a West-Coast leader in premier cladding services. The tour will encompass a total walk-thru of the production facility located in Fremont.  Participants will see how the various Architectural Precast Concrete and Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) panels are designed, engineered, and fabricated.

Date: June 22

Time: 1 PM

Duration: approximately 2 hours

Place: 41777 Boyce Rd, Fremont, CA 94538, USA

Cost: Free

Participation is limited to 40 people.

Requirements: 18 years or older, no open-tow shoes, hard hat, safety glasses

2016 March

PEER Earthquake Simulator Lab Tour with ASCE SEI SF Chapter


Join ASCE SEI for a tour of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) Earthquake Simulator Laboratory at the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station at 12PM, Thursday, March 24, 2016. This free event is your opportunity to learn about the world-class earthquake engineering research taking place right here in the Bay Area and see the Earthquake Shaking Table in action!

The tour will take you through the Earthquake Simulator Lab, NEES Lab, micro-NEES Lab, and NISEE/PEER Library. Several lab equipment demonstrations are planned, including the damper testing machine, remote sensors, and the shaking table. Free lunch will be provided by PEER!

Tentative Event Schedule:

12PM – 1PM: Lunch and Presentation by Clement Barthes, PhD, Lab Manager

1PM – 3PM: Tour of the Earthquake Simulator LabNEES Labmicro-NEES Lab, and NISEE/PEER Library

Parking at the Richmond Field Station is free.

Public Transportation to the Richmond Field Station is provided by Bear Transit. See the RFS Shuttle Map and Schedule.

The event is FREE, lunch is FREE, the experience is PRICELESS!

Please register here.

2016 January

ASCE-SEI and SEAONC YMF are co-hosting a social event at Tonic Bar where we will be your guest bartenders for the night. Everyone is invited, there is no cover, and membership is not required for attendees. Drop by, get as many or as few drinks as you want and network. See you then!

When: Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 PM9:00 PM in PST
Where: Tonic, 2360 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Find photos of the event on Facebook


Ed is hard at work

2015 November

Please join us for the ASCE San Francisco Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) inaugural dinner and technical presentation on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Social hour at 6PM, dinner at 7PM, presentation at 8PM. Terrence Paret, Senior Principal with WJE, will present on the post-earthquake damage, repair, and seismic vulnerability assessment of the Washington Monument, the tallest unreinforced masonry structure in the world.

Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Time: 6PM social hour, 7PM dinner, 8PM presentation.

Place: Peony Seafood Restaurant, 388 9th Street #288, Oakland, CA 94607

For further event details and to register, please click here.


Vladimir at the podium

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