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Seismic engineer to present Napa earthquake assessment at 2014 SEAOC Convention

Los Angeles — Scott M. Adan, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., SECB, director of Seismic Assessment Services with IVI International, Inc., will present a just-scheduled session about the late-August American Canyon earthquake at the 2014 Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Convention to be held in Indian Wells, Calif., Sept. 10-13, 2014.

Tweets during 2013 Colorado floods gave engineers valuable data on infrastructure damage

Boulder, Colo. — Tweets sent during last year’s massive flooding on Colorado’s Front Range were able to detail the scope of damage to the area’s infrastructure, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings can help geotechnical and structural engineers more effectively direct their reconnaissance efforts after future natural disasters — including earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes — as well as provide them data that might otherwise be lost due to rapid cleanup efforts.

BioPreferred program opens to wood products

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the recognition of wood products under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program going into effect today. The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,” are now eligible products to be recognized in USDA biobased programs.

California quake points to research advancements in retrofitting older buildings

West Lafayette, Ind. — The 6.0 earthquake that rocked Napa, Calif., on Aug. 24 is placing the spotlight on efforts by property owners and municipalities to retrofit older buildings and improve their ability to withstand earthquakes. Researchers affiliated with the Purdue University-led George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) have studied ways to strengthen older masonry- and wood-framed buildings to minimize earthquake damage and save lives.

R.A. Smith National, Inc. expands structural services division

Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National, Inc., a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm, expanded its structural services division. On Friday, August 22, R.A. Smith National, Inc. purchased selected assets of the structural engineering practice of Arnold & O’Sheridan (A&O), Inc. from a secured lender.

Alexander D. Wilson named recipient of 2014 SMDI/AASHTO Richard S. Fountain Award

Washington, D.C. — The Steel Bridge Task Force of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design have named Alexander D. Wilson, manager of Customer Technical Services for ArcelorMittal USA, as the recipient of the 2014 Richard S. Fountain Award.

AWC statement on streamlining green building standards

Leesburg, Va. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASHRAE, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), International Code Council (ICC) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will collaborate on developing a framework to ensure the AHSRAE 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings and International Green Construction Code (IgCC) are available for implementation as a regulatory standard working in alignment with the LEED green building program.

Survey of code professionals predicts substantial retirement exodus

Washington, D.C. — A recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences on behalf of the International Code Council (ICC) reveals information that if not addressed in the coming years, may have an impact on the public safety of thousands of communities in the United States.

PTI calls for 2015 Project Awards entries

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announced that the 2015 PTI Project Awards are now open for entry. The biannual awards program that honors excellence and innovation in post-tensioning applications will be open for entry until December 31, 2014. Winners will be announced at the 2015 PTI Convention in Houston.

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