Spring Recap: 2018 SEAWI Conference

The Spring Conference was hosted in early May this past Spring in Delafield, WI.  We had around 100 people attend the conference, which was a great turnout!

We had several speakers in the morning session.  Archie Landreman, the North Central Regional Director for WoodWorks, spoke about mass timber products and showcased a number of projects where mass timber was being used.  After, Luke Johnson, Senior Steel Solutions Center Advisor, gave a presentation about beam camber and talked about different rules of thumb that would help to achieve the greatest benefit when specifying camber.  We then heard from Jordan Komp, senior project engineer at Thornton Tomasetti, who spoke about the design of The Couture, a 44-story residential tower being built in Milwaukee.  The presentation focused largely on the unique challenges of the design such as use of a wind tunnel test and the deep foundation design.  The final morning presentation was Sam Rubenzer, founder of FORSE Consulting, who talked about the importance of understanding the capabilites, limitations and options for modeling lateral elements and applying lateral loads in a model using finite element analysis software.

In the afternoon, after a great lunch, we had Chuck Kopplin of Kopplin Consulting who gave a presentation on possible ethical dilemmas faced by WI Engineers based on complaints to the state department.  After a look at the ethical conflicts in the 1981 Hyatt Walkway Collapse, he discussed lessons he personally learned from being in the construction industry for over 50 years.

We would like to thank all of our speakers for setting aside time to present at the conference!

Below are some photos from the event and you can see more photos from the event here. Please contact us at [email protected] for any feedback about the conference.

UPCOMING: Please join us June 28 for upcoming Webinar Lunch and Learn on the Design of Connection for Wood Members Using NDS and TR12 (1.5 PDH).  See the following link to the website for more information and for viewing locations.


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