A Message from the SEAOC President - Kelly Cobeen

By Kelly Cobeen, SE, SEAOC President
  • NCSEA has news of interest, including engaging new Executive Director Alfred Spada. In addition the NCSEA board elections are open. The ballot includes election of SEAOC member Bill Warren to Vice President (President-Elect). Also recently announced were winners of NCSEA awards. Full information on awards and awardees can be found here. Congratulations to SEAOC's David Bonowitz, who has been awarded the James Delahay Award for outstanding contributions towards the development of building codes and standards. The awards will be presented at NCSEA's Structural Engineering Summit in September. 
  • You are likely aware that as of January 1, 2017, the 2016 California Building Code (based on the 2015 IBC), 2016 California Residential Code (based on 2015 IRC), and 2016 California Existing Building Code (somewhat based on the 2015 IEBC) will be enforced in all jurisdictions in California. A few related items are of interest. First, when ordering the California codes through the ICC website, SEAOC members can purchase the codes for the ICC member price. To do this you must log in to the SEAOC website and then enter the ICC site from the publications portion of the SEAOC web site. Second, SEAOC is nearing completion of updates to the Structural/Seismic Design Manuals, modifying them to address the most recent changes to the codes, keep an eye out for announcements. Finally, information will be coming out later this fall on SEAOC webinars addressing the new codes.
  • The technical program for the 2016 SEAOC Convention is now finished and available. See more information in the article below by technical program chair Bill Tremayne.
  • In the July Newsletter we congratulated a number of younger members that had been awarded travel stipends to the 2016 SEAOC Convention. We have another group of awardees: winners of the Nabih Youssef Poster Competition. Congratulations to awardees Brendan Ramos (SEAOSC), Joanna Zhang (SEAONC), James Langelier(SEAOSD) and Haley Dickson (at large). Look for the awardees and their posters at the convention. Thank you to Nabih Youssef for sponsoring these awards.  

One important function that SEAOC plays is maintaining collaborative relationships with other organizations that have similar interests and objectives; this provides opportunities to work in concert with other organizations for greater effect and efficiency. This newsletter includes short reports on our relationships with a few of these organizations. 

The SEAOC Board will be having a web based board meeting September 24 and in-person meeting immediately prior to the convention in October. If you have something that you would like to bring to the attention of the board for their consideration, please contact Executive Director Don Schinske or me.

Warming up your Aloha for the 2016 SEAOC Convention

Warming up Your Aloha for the 2016 SEAOC Convention

The Convention Committee continues its hard work planning the 2016 SEAOC Convention in Ka’anapali, Maui. Continuing from the last SEAOC Talk, here is a short snippet of information about Hawaii.

Legend: This legend occurs in the time before King Kamehameha united the Hawaiian Islands, when the islands are ruled by different chiefs and inter-island battles are relatively common. When he is young, Ka-ulu’s brother is captured and taken by the chief of a far island. As Ka-ulu grows, he becomes noted for his unusual strength, leading him to be referred to as Ka-ulu the Strong, but he does not forget the brother that was taken. When old enough, Ka-ulu sets out to find and rescue his brother. He travels by canoe to the far island where his brother was taken, unafraid of the powerful chief that still rules the island. The chief, aware that Ka-ulu is traveling to the island, sends his first guard to stop Ka-ulu; this guard is the great rolling surf, sent to topple Ka-ulu’s canoe. Unafraid, Ka-ulu reaches out his hands to grab the great rolling surf, and using his great strength, breaks the great waves into hundreds of small waves that barely bob the canoe; he then continues on. As he lands, Ka-ulu encounters a second guard, a great barking dog sent to eat him. Ka-ulu is able to catch the great barking dog in his strong hands and break him into hundreds of small pieces, each of which turns into a small barking dog. The small dogs all ran away in terror, and Ka-ulu continues on his way. Next a third guard is encountered, a large boulder sent rolling down the hillside path towards Ka-ulu. He is able to stop the boulder with a single strong finger, and using his strength, breaks the boulder into many small pebbles. He then proceeds up the path that the boulder came down, and finds the chief in his home at the top of the path. The chief’s guards flee having heard of Ka-ulu’s great strength, leaving Ka-ulu alone with the chief. The chief then admits to Ka-ulu that he is not very strong, but Ka-ulu asks only that the chief be strong enough to tell him where to find his brother. The chief replies that he will have to go down to the sea and ask the chief of sharks about his brother. Ka-ulu goes to the sea and calls the chief of sharks, who tells him that his brother is inside of him. Ka-ulu takes his strong hands and pulls open the sharks jaw, allowing his brother to step out; he then uses his strong hands one last time to break the shark into hundreds of pieces and fling them up into the sky, where each piece becomes a star shining in the night sky.  This is based on “The Shark in The Milky Way,” from Hawaiian Myths of Earth, Sea and Sky by Vivian L. Thompson. While not common in Hawaiian legend, there seems to be a moral relating to taking big issues and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable ones.  

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