SEAOC President's Message - June 2015

By Ryan A. Kersting, S.E., 2014-2015 SEAOC President

The SEAOC Board held its regular quarterly meeting on June 6 in Sacramento and an important focus of that meeting was the discussion of the upcoming triennial update to SEAOC’s Long Range Plan.  As some of you have already heard during my recent trip to each regional dinner meeting in June, the SEAOC Board is seeking input from members to inform our long range planning process, starting with getting your answers three simple questions:

1) What does SEAOC currently do well?

2) What does SEAOC currently do but could improve upon?

3) What does SEAOC NOT currently do, but should be doing?

See the related article in the June edition of SEAOC Talk.  Think outside of the box on topics big and small.  Tell us about your vision for the future of SEAOC.  Consider local, statewide, and even national perspectives of SEAOC’s value to you, the profession, and the public in general.  You can provide your answers by responding to the survey in the article ( or you can send your thoughts in an email to  All members and friends of SEAOC are encouraged to participate and all opinions will be considered.

Along with the long range planning topic and other regular business items, the Board meeting also included discussion of:

  • Updates received from a number of technical committees, including the SEAOC Ad Hoc EPRS Committee which is making good progress on it charge;
  • Future SEAOC publication efforts (2015 IBC SSDM) and opportunities to collaborate with ATC on a publication addressing ASCE 41-13;
  • SEAOC SSDM webinars currently scheduled and topics for future webinars;
  • Ongoing activities of the SEAOC Legislative Committee and the SEAOC Communications Committee, both of which are working on ways to promote SEAOC, the profession, and the interests of our membership in different arenas; and,
  • Details regarding the 2015 SEAOC Convention (September 9-12 in Bellevue, WA – register NOW at:

SEAOC members wishing to engage in any of these activities/committees at the local or statewide level are always welcome. Please contact me via email ( if you have interest in, or questions about, any of these topics or activities.

As I visited each regional dinner meeting in June, which happened to be the annual awards night for each, I was reminded once again of how the strength of our Association lies in the involvement, energy, and enthusiasm of our members, which is certainly worth celebrating even more than we do.  Thank you to those who have dedicated countless hours of service to our profession in so many different ways!

Finally, I am sure we are all aware of the tragic balcony collapse that happened recently in Berkeley.  Many SEAOC members have already been involved in the response and reaction to this extremely unfortunate occurrence and should be commended for how they handled this difficult situation.  While our thoughts and prayers remain with those who have suffered loss, SEAOC is working on the appropriate next steps in response.  SEAOC President-Elect Kelly Cobeen has taken the lead on this, and I encourage you to read the related article in the June edition of SEAOC Talk.  Feel free to contact me or Kelly if you would like to be involved.

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