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Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

By: Isamar Escobar The Popsicle Stick Bridge competition is an annual event hosted by ASCE’s Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Riverside Younger Member groups. We need help from structural folks to review the rules for next year and come up with some great ideas! Also needed are members to help run the event!  The event is designed for high school students in these areas to develop engineering skills through critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity. We hope you'll volunteer...and/or attend! More »

Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

By: Chad Harden, PE, SE The Popsicle Stick Bridge competition is an annual event hosted by ASCE’s Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Riverside Younger Member groups. We need help from structural folks to review the rules for next year and come up with some great ideas! Also needed are members to help run the event!  The event is designed for high school students in these areas to develop engineering skills through critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity. We hope you'll volunteer...and/or attend! More »

“STEAM and Whisk(e)y”

By: Chad Harden, PE, SE The artistic and creative process present in engineering is not typically discussed or recognized.  However, I think after only a decade of practice one can begin to appreciate the engineering process take on certain characteristics of an “artistic” process.  Truly, there is much appreciation of a deliverable or creation, for a design that resolves economy with responsibility, safety with usefulness, technical excellence with constructability, and cooperation with experience and tradition. More »

Join the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) at their social event! All are welcome!

By: Chad Harden, PE, SE Do you want to get more involved with your local Orange County SEI Committee? We having a Whiskey Tasting Social Event on September 9th.  We'd love for you to join us for this event! More »

Geo-Institute (G-I) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE Joint Congress

The Geo-Institute (G-I) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have come together to create this first-of-its-kind event. By combining the best of both Institutes' annual conferences into one unique conference, you will profit from unmatched networking opportunities with colleagues within and across disciplines. More »

Join the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) at their upcoming events!

By: Chad Harden, PE, SE Do you want to get more involved with your local Orange County SEI Committee? Come join us for our next (First!) Committee Meeting on July 14th, all are welcome and dinner is provided to all attendees. We also have a Whiskey Tasting Social Event happening September 9th.  We'd love for you to join us for these events! More »

First Annual Orange County Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Twenty seven students and six faculty members were involved in this year's inaugural competition. A spaghetti bridge that weighed less than 250 gram (based the design specification) could hold 20 kg of the sustained load, and was awarded as the winning bridge. More »

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge - A Tale of Two Bridges

Dr. Maroney began the presentation as a “…tale of two bridges,” a metaphor for the austerity of the bridge coupled with the challenges of its construction.  Dr. Maroney described the trying experience as he scientifically and methodically examined the failure of a select set of critical anchor bolts for the shear keys and bearings at Pier E-2 – which had broken within a year of installation.  The audience was led through this trying experience from the perspective of the Chief Bridge Engineer, which was unassumingly humble and, in this author’s opinion, an incredible example for both young and senior engineers alike to look back on when they are in a time of trial or difficulty.  Under great criticism and scrutiny, More »

Disaster Preparedness- Learn More

I feel that disaster preparedness is the most important area should be preparing our members.  The best way to advance the profession and to educate the public about Civil Engineering is to be there for people in their time of greatest need.  When I joined the board we had one board member active in disaster preparedness and no disaster preparedness committee.  I am very grateful that Sudi Shoja from DS Services became the chair of our disaster preparedness committee last year.  She immediately held a Safety Assessment Program (SAP) training after becoming chair to increase the number of Civil Engineers in Orange County who are prepared to assist when a natural disaster occurs.  Our class last year was at a special reduced price to try and facilitate interest in becoming active in this committee, but unfortunately we still have a committee of one.  Part of the lack of interest, may be because we need to revise the focus for the committee. More »

Geotechnical & Structural Engineering Congress February 14-17, 2016

GEO Institute (G-I) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers are hosting this first-of-its-kind event!  And, you can be a part of the excitement. This joint conference has combined the best of both Institutes Congresses into one unique event. This will take the place of the 2016 congress for both Institutes. More »

The Structural Engineering Institute has a new Chairman! Welcome Chad Harden, PE, SE!

The Orange County ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) was created just last year to provide a resource and social environment for civil/structural engineers in Orange County of all disciplines (bridges, buildings and other civil structures). During February we celebrated “e-week,” a nationwide celebration of engineering. Engineers across the nation were reaching out to students to give a first glimpse of the potential of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)… maybe even combining art into the mix (see STEAM movement for engineering innovation). More »

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