Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Orange County Chapter allows our members to interact with other professionals in the structural field of civil engineering.  We regularly send active Orange County branch members to SEI Congresses held on a annual bases across the country.  We hope the Orange County Branch members will learn new ideas and find interesting speaker topics that we can bring back to our local branch members.  Periodically SEI OC holds joint events with the Orange County Branch during branch general meetings.  The Orange County Branch and the SEI OC work together to provide continuing educations events that are relevant SEI members. We hope you will come out and participate in our institute and work with us to build a strong organization.

The 2014-2015 SEI-OC Board of Directors

Chair – Chad Harden, PE, SE

Below in the Related News section are some articles from past events.  For more information contact [email protected].


Mr. Chad Harden, PE, SE
SEI OC Chair
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Phone: 949-855-7058

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“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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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,

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