November 2020 Print


Welcome to the first edition of SEAOG's Monthly Newsletter. Here you'll find an overview of upcoming events and pertinent news and information. SEAOG is continuing to hold monthly virtual meetings at this time. Please reach out if you have questions or comments about how SEAOG can best serve the local structural engineering community in Georgia. Contact: [email protected]

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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, November 11, 12pm
Introduction to Composite Strengthening Systems (FRP and FRCM)
Kevin Davenport, PE

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On occasion engineers find the need to increase the capacity of an existing structure.  Whether that structure be comprised of concrete and/or masonry members, there are various techniques available to increase the individual member capacity and overall capacity of the structure.  While it’s been available as an option for strengthening structures for over 30 years, externally bonded Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) is still considered a relatively new strengthening option when compared to traditional strengthening techniques.  In addition, even more recent comes the introduction of Fabric-Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) systems as strengthening options.  This presentation will provide a high level overview of FRP and FRCM and several other things to consider when strengthening using these systems such as: common applications where they are used, design & detailing consideration, and some limitations of these systems.

Kevin Davenport, P.E. is the Field Engineering Manager for the Simpson Strong-Tie's Southeast operations.  Kevin received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering (with emphasis in Structural Engineering) from Clemson University. Prior to joining Simpson Strong-Tie he practiced for 5 years as a structural engineer for Walter P Moore & Associates in Atlanta, GA.  In addition to managing the Simpson’s Southeast Field Engineering team, Kevin is also responsible for providing technical support and training to engineers on Simpson’s products related to concrete and masonry construction projects.  He is a member of International Concrete Repair Institute, and various local chapters of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations.

This course will award 1.0 hours of continuing education.

After registering for the event, you will receive a separate email from “SEAOG Webinar” the week of the event with a confirmation and instructions for joining the webinar.  Please check your spam folder if you have trouble locating this email.

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Event Recap

October saw our first lunch webinar, a pre-recorded NCSEA webinar entitled Serviceability Design for the Practicing Engineer by Emily Guglielmo, SE.  Approximately 50 attendees improved their ability to  evaluate the serviceability performance of buildings against requirements of the IBC and ASCE 7 through practical instruction and examples.

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Committee Updates

SEER Chair: Rahul Desai

The SEER Committee advances NCSEA’s commitment to safe structures and resilient communities by promoting the expeditious post-disaster recovery of communities through building safety evaluations.

SE Licensing Chair: Michael Planer

Georgia's new SE License requirements will begin in January 2021. Please visit for the latest information from the PELS Board. SEAOG has also published its own independent guide to navigating the SE license law, which can be accessed from our home page, under "Resources/SE Licensure".

Programs Chair: Sarah Scarborough

SEAOG will continue providing educational events virtually. If you have ideas on the type of content you'd like to see, please contact [email protected] 

Publicity Chair: Angelina Stasulis

SEAOG is organizing volunteers for our Students and Educators Outreach committee. If you've ever spoken at a Career Day or STEM Fair, or are interested in doing so, please contact [email protected] 

SE3 Chair: Katy Charvin

The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee's mission is to promote engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession throughout the state of Georgia. Through community events, establishing a professional mentoring program, and disseminating information regarding firm best practices based on survey findings the committee aims to help create an equitable and rewarding environment within the structural engineering profession.

Current efforts include: developing a SEAOG mentoring program, generating a database of local firms' best practices for staff retention, and distributing the results of the 2020 National SE3 survey.

To get involved, contact [email protected]

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PELS Board News

Georgia's new SE License requirements are scheduled to take effect in January 2021. During SEAOG's September panel discussion, a representative from the PELS Board stated they expected to publish the grandfathering affidavit by November 1. As of November 4, SEAOG has not been able to locate the form on the PELS Board website.

SEAOG does not have any additional information regarding the status of the affidavit.

The PELS Board, not SEAOG, is responsible for creation, distribution, and processing of the affidavit/SE License. Please contact them for updates:

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The Young Members Group (YMG) publishes a separate newsletter with their events. To be added to this distribution list, contact [email protected]

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