April 2018 Event

Facade Anchoring Systems

David Fortin of Hilti Facade Group


​​David Fortin from Hilti Facade Group will be presenting a discussion on facade anchoring systems and design. David Fortin graduated from the University of Kansas in 2001 with an MBA in Finance and Information Systems. Most of his studies were undertaken in the region of Venice, Italy where he interned on his final project with Permasteelisa SpA who hired him as an internal project manager for SAP Systems integration for the more than 150 companies in the Permasteelisa Group worldwide.  At the request of the executive team in the United States, he took on the role of developing engineering and manufacturing processes for North American activities that were less than three years old.  Various successes lead him to be hired by groups in Indianapolis and Miami to either develop them from regional glazier to national specialized contractor, or to re-structure and achieve financial stability in economic downturns.  Over the years, David has had the opportunity to touch many aspects of the construction industry, and specifically façade elements, be it contracts, estimating, design and engineering, etc. He considers himself very lucky to be autodidact (to an extent).  For the last five years at Hilti, he continues to interact with the many key architects, engineers, contractors that develop these structures, and the attached facades. 

Event includes a reception hour with heavy appetizers followed by the presentation. Cash bar will be available.
​​​FEATURED PRESENTERS:  David Fortin of Hilti Facade Group

DINNER EVENT AND PRESENTATION ON THE TOPIC OF "Steel Fiber Reinforcement for Composite Metal Decks and Industrial Floor Slabs.


​Mark E. Patton, PhD, PE

October 2015 Event

​DINNER EVENT AND PRESENTATION ON THE TOPIC OF "Structural Engineers: Managing Risks & Avoiding Pitfalls"


​Sally Ann Krauss, CPCU, CLU, ARM, ASLI

November 2018 Event

Web Seminar - Blast Design Requirements for Building Systems

 at Atlantic Engineering Services of Pittsburgh

650 Smithfield Street, Suite 1200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

     1:30PM - 4:00PM


Event Topic

​​SEAoWP will be providing a viewing party with lunch for the S.K. Ghosh Associates webinar Blast Design Requirements for Building Systems presented by Clay J. Naito, Ph.D., P.E.

November 28, 2018; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
This web seminar provides an introduction to blast loads, their effects, the analysis methods used and the performance-based design requirements that guide blast-resistant design.

Due to the heightened potential for intentional high-explosive detonations in or adjacent to the buildings we work and live in, many government, nonmilitary, and military structures in the United States are required to consider blast demands as part of the design process. Until relatively recently, mitigation of this threat was the nearly exclusive domain of a handful of elite firms and individuals. Also, highly specialized techniques and tools were typically utilized. This seminar will address the subject in an easy-to-understand manner because it is helpful for each member of the design team to understand how blast loads are considered during the design process.

Speaker Bio

Clay J. Naito is a professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii and his graduate degree from the University of California Berkeley. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania and California. His research interests include experimental and analytical evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures subjected to extreme events including earthquakes and intentional blast loads. Professor Naito is past Chair of the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) Blast Resistance and Structural Integrity Committee and an Associate Editor of the ASCE Bridge Journal. He has received funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Science Foundation to develop innovative methods for protecting people and equipment from blast and ballistic effects. He teaches courses on the design of Prestressed Concrete Structures and Blast Design of Buildings.

Event includes lunch and  the viewing party for the webinar.  

October 2016 Event


Dave Eckrote and Cameron Baker will be giving a discussion on SidePlate connection technologies followed by a shop tour showing examples of the SidePlate system in fabrication.


Dave Eckrote, P.E. of SidePlate Systems

Cameron L. Baker, P.E., of Sippel Steel Fabrication

​February 2017 Event

Event Topic

​DINNER EVENT AND PRESENTATION ON THE TOPIC OF "Harnessing Technology to Make BIM Work for You"

​​Stuart Broome and Kurt Krasavage from Trimble will be presenting a variety of topics related to structural software and how engineers are using technology to increase profitability and open up new revenue streams. In this presentation, they will discuss how electronic calculations are being used for BIM deliverables, integration with Autodesk’s Revit Structure, the difference between BIM and “HD BIM”, as well as, provide a live demonstration of their software.
Event includes a reception hour with appetizers followed by the presentation. Cash bar will be available.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.


Kurt Krasavage; Account Manager – Engineering Structures Division for Trimble  

Kurt started his career as a structural engineer working in Miami, Florida. He graduated with an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State.  In his role as an Account Manager, Kurt’s responsibility includes managing all existing customers on the East Coast, as well as, expanding the business and helping companies achieve more productivity with the use of technology in their business. Prior to Trimble, Kurt worked for Bentley Systems as a Regional Engineer and focused on growing the structural business in the Southeast US. Over the past 8 years, Kurt has met with thousands of engineering firms on the East Coast and helped hundreds of companies implement new technology.  

Stuart Broome; Business Manager – Engineering Structures Division for Trimble

 Stuart Broome started his career as a Civil/Structural Engineer in the UK after graduating from the University of Nottingham. Since then he has worked in a variety of commercial and management roles in the structural engineering software industry.  In his role as Engineering Business Manager in Trimble’s Structures Division, Stuart manages the business functions of the Engineering Segment which services Trimble’s structural engineering clients in the US.  He leads a team of profession structural engineers, to help clients automate and streamline their engineering processes with the use of cutting edge software solutions.  Prior to Trimble, Stuart served in a range of technical roles with structural engineering firms in the UK including WS Atkins, Jacobs Engineering and Shropshire County Council.  After spending time in a technical role at Hilti (GB) Ltd, Stuart moved into the technical software industry where he worked at CSC in a range of commercial roles.  In 2010 Stuart relocated to the US where he served as CSC’s Vice President setting up the US operation before CSC were acquired by Trimble in 2013.

February 2016 Event

​DINNER EVENT AND PRESENTATION ON THE TOPIC OF "Vibration Serviceability and Human Interaction: Considerations for Cantilevered Stadium Structures" 


​Dr. Kelly A. Salyards, Ph.D., P.E. of Bucknell University  

​May 2016 Events

DINNER EVENT AND PRESENTATION ON THE TOPIC OF "An Overview of the ACI 318-11 Appendix D Provisions fro Anchoring to Concrete"


​Joe Cortese, Field Engineer for Hilti in Pennsylvania and Western New York regions​

​​December 2016 Event

The philosophy for using ground improvement technologies will be discussed, and some examples of optimized designs will be presented.


​Seth L. Pearlman, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, North American Manager and board member of Menard (France).

December 2017 Event

Holiday Party at Buford's Kitchen Downtown

Holiday Party - Social Gathering

Event includes a reception hour with appetizers and two drink tickets per participant.  

​July 2017 Event

Event Topic

​DINNER EVENT AND PRESENTATION ON THE TOPIC OF "Continuous Load Path Tie-Down Systems Engineered for Wood Frame Construction"

​​Vaugh Foraker from CLP Systems will be presenting a threaded rod tie-down system which is engineered for wood frame construction.   Midrise MultiFamily is naturally outgrowing the conventional hardware solution.  Wood Framing is now going 4 and 5 stories giving us an increased loads at the concrete and concerns surrounding shrinkage.  Rod Systems can accommodate for both of these factors and can do it with up to 90% less material.  I will get in-depth as to how and why, and speak about all of the components associated with threaded rod systems, including shrinkage compensation devices/ take up devices (TUDs).  We will conclude with how to specify rod systems, and how the industry prefers loads and locations for design.

Event includes a reception hour with appetizers followed by the presentation. Cash bar will be available.


Vaughn Foraker; Sales for CLP Systems