August, 2002



Serving New Hampshire




SENH Membership Meeting

I.    BUSINESS MEETING:  The meeting began at 7:15 pm after the social time and dinner, and ended at 7:30 pm.

1. Dennis LaBombard asked attendees to please check-in when arriving at SENH dinner meetings to ensure a record for CEU's   credit.

2.  Dennis LaBombard announced new associate member David Shippey of The Duncan Group.

3.  Dennis LaBombard announced upcoming SENH meetings:
      September 18, 2002 joint meeting with Vermont SEA, Jesse's in Hanover NH, Post & Beam topic
       November 2002 meeting at Red Hook Brewery, Portsmouth, cast in place concrete topic
       January 2003, bridge topic
       October 16, 2002 Masonry Seminar
       May 23, 2002 SSFNE Seminar at WPI

4.  Dennis LaBombard reviewed the past year's SENH events:
       September 2001 meeting: 2000 AISC Code of Standard Practice
       October 2001 NCSEA Annual Conference hosted by SENH
       November 2001 meeting: NCSEA Certification Program proposal and heavy timber
       January 2002 meeting: ground penetrating radar
       February 2002 Engineers Week Awards Banquet: Young Engineer of the Year Award presented to SENH Board
  of Directors Director at Large Matt Low
       March 2002 meeting: panel discussion of Structural Engineering Scope of Services

5.  Dennis LaBombard announced that in April 259 letters from SENH concerning the results of the Snow  Load Mapping Committee's project with CRREL went out to each NH town with the snow load design criteria for that town. The Snow Load Mapping Committee's project is complete. Jeff Tirey and Steve Johnson gave recognition to the companies that contributed financially to the project: Altus Engineering, CLD Engineers, Emanuel Engineering, H.E. Bergeron Civil Engineers, H.L. Turner Group, Hayashi  Corporation, Hoyle Tanner & Associates, JSN Associates, McFarland-Johnson Inc., Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering, SEA Consultants, Stahlman Engineering Corp., Steffensen Engineering, Tirey & Associates.  SENH and NH Building Code Association contributed also. Jeff and Steve expressed appreciation to all who contributed to the project. Positive feedback has been received, primarily from code officials. The final report on SENH's website can be downloaded.

6.  Dennis LaBombard announced that this was the May Annual Membership Meeting. The SENH Board of Directors has nominated Matt Low and Jim Karmozyn. No other nominations were received. Matt Low was re-elected to and Jim Karmozyn was elected to the SENH Board of Directors.


Dennis LaBombard introduced Emile Troup, P.E., SSFNE as the guest speaker for the evening. Emile Troup's opening remarks included announcements for upcoming events: Bob Shaw's Structural Welding seminar in Natick the second week of May; SSFNE Steel Conference at WPI May 23; High Performance Steel Bridge Task Force three day presentation at The Highlander Inn starting July 31 with the HPS Design Advisory Group; Biannual New England Steel Bridge Conference October 31 in Boxborough; Build Boston at which Emile Troup and Brian Miller are to make presentations to cover 52100 Steel Specification section - new & improved.

Emile Troup gave a presentation on Steel Erection Safety - Design Implications, a project in which he has been involved for five years. His handout was from the Federal Register, OSHA's Standard CFR 1926, Preamble and included a website for downloading additional material. January 18, 2002 was the official start date of the new rule.  Any project with a building permit subsequent to January 18, 2001 is subject to the standard as well as steel erection after September 16, 2001.

The standard defines personnel: competent person, SER, qualified persons, and "Controlling Contractor". Emile Troup reviewed the requirement for a minimum of four anchor bolts per column. He addressed the recommendation to avoid double connections in which the same holes provide connection to two members and he said that this should be incorporated into connection design. He reviewed column splice height at perimeter columns and fabricator responsibility for easy installation of safety cables. Forty percent of the new standard pertains to open web steel joists.  Metal Buildings has its own section. Emile Troup described new provisions for fall protection and for slippery surfaces. He described connection design as becoming a more critical issue, about which architects show little interest.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Minutes Approved: 6/5/02
Respectfully submitted, Benjamin E. Tirey, P.E., Secretary