August 20, 1999

August 20, 1999



I hope everybody has been enjoying the summer.  As we head into the fall season SENH had lined up several activities for its members.

September 16, 1999 Meeting

The next membership meeting will be held in Nashua, New Hampshire on Thursday, September 16, 1999.  Guest speakers will be Emile Troup, P.E., Consultant and John Siemienowicz, President of SSFNE who will provide an informative presentation on Steel Connections. If you are routinely involved in the design, fabrication and construction of steel, I encourage you to attend this meeting.  More information regarding the time, place, and registration requirements are included in this mailing.

October 20, 1999 Meeting

Mark your calendars for our annual Technical Seminar being held on Tuesday, October 20, 1999 in Bedford, New Hampshire.  The theme of this years Technical Seminar will be Concrete Slabs on Grade.  There will be presentations on design of new slabs, as well as the repair/rehabilitation of existing slabs.  More information regarding this seminar will be provided in the next mailing in late September 1999.

Student Member Committee

In my last Newsletter I announced that the Board of Directors had approved a Student Member Committee as well as student member status for our organization.  All members should have received a survey from the Student Member Committee.  If you have not already done so, please complete the survey and mail or e-mail it back to Matt Severson, P.E., Committee Chair, or turn in your completed survey at the September 16, 1999 meeting.

NCSEA Convention

One last reminder, the annual NCSEA Convention will be held this year in Seattle, Washington from September 23rd to September 25th.  A very interesting, two day technical presentation on Code 2000 related issues will be held.  If you have not already registered for the Convention, please do so soon.

SENH Website

In my business travels throughout New England Im routinely asked, whats happening with SENH?.  Typical questions are:

                    When and where is the next meeting?

                    What topics and speakers do you have planned for future presentations?

                    Are we going to have an annual Technical Seminar this year?

                    Who is on the Board of Directors?

                    Where can I get information on a specific technical subject?

The answer to all these questions can be found on the SENH website (  Our website has been up and running for 7 months.  The website provides much of the information that you would want to know about SENH, as well as links to other structural and technical organizations, and product literature.  Current employment opportunities can also be found on the SENH website.  If you have not visited our website or have not done so recently, I encourage you to see whats new and whats happening with SENH.  Our website is constantly being updated with new information relevant to our membership and the structural engineering community.

Beginning this month, we will be posting NCSEA Monthly Moments Newsletters on the website for your reference.

The Big Dig

Her are some interesting facts on the Big Dig, courtesy of the Central Artery/Tunnel project and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

Fact:   The Central Artery/Tunnel project is the largest and most complex highway project in American History.  As public works projects go, its larger than the Panama Canal and the Alaska Pipe Line, smaller than the tunnel under the English Channel and the Yangtze River Dam in China.

Fact:   The lowest point of the underground Central Artery will be 120 feet below Dewey Square at Atlantic Avenue and Sumner Street.

Fact:   About 150 cranes are in use project wide.

Fact:   The CA/Ts utility relocation effort moved 29 miles of gas, electric, telephone, sewer, water and other utility lines maintained by 31 separate companies, in all, 5,000 miles if fiber optic cable and 200,000 miles of copper telephone cable will be installed.

Fact:   The New Artery will cross the Charles River on a 10 lane cable-stayed bridge.  It will be the widest of its kind in the world, the first the U.S. hybrid using both steel and concrete in its frame.

Fact:   By project end, the Big Dig will have excavated 13 million cubic yards of dirt, enough to fill Foxboro Stadium to the rim 13 times.

Fact:   The project will create more than 150 acres of new parks and open space, including 27 aces along the Artery corridor, 105 acres at Spectacle Island, 33 acres along the Charles River, and 7 acres at Memorial Stadium Park in East Boston.

Seismic Design for Steel Frames

Enclosed is memo from Emile Troup, P.E. regarding Seismic Detailing Provisions of the Massachusetts State Building Code.  Anyone doing steel design or fabrication in Massachusetts should be aware of this important issue.

NCSEA Monthly Moments

Enclosed is the June-July-August issue of the Monthly Moments Newsletter for your review.  Current and past issues of the Newsletter will be posted on the SENH website.

AISC Annual Steel Seminar Series

Enclosed is the information on the upcoming AISC Steel Seminar Series.  Mark your calendar for the date and location of the seminar nearest you!

Dilberts Words of Wisdom

O   I can please only one person per day.  Today is not your day.  Tomorrow, isnt looking good either.

O   I love deadlines.  I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

O   Someday well look back on all this and plow into a parked car.

O   There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives.

O   Tell me what you want and Ill tell you how to get along without it.

O   Accept that some days youre the pigeon, and some days youre the statue.

O   Needing someone is like needing a parachute.  If he isnt there the first time you need him, chances are you wont be needing him again.

O   I dont have an attitude problem.  You have a perception problem.

O   My reality check bounced.

O   On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

O   I dont suffer from stress. Im a carrier.

O   Everybody is someone elses weirdo.

O   Never argue with idiots.  They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

Enjoy Dilberts Words of Wisdom!

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the next SENH meeting!



Robert H. Durfee, P.E.

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