October 22, 1999


October 22, 1999


Greetings SENH members!

The fall season is upon us.  I hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful fall foliage and fall colors that New Hampshire is renowned for throughout the world.  While the leaves turn and start to drop, indicating that winter will soon be approaching, SENH has been busy preparing a fall program for it's members.

November 9, 1999 Membership Meeting

The next membership meeting is to be held on November 9, 1999 in Concord, NH.  The subject of this meeting will be a presentation on the different types of pre-manufactured, soil reinforced earth-retaining structures that are available.  Several different types of retaining wall structures that are currently available in the market place will be presented and discussed. Enclosed in this mailing you will find more information regarding this meeting as well as information on registration.  Seating is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please register as soon as possible.

October 20, 1999 Seminar

There was an excellent turn out for our afternoon/evening seminar on the design and rehabilitation of concrete slabs on grade.  Approximately 85 members and non-members attended this seminar, which included five guest speakers.  Members who attended this seminar received the PCI Publications Concrete Slab on Grade Design and Concrete Slab Thickness Design at no cost.

NCSEA Annual Convention

Fred S. Emanuel, P.E. our delegate has returned from the Annual NCSEA Convention, which was held this year in Seattle, Washington.  Fred's report to the Board of Directors about the convention is enclosed. 

Student Member Sponsorships

The Student Member Committee is seeking the assistance of any New Hampshire based consulting engineering firm to sponsor the cost of engineering students who wish to attend the January 11, 2000 SENH meeting.  The cost to sponsor a student is $20.00 per person.  It is hoped that 5 to 6 consulting engineering firms will come forward, each sponsoring an engineering student to attend the January meeting, which will be held in the Portsmouth, NH area.  If you or your firm would like to be a sponsor, please contact Committee Chairman Matt Severson, P.E., at (603) 225-7000.

Continuing Education Committee

The Continuing Education Committee has completed a report summarizing their findings and recommendations.  This report was approved by the Board of Directors and presented at the NCSEA Annual Convention.  This report is posted on the SENH website (www.senh.org) for review by the membership.

New Hampshire QBS Coalition

Our Organization supports the New Hampshire QBS Coalition.  Enclosed is a recent Newsletter from the organization updating us on their recent activities.

NCSEA Structural Engineering Winter Institute

NCSEA is sponsoring a Structural Engineering Winter Institute to be held on March 6 10, 2000 in Miami, Florida.  The theme of this program is load and resistance factor design (LRFD).  All major building and bridge design codes have adopted LRFD.  This should be an excellent program to learn about LRFD if you have not been exposed yet.  Enclosed is more information on this program.

The Y Zero K Problem

(Translated from Latin scroll dated 2 BC)

Dear Cassius:

Are you working on the Y zero K problem?  This change from BC to AD is giving us a lot of headaches and we haven't much time left.   I don't know how people will cope with working the wrong way around.  Having been working happily downwards forever, now we have to start thinking upwards.  You would think that someone would have thought of it earlier and not left it to us to sort it all out at the last minute.

I spoke to Caesar the other evening.  He was livid that Julius hadn't done something about it when he was sorting out the calendar.  He said he could see why Brutus turned nasty.  We called in Consultus, but he simply said that continuing downwards using minus BC won't work and as usual charged a fortune for doing nothing useful.  Surely, we will not have to throw out all our hardware and start again?  Macrohard will make yet another fortune out of all this I suppose.

The moneylenders are paranoid of course!  They have been told that all usury rates will invert and they will have to pay their clients to take out loans.  An ill wind....

As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hourglass flowing upwards.  We have heard that there are three wise men in the East who have been working on the problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's all over.

I have heard that there are plans to stable all the horses at midnight at the turn of the year, as there are fears that they will stop and try to run backwards, causing immense damage to chariots and possible loss of life.  Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition.  Anyway, we are still continuing to work on this blasted Y zero K problem.  I will send a parchment to you if anything further develops.

If you have any ideas please let me know.


I hope to see all of you at the November 9, 1999 Membership Meeting in Concord, NH!



Robert H. Durfee, P.E.

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