April 8, 1998


April 9, 1998


The Board of Directors of SENH has been busy lining up our annual meeting and pursuing items of interest to structural engineers. Read on in this newsletter to find out about SENH activities.

May Membership Meeting

The next membership meeting will be held on May 12th in Portsmouth, NH at the Red Hook Brewery. This is our annual meeting in which we will conduct several business items including election of officers, reports from the Standing Committees, etc. We will also have a technical representative from MarinoWare who will give a presentation on light gage cold form steel framing systems. The meeting announcement enclosed in this mailing provides more information.

Board of Directors Nominations

There are two (2) vacancies on the Board of Directors beginning in May, 1998. The Board has nominated Dennis LaBombard, PE of LaBombard Engineering and Bob Durfee, PE of Hoyle Tanner & Associates to fill these vacancies. There were no nominations received from the membership for these vacancies. Voting to elect these nominees to the Board will be held at the annual meeting by hand vote.

Q&A Forum

The Question & Answer (Q&A) Forum has seen little interest over the past two membership meetings. The Board constantly hears from the membership that the Q&A Forum is an excellent idea but the membership has not recently come forward with questions. Please forward your technical questions to Jeff Nawrocki at fax no. 431-2881 by Monday, May 11th. All questions will be discussed at our May 12th meeting and answers published in the next membership newsletter.

By-Law Revisions

The Board of Directors has recommended two (2) by-law changes to be voted on at the annual meeting. These changes are:

Revise effective date for new Board of Director terms of office.

Revise closing date for annual dues renewal.

Please read the enclosed material on these recommended changes and be prepared to discuss and vote upon them at the annual meeting.

March 19th Membership Meeting

We had an excellent turnout for our March 19th meeting in Concord, NH. Approximately 90 SENH and NNECPA members attended and had a presentation on concrete additives. Two and one half (2.5) PDH's were assigned for attending this meeting. Please read the enclosed Membership Meeting Minutes for more information.

Future Meeting Topics

The Standing Committees and the Board of Directors are lining up topics for presentation at future membership meetings. Topics under consideration are: bridge issues/AASHTO speaker, seismic retrofit for buildings, slab on grade design, seismic retrofit for bridges, curtain wall construction, retaining wall systems, and owner/engineer contracts. The Professional Development Committee encourages members to submit topics for presentation at future meetings. Please contact the Chairman or any of the SENH committees with your ideas on topics for future meetings.

NCSEA Newsletter

The February issue of the NCSEA "Monthly Moments" newsletter is enclosed for your reading to keep you abreast of their activities.

The Engineering Student

An Engineering Student, a Physics Student, and a Mathematics Student were each given $150 and were told to use that money to find out exactly how tall a particular hotel was.

All three ran off, extremely keen on how to do this. The Physics student went out, purchased some stopwatches, a number of ball bearings, a calculator, and got some friends. He had them all time the drop of ball bearings from the roof, and he then figured out the height from the time it took for the bearings to accelerate from rest until they impacted with the sidewalk.

The Math student waited until the sun was going down, then she took out her protractor, plumb line, measuring tape, and scratch pad, measured the length of the shadow, found the angle the buildings roof made from the ground, and used trigonometry to figure out the height of the building.

These two students bumped into the Engineering student the next day, who was nursing a really bad hangover. When asked what he did to find the height of the building he replied: "Well, I walked up to the bell hop, gave him 10 bucks, asked him how tall the hotel was, and hit the bar inside for happy hour!"

See you at the May 12th annual meeting.




Robert H. Durfee, P.E.

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