October 6, 1997

 

October 17, 1997

Dear Members:

Fall is upon us! I hope you are enjoying the change in season and the fall foliage in our state. SENH has been very active this fall and will continue to be active through the winter and next spring. Read on in this news letter to find out about our activities.

NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The next membership meeting will be held on November 13th in Gilford, NH. The topic will be on the BOCA code review procedures. We will have two building code officials representing Portsmouth and Hooksett who will discuss review procedures. This should be an excellent meeting for our members that are involved in the design of commercial, industrial and residential buildings in New Hampshire. SENH has assigned 2.0 PDH's for this meeting. Details on this meeting are enclosed.

SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Our September 16th meeting in Portsmouth on Welding Techniques was well received. Almost 50 members and non-members attended the afternoon welding demonstration at Novel Iron Works and almost 70 members and non-members attended the evening presentation at the Library Restaurant. This was a very informative meeting on practical welding issues. Attendees earned either 1.5 or 3.0 PDH's for this meeting. Minutes of this meeting are enclosed.

OCTOBER WOOD SEMINAR

On October 7th SENH sponsored a Wood Design Seminar that was held in Bedford, NH. Over 70 professionals attended this seminar and learned about the new NDS and LRFD codes by the American Wood Council. Attendees received a Certificate of Participation and were awarded 5.0 PDH's.

AISC PLANT CERTIFICATION

Emile Troup, P.E., of SSFNE has brought to our membership attention the fact that many Canadian steel fabricators are claiming reciprocity with the American Plant Certification by AISC. Enclosed is a letter by AISC clearly stating that they do not recognize Canadian steel plants certified under the Canadian program and that no reciprocity exists. Canadian steel plants can and are certified directly by AISC.

NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS

SENH received numerous membership applications just prior to the recent Wood Seminar. Many of the new applicants were requesting the member registration rates for the seminar. Although the Board of Directors intent was to offer membership rates only to those current SENH members (members as of August 22, 1997), the Board does appreciate the sincere interest of many of the applicants who wish to become members of SENH and get involved with our organization.

In a gesture of good faith for our new members, the Board has waived the 1998 dues. Therefore, all members who have joined SENH after August 22nd will received paid up membership through December, 1998. That's four months of additional membership for free! This gesture also extends to any new applicants through the end of the year. So, if you are one of the many non-members on our mailing list and are considering joining SENH, now is the time so that you can receive paid up membership through December, 1998.

FUTURE MEETING TOPICS

The Business Practice Committee is tentatively schedule to present a topic at our January 13, 1998 meeting. A tentative subject is a presentation by local attorneys' on "The Engineer as an Expert Witness". Other topics are being considered. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for meeting topics for the Business Practice Committee, please contact Dave Konieczny, P.E., Chairman.

The Professional Development Committee will be making a presentation at our March 19, 1998 meeting. One of the topics under consideration is an afternoon tour of a precast prestressed concrete plant and an evening dinner meeting on precast concrete design for bridges and buildings. If you have any thoughts on the subject or any ideas for other technical topics for this meeting, please contact Dennis LaBombard, P.E., Chairman.

THE ENGINEER IN THE AFTERLIFE

An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you're an engineer -- you're in the wrong place." So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day St. Michael calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, "So, how's it going down there in hell?"

Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

St. Michael replies, "What??? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake he should never have gotten down there; send him up here!"

Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him."

St. Michael says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."

Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yea, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"

I hope to see you at the November 13th meeting in Gilford, NH.

 

Sincerely,

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Robert H. Durfee, P.E.

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President

 

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