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Regional Meetings Update

Dec. 7: 2nd Annual Holiday Party at the Original Montgomery Inn.

We are still seeking additional participants to speak for 10-15 minutes in a "Lessons Learned" forum (tentatively scheduled for May 2018).  If you're interested in presenting, please send us an email.

– Cincinnati Team Leaders:
Mindy Barber, P.E.; Phil Niekamp, E.I.; Abby Lehmenkuler, E.I.


Nov 15th will have a presentation on the latest structural updates in the new 2017 Ohio Building Code AND Case Studies in Ethics.   Register HERE.

Have a topic that interests you?  We are always open to your input, please drop us a line.  And look to this newsletter and your email for upcoming sessions.

– Cleveland Team Leaders:
Tim Gilbert, P.E., S.E.;  Jason Hoover, P.E., S.E.

SEAoO Columbus 

Dinner meeting Thu, Nov 9:  Tornado & High Wind Sheltering with Masonry - info HERE.

Lunch meeting Thu, Dec 14: Joint Meeting with ASCE, National Veterans Memorial and Museum Project Overview and Construction Site Tour - more info to come

– Columbus Team Leaders:

Dale Schiefer; Matt Inkrott, P.E.

Student Mentoring Night:  Thu, Nov 9.  Find info HERE.

If you have suggestions for an interesting topic or speaker, please let us know.

– Toledo Team Leader:
Dennis Birkemeier, P.E.

Lunch, Wednesday, Nov, 15 - Hands on Hilti Demonstration - info HERE

Dinner meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28 - Shayne Manning - 2017 OBC Structural Updates - info HERE

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for an interesting topic or speaker.

– Dayton Team Leaders:
Mark Remmetter, P.E., S.E.; Steve Mitchell, E.I., Peter Giesel,


November 2017  

SEAoO News

SEAoO Election ballots sent on 11/8/17

The 2017 SEAoO election ballots were emailed to all Professional members this week.  The election is open until December 8, 2017, so please complete your ballot by then. 

If you have any questions or problems, please email

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SEAoO Education Committee

The Basic Education Committee is excited to kickoff our First Annual Resumania event!  Students who submit an electronic resume will be paired up with a practicing structural engineer to review and provide constructive comments within a week.

  • Students: Submit both Word and PDF versions of your resume to before Friday, December 15th
  • Professionals: Interested in volunteering an hour or two for this outreach event?  Please email us at  

We're also pleased to announce that our sixth student chapter, the University of Dayton, has officially been established.  If you or someone at your company is interested in presenting or giving a jobsite tour to any of our student chapters, please send us an email!

Thank you,
Mindy Barber P.E.
SEAoO Basic Education Committee Chair
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SEAoO Licensure Committee

Structural Licensure Takes Another Step

Oklahoma House Bill 1282 was signed into law on May 17, 2017.  As a result, on November 1, 2017, Oklahoma became the ninth state to implement structural licensure in the form of either a partial practice act or a full practice act (see the April newsletter for definitions).  This legislation places important limits on who may call themselves a structural engineer and who may perform structural engineering for significant structures.  As SEAoO does, Oklahoma officials understand the significant influence structural engineering has on public safety and welfare.  Further the officials came to believe changes in the existing engineering regulations were appropriate.

The new Oklahoma provisions align well with SEAoO’s proposed system of structural licensure in Ohio.  Oklahoma now specifically defines the practice of structural engineering and who may use the title.  The new law also provides the educational and examination requirements for becoming a structural engineer.  Further, it provides a robust transition mechanism for current practitioners to maintain their practice.

SEAoO believes that similar legislation in Ohio would improve the public safeguards.  As engineering degree requirements are less technically rigorous, the body of structural knowledge has increased, and the complexity of structures continues to evolve, adjustments to the licensure regime are appropriate.

Your thoughts regarding the topic, and others, are welcome.  If you would like to contribute to this column in part or with a full article, please contact us.

Thank you.

Timothy M. Gilbert, P.E., S.E. SECB
SEAoO Licensure Committee
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Nuts, Bolts & Washers

How to Alienate Clients and Customers #16 - Reply to All

Email seems to be a bane to many.  How often have you felt like you receive too much email or heard a friend/co-worker/client make note of their great email backlog?  Don’t add to their feelings of frustration by using the “Reply to All” option incorporated into so many email clients.

Emails can be a great messaging tool, but it is not suited for all correspondence.  When used improperly it can even damage your organization.  A case last year made news when some employees used the “Reply to All” function on a message sent to the entire organization, one with nearly 1 million employees.  The ensuing electronic furor clogged the servers and made the usual email channels unusable for many.  And to make matters worse, this is a health-care organization, so it might have impacted the well-being of patients.

When drafting an email or replying to a message, take care and consider whether there is a worthy purpose (not CYA, that’s just not professional) to copy someone.  Maybe there’s a better way to share the relevant information or request.  I’m sure we’d all appreciate having fewer email messages.


Take heart, so many people are friendly and willing to help you - all you need to do is ask.  Much of what we see in the media seems to focus on tragedy and/or bad behavior, but there is goodwill and generosity among us.  

This was reinforced recently with a personal experience while traveling to a meeting in a remote area.  My car suffered a serious breakdown and getting any help, let alone making it to the meeting, seemed out of reach.  By the gracious volunteer effort of complete strangers I was not only able to make it to the meeting, but also arrange for repairs at a reasonable price.  By recognizing that I had no control of the circumstances, I was in an appropriate mindset to humbly request aide.

Similarly, for students and practicing professionals, many SEAoO members are willing to offer a helping hand to those willing to ask.

Thank you - please share your thoughts,

Tim Gilbert
SEAoO Past-President


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