Structural Engineering Seminar Series

January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7, 2017

Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

  • New Day (Tuesday)
  • New Location (Earle Brown Heritage Center)
  • Free Parking

About the Seminar Series

This Structural Engineering Seminar Series is designed for practicing engineers and architects. Each program addresses specific structural issues and concerns involved in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures, and incorporates examples of various principles involved.

The purpose of the Seminar Series is to:

  • provide current information on topics of interest to the structural engineering community;
  • increase professionalism in structural engineering;
  • provide a forum for continuing education in the engineering community.

Who Should Attend

This series is planned for design and construction engineers; practicing architects; project managers; city, county, and state building officials; and others interested in structural engineering design and construction.

Series Day/Location/Time

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN (directions). Earle Brown Heritage Center has free on-site parking, complimentary wireless internet, and easy freeway access from I-94/694 or Highway 100.

All seminars will be from 1:00−4:15 p.m.; sessions include a 15-minute break. 

Continuing Education Units

Each seminar session awards 0.3 CEUs. The entire seminar series awards 1.8 CEUs. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours in an organized continuing education activity under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

2016 Structural Engineering Seminars

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Accelerated Bridge Construction – The Wave of the Future
States across the nation are using various Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technologies to keep traffic moving while replacing substandard bridges. This presentation provides a national and local perspective on the current status of ABC and future trends related to its use. Included will be a discussion of the various types of ABC, in particular prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES), with case studies of projects across the country. It also addresses the need to develop a consistent process, policies, and tools to select projects most suitable for ABC, and it explains how MnDOT is addressing this need.

Mary Lou Ralls, PE, Ralls Newman, LLC, Austin, Texas - View presentation PowerPoint
Paul Rowekamp, PE, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Oakdale, Minnesota - View presentation PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Newly Restructured ACI 318-14 Structural Concrete Code

This session provides an overview of the newly restructured ACI 318-14 Structural Concrete Code through the design of a beam member using the new format. The session will also highlight some of the code changes including the introduction of a new chapter on diaphragms, as well as touching on some of the existing content including the use of the strut-and-tie methodology and anchorage to concrete.

Catherine French, PhD, PE, FACI, FPCI, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Ethical Practice of Engineering: The “Good”, the “Bad”, and the “Unsavory”

The presenter will review the Minnesota rules on the ethical practice of engineering and several model codes of ethics. Additionally, the seminar will include the review of court cases where Professional Engineering licensure was at issue and Minnesota Board of Licensure cases involving Professional Engineers or those participating in the unauthorized practice of engineering.

Kodi Verhalen, PE, Fellow, National Society of Professional Engineers; Attorney at Law, Briggs and Morgan, PA, Minneapolis, Minnesota - View presentation PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Concepts of Ductile Detailing of Steel Structures

This seminar will review the importance of ductility in the behavior and design of steel structures, both for non-seismic and seismic applications. Three questions will be addressed: What is ductility? Why is ductility important? How do we achieve ductility in steel structures? The explicit use of ductility in seismic-resistant design will be discussed, along with the basic principles of ductility incorporated in the AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings.

Michael Engelhardt, PhD, PE, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas - View presentation PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Failures: What Can We Learn?

A brief introduction to forensic engineering will be presented followed by case studies including the Big Dig adhesive anchor failures; Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse; three-story wood-framed condos with excessive floor deflections and improperly designed shear walls and stud columns; failure of a deep concrete pier supporting a multistory parking garage; and failures in concrete and masonry related to volume change and restraint.

David Fowler, PhD, PE, Joe J. King Chair in Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas - View presentation PowerPoint

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Deep Foundation Design and Construction Considerations in Minnesota for Structural Engineers

Oftentimes, a disconnect exists somewhere between the project geotechnical engineer, the structural engineer, and the contractor; in fact, sometimes multiple disconnects exist. A competent foundation engineer can facilitate bridging the gap between the geotechnical and structural engineers while simultaneously helping develop constructible and economical foundation solutions. This session will include discussion on the appropriate design of deep foundations as it relates to structural considerations along with the influence on construction. Examples will be drawn from recent experiences with major bridge design and construction in Minnesota.

Paul Axtell, PE, DGE, Dan Brown and Associates, Overland Park, Kansas - View presentation PowerPoint

Sponsored by:

College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

For Program Information
Call 612-624-4938 or e-mail

For Registration Information
Call 612-625-2900 or e-mail



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