SEAoT - Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter News

October 1, 2019

Dan Barbuto

President’s Corner

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the September meeting. Unfortunately, I had last minute travel come up and was unable to join. I hope you enjoyed the lunch meeting and I look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming October meeting. I am confident we are going to close out the year strong. I have received positive feedback from people regarding the change to lunch time meetings, and I hope you are enjoying the change. We are already working on presentations for the 2020 calendar. We are always open to recommendations for topics and presenters so please let us.… [MORE]

Joshua White

Secretary’s Corner

(The following presentation summary is provided thanks to VP Emily McCarthy because, let’s be honest, it’s a bit odd for the secretary to summarize his own presentation in third person!)

Thanks to everyone who braved the weather and made it to our last monthly meeting at Maggiano’s for Josh White’s talk “Condition Assessment of Maritime Piers”. Josh’s expertise surrounds nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies, many of which he and his colleagues used to assess the remaining service life of coastal piers that showed signs of wear in precast.… [MORE]

Student Chapter Updates

Howdy! From all our members of the SEAoT Student Chapter at Texas A&M University, I would like to extend a warm greeting and provide you with an updated newsletter describing the past month’s activities.

Most recently, our chapter appointed three new student officers to lead our organization for the remainder of the year. You may find their bios attached to this letter. We recently had our first general meeting of the semester in which we hosted Curtainwall Design & Consulting, Inc. This was an incredible opportunity to learn about the details and challenges.… [MORE]

Topgolf Tournament

SEAoT Houston/Gulf Coast is sponsoring this special networking event for our members and their guests. Come interact with our diverse structural engineering community while practicing your golf stroke! We will have door prizes for three lucky winners and any member who brings a guest will also be eligible to win 1 of 2 top golf gift certificates!

We have a reservation for 30 guests so please register. Event includes 2 complimentary drink tickets per attendee. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 4:30pm.

RSVP required by noon on October 31st 2019

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Woodworks Workshop

WoodWorks invites you to attend a technical workshop: Design Example of a Wood Cantilever Diaphragm, presented by Terry Malone, PE, SE, WoodWorks.

As buildings get taller and more complex, there is a greater need to understand the relative stiffness of diaphragms and shear walls, and multi-story shear wall effects. Architecturally demanding exterior wall lines in modern structures do not always provide opportunities to use traditional design approaches.

This workshop is for structural engineers who want an example of how to analyze an open-front or corridor-only… [MORE]

Dr. Joseph Colaco

 October Meeting 

Pennzoil Place, Houston, Texas

Dr. Joseph Colaco of CMB Engineers Inc. will present at our October meeting.

Abstract: This talk will present the design and construction of Houston’s unique Pennzoil Place; with emphasis on wind tunnel testing, structural analysis and construction.

Bio: In 1965, employed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Joseph Colaco began working in Chicago, Illinois. In 1969 he joined Ellisor Engineers Inc., Houston, Texas. Dr. Colaco established his own company, CBM Engineers Inc. in 1975 and has been serving as the President of the company.… [MORE]

Please note the October meeting location is Maggiano's at Memorial City Mall

(see table below for details and registration)







October 17, 2019

11:30 am-11:45 am Social

11:45 am-12:00 pm Scholarship Recipient Presentation

12:00 pm-1:00 pm Pennzoil Place Presentation

1:00 pm-1:30 pm Networking

Maggiano's Little Italy

Memorial City Mall

602 Memorial City Mall

Houston, TX 77024






Student members &

Non-dinner guests


1. Click here to

register online.

2. Click here for payment page.

November 21, 2019

Onshore Modularization for Refining and Petrochemical Industries

Dr. Silky Sze Ki Wong, Dow


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