SEAoT - Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter News

December 9, 2019

Bob Lanser

Member Spotlight: Bob Lanser

Our Houston SEAoT community is rife with exemplary engineers who have wonderful professional histories. They practice in all of Houston’s many industries; including petrochemical, oil and gas, transportation, healthcare, sporting facilities, academic, commercial structures, etc. This Member Spotlight seeks to honor and learn from those engineers who have helped build our Houston structural engineering community through creativity and perseverance. ... [MORE]


FREE Happy Hour December 17 at Yard House

SEAoT Houston/Gulf Coast and Structural Concrete Systems (SCS) are sponsoring a Happy Hour at Yard House!

Registration is free and includes appetizers and two drinks. Please register in advance so we know how many people to expect.

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Announcing New Board Members

The SEAoT Houston Gulf Coast Chapter is pleased to introduce our 2020 Board Members: Emily McCarthy, Joshua White, Sara Buerstinghaus, Daniel Pearson, Jennifer Martin-Logan, Michele DiBassie. The Board provides leadership and direction for the local SEAoT chapter, to promote the structural engineering community and offer opportunities for our members to be involved in continuing education, networking and community outreach... [MORE]

Annual Financial Summary

My goodness this year has gone by fast! I wanted to provide an update on the finances of the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter for the year. I’m going to highlight some of the major expenses for the year and close with a summary of the current Houston Gulf Coast Chapter’s assets.

This year, the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter hosted a social for its members at Top Golf. This event was free to members. We rented out bays for 30 people and played a few hours of golf.... [MORE]

TAMU Chapter Updates

For the third meeting of the Fall 2019 Semester, we had the privilege of hosting Joshua White, P.E. from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE). WJE is an interdisciplinary engineering, architecture, and materials science firm specializing in the evaluation, design, and rehabilitation of new and existing construction.

Joshua White, a structural engineering consultant at WJE, initially introduced the rigorous process of navigating the many building codes... [MORE]

Texas Wood Design Symposium

February 25, 2020 | Earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits or 0.55 ICC credits

George R. Brown Convention Center

The Wood Design Symposium is a day-long educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings. Save the date and check the event page at to see the full line-up of sessions and speakers (available mid-December), for more details and to register. Hosted by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council... [MORE]


Maggiano’s Little Italy

Memorial City Mall

602 Memorial City Mall

Houston, TX 77024

Tel: (713) 461-0692

11:30 am – Social

11:45 am – Lunch

12:00 pm – Program

  1. Click here to register!

  2. Click here to make payment!

 Early Announcement:

January Meeting

Post Oak Blvd BRT: Bus Platform Design Saves Time and Money while Reducing Traffic Impacts

Presented by Ashish Patel of LAN and Michael Hasen of HVJ


Uptown Houston is rebuilding Post Oak Boulevard into an exquisitely designed grand boulevard while preserving existing automobile access, substantially improving transit service and creating a beautifully landscaped pedestrian environment. Initial design of bus platforms proposed slab on grade supported by drilled piers as large as 48” diameter with piers running into traffic lanes due to bridge beams needed to avoid conflicts with U/G utilities. Extended lane closures would... [MORE]


Ashish Patel, PE

As a professional engineer with 17 years of experience and a subject matter expert at LAN, Mr. Patel leads the analysis and design of complex projects that involve unique challenges associated with environmental and dynamic loading including hurricane force winds, flooding and seismic events. Ashish has provided structural engineering services for several Ports and Terminal projects, numerous Vertical Work projects, several Water & Wastewater projects, several Highway ... [MORE]

Michael Hasen, PE

Mr. Hasen is Executive Vice President of HVJ Associates® and leads both the firm’s technical practice and corporate development initiatives. HVJ focuses on providing geotechnical engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, environmental studies, and civil and pavement engineering. They deliver satisfaction reliably through listening, taking ownership, keeping commitments, and staying in touch. Mr. Hasen has a Bachelor of Science ... [MORE]

Topgolf Event Highlights

Our 1st Annual SEAoT Houston TOPGOLF Event was well attended, and five lucky individuals walked away with some great prizes! Prizes included Topgolf gift cards, Jabra Elite earbuds, a Fitbit tracker, and a grand prize of a Roadside Yeti. Congratulations to Rachele, Jay, Michele, Amber, and Sean!

As we set our sights on 2020, expect to see more events throughout the year, as we work towards creating opportunities to network and connect with colleagues in our structural engineering community.

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Video of Dr. Colaco's Pennzoil Place Presentation

Dr. Joseph Colaco of CBM Engineers Inc. presented “Pennzoil Place, Houston, Texas” at our October meeting. The video of Dr. Colaco’s engaging presentation is now available for download from the SEAoT Houston Google Drive. The file is quite large so downloading may be a better option than streaming; the file download may still take some time, as it is approximately 1.4 Gb.

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Click here for video of presentation (1.4 Gb .wmv file, shared from Google Drive)

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