Dear fellow Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter members: I thought I would take this opportunity to make sure that my fellow SEAoT chapter members know about the
resources available on the NCSEA (National Council of Structural Engineers Associations) website. Of course, as a SEAoT member, you already receive STRUCTURE magazine,
a monthly publication of NCSEA, our parent organization. But, if you browse the website, you will also find (among other things):
• Articles on SE licensure
• Information and study guides for the SE exam
• Links to reputable exam preparation resources
• A “Resource Guide” for engineers – this contains a lengthy list of references and sources of technical information
• A link to the ATC “Windspeed by Location” website – the online resource that is tied to the ASCE 7 windspeed map database
• A link to the “Career Center” – an online job placement resource specifically for structural engineers
NCSEA publishes about a half dozen technical books and publications that are for sale at a discount to members. In addition, members can purchase any of over 75 titles published by the ICC (International Code Council) at a discount.
Besides code documents, topics include seismic design, wood/concrete/steel/masonry design, geotechnical engineering, flood resistant design, a guide to fire safety in tall buildings, and many more. And the first printing of the 2015 IBC is out. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as tossing out a couple of new code requirements to impress your boss!
NCSEA also has an extensive library of on-demand webinars as well as sponsoring live webinars about once a month. This is an excellent source of continuing education hours for licensed professional engineers. Webinars are available for a fee – ala carte or via subscription. This is the only national organization that manages such a program aimed specifically at licensed engineers practicing structural engineering.
Finally, NCSEA hosts a major Annual Conference. This is a good opportunity to earn PDHs and network with others in your field at a national level. This year’s conference was held in New Orleans in late September. The upcoming conference will be in Las Vegas – never a dull moment.The web is a big place and there’s a lot of cool stuff out there. Sometimes we forget to look in the most obvious places for valuable information. Be sure to take a look…