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SEAoT-TAMU Updates – March 2023 – Rafeed Palakkal

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February 6th, 2023 | RLG | SEAoT TAMU 1st General Meeting

David Cumming, P.E., Principal at RLG Consulting Engineers in Dallas, TX, spoke at the first meeting of the Spring 2023 Semester, held recently. During the event, David shared his extensive knowledge and experience in the field of structural engineering, focusing on three main topics: “RLG: Who We Are & What We Do?”, “The Rev Project in College Station”, and “RLG Tales from the Engineering Crypt”.

David began by introducing himself and his role at RLG in the Structural and Forensics departments. He then delved into the types of projects RLG handles and the company’s working culture as a structural engineering firm. Next, he provided a detailed overview of the “The Rev” project in College Station, covering its structural modeling, design, and the challenges faced during various phases of the project. After each subtopic discussion, David engaged in an active Q&A session with the students. David also shared interesting stories from his career, highlighting unique events that took place in certain projects and throughout his career. His engaging and informative presentation captivated the attention of every attendee, making for an insightful and memorable event.

David also shared interesting stories from his career, highlighting unique events that took place in certain projects and throughout his career. His engaging and informative presentation captivated the attention of every attendee, making for an insightful and memorable event.

The first meeting of the Spring 2023 Semester proved to be a resounding success, with attendees gaining valuable insights from David’s expertise in the field of structural engineering.

February 20th, 2023 | L.A. Fuess Partners | SEAoT TAMU 2nd General Meeting

The second meeting of the semester was a success with the presence of Lauren Woerner, P.E., and Aaron Miller, P.E. from L.A. Fuess Partners. Both introduced themselves and their roles at LAFP, followed by a brief overview of the company’s services in the building design sector.

Aaron focused his presentation on the Mc+L development in Dallas, Texas. This mixed-use project features a 25-story residential tower, 4 levels of below-grade parking, 110,000 square feet of grocery store, 69,000 square feet of office space, and a structured loading dock that supports truck traffic. Aaron discussed the challenges faced in the design of the project, including wind load design, creep, shrinkage, and designing discontinuous shear walls.

Lauren then shared her experience working on the police building project with a beautiful architectural design and a wooden structural framing system. She walked the audience through the design process and the challenges of working with glulam and CLT constructions. Her presentation provided an informative insight into this area of structural engineering.

The session ended with an engaging Q&A session, with attendees posing questions about glulam beams and CLT, construction joints, creep, post-tensioning interaction, lateral load-resisting systems, and foundation design. The speakers provided detailed responses, offering valuable insights into these important aspects of structural engineering.

The second meeting of the semester proved to be an engaging and informative event, with the audience gaining valuable insights from the experienced engineers at L.A. Fuess Partners.

Rafeed Palakkal – President SEAoT TAMU Student Chapter – [email protected]