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SEI News and Updates
By: : Eric L. Sammarco, Ph.D, P.E.
Greetings from the SEI Austin Chapter!  Fall is almost here in beautiful central Texas, and we’re closing out the summertime with a great event.  We’ll be hosting a very interesting lunchtime professional development and networking meeting this month on Thursday, September 24th at the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory (FSEL).  Lunch will be provided at a small cost, and as always the event promises to be educational and interactive.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP at our website (https://sites.google.com/site/austintxsei/) as soon as possible.  Meeting details are provided below: 
Topic:                    Simpson Strong-Tie’s Composite Strengthening Systems (i.e., FRP wrap and fiberglass jackets)
Presenter:            F. Keith Bohren, PE  http://www.strongtie.com/
Location:              Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin’s J. J.
Pickle Research Center (Bldg. FS1 on Pickle Research Campus).  A map of the Pickle    Research Campus can be found at http://www.utexas.edu/maps/prc/.
Date:                     Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Time:                    11:30am to 1:00pm    
This presentation will include an overview of Simpson Strong-Tie’s Composite Strengthening System (CSS) which includes carbon and fiberglass wrap, carbon laminates, and a fiberglass jacket system. Proprietary testing for damaged timber piles retrofitted with the FX-70 system (fiberglass jacket) will be reviewed. Link for additional information: http://www.strongtie.com/products/rps/categories/css.html?source=rpsnav
Mr. Bohren is a Simpson Strong-Tie ICI (Infrastructure Commercial Industrial) Field Engineer managing a territory consisting of five states (TX, OK, KS, MO, and AR). He specializes in the technical aspects, Code compliance, and installations of Simpson’s anchor, RPS (concrete restoration, protection, and strengthening), and cold formed steel clip lines. His main focus is educating Structural Engineers and Jurisdictions, as well as assisting with construction challenges. Mr. Bohren has been with Simpson Strong-Tie since 2007, and prior to that he worked for a Structural Engineering Consulting firm.
2015 continues to be an active and exciting year for the SEI Austin Chapter, so please stay tuned! You can stay plugged into the SEI Austin Chapter via our website (https://sites.google.com/site/austintxsei/), where you can always find the latest and greatest regarding chapter leadership and upcoming events.  We also welcome your thoughts on future technical and social events.  If there’s something you’d like do then we’d like to hear about it.  Please send your thoughts to Scott Walton atsei.austin.tx@gmail.com.  
The inaugural structure|austin event is coming up on Saturday October 3rd. Nominations will be open until mid-September, so consider nominating your favorite Austin structure or one that your firm was involved with. There is no cost or limit on the year of completion. Three structures, along with their AEC teams, will be featured in the half day tour on the day of the event. All the information on how to nominate a structure, including current nominations, can be found on the SA website. Emailcontact@structureaustin.com for more information on the event or how to get involved. Please spread the word to friends, colleagues and peers encouraging them to join the tour.