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The Structural Engineering Channel

Anthony Fasano, PE, Mathew Picardal, PE, and Cara Green, EIT

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The Structural Engineering Channel (TSEC) focuses on helping structural engineering professionals stay up to date on technical trends in the field. Our hosts for the show, Mathew Picardal, PE, and Cara Green, EIT interviews engineers ranging from recent engineering graduates to professionals from top engineering organizations on professional development topics for structural engineers to facilitate career advancement. Topics covered include but are not limited to performance-based design, fa ...
 
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In this episode Content Director Will Lowry reviews the January issue of Fastener + Fixing Magazine and discuss a variety of topics including regulations and compliance requirements, digitisation, sustainability, as well as the Fastener Fair Global show in Stuttgart, Germany. Want to get involved with the podcast? Simply email: editor@verulammedia.…
 
In this episode, we talk to Tanya Luthi, P.E., a structural engineer and Vice President at Entuitive, talks about the unique aspects of designing with mass timber and what she thinks makes a successful timber engineer. She also touches on the link between mass timber and sustainability and how tall we can build in mass […] The post TSEC 96: Designi…
 
In this episode, we talk to Eric McDonnell, P.E., the Principal at Holmes, about why mass timber is gaining popularity and how it can help you in your engineering projects. He also talks about how his time working abroad has helped grow his engineering career. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask […] The post TSEC 95: Why Mass …
 
Premium locknut supplier J Lanfranco sees big opportunities appearing, as the cosmopolitan Jason Baines leads their North American push (1:47:01). Likewise, hard charger Matt Boyd is helping to guide Parker Fasteners forge ahead toward their vision of continued expansion and growth (28:28). In contrast, the FDI took a dramatic hit to close the year…
 
In this episode, we talk to Damon Ho, MBA, a segment market manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, about how getting an MBA can help you in your engineering career and the type of careers that engineers with an MBA can pursue. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Damon: Why did you decide […] The post TSEC 094: How Getting an MBA Can H…
 
In this episode, we talk to Krista Looza, S.E., a licensed structural engineer and principal at Buehler, about how her involvement in the Structural Engineering Association of California (aka SEAOC) has supported her career path and professional development, and why she think all engineers should get involved in professional associations. Engineeri…
 
Like a bobsled down a frozen precipice, the fastener industry streaks to the close of another blazing fast year. Fresh off the slopes, Mr. Charlie Kerr of Kerr Lakeside discovers a vexing industry development, and shares his approach to achieving top speed on skis (1:39:54). Metric supplier Eurolink finishes the year with new beginnings, as CEO Cra…
 
In this episode, we talk to William (Bill) Coulbourne, P.E., F. ASCE, F. SEI, a structural engineering consultant and owner of Coulbourne Consulting, about the key changes in ASCE 7-22 wind load provisions that will impact the design of buildings for wind. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Bill: How will […] The post TSEC 09…
 
In this episode, we talk to Geoff Smith, PE, LEED AP, a Senior Associate at Silman, about the process of existing buildings renovations, and how teamwork plays a major role in these types of projects. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Geoff: What is meant by the words “existing building” and […] The post TSEC 91: Renovation …
 
Selling fasteners begins by asking for the order, as Tim "Action" Jackson proved during an illustrious career in the thread game (1:30:37). Newly appointed Marine Fasteners CEO Dee Ward asks his team for their best whenever he takes the field (15:31). Fastener newsman Mike McNulty asks about the decline of the FDI with Earnest CEO Kirk Zehnder on t…
 
In this episode, Mathew Picardal. PE, SE introduces our new co-host for the Structural Engineering Channel podcast, Rachel Holland, P.E., an engineering supervisor for the south-western region at Simpson Strong-Tie. They discuss the kind of work she does and how she plans to serve you as the new co-host of the show. Engineering Quotes: Here […] The…
 
In this podcast, Will Lowry, content director and Claire Aldridge, deputy editor reviews the November edition of Fastener + Fixing Magazine and discuss a variety of topics such as sustainability, investments in European manufacturing, as well as a focus on the Italian fastener market - with exclusive insight from leading players within the sector. …
 
IFE is like no other show in the fastener industry, and this year's edition seemed a lot like "the good old days" without the carpeting. The lovely and talented Lynn Dempsey took her mic to the show floor and spoke to attendees from every part of the thread biz (9:34, 1:03:52). Fastener Technology International editor Mike McNulty presents the Fast…
 
In this episode, we talk to Scott A. Collins, P.E., SE, Principal at Collins Structural Consulting, PLLC, about first- and second-responding structural engineers (STS) and some of the large-scale disaster projects he worked on. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Scott: Can you please tell our listeners more about yourself and…
 
In this episode, we talk to Chris Curven and Mike Howerin from Applied Bolting Technology about structural bolting methodology, standards, and specifications, and more specifically how to torque different bolts to get the desired tension needed. You can view the video version of this episode here. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions …
 
In this episode, I share my experience of attending the 2022 SEAOC Convention and some of the great lessons I learned at the convention, and explain how attending engineering conferences can help you in your career. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About How to Make the Most of Engineering Conferences: Attending enginee…
 
Has tragedy been narrowly averted or is the supply disruption train still racing down the track, set to impact business across the country? Scanwell Logistics freight forwarding expert Chris Donnell shares his view (16:31). On the other race front, Rugged Maniac team veterans Jake "Valdez" Davis of BTM Manufacturing, Mike Robinson of Star Stainless…
 
In this podcast, Claire Aldridge, deputy editor reviews the September edition of Fastener + Fixing Magazine and discuss a variety of topics such as European manufacturing, anti-dumping, investments in personnel, as well as the Construction Products Regulation - with exclusive insight from leading players within the sector. Have some news you want t…
 
In this episode, we talk to Luis Duque, PE, M. ASCE, SEI, a Bridge Engineer at Foothills Bridge, about what it is like working as a structural engineer while having a strong online presence. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Luis: What is it like working as a structural engineer while having […] The post TSEC 86: How a Stron…
 
The Mid-West Fastener Association annual FSTNR Week and table top show, golf tournament and lead up events were wildly successful again this year. TJ McFarland, Don "Tex" Carr, Mike Robinson, Jake "Valdez" Davis, Erica Strandquist, Bob "GQ" Baer, Kam Dorsey, Ashley Parker, Wayne "Captain Smooth" Wishnew and many more! PLUS: Golf highlights includin…
 
In this episode, we talk to Michael J. Bolduc, P.E., Senior Project Manager at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), about automation and communication in structural engineering, and how engineers can help avoid the increasing pressure on structural designers to respond to major architectural changes or coordination issues late in the design process…
 
Back by popular demand, we once again look at developments within the freight and raw material markets and the potential impacts for fastener companies. Firstly, there is an interview with Kelly Vasey, head of sales and marketing at Espace Europe, about the situation in sea and road freight over the last 5 months. The second part of the podcast is …
 
When big fastener companies acquire other big fastener companies, and people who know big fasteners talk about it, you have the makings of an aptly titled podcast. Star Stainless president, Tim Roberto Jr. discusses the recent big headlines involving the acquisition of his company by Lindfast Solutions Group (12:38). Big bearded Baron Yarborough of…
 
In this episode, we talk to Alastair Soane, BSc, Ph.D., CEng, FICE, FIStructE, Principal Consultant at Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS), about some of the latest developments of CROSS, including its expansion into fire safety. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Alastair: What is CROSS and what motivated yo…
 
In this episode, we talk to Luke Pinkerton, PE (ME), who is the President, Chief Technology Officer, and founder of Helix Steel about better ways to design and build with concrete by using advanced analysis, materials, and methods to design plain concrete in structural ground-supported slabs. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We As…
 
Strong sales and ongoing supply challenges remain the top themes as the fastener industry keeps its optimism heading into a hot summer. On the water, at the bar or while making his podcast debut, Jason Baines of J. Lanfranco makes a big splash wherever he goes (13:49). Prepping for the Rugged Maniac race ahead of FSTNR Week, TJ McFarland of Goebel …
 
In this episode, we talk to James (Jim) O. Malley, S.E., about what peer review is and how it can help move the structural engineering industry forward. He also talks about the building code requirements for seismic design and how these codes allow for the implementation of new concepts and technologies. Engineering Quotes: Here Are […] The post TS…
 
In this podcast we review the July edition of Fastener + Fixing Magazine and discuss a variety of topics such as fastener distribution, anti-dumping, raw materials, inflation, freight and sustainability - with exclusive insight from leading players within the sector. Have some news you want to tell us? Send an email to editor@verulammedia.com or vi…
 
In this episode, we talk to Malory Atkinson, CPSM, LEED GA, about how engineers can find flexibility in structural engineering and what company owners can do to retain staff at their firms. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Malory: What does flexibility in engineering mean for you? What are some of […] The post TSEC 81: How …
 
In this episode, we talk to René Vignos, SE, a structural engineer and Principal with Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco, about retrofitting historic buildings and how engineers can help preserve and protect historic landmark structures. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask René: What interests you about working on proj…
 
For this podcast we have an interview with Anders Karlsson, president of the European Industrial Fasteners Institute (known as EIFI). We chatted about a wide range of topics and challenges facing European fastener manufacturers, such as energy and raw material prices and the potential effects of secondary inflation; the unpredictable supply from As…
 
The lovely and talented Lynn Dempsey hit the floor at Fastener Fair USA with mic in hand. Her interviews with show attendees reveal steady progress along with a vague yet persistent uncertainty (1:41:04). Less ambiguous, Würth Construction Services CEO Alex Mikros describes the clear path he sees while guiding his reformulated organization towards …
 
In this episode, we talk to Sandra Hyde and John “Buddy” Showalter about the significant structural changes to the 2021 International Building Code and how they will affect structural engineers. They also talk about mass timber buildings and how they compare to concrete and steel buildings. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We […] …
 
In this episode, we talk to Cody Forell, Structural Design Engineer at Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, about transmission line design and what it is like working as a structural engineer at an electrical utility. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Cody: What was passing the PE Exam like for you, and […] The post TSEC 78…
 
As Brian returns from down under, and with the Detroit show just around the corner, the FDI cools and the fastener world reconsiders its supply chain. Industry veteran Preston Boyd of the Industrial Fasteners Institute describes how his organization is reaching out to distributors to reintroduce domestic suppliers (1:39:47). Scanwell Logistics seni…
 
In this episode of Fastener Talk, Content Director Will Lowry and Deputy Editor Claire Aldridge take you through the May edition of Fastener + Fixing Magazine and the latest developments within the market. Topics include the wire Düsseldorf show and the latest developments within fastener machinery. An insight into the Turkish fastener market throu…
 
In this episode, Mat and Cara talk about three career takeaways that stood out for them throughout their careers, and how those experiences helped them to grow as engineers. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Their Career Takeaways: Cara’s first career takeaway: If you are a student or an engineer who […] The post T…
 
In this episode, we talk to Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., SE, F. SEAOC, SECB, mass timber specialist at Structurlam, about mass timber in structural engineering and how engineers can become more involved in the industry. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Michelle: What does a career in mass timber entail, and what […] The post T…
 
The old adage about people not leaving the fastener industry proves true again as reluctant highway pilot Tim "Action" Jackson returns. Back from an extended RV misadventure to report on the recent Pac-West conference, he sees the industry with the eye of an outsider coming back in (1:33:50). Likewise, the screw biz was never far from the heart of …
 
In this episode, we talk to Joe Maffei, SE, Ph.D., LEED AP, an internationally recognized expert on the seismic evaluation, design, and retrofitting of structures, about the SFO Air Traffic Control Tower, for which his company, Maffei Structural Engineering, also received an excellence award. He talks about their involvement in the project and how …
 
For this podcast we have two interviews both focusing on crucial topics impacting not only fastener companies, but a variety of sectors. Firstly, there is an interview with Geoff Yates, head of commercial development at Espace Europe, about the situation in sea and road freight since the beginning of the year. The second part of the podcast is a di…
 
In this episode, we talk to Alex Morales, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, PMP, LEED Green Assoc., about structural steel design and how he went from architecture to falling in love with steel. He also talks about some of the latest innovative steel systems and how they are helping structural engineers. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of […] The post TSEC 74: S…
 
There’s no hyperbole suggesting the fastener industry is moving at a hyperbolic rate, as world events impact supply and pricing at a dizzying pace. Star Stainless president, Tim Roberto Jr. describes “Rusty Monday”, shocking developments in the nickle and stainless markets (51:38). Counseling a pragmatic approach amid ongoing disruptions, Brighton …
 
In this episode, we talk to Michael Hopper, P.E., an Associate Partner at LERA Consulting Structural Engineers, about post-tensioned concrete (PT) structures, what they are, some of the advantages of using post-tensioning, and what he thinks the future holds for PT. Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Michael: What is post-ten…
 
In this episode of Fastener Talk, Editor Will Lowry and Deputy Editor Claire Aldridge take you through what to expect in the March edition of Fastener + Fixing Magazine. Topics include the announcement of the anti-dumping duties, Fabory Group celebrating its 75th anniversary, insights into European manufacturing, as well as features on heading and …
 
In this episode, we talk to Derek Loush, P.E., who has worked as a senior project engineer for the past seven years and then decided to go back to business school to get his MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. We talk about why he chose to go back to business school, what he hopes to […] The post TSEC 72: Why This Structural Engineer Chose to…
 
In this episode, we talk to J. G. (Greg) Soules, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., P.Eng, a Senior Principal Structural Engineer and the Technical Authority for Seismic and Wind Engineering for CB&I, about his involvement in the Peachoid Water Tower project, how he received his Ph.D. at 63, and why professional judgment is important as an engineer. […] The post T…
 
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