September 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the 2019 Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium, which will be held in Champaign, Illinois. This day-long event provides a forum for engineers and architects to interact with trade professionals, and listen to informative presentations. We plan to provide numerous opportunities to meet with companies that provide goods and services to the design profession. All sessions will take place in the same room for maximum networking with fellow attendees. The Trade Show & Symposium provides 6 hours of continuing education credit.


Thank you for registering for this SEAOI seminar!  Please note that all course materials will be sent electronically after the event pending approval from the presenter. CE certificates will be emailed after the event.


7:30 am - 7:50 am

  Registration Opens

7:50 am - 8:30 am

  Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors​

8:30 am - 8:45 am 

  Program Begins: Welcome Address, Exhibitor Comments

8:50 am - 9:45 am

  IL-89/Illinois River Crossing
  Terry McCleary, McCleary Engineering

9:45 am - 10:10 am

  Break, Visit Exhibitors

10:15 am - 11:10 am

  Ductile Reinforced Masonry Shear Wall Design per TMS 402
  Daniel P. Abrams, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:15 am - 12:10 pm

  HSS Truss Connections: The T’s, Y’s and K’s Of It All
  Brad Fletcher, AtlasTube

12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Visit Exhibitors

    12:35 pm - 1:15 pm   Drones: Transportation Industry Disruptor
  Rami Asfahani, Ciorba Group, LLC

1:35 pm - 2:30 pm

  The Stability of Masonry Walls And Dams: A Review of the Historical
  Design of Concrete Dams​​
Kevin Griebenow, FERC 

2:35 pm - 3:30 pm

  Evolution of the Helical Pile Solution
  Michael Lewis, Foundation Supportworks By Woods; Matt Bono, Case    Engineering; Kasey Knight, Case Engineering

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

  Break, Visit Exhibitors

3:55 pm - 4:50pm

  Hotel Julian at 168 N Michigan Avenue
  David Nickell, TGRWA

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

  Raffle and Adjourn


I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL

Registration Information

Registration is $85 for members and $120 for non-members.    

Student -$25

Group Pricing Discount* - $10 off each registration

*Five or more employees from the same firm; May not be applied retroactively – all registrations must be received at the same time; not applicable to student rate. Please contact to receive your group discount.

Exhibitor Information

All Exhibitors will receive recognition on the SEAOI website, in the program, up to five admissions to the Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium, and access to  participants during breakfast, lunch and breaks during the day. We have a variety of sponsorship levels available to suite your needs:

Gold: $1050 Exhibit Fee 

•          ½ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin

•          Logo and 50-word company description on SEAOI Website

•          Exhibit Booth – premier location

•          Up to five admissions to Trade Show

Silver:  $785 Exhibit Fee

•          ¼ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin

•          Logo and 25-word company description on SEAOI Website

•          Exhibit Booth – preferred location

•          Two admissions to Trade Show

Bronze:  $525 Exhibit Fee

•          Business card-sized ad in the SEAOI Bulletin

•          Logo on SEAOI Website

•          Exhibit Booth

•          One admission to Trade Show

Companies interested in sponsoring this event are invited to register online or contact SEAOI Executive Director, Stephanie Crain, at

Sponsorship Opportunities

All Sponsors will receive recognition on the SEAOI website, in the program, up to five admissions to the Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium, and access to participants during breakfast, lunch and breaks during the day.  We have a variety of sponsorship levels available to suit your needs:

Gold: $800 Sponsor Fee 

•          ½ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin

•          Logo and 50-word company description on SEAOI Website

•          Up to five admissions to Trade Show

Silver:  $500 Sponsor Fee

•          ¼ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin

•          Logo and 25-word company description on SEAOI Website

•          Two admissions to Trade Show

Bronze:  $300 Sponsor Fee

•          Business card-sized ad in the SEAOI Bulletin

•          Logo on SEAOI Website

•          One admission to Trade Show

Companies interested in sponsoring this event are invited to register online or contact SEAOI Executive Director, Stephanie Crain, at

Michael Lewis, Foundation Supportworks by Woods

Michael is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt executive with the passion of an entrepreneur. Currently, he does deep foundation design, education, and project management for the construction firm Foundation Supportworks by Woods. He co-owned an information and business recovery company, was regional manager for a national construction firm, and ran three business lines regionally for a global organization. In his spare time, he enjoys prayer, cooking, boating, fishing, and being with friends and family.

Evolution of the Helical Pile Solution

Helical Piles – An overview of Helical Pile design and application from concept to completion will be presented through a series of project reviews.  The reviews will discuss the term and requirements of “delegated design”, plan development, installation per plan, capacity verification.

Matt Bono, Case Engineering, Inc.

Matt Bono, P.E., S.E. is a structural engineer with Case Engineering, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. He was educated at UM – St. Louis and MIT. He has eight years of structural engineering experience working on projects large and small, new and renovations, with various building materials, and has designed dozens of foundations supported by helical anchors. In his spare time, Matt enjoys studying leadership, playing guitar, and has 2 dogs, Mufasa and Charlotte.

Kasey Knight, Case Engineering, Inc.

Kasey Knight, E.I.T. is a structural engineer with Case Engineering, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. He was educated at University of Kansas. He has four years of structural engineering experience working on new construction and renovation projects for petrochemical and industrial facilities as well as commercial structures.  He has experience designing with multiple building materials as well helical anchors. Kasey enjoys staying physically fit and is studying to take the P.E. exam in October.

Kevin Griebenow, FERC

Kevin is a civil engineer and has been with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the Chicago office for more than 20 years. He was the project engineer for the hydroelectric powerhouses at Smithland and Cannelton, both at Corps lock and dams on the Ohio River.  He has facilitated more than 20 Potential Failure Mode sessions.  He is on the Project Review Board of the Extreme Precipitation Study for Colorado and New Mexico.  Prior to being at the FERC, he worked for on the National Flood Insurance Program at the Federal Emergency Manage Agency (FEMA), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  After graduating from college, he joined the Peace Corps and built water supply projects in villages in Yemen.  

The Stability of Masonry Walls and Dams A Review of the Historical Design of Concrete Dams

A dam can be described as a water retaining surface with the remainder of the structure supporting this surface.  Initially, the designers and builders of dams depended on its overwhelming mass to support and resist the hydro-static load, i.e. a gravity dam.  

Daniel P. Abrams, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daniel P. Abrams has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign since 1985, and now holds emeritus status. He is a licensed professional engineer, has worked as a practicing structural engineer in Chicago and San Francisco, and continues to take part in consulting assignments with industry.  Dr. Abrams was the founding Director of the NSF-sponsored Mid-America Center, and is a former President of The Masonry Society (TMS), recipient of the TMS Scalzi and Presidents Awards, and a Fellow and Honorary Member of TMS. 

Ductile Reinforced Masonry Shear Wall Design per TMS 402

Can a masonry building be designed and constructed to have equal or better ductility than one constructed of reinforced concrete?   The answer to this question will be given in a practice-oriented presentation based upon seismic requirements of the current masonry design code (TMS 402).  

Rami Asfahani, Ciorba Group, Inc.

Rami is a Structural Engineer with 6 years of experience. He has graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BS in Civil Engineering and from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Masters in Structural Engineering. His experience includes structural design, finite element modeling, and field inspections for various types of bridges and buildings. Rami is currently leading the Innovation and Technology group at Ciorba through creating multiple Mobile Applications, Macros, and multiple research items including Drone use.

Drones: Transportation Industry Disruptor

Drone use in the AEC and Surveying Industries is expanding rapidly, but how do we know when would it be effective to utilize a drone? The presentation will be discussing regulations, uses, expected outputs generated by drones, and use of such outputs. 

David Nickell, TGRWA
Since joining TGRWA, David has been involved in a wide variety of structural analysis and design projects including new construction and renovation of existing and historic structures.   His experience includes the structural analysis and design of structural steel, conventionally reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete, timber and masonry structures.  

Hotel Julian at 168 N Michigan Avenue

Hotel Julian converted the existing building, originally constructed in 1911 for offices, into a boutique hotel with a ground-floor restaurant. Structural highlights required for the new programming included: new 5-story steel-framed addition rising from the top of the existing 13-story structure, strengthening of the lateral system due to higher loading from the addition, reinforcement of existing deteriorated beams and columns, and repair existing slabs at each floor.

Terry McCleary, McCleary Engineering

Terry graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1990 and immediately went to work for the Illinois Department of Transportation in District 3.  He was the District Geotechnical Engineer for the last 13 years of his career at IDOT.  In 2006, he founded McCleary Engineering and went full time with the company endeavor in 2009.  He has worked on numerous bridge projects, commercial/industrial development projects, including power plants, dams, levees, deep and shallow foundations and soil modification/stabilization.

IL-89/Illinois River Crossing

This presentation will provide a discussion of the efforts to obtain good soils information to reduce construction costs.  The project involved multiple investigations, full scale load test for drilled shaft option, driven piling at the abutments and an excessive amount of settlement under the newly placed embankment materials.

Brad Fletcher, Atlas Tube

Brad Fletcher, S.E., is the senior sales engineer at Atlas Tube. In this role, Brad leverages his 28 years of experience in engineering design and the steel industry to provide technical expertise on the use of steel hollow structural sections (HSS) to design engineers and architects.

A registered structural engineer in the state of Illinois, Brad has held senior positions at leading architecture and engineering firms, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Sargent & Lundy; and Halvorson and Partners. For the past fourteen years, Brad has focused his efforts on serving as a liaison between structural designers and the steel industry.

Brad holds a BSCE and MSCE from Purdue University. He is active in many industry groups, including AISC, CISC, CSA, STI and ASTM International.

HSS Truss Connections: The T’s, Y’s and K’s Of It All

The joints and connections of HSS members in trusses can be a cause of confusion during design and of unneeded costs during fabrication. This presentation will share some simple rules
of thumb to follow to avoid the common pitfalls of HSS truss design.

Organizing Committee

Joseph Lowrance, SE, PE – Central Chapter Liaison
Farnsworth Group

David Greifzu, SE, PE
V3 Companies

George Tankersley, PE
Capital Development Board

Ivano Ipsaro-Passione, EIT
Farnsworth Group

Tim Roecker, PE, SE
Mohr & Kerr Engineering





Frederick Coombe ( Fehr Graham )
Jesus Covarrubias ( Bradley University )
Beth Chekole ( Bradley University )
Samuel Steiner ( Bradley University )
Megan Achs ( Bradley University )
Brent Davis ( WHKS & Co. )
Noel Outlaw ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
T. John Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
Thomas Leahy ( American Structurepoint, Inc. )
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
Marc Chiles ( Shive-Hattery )
Brian Volle ( ADM Design Services )
Paul Brasileiro ( Fyfe Co LLC )
Bo Botteicher ( Fyfe Co LLC, Fibrwrap Construction Services, Inc, Underground Solutions, Inc. )
Nicholas Harden ( Dewberry )
Cory Byrd ( Allied Design Architectural & Engineering Group, P.C. )
David Poland ( Dave Poland Engineering, LLC )
Matthew Bono ( Case Engineering, Inc. )
Kasey Knight ( Case Engineering, Inc. )
Frank Lowry ( Capital Development Board )
George Tankersley ( Capital Development Board - State of IL )
Tim Lincoln ( Wheeler )
Paul Brower ( Foundation Supportworks by Woods Basement Systems )
Kevin Griebenow ( FERC )
Daniel Abrams
Rami Asfahani ( Ciorba Group )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Terry McCleary ( McCleary Engineering )
Michael Lewis ( Foundation Supportworks By Woods )
R. Bradlee Fletcher ( Atlas Tube/JMC Steel Group )
Harish Virmani ( Harish C. Virmani Structural Engineer Consulting, Inc. )
David Greifzu ( V3 Companies )
Christopher Cichon ( CE Anderson & Associates )
Habib Azouri ( Rohn Products )
Sameed Osman ( Rohn Products, LLC )
Daniel Allen ( Allen Engineering Corporation )
Thomas Casson ( Menard County Highway Department )
Kyle Heminger ( Glue-Lam Erectors, Inc. )
Terry McCleary ( McCleary Engineering )
Kyle Linenfelser ( Case Engineering )
Josie Esker ( Maurer-Stutz, Inc. )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Brett Zitny ( Geopier Foundation Company )
Fran Miller ( Geopier Foundation Company )
Mike Bryant ( Farnsworth Group )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Adrienne Coussens ( Farnsworth Group )
Paige Dodson ( Farnsworth Group, Inc )
Paige Hefner ( Farnsworth Group )
Ivano Ipsaro-Passione ( Farnsworth Group )
John Zeman ( Farnsworth Group )
Charles Bach ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, LLC )
Allen Taylor ( ATSE Consultants, LLC )
Randy Burt ( ATSE Consultants, LLC )
David Shepherd ( Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute )
Jason Soucie ( Dewberry Engineers, Inc. )
Michael Weber ( Euclid Chemical Company )
Michael Baker ( CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation )
Bradlee Fletcher ( Atlas Tube )
Timothy Roecker ( Mohr and Kerr Engineering and Land Surveying )
Robin Shelton ( Mohr & Kerr Engineering & Land Surveying, PC )
Larry Stevig ( State Farm )
Jim Romano ( Lindapter )
Brandon Buchner ( PSA-Dewberry )
Steven Bishop ( Farnsworth Group, Inc. (Retired) )
Kenneth Hansen ( Lindapter )
Marcus Woods ( Woods Residential Engineering and Inspection )
Derek Lewis ( DEWALT Engineered by Powers )
Carroll Ringelestein ( ADM Design Services )
Scott Conwell ( International Masonry Institute )
Eric Gowdy ( Case Engineering )
Erin Powers ( Porter Athletic )
Brian Miller ( CastConnex )
Kevin Hooley ( DSI )
Richard Kerhlikar ( Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. )
Kevin Barry ( Chicago Clamp Company )