March 6, 2020 - 7:00am to 11:00am

Chicago Trade Show and Symposium

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the 28th Annual Chicago Trade Show and Symposium. The event provides a forum for forum for engineers to interact with trade professionals and to learn from informative presentations. The event provides ample time to interact with up to 20 exhibitors.  

Trade Show

The event provides ample time to interact with up to 20 exhibitors.  Attendees typically represent a diverse cross-section of all aspects of the profession including design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contracting, and owners’ representation. 


The Chicago Trade Show and Symposium is a half-day event that includes four to six presentations and breakfast.  The Trade Show and Symposium topics are about the latest technology trends and advancements in the construction industry relevant to an audience of structural engineers.  The event is limited to a single session, so attendees benefit from the information shared in every presentation. 

Continuing education of 2 PDHs/CEs certificates will be granted.


  7:00 am - 7:30 am Registration open, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors
  7:30 am - 7:40 am Welcome and Introductions
  7:40 am - 8:00 am Exhibitor Introductions
  8:00 am - 8:30 am Mass Timber Structural Design: Engineering Modern Timber Structures
Ricky McLain, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council
  8:30 am – 9:00 am Application of 3D Laser Scanning in Surface Analysis
Kevin Hanna, Maser Consulting
  9:00 am - 9:50 am Break - Visit Exhibitors
  9:50 am - 10:20 am Tuned Mass Dampers in Tall Buildings and Other Structures
Victor SalcedoGERB Vibration Control Systems
 10:20am - 10:50 am The Business of Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Michael WeberThe Euclid Chemical Company
 10:50 am - 11:00 am Raffle - Visit Exhibitors


University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL


Early Bird: $30 member / $40 non-member (ends February 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm)

Regular: $40 member / $50 non-member    

Students: $10

Group Discount: for companies sending 4+ people, $10 off each registration fee; not available retroactively; must be applied on same order.  Contact for discount code.

The Symposium registration fee is waived for presenting authors.

Exhibitor Opportunities

Limited exhibitor opportunities are available at $775 per space.  Exhibitors will be given the opportunity for a brief introduction of their company (1 to 2 minutes) at the podium.  Exhibitors will receive recognition in the program and one admission.  Program includes over 1.5 hours of Trade show time.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Companies who wish to sponsor the event are encouraged to choose one of the three different levels of corporate sponsorship:
  • Gold: $850—Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program, display of poster at event, recognition for sponsoring breakfast, and an opportunity to distribute promotional items to all attendees.
  • Silver: $500—Recognition in the SEAOI website and in event program and display of poster at event.
  • Bronze: $300—Recognition in the SEAOI website and in event program.
  • Early Attendance Door Prize Sponsor*: prize valued at $150+—Recognition during the start of the event and during prize drawing.  The first 25 in attendance will be eligible for the door prize.

*Only one sponsorship available

About the Speakers

Ricky McLain, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director - Tall Wood
WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

Ricky is WoodWorks as in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the U.S. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration. Ricky is very active as a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design and is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont.

Mass Timber Structural Design: Engineering Modern Timber Structures
This presentation will provide a detailed look at structural design processes associated with a variety of mass timber products, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber (NLT), and glued-laminated timber (glulam). Discussion will include the use of these products in gravity force-resisting systems under modern building codes, an introduction to lateral systems common in mass timber buildings, mass timber floor vibration criteria, and connection options. Mass timber framing components are often left exposed, taking advantage of their aesthetic while eliminating the need for additional finishes. As such, the design team is often required to provide a fire-resistance rating demonstrating the ability of mass timber products to maintain structural integrity in the event of a fire. This session will also discuss structural design of mass timber elements under fire conditions.

Kevin Hanna, PLS, Principal/Discipline Leader/Laser Scanning Division
Maser Consulting

Mr. Hanna is the Division and Geographic Leader for Survey and the Discipline Leader for the firm’s Laser Scanning division. With over 36 years of hands-on, progressive field and office experience, Mr. Hanna has gained a diverse expertise in all aspects of land surveying services, including 3D modeling, monitoring, and civil applications. Keeping in stride with state-of-the-art technological advancements within the land surveying industry, he is currently a specialist in 3D Hi-Definition Scanning (HDS) equipment and techniques, which enables him to continually find new uses for HDS in this constantly evolving field. His expertise is in the interpretation and application of collected data to the specific requirements of the project. Mr. Hanna is responsible for Laser Scanning Technology and technical applications throughout Maser Consulting’s National Network of twenty-seven offices. He is an active guest speaker at local and international conferences on HDS. Mr. Hanna holds a National Diploma and Certificate in Geo-Surveying from Dublin Institute of Technology and earned a B.S. in Survey Engineering Technology, Major from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also a professional land surveyor in the state of New Jersey.

Application of 3D Laser Scanning in Surface Analysis
3D laser Scanning is considered cutting edge technology  is one of the most important technology revolutions in surveying and mapping field. It can be widely used in many interrelated fields, such as engineering construction and structural engineering. Owing to its accuracy, high efficiency and high precision 3D laser Scanning or LiDAR measurement is frequently providing solutions in structural analysis applications in particular surface analysis.  A  general introduction of 3D laser scanning technology will be presented followed by a case study of how Laser Scanning provided a unique cutting-edge solution for two separate projects burdened with horizontal and vertical surface challenges. Laser Scanning field techniques and office processing are discussed and analyzed.

Victor Salcedo,President of US Operations
GERB Vibration Control Systems

Victor H. Salcedo is the President of GERB Vibration Control Systems, Inc. located in the greater Chicago area. He has served GERB for nineteen (19) years and has worked as project lead on many remarkable structures, including ten Skyscrapers with Tuned Mass Dampers up to 700 T. Victor is an active member of several committees including ASME-subcommittee on the Qualification of Dynamic Restraints, the Forging Industry Association Plant Engineering Committee and newly the CTBUH Chicago local steering committee. After attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering he specialized with GERB Schwingungsisolierungen GmbH & Co. Kg. in Berlin, Germany in spring support of machinery and structures, and specialty foundation design. He has contributed to conference papers and publications such as CTBUH Damping Technologies for Tall Buildings.

Tuned Mass Dampers in Tall Buildings and Other Structures
New York City has been the cradle of tall slender buildings the last few years. The height and slenderness of these towers has resulted in new challenges for occupant comfort and serviceability level drift due to wind induced motion exacerbated by long natural periods and low inherent damping. Critical wind speeds may occur once a year or even more often, exciting primary sway modes.

Incorporating a tuned mass damper of several hundred tons can significantly increase damping from 1% to 5% or more, but requires significant coordination between structural engineer, construction manager and ownership, especially as long building periods require standard pendulum lengths that can be greater than 80 ft. These requirements force innovative design to meet limited space and minimize cost impact at the top-of-house.

This talk will also present TMDs applied to structures susceptible to vertical vibration like pedestrian bridges and monumental stairs.

Michael Weber, CGP, IOM, National Business Development Manager
The Euclid Chemical Company

MIchael Weber is a voting member on ACI's 332, 533, 550, & 560 Standards Committees and Co-Chaired the PCA 100 Above-Grade Wall Standard committee. He received the National Association of Home Builders' 2019 SA Walters Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership in the systems-built industry. In 2006, he received Hanley Wood Media's "Ten Most Influential People" award for the concrete industry. He has published articles and papers in numerous industry publications.

The Business of Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC) has been used since the 1960s, but until now, there has been little agreed-upon design approaches in North America for many of the potential applications.

New developments in materials' technology and the addition of field experience to the engineering knowledge base, have expanded the applications of FRC to include structural design guides for many applications. These are now material independent and recognized by the engineering, design, and standards community.



Abstracts due:  January 10, 2020

Notice of Acceptance:  January 20, 2020

Early Registration ends: February 7, 2020

Final Presentation due: February 27, 2020

Event Date: March 6, 2020


Matt Wagner, SE (Chair) - Raths, Raths & Johnson
Soliman Khudeira, PhD, SE, PE (Past Chair) - Chicago DOT
Steve Citko, SE, PE - EXP 
Kevin Conroy, SE, PE - Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
Maen Farhat, PhD, PE - Lochner
Jamal Grainawi, SE, PE - WSP USA
Brian Lammert, SE, PE - Raths, Raths & Johnson
Stephanie Crain (Executive Director) - SEAOI





Elena Emerson ( Universal Construction Testing )
Elena Emerson ( Universal Construction Testing )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Theodore Georgas
Steven Jastrzebski ( Sargent & Lundy )
Brian Lammert ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Lamyae Reklaoui ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Bob Magruder ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC )
Kevin Klein ( CNC Foundations, Inc. DBA Helitech Civil Construction Division )
Ken Rathbun ( Prosoco )
Lisa Barkand ( Hilti )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Luke Johnson ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
Chuck Pleuss ( Sitar Construction )
Jamal Grainawi ( WSP )
Brian Campbell ( International Code Council )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Marco Loureiro ( Jacobs )
Jeff Diqui ( Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition )
Scott Arnold ( Fyfe Co, LLC )
Mohammad Hassan ( Jacobs Engineering )
T. John Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
Jesse Fate ( Hilti )
Mark Sitar ( Sitar Construction )
Don Jabczynski ( S.E. Enhancements, LLC )
Lisa Serafini ( Fabreeka International )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Michael Cox ( MC & Associates, LLC )
Kenneth Hansen ( Lindapter )
Jim Moody ( GIZA Steel )
Michael Weber ( Euclid Chemical Company )
George Krupa ( Lakeshore Engineering, LLC )
Kevin Hooley ( DSI )
Todd Lawford ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Don Redar ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Don Cox ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Alex Fiebig ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Christopher Rockey ( Rockey Structures, LLC )
Matthew Wagner ( Raths Raths and Johnson Inc )