September 1, 2016 - 7:30am to 5:00pm

Save the Date!

The 7th Annual Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium will take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the Double Tree Hilton in Bloomington, IL.



This day-long event is targeted to provide 6 hours of continuing education credit plus 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.

A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of the event.




2016 Program

7:30 am   Registration Opens
7:50 - 8:30 am Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors
8:30 - 9:15 am Program Begins: Welcome Address, Exhibitor Comments
9:15 - 10:10 am "Replacing the Aging US 52 Mississippi River Bridge"
Faith Duncan, IDOT and Greg Hasbrouck, Parsons
10:10 - 10:40 am Break, Visit Exhibitors
10:40 - 11:35 am "JTI Headquarters: Design and Construction"
David Horos, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
11:40 - 12:35 pm "Geotechnical Engineering: Public and Private"
Terry McCleary, McCleary Engineering 
12:35 - 1:35 pm Lunch, Visit Exhibitors
1:35 - 2:30 pm "Planning, Design and Construction of the Tanana River Bridge"
Howard Gotschall, Hanson Professional Services
2:35 - 3:30 pm "Finite Element Analysis for Masonry”
Sam Rubenzer, Forse Consulting, ISMC
3:30 - 3:45pm Break, Visit Exhibitors
3:45 - 4:40pm "Tornado and Thunderstorm-Induced Wind Loading on Structures"
Frank Lombardo, PhD., University of Illinois
4:40 - 5:00pm Raffle, Adjourn



Crowne Plaza, Springfield
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

A block of rooms has been reserved for the discounted rate of $121 for this event (rooms available until August 31). Call the hotel at 217-529-7777 as advance reservations are required.


Registration Fees

The cost of the Trade Show & Symposium is just $60 for members and $90 for non-members through August 1. After August 1, the prices increase to $75 for members and $105 for non-members. Individuals who wish to join or renew their SEAOI membership can do so at the time of registration. Student discounts are available. 

The registration deadline is August 25. 


Exhibitor Opportunities

All exhibitors will receive recognition on the SEAOI website and in the event program, and an ad in the SEAOI Bulletin. Specific benefits are listed below:

Gold Sponsorship: $1,000 Exhibit Fee

  • Recognition from the podium as lunch sponsor
  • 1/2 page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Exhibit Booth
  • Up to five admissions to Trade Show

Silver Sponsorship: $750 Exhibit Fee

  • Recognition from the podium
  • 1/4 page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Exhibit Booth
  • Two admissions to Trade Show

Bronze Sponsorship: $500 Exhibit Fee

  • 1/8 page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Exhibit Booth
  • One admission to Trade Show



About the Presentations

Replacing the Aging US 52 Mississippi River Bridge

The presentation will discuss the impetus for replacing a rural Mississippi River crossing, the associated design and coordination challenges, as well as the selection and design of a 546 ft steel tied arch with a floating floor system and waterline footing foundations. The steel tied arch design incorporates redundancy design criteria and seeks to simplify details and provide a durable structure that is easy to inspect and maintain.

Faith Duncan, PE graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. She has been employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for 16 years and currently oversees the geometrics unit in District 2's Bureau of Program Development. Ms. Duncan has managed the development of a wide variety of throughout the northwest region of Illinois.

Greg Hasbrouck, PE is a Supervising Bridge Engineer with Parsons in the Chicago office and was the Bridge Design Lead for the US 52 Mississippi River Bridge project. He has over 12 years of experience working on complex bridge projects including multiple tied arch and cable-stayed bridges. Mr. Hasbrouck received his Master’s in Structural Engineering from Princeton University and his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Duke University.



JTI Headquarters: Design and Construction

The JTI Building is an innovative structure in the heart of the newly developed quarter of Secheron in Geneva, Switzerland. The building is sited on a triangular shaped parcel and includes three column-free office bars with an interior courtyard. One end of each of the bars is lifted off the ground forming ambitious cantilever and bridge conditions that creates an open environment on the ground floor and access to the courtyard. A two story concrete substructure is topped by a nine-story steel superstructure which is supported by six exterior frame trusses, one on each side of the three bars. Large cantilevers and bridge-like spans of the frame trusses required extensive attention to the construction sequence, temporary works and coordination with the contractor to control deflections and monitor deflections to facilitate ordinary cladding and raised floor installation.

David Horos has worked as a structural engineer in the design of building structures for over 25 years. He is a Director of Structural Engineering in the Chicago office of the architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill where he has been for approximately 17 years and focuses on firmwide issues for the group. David holds a B.S degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. David is SEAOI’s Immediate Past-President and delegate to the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA). He is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer. 



Geotechnical Engineering: Public and Private

The presentation is a collection of projects for Public and Private sector clients, and will discuss the various projects and highlight the different needs and requirements of the Public and Private sector clients.Terry McCleary graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1990 and immediately began working at the Illinois Department of Transportation. In 2006, Terry started McCleary Engineering on a part-time basis. In 2009, he left IDOT to work full time at McCleary Engineering. Over the years Terry has had the pleasure of working on some very interesting geotechnical projects.



Planning, Design and Construction of the Tanana River Bridge

The Alaska Railroad Corporation’s desire to extend its current line to improve commercial freight and passenger rail service, in addition to the need for the U.S. Department of Defense to have reliable year round access to its 1-million acre training range, drove the need for the Tanana River Bridge. The bridge faced several factors that complicated its design and construction, including an unpredictable, glacier-fed river; a remote, harsh location; extreme temperatures; complex logistics and construction; and geotechnical and seismic issues. This presentation will discuss the planning, design and construction of the bridge, including the CM/GC delivery method, design challenges and solutions, and highlights of the construction of Alaska’s longest bridge.

Howard Gotschall serves as the bridge lead for the Infrastructure Market in Hanson’s Saint Louis office. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 17 years of experience, primarily in highway and railway bridge design. His recent projects include the Glenn Highway Design-Build project just outside of Anchorage, Alaska and the foundation design for the CapX2020 transmission line crossing the Mississippi River from Alma, WI to Kellogg, MN. For the Tanana River Bridge, Howard was responsible for the preliminary foundation investigations at the piers, as well as review of the final substructure and seismic design. Howard is a licensed professional engineer in nine states, in addition to holding a structural engineering license in Alaska and Illinois.



Finite Element Analysis for Masonry

Samuel Rubenzer, PE, SE, & MBA has 18 years of experience in structural engineering. Early in his career, he worked as a structural engineer for design firms in Minnesota and Wisconsin,  and spent 5 years at RAM International and Bentley Systems providing training to structural engineers on how to use structural software programs and design tools. Sam started FORSE Consulting in January of 2010 and continues to assist fellow structural engineers with designs on a variety of projects, building types, and uses of software programs from Bentley, RISA, TEKLA, IES, SCIA, and others. Sam has also been the structural engineering consultant to the Wisconsin Structural Masonry Coalition since 2010. Sam is an expert in structural software programs and has been a speaker at several national structural engineering conferences on the use of software programs for the industry. Sam has a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Sam is a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) in the state of Illinois and a Professional Engineer (PE) in many of the Midwestern states.



Tornado and Thunderstorm-Induced Wind Loading on Structures

Windstorms cause the most damage annually of any natural hazard in the United States. In most years, an overwhelming percentage of this damage is caused by thunderstorms and tornadoes. Despite these losses, very little is known about the characteristics of these events, their relation to wind loading, and how they differ from current prescriptions available in wind load codes and standards. This talk will focus on: 1) knowledge that has recently been gained on these extreme events through observation, damage surveys and simulations most notably from the 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado; 2) areas in thunderstorm and tornado research that still need improved understanding from both fundamental and practical aspects and 3) preliminary and future work that is occurring at the University of Illinois in an attempt to increase understanding of these phenomena and their impacts.

Dr. Frank Lombardo currently specializes in wind engineering and is involved in improving probabilistic and physical characterization of extreme wind events such as tornadoes and thunderstorms, estimating loading conditions in these events and utilizing this information to understand infrastructure performance. Lombardo was the lead researcher in developing an updated wind map for ASCE 7-16. Lombardo was also an integral member of a team that investigated the Joplin, MO, tornado which resulted in the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2014.



Todd Hamilton ( Simpson Strong Tie )
Frederick Coombe ( Fehr-Graham )
William Miller ( Miller Structural Consulting )
Ryan Schaefer ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Huixian Hong ( ADM Design Services )
Brian Volle ( ADM Design Services )
Patrick Petrone ( Veenstra & Kimm )
Grant Halvorsen ( Halvorsen Engineering & Consulting )
Audra Olson
Nauman Khan ( Exelon )
Michael Purol ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, Inc. )
Matthew Walker ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, Inc. )
Edward Wu ( ESWA Inc. )
Donald Gall ( Rohn Products, LLC )
Habib Azouri ( Rohn Products, LLC )
Nathan Frankenhoff ( Frankenhoff Consulting, Inc. )
Matthew Koykar ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Gregg Heinzman ( Garcia Consulting Engineers )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
David Groblewski ( David E. Groblewski, P.E., Inc. )
Thomas Casson ( Menard County Highway Department )
Deepak Gidwani ( DG Structural Engineering LLC )
Tammy Depke ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, LLC )
Charles Bach ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, LLC )
Reginald Benton ( Benton & Associates, Inc. )
Brian Johnson ( WHKS )
Dan Piemonte ( L.B. Foster Company )
Elizabeth Talleur
Allen Taylor ( ATSE Consultants, LLC )
Randy Burt ( ATSE Consultants, LLC )
Tim Warchol ( Foundation Supportworks by Woods )
Steven Megginson ( Hampton Lenzini & Renwick )
Faith Duncan
Greg Hasbrouck
Sam Rubenzer
Terry McCleary ( McCleary Engineering )
Frank Lombardo
Howard Gotschall ( Hanson Professional Services, Inc. )
Cory Byrd ( Maurer-Stutz, Inc. )
Jason Caravello ( DYWIDAG-Systems International )
David Poland ( Dave Poland Engineering, LLC )
Greg Terri ( Hayward Baker, Inc. )
Marvin Brooks ( City of Naperville )
David Maurer ( Retired )
George Holesko ( The Telephone Center )
Chase Connor ( Hurst-Rosche, Inc. )
Brian Spencer ( Architechnics, Inc. )
Scott Conwell ( Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition )
Toni McDonough ( McDonough-Whitlow, P.C. )
Kenneth McDonough ( McDonough-Whitlow, P.C. )
Marcie Morris ( Yargus Manufacturing, Inc. )
Kristen Fields ( TERRA Engineering, Ltd. )
Frank Montana ( Montana Design Service, Ltd. )
Krista Gnatt ( Western Specialty Contractors )
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
Priscila Carrijo ( Hilti )
ADRIENNE COUSSENS ( Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
Robert Cusick ( Hanson Professional Services, Inc. )
David Greifzu ( V3 Companies )
Chris Whitfield ( Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. )
Patrick Netemeyer ( Netemeyer Engineering Associates )
Ben Netemeyer ( Netemeyer Engineering Associates )
David Gaskins ( consulting engineer )
Kashif Ali Syed ( Greene & Bradford, Inc. )
Alex Brown ( Nucor Vulcraft )
Jim Hansel ( CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation )
Kenneth Hansen ( Lindapter )
Kyle Linenfelser ( Aedifica Case Engineering )
Timothy Roecker ( Roecker Consulting Engineers, Inc. )
Marc Chiles ( Roecker Consulting Engineers, Inc. )
Chris McCann ( McCann Concrete Products )
Ronald Bacon ( Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing, Inc. )
Adam Bohnhoff ( Civil Design, Inc. )
Carroll Ringelestein ( ADM Design Services )
Mike Trello ( Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers, LLC )
Arwa Das
R. David Schnelle ( City of Danville )
Erin Powers ( Litania Sports Group )
Steven Bishop ( Retired from Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
John Kao ( Ameren Illinois )
Jeff Warmolts ( DeWalt/ Powers Fasteners )
Dennis Roby
Gary Hahn ( Rhutasel & Associates, Inc. )
Kevin Barry ( Chicago Clamp Company )