March 2, 2018 - 7:00am to 11:00am

The 26th Annual Chicago Trade Show and Symposium provides a forum for engineers and architects to interact with trade professionals, and listen to informative presentations. Typically, the attendees represent every aspect of the industry including: design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contractors, and owner representatives from various departments of transportation +   FHWA.

The Trade Show and Symposium is a half-day event that includes five 25-minute presentations, and breakfast.  The event also includes ample time to interact with up to 20 vendors. 

Attendees will earn 2.0 hours of continuing education credit. CE Certificates will be emailed after the event. 

Please register by Tuesday, February 27 to guarantee your place.  Registrations received after that time will be honored if possible, but cannot be guaranteed.


See Who's Coming!



7:00 - 7:30

Registration, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors

7:30 - 7:40

Welcome and Introductions

7:40 - 8:05

AESS: Categorized by Design 
Joseph Dardis

8:05 - 8:20

Exhibitor Introductions

8:20 - 8:45

Deconstructing the Wall: A Methodology for Masonry Wall Design
Scott Conwell

8:45 - 9:10

Break/Visit Exhibitors

9:10 – 9:35

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports - A Valuable Resource for Structural Engineers
Elyse Levy

9:35 - 10:00

Expectations for Contractors and Designers Working Adjacent to CTA's ROW
Derek Boeldt

10:00 - 10:25

Viaduct Widening with Hydraulically Pressed-in Pipe Piles
Ian Vaz

10:25 - 10:45

Break/Visit Exhibitors

10:45 - 11:00

Conclusion/Raffle (Must be present to win)



University Club
76 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL

Please note that the University Club dress code prohibits denim of any kind. 


Attendee Information

The registration fee for the Trade Show & Symposium is just $35 for members, $50 for non-members.  Breakfast is included.


Exhibitor Information

Exhibitors will have abundant opportunity to interact with attendees during breakfast and breaks. Each company will receive recognition in the program, plus an opportunity for a two-minute introduction to the audience from the podium. Exhibiting companies may bring up to two represen

tatives. The exhibitor fee is $775. 


Sponsor Information           

Companies who are unable to exhibit this year can still reach the attendees through sponsorship of the event.

  • Gold: $850 – Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program,display of a poster at event, recognition for sponsoring breakfast and the opportunity to distribute promotional items to all attendees.
  • Silver: $500 – Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program, display of a poster at event.
  • Bronze: $300 – Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program.


About the Speakers

Joseph Dardis, PE,  is a Structural Steel Specialist at the American Institute of Steel Construction in Chicago. In addition to increasing the use of structural steel in the Chicago marketplace, Joe is the AISC subject matter expert on high rise buildings, authors articles for Modern Steel Construction magazine and serves on the Engineering Journal Review Board.  Prior to joining AISC, Joe worked as a structural engineer in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University in 2009 and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University in 2012, upon completing his thesis on sustainability in the construction industry.  Joe is also currently pursuing an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

Architects and Engineers want architecturally exposed structural steel on projects to meet their expectations for appearance, budget, quality and structural integrity. The category system implemented in the AISC Code of Standard Practice effectively communicates expectations and should be utilized on any AESS project.  Participants in this program will learn how and when to implement the AESS Category Method to effectively communicate the desired appearance for architecturally exposed structural steel in a format that contractors can understand.

Scott Conwell, FAIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C,is a Director of Industry Development with the International Masonry Institute (IMI), where he has dedicated his career to educating engineers and architects and advancing good design with masonry materials.  He has authored technical articles published industry-wide, and he leads IMI’s team on the Masonry Detailing Series (, an online collection of architectural details for masonry.  In his 22 years with IMI, Scott has delivered over 900 AIA-registered presentations in 29 states and 4 countries impacting over 39,000 attendees.  He is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The exterior masonry wall is a complex assembly that challenges engineers in the problems of aesthetics, performance, and structure.  This session takes a detailed look at the decision-making process for walls in the pre-design and early design stages.  Attendees will learn a design approach that quickly and systematically takes them through a series of micro-decisions on a small number (eight or fewer) of subassemblies of the wall, resulting in a well-informed system design. 

Elyse G. Levy, SE is a Senior Staff Engineer with ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), based in the Chicago area.  Elyse is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is licensed in Illinois.  Working on a broad range of projects for structural design firms Beer, Gorski and Graff and Thornton Tomasetti provided an ideal background for Elyse’s current work evaluating building products used in structural applications.  With ICC-ES since 2004, Elyse provides technical information to code officials, engineers and others through ICC-ES evaluation reports. As leader of the Fastener Hub at ICC-ES, Elyse specializes in evaluating fasteners.       

In this presentation, attendees will be introduced to ICC-ES evaluation reports, many of which address structural design information for products and assemblies.  The presentation will cover what ICC-ES evaluation reports are, how to access them and how to read them.



Derek Boeldt, SE, PE, works at the Chicago Transit Authority as Deputy Chief Engineer in the Infrastructure division and oversees the Civil, Track and Structural Engineering groups, as well as CTA’s role in CDOT’s Office of Underground Construction permitting process and other design and construction projects that may impact CTA’s infrastructure. He is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in Illinois and a graduate of Michigan Technological University.  He is also an SEAOI board member where he serves as the chair of both the Membership Committee and the Structures Symposium Committee. 

This presentation will focus on the current content of the CTA Adjacent Construction Manual (ACM), changes in the pipeline for future revisions as well as a brief overview of some adjacent projects that have resulted in challenges for CTA such as MWRD in Skokie and the subsequent collapse of the yellow line embankment, the Halsted bridge over I-290 that had a concrete formwork wall collapse, the Cumberland bridge over I-90, the Cumberland flyover bridge over I-190 and swinging 20’ deep girders over traffic, 150 N. Riverside formwork collapse due to high winds, 444 W. Lake drilling 16’ diameter caissons 2’ from the blue line subway tunnel under traffic, and more.

Ian Vaz is a Technical Advisor with the Giken America Corporation, located in Orlando, Florida. He has lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan for four years after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from the University of Central Florida. Since joining Giken America in 2014, he educates engineers and contractors on an unconventional method of construction involving non-vibratory sheet and pipe pile installation with minimal noise impacts that synergizes with an ever-changing society that is shifting away from permanent, obsolete structures and more towards functional, practical structures. 


Even in today’s world where technology has enhanced design and construction versatility, the means to improve and expand existing expressway systems in areas with limited space and congestion still require detailed planning and execution. An additional challenge to this is completing such tasks with as little noise and vibration as possible. For a complex project in Tokyo, pipe piles were installed to form cell foundations to support a new viaduct section as part of the Central Loop Expressway Upgrade Project. This interchange located on the eastern side of Tokyo was constructed on top of two rivers running side by side with the new lanes just under the existing girders. The soil located under this 26-foot-deep river was very soft; requiring the foundation piles for this new viaduct to extend down 195 feet in order to reach a competent sand layer for bearing capacity.





Russell Robinson ( SEAOI )
Ali Issa ( SEAOI )
Bora Jang ( SEAOI )
Zach Haney ( SEAOI )
Leutrim Demiri ( SEAOI )
Michael Desch ( SEAOI )
Mary Jane Davis ( SEAOI )
Hammad Ahmad ( SEAOI )
Kurt Ordillas ( SEAOI )
Raymond Weah ( SEAOI )
Greg Koch ( SEAOI )
Robert Hooks ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Gonzalo Martinez ( HILTI )
Darren Diehm ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
M. Basar Civelek ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc. )
Brian Boysen ( Burns & McDonnell )
James Senffner ( Senffner & Associates, Ltd. )
Robert Mirabal ( Peoples Gas )
Michael Schmidt ( Spancrete )
Mike Landry ( Dakota Evans Restoration )
Don Jabczynski ( S.E. Enhancements, LLC )
Tianshu Qi ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Antonio Antonio Jr. ( Antonio and Associates, P.C. )
Andrew Schwarz ( HBK Engineering )
John Rosenwinkel ( Fraser Design Group, Inc. )
Garret Browne ( Rockey structures )
Sheffee Lulkin ( Sheffee Lulkin & Associates, Inc. )
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
Patrick Olechno ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Colin Rueb ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Satyapal Patel
David Petlicki ( SP Engineers Ltd. )
Scott Leduc ( Peoples Gas )
Austin Devin ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Saranthip Koh ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Max Cooper ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Thomas Behringer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Amelia Johnson ( The Walsh Group )
Stephen Specht ( The Walsh Group )
Kirsten Lefeldt ( Walsh Construction Company )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar, International, Inc. )
Veronika Billiot ( TGRWA )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Mark Buwen ( Bowman Consulting )
Arthur Nowak ( Bowman Consulting )
Ira Norooz ( Maxima Consultants )
Nancy Collins ( )
Ian Vaz ( Giken America Corporation )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Matt Ziesemer ( Western Speciality Contractors )
Chris Carpenter ( Peoples Gas )
Steve McCuiston ( Voss Engineering )
Bruce Kaskel ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Chicago) )
Vinod Patel ( Exp US Services, Inc. )
Ronald Boehm
Allison Toonen-Talamo ( Klein and Hoffman )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
John Zerfas ( GRAEF )
Gary Powell ( Stantec Consulting Services Inc. )
Jon Andrews ( TGRWA, LLC )
Chuck Pleuss ( Sitar Construction )
Matthew Shelton ( H.W. Lochner, Inc. )
Meghana Kotha ( H.W. Lochner, Inc. )
Deborah Zroka ( Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. )
Mona Saffari ( Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. )
Stephen Long ( Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. )
Vince Scarpa ( Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. )
Shiv Agarwal ( Nayyar & Nayyar International, Inc. )
John Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
Brian Miller ( Cast Connex )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Robert B. Johnson
Seth Hoffman ( Brierley Associates )
Jeff Diqui ( Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition )
Jean Smith ( J. Wattson Engineering Co., Inc. )
William Smith ( J. Wattson Engineering Co., Inc. )
Joseph Dardis ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Juanita Potsic ( Sargent & Lundy, LLC )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Brian Lammert ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Sainath Reddivari ( Lakeshore Engineering, LLC )
Nichole Reber ( PR and Authority Marketing Consultant )
Steve Citko ( exp US Services, Inc. )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Rigi Chackanad ( Dywidag-Systems International )
Ken Nizamuddin ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )
George Krupa ( Retired )
Elizabeth Brewer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Don Redar ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Matthew Wagner ( Raths Raths and Johnson Inc )
Christopher Rockey ( Rockey Structures, LLC )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Aphrodite Angelakos ( a1a Design Group Corporation )
William Gould ( ICC Evaluation Services )