January 23, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Richard Kristie and Joseph Toniolo from WJE will discuss background for wood as a structural material, techniques for investigating wood structures to determine the type and extent of damage, and repair design and construction. The seminar is intended for design professionals interested in the evaluating traditional and engineered wood structures.


Association Forum
10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 800
Chicago, IL


  • Registration Rates: $220 members/$295 non-members 
  • Government Employee Rate: $120.00
    • Government Employees shall be from the following organizations: Departments of Transportation (City or State), including IDOT, CDOT, ISTHA, etc.; RTA - Chicago Transit Authority/Metra/Pace; Chicago Building Department
    • Other agencies will be reviewed and accepted at the discretion of the Continuing Education Committee and SEAOI. Please contact nradler@seaoi.org to request acceptance if you believe you qualify for the rate but are not employed by one of the above agencies.

If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Monday, January 20th. If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Attendees will earn 4 hours of continuing education credit.  CE certificates will be emailed to all participants following the event. Course handouts will also be emailed to participants in PDF format if available before the event.

About the Speakers

Richard Kristie, P.E., S.E. - Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Since joining WJE in 1985, Richard Kristie has conducted investigations and evaluations of many existing and damaged wood structures. His has extensive design and repair experience with a variety a wood framing systems including  heavy timber, traditional framing, plate-connected and engineered trusses, and engineered wood products. With his experience, Mr. Kristie has led numerous investigation and repair projects for wood structures ranging from small residential and commercial structures to large commercial, religious, residential, historic, and manufacturing facilities.

Joseph Toniolo, P.E., S.E. - Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Since joining WJE in 2000, Joseph Toniolo has led investigations of damaged and collapsed structures, evaluated and repaired existing structures, and coordinated the implementation of repairs for hundreds of wood structures. Mr. Toniolo specializes in the investigation and repair of wood structures with framing systems including traditional framing, plate-connected trusses, heavy timber, and engineered wood products. He has extensive experience with both modern and vintage wood structures.



Eduardo Prieto ( Exp Federal )
Jeffrey Travis ( Exponent, Inc. )
James Senffner ( Senffner & Associates, Ltd. )
Jeffrey Barnett ( Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. )
Homa Ghaemi ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Camille Loudenback ( Klein and Hoffman )
Marcus Woods ( Woods Residential Engineering and Inspection )
Eric Wheeler ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Debra Hoegemeyer ( Uptown Structural Engineering LLC )
Nancy Collins ( Collins Associates )
August Domel ( Engineering Systems, Inc. )
Antonio Domel
Thomas Litka ( Advanced Consulting Group, Inc. )
Lorenzo Hong ( GSG Probe Consulting Inc. )
Richard Schindler ( McCluskey Engineering Corporation )
Jonathan Sladek ( WSP USA )
Yasmin Chaudhry ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Clark Baurer ( Clark T. Baurer Structural Engineer )
Jeff Ruhde ( Burns & McDonnell )
Jared D'Amico ( K2N Crest )
Andy Lane ( SoCore Engineering )
Seth Hoffman ( Brierley Associates )
Richard Kristie ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Joseph Toniolo ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )