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Attention  Architecture,  ENGINEERING and Construction Trade Associations and 
Publications:


Plans are progressing in what is  sure to be one of  the National Council of 
Structural Engineers Associations most exciting programs ever.

Please consider announcing to your members -  readers,  colleagues

Bob   Johnson
SEAOI/NCSEA
203  N.   Wabash    Suite  2010
Chicago,   IL  60601

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For Immediate Release:          October,  2001          
FOR MORE INFORMATION:   Ben  Baer, NCSEA
                                    312-   677-1360


(headline)   LEARNING FROM OUR MISTAKES:
                Failures,  Forensics,  Ethics  and Risk

Chicago, Illinois -   Are we missing something in the design of structures?   
 Tacoma Narrows Bridge . . . Hartford Civic Center Coliseum . . . Kansas City 
Hyatt . . . L’Ambience Plaza . . . Citicorp Plaza . . . Northridge Earthquake 
. . . Four Times Square Scaffold . . . World Trade Center – 

The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) is 
presenting the annual Structural Engineering Winter Institute from January 20 
through January 23, 2002 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center 
in Tempe (Phoenix), Arizona.  The Winter Institute is an educational program 
focusing on a different theme each year, and this year’s topic is “Learning 
>From Our Mistakes: Failures, Forensics, Ethics and Risk.”

The program will feature presentations by renown structural investigators 
including Glenn Bell, Rob Shepherd, John Osteraas, David Peraza, Robert 
Ratay, Manny Velivasakis and Kimball Beasley.  Facades and cladding, temporary
structures, lift-slab construction, and human factors are among the topics 
that will be discussed.  Paul Lurie and Howard Ashcraft, both attorneys 
specializing in construction-related issues, will address the legal aspects 
of failures, standard of care for engineers and how to survive in an 
electronic age.  Vivian Weil, Director of the IIT Center for the Study of 
Ethics in the Professions, will present ideas on the practical aspects of 
ethics in structural engineering.  Mike Gorman, President of the Structural 
Engineers Risk Management Council, will share insight from insurance and risk 
perspective.

James Chiles, author of Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of 
Technology (HarperBusiness), will speak Sunday evening about how  technology 
can fail when there isn't enough attention to the minor details.  After 
dinner Tuesday
evening, Jack Gillum will give his thoughts on structural failure from a 
personal perspective, drawing on his experience as the structural engineer of 
record for the Kansas City Hyatt.

Just added to the program is a special presentation by Ron Hamburger on the 
structural assessment of terrorism in the United States.  He will present 
some observations from the team investigating the World Trade Center.

There will be a total of twenty (20) contact hours of continuing education 
credit.

Visit the NCSEA website at http://www.NCSEA.com or call (312) 372-8035 for 
additional program and registration information.

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NCSEA is a professional association representing the licensed structural 
engineers in the United States.  The association regularly holds an annual 
conference, holds an annual structural design competition,  and conducts 
seminars.  The association was founded in 1992 to act as an unifying voice 
for state Structural Engineering Associations .


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