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1 A Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering: A Case for Change

2 ASCE eLearning Webinars

3 Moderator Jennifer Goupil, P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE Director, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE

4 One of 8 specialty Institutes of ASCE The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE was founded in 1996 Mission is to advance and serve the structural engineering profession More than 25,000 members More than 30 SEI Chapters including five Graduate Student Chapters. SEI Overview

5 Speaker Donald Dusenberry, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE SEI President Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

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7 Outline SEI Strategic Planning Influences On Our Profession Vision For The Future Bridging The Gap Initiatives Authorized by SEI Board of Governors

8 Last Slide First

9 Innovation Leadership

10 The Board of Governor’s Strategic Planning

11 2008: SEI Vision Statement

12 Strategic Planning 2008: SEI Vision Statement 2011: Strategic planning meetings Strategic Sketches

13 Strategic Planning 2008: SEI Vision Statement 2011: Strategic planning meetings Strategic Sketches 2012: Task Committee on Expectations for Future Structural Engineers Stan CaldwellStan R. Caldwell, P.E., SECB Don DusenberrySimpson Gumpertz & Heger Jennifer GoupilStructural Engineering Institute Cherylyn HenryTY Lin Keith HjelmstadArizona State University John HooperMagnusson Klemencic Jim MalleyDegenkolb

14 October 2013: Report issued

15 May 2014: Actions authorized by SEI Board of Governors

16 Influences On Our Profession

17 Key Influences Technology Globalization Codes Licensure Education

18 Technology

19 It is not limited to computers and phones

20 Technology It is not limited to computers and phones Sensors Monitors Photography Thermography Lasers Ground penetrating radar X-ray Lots more

21 Technology – what is it doing for us? The “good:”

22 Technology – what is it doing for us? The “good:” Allows a higher order of engineering Allows us to check multiple options – to optimize Removes some drudgery

23 Technology – what is it doing for us? The “OK:”

24 Technology – what is it doing for us? The “OK:” Changes the way we learn Changes the way we develop intuition Changes the way we do quality control

25 Technology – what is it doing for us? The “ugly:”

26 Technology – what is it doing for us? The “ugly:” Turns analyses into black box processes Turns a significant fraction of our work into a commodity Reduces the workforce

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38 Technology will: Change the way we solve problems Expand the types of problems we can solve Impact quality control Turn some of what we do today into commodities Reduce the number of engineers necessary to solve problems

39 Globalization

40 Our education and our expertise historically have been the envy of the world

41 Globalization Our education and our expertise historically have been the envy of the world Electronic communication opens the world

42 Globalization Our education and our expertise historically have been the envy of the world Electronic communication opens the world The global market increases the pie

43 Globalization Our education and our expertise historically have been the envy of the world Electronic communication opens the world The global market increases the pie It creates new responsibilities

44 Globalization Our education and our expertise historically have been the envy of the world Electronic communication opens the world The global market increases the pie It creates new responsibilities Are we equipped to work in a global market? Do we know the language? Do we understand the culture? Do we understand the construction industry? Are we versed in the regulations?

45 Globalization Our education and our expertise historically have been the envy of the world Electronic communication opens the world The global market increases the pie It creates new responsibilities Are we equipped to work in a global market? Do we know the language? Do we understand the culture? Do we understand the construction industry? Are we versed in the regulations? Are we too passive and parochial to be players?

46 Globalization Globalization will: Create new threats Create new opportunities Require us to “change our minds”

47 Codes and Standards

48 The more comprehensive the better

49 Codes and Standards The more comprehensive the better Right?

50 Size of ASCE 7 – the Loads Standard Font Adjustment

51 ASCE 7 – The Loads Standard

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57 Codes and Standards Codes and standards need to stop: Setting priorities Stifling innovation and creativity Turning our thought processes into cookbook recipes Commoditizing our profession

58 Structural Engineering Licensure

59 Structural engineering is not a part-time job

60 Structural Engineering Licensure Structural engineering is not a part-time job It requires constant learning

61 Structural Engineering Licensure Structural engineering is not a part-time job It requires constant learning Technology creates temptation

62 Structural Engineering Licensure Structural engineering is not a part-time job It requires constant learning Technology creates temptation Considering globalization, advances in technology, and evolution of codes, SE licensure is essential

63 Structural Engineering Licensure Professional licensure needs to: Restrict practice to those qualified Require meaningful continuing education

64 Education

65 Is it serving our profession?

66 Year Credits/Hours for BSCE Per STAN R. CALDWELL, P.E., SECB Undergraduate Education

67 Medicine Law Pharmacy Architecture Accounting Occupational Therapy Years of Formal Education Per STAN R. CALDWELL, P.E., SECB Formal Education

68 Medicine Law Pharmacy Architecture Accounting Occupational Therapy Engineering Years of Formal Education Per STAN R. CALDWELL, P.E., SECB Formal Education

69 Education Strong pressure to grant degrees in 4 years

70 Education Strong pressure to grant degrees in 4 years Ever-expanding body of knowledge

71 Education Strong pressure to grant degrees in 4 years Ever-expanding body of knowledge Impetus to have new skills

72 Education Strong pressure to grant degrees in 4 years Ever-expanding body of knowledge Impetus to have new skills We drive away those with the new skills

73 Education Where do the Bachelors go?

74 Education Based on Size of Firm

75 Bachelors

76 Education Based on Size of Firm Bachelors Masters

77 Education Based on Type of Project

78 Masters dominate: Healthcare Institutional High-rise Stadiums

79 Education Based on Type of Project Masters dominate: Healthcare Institutional High-rise Stadiums Balanced: Commercial Industrial Educational Multi/single-family Bridges

80 Education Internships, mentoring, continuing education

81 Education Engineering education needs to: Broaden the skill set Teach innovation and creativity Prepare the engineer for the world marketplace Be seamless with practice Continue for life

82 Strategic Issue: Technology Rate of technology development has outpaced our ability to leverage it

83 Strategic Issue: Globalization Global opportunities and threats have changed the playing field and our responsibilities

84 Strategic Issue: Innovation Codes, standards, risk aversion, and the educational system have stymied innovation

85 Strategic Issue: Education Traditional models for educating structural engineers are obsolete

86 Strategic Issue: Leadership Muted respect on project teams and vague public identity limit our influence

87 SEI Board of Governor’s Vision

88 Vision Unique, fully engaged profession Integrating factor in project View policy, aesthetics, finance as important details Able to articulate the vision for the profession Renowned for curiosity and commitment to learning Seen as the leader Policy leaders for infrastructure and sustainability Moving away from building codes as primary tool of the profession Integrated with other disciplines in the industry Eager to embrace design of any structure in need of engineering Engaged in a bold and enlightened educational format

89 Vision Recognized for maintaining public safety, managing risk, economic and sustainable use of resources, while creating inspiring structures Technical competence Productive use and development of technology Use of new materials Broad vision of infrastructure Commitment to add value to any professional conversation related to infrastructure Leverage changes in design environments, new technologies, and economic forces to improve the future

90 Vision Stewards of the built environment Engage in rehabilitation, reuse, resource preservation Serve markets outside the US Grow specialty firms and beyond-code practices Deal with commoditization of some of the traditional engineering portfolio

91 Vision Attractive to the best and brightest Play essential role in conception, influence, and leadership in daring designs Embrace and articulate a passion for addressing world’s key infrastructure and environmental challenges Become globally competitive and fully embrace the world’s cultures Lead development, implementation, and use of new technologies Have effective professional development mechanisms for seamless progression from formal education to leadership Demonstrate motivation and sincere drive to develop creative and innovation solutions

92 Bridging the Gap

93 Key Questions How do we keep the profession vibrant? How do we attract the best and the brightest?

94 Technical Skills Always a strong suit for structural engineers We have been masters of arcane facts, experts on the code

95 Technical Skills Always a strong suit for structural engineers We have been masters of arcane facts, experts on the code In the future, technical skills will lean heavily toward synthesizing from knowledge condensing vast amounts of information applying conceptual engineering fundamentals having intuition

96 Soft Skills Engineers will enter workforce at higher level

97 Soft Skills Engineers will enter workforce at higher level More effective mastery of soft skills will be needed

98 Broad Professional Abilities Technology needs to be a tool to enhance our designs, not a replacement for our skills Turn our abilities toward overall enhancement of the total project and to solving new problems

99 It is all about innovation and leadership

100 Bridging the Gap

101 Promote Performance Based Design

102 Bridging the Gap Promote Performance Based Design Champion the trend toward performance based design.

103 Bridging the Gap Collaborate with Other Professions to Solve Common Problems

104 Bridging the Gap Collaborate with Other Professions to Solve Common Problems Lead the charge, and pool our resources.

105 Bridging the Gap Lead Sustainability

106 Bridging the Gap Lead Sustainability Equate designing for sustainability with designing for cost efficiency.

107 Bridging the Gap Apply Skills Beyond Structural Engineering in Traditional Construction

108 Bridging the Gap Apply Skills Beyond Structural Engineering in Traditional Construction Play a larger role on the construction project team.

109 Bridging the Gap Apply Skills Beyond Traditional Construction

110 Bridging the Gap Apply Skills Beyond Traditional Construction If the problem involves managing force and motion, we can solve it.

111 Bridging the Gap Drive the Process of Technology Development

112 Bridging the Gap Drive the Process of Technology Development Where we see need, we imagine the technology.

113 Bridging the Gap Be Global Leaders in Structural Engineering

114 Bridging the Gap Be Global Leaders in Structural Engineering Think like a global leader, act like a global leader, be a global leader.

115 Bridging the Gap Embrace Other Cultures

116 Bridging the Gap Embrace Other Cultures Think responsibly, act responsibly.

117 Bridging the Gap Commit to Life-Long Learning and Professional Advancement

118 Bridging the Gap Commit to Life-Long Learning and Professional Advancement Develop meaningful mentoring, quality control, continuing education, professional licensure.

119 Bridging the Gap Reform Undergraduate Education

120 Bridging the Gap Reform Undergraduate Education Infuse our profession with a broader skill set.

121 Bridging the Gap Create Professional Schools

122 Bridging the Gap Create Professional Schools Build on that skill set to create engineers qualified for the future.

123 Bridging the Gap Put Faculty in Practice and Practitioners in Schools

124 Bridging the Gap Put Faculty in Practice and Practitioners in Schools Remove the “airlock.”

125 Bridging the Gap Reinvent Engineer-in-Training Concept

126 Bridging the Gap Reinvent Engineer-in-Training Concept Blur the line.

127 Initiatives Authorized by SEI Board of Governors

128 Initiative 1 - Technology Lead summits with other organizations to identify areas of mutual interest and collaboration in education, training, and development of technologies that promote structural engineers.

129 Initiative 2 - Globalization Establish the SEI International Activities Division to advance the role of SEI members on the world stage and to facilitate development of skills to thrive in the global market.

130 Initiative 3 – Codes and Standards Establish a standing committee to champion performance-based codes and standards.

131 Initiative 4 – Formal Education Establish and charge a committee of academics and practitioners with developing and advocating for a fundamentally new system of undergraduate and professional education.

132 Initiative 5 – Life Long Learning Establish a committee of like-minded organizations to recommend enhancements to ensure meaningful and high quality continuing education.

133 Initiative 6 - Mentoring Establish a committee to advocate for and implement effective mentoring.

134 Initiative 7 – Professional Licensure Promote SE licensure by supporting the Structural Engineering Licensure Coalition and its mission to advocate for SE licensure in all jurisdictions.

135 Initiative 8 - Promotion Designate a champion to promote the structural engineer as a leader and innovator.

136 Promote

137 Innovation Leadership Promote

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140 Don Dusenberry Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc

141 Q & A PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS NOW. Donald Dusenberry, P.E.Jennifer Goupil, P.E.

142 SEI membership free with ASCE membership! Advance your career: Build your network Get Involved:  Join your local SEI group  Participate on an SEI committee You will receive:  SEI Update e-newsletter  STRUCTURE and Modern Steel Construction magazines  Member rate on conferences, continuing education, publications Get Involved

143 Thank you! Visit SEI Director Jennifer Goupil


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