Structures Congress 2018

Fort Worth, Texas | April 19–21, 2018

Special Events

SEI Student Career Networking Event

Friday, April 20 | 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Full-time students registered for Structures Congress are invited to this exclusive event to network one-on-one with employers for structural engineering positions and internships. Visit SEI Students to learn more. Apply by to take full advantage of this opportunity. Your profile, resume and contact information will be shared with participating organizations prior to the event.

Are you Hiring Structural Engineers? Network with the best and brightest structural engineering students as they enter the job market and search for career or internship placement. Maximize your visility with students today!

Special Evening Reception Celebrating the Future of Structural Engineering, hosted by CSI

Friday, April 20 | 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Computers & Structures Reception at Structures Congress 2017Join us to celebrate the future of Structural Engineering. Ashraf Habibullah, President and CEO of Computers & Structures, Inc., will host a special dinner reception Friday, April 20, at Structures Congress 2018. The event will feature entertainment in celebration of the SEI Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering, leadership and initiatives that will revolutionize the future of our amazing profession. Join Ashraf for an evening of fun, inspiration and fabulous prizes. You won’t want to miss this! Ticket includes endlessly flowing champagne, live entertainment, full dinner, hosted bar, and amazing raffle prizes.

Check out highlight's from last year's reception.

*Advance ticket purchase is required - tickets will not be available for purchase onsite. Tickets available through or until sold out. Must be 18 or older to attend. Add this ticket when you register for the conference.

  • Member/Non-Member: $50
  • Student: $25

100% of ticket proceeds fund SEI strategic initiatives through the SEI Futures Fund in partnership with ASCE Foundation. 

Hosted by:

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CASE Convocation

The Council of American Stuctural Engineers (CASE) is a national associtation of structural engineering firms that operates as a coalition of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The CASE mission is to improve the practice of structural engineering by reducing the frequency and severity of claims. To this end, it provides a forum for action to improve the quality of structural engineering through enhancement of business practices, deceased professional liability exposure and increased profitability. The following CASE Spring Rish Convocation sessions were organzised by CASE and are open to all conference registrants. 

Friday, April 20| 9:30 -10:30 a.m. 

Managing Design Professionals' Risk In the Design and Constrcution of Property Line Building Sturctures
Kriton A. Pantelidis, ESQ Associate Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP and Benjamin M. Cornelius, Partner, Leslie E. Robertson Associations, R.L.L.P. 
This session will discuss the special risks that engineers face in connection with the design and construction of property line construction projects. It will be presented from both the engineering and legal perspectives. Through a series of case studies, the speakers will introduce the parts of excavation and construction that can present the greatest risks to design professionals, offer examples of practical engineering solutions to mitigating such risks, and discuss how design professionals can protect themselves from a professional perspective prior to, during, and after construction.

By the end of this session attendees will:

  • Identify regulations/building codes that play a role in the risk faced by designers of property-line construction projects;
  • Identify high-risk components of property-line construction projects;
  • Identify key steps by designers to reduce risk of damage and injury, before and during construction; and
  • Identify how design professionals can protect themselves legally from claims associated with damage to adjoining properties.

Friday, April 20| 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

The Good and the Bad of Delegated Design: How to Work With/As a Specialty Structural Engineer
Presenter: Kevin Chamberlain, P.E., Principal DeStefano & Chamberlain Inc. 
This session will discuss delegated design from the viewpoint of a practicing structural engineer who has been on both sides of the table. He will discuss roles and responsibilities of the SER and SSE, and present a few case studies of delegated design projects.

By the end of this session attendees will have a better understanding of their responsibilities as the structural engineer of record as well as the specialty structural engineer for projects with delegated design aspects as well as tips on working with SSE’s and the types of things to be aware of and to watch out for in projects with delegated design portions from both perspectives.

Friday, April 20| 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Construction Dispute Resolution Through Forensic Engineering
Benjamin M. Cornelius, Partner, Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P. 
A problem arises on a construction project and your firm needs to recreate the sequence of events that led to the issue - how do you approach the mountain of project documentation that lands on your desk? This session will illustrate key strategies that forensic engineers use to effectively analyze and interpret project data to unravel the mystery of a construction claim. Structural designer and forensic engineer Ben Cornelius will offer real and fictitious case studies to highlight best forensic practices in construction dispute resolution.

Friday, April 20| 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 

Tackling Today's Business Practice Challenges - A Structural Engineering Roundtable
Presenter: Corey Matsuka, Executive Vice President, SSFM International, Inc. 
Join CASE Leaders and structural engineering executives for an interactive discussion of the business practice challenges encountered by structural engineering firms on a daily basis and the best practices employed by the industry’s top firms to address those challenges.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own issues to discuss, but some of the anticipated topics include: ownership / leadership transitions, firm valuation methods, preparedness of recent engineering graduates, keeping up with increasing code complexity, and more.

At the end of this session, the audience will be able to:

  • Develop business relationships that can lead to growth and success
  • Connect creative business solutions to common problems
  • Gain new perspectives on their company

ASCE/SEI Membership Booth Visitors Contest

All active members (new/reinstated/renewing) that visit the ASCE/SEI membership booth will be added to a drawing to win a FREE iPad Pro®. 

2018 Structures Congress Membership Drawing Rules:
1.    This contest is open to conference attendees and exhibitors. Employees of ASCE and members of their immediate families and households are not eligible.
2.    There will be one (1) drawing held on April 20, 2018 at 4pm. All Society dues payments must be received by that time.
3.    Participation in the contest is limited to ASCE and SEI members in dues paying categories (new/reinstated/renewing members) in good standing and active Life members. 
4.    Contest rules are subject to change by the ASCE Staff, including substitution of a prize of comparable value. By entering the contest, members agree that ASCE’s decisions are final and not open to challenge.
5.    No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited. 
6.    No cash or other substitution of prize permitted.
7.    The award winner is responsible for submission and payment of the appropriate taxes for any/all prizes he/she may receive.
8.    This contest is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.


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