Structural Engineering Society of British Columbia


Past SEABC Events

A selection of past seminars are available for online viewing or download.

Upcoming SEABC Events

Evening Seminar: Heritage Restoration & Seismic Upgrades of Christ Church Cathedral

The Christ Church Cathedral is Vancouver's oldest surviving church which welcomed the community at the corner of West Georgia and Burrard for 125 years. Once the brightest and tallest building in the city, it was known as 'the light on the hill'; used by mariners for navigation into port.

In 1995, the Cathedral community adopted a multi-phase plan to restore the fabric of the building, strengthen its foundations through seismic upgrade and completely renovated its interior. In this final phase of renewal, the Cathedral's roof was replaced with zinc roof. This provided an opportunity to significantly reinforce the original roof structure, and complete the earlier 2004 seismic plan with new roof diaphragm, steel grid, and wall anchoring etc. An elegant stained glass 4-bell spire was also constructed, as well as enlargement of its kitchen to better serve Vancouver's hungry and vulnerable community.

This event welcome guests of Christ Church Cathedral, registered attendees at the IABSE Conference 2017, members of Chartered Engineers Pacific and members of the Structural Engineers Association of BC. It offers a rare glimpse into Vancouver’s structural engineering heritage and an opportunity to network with peers and other professionals.

Ian Birtwell, Associate Warden for Restoration, Trustee
Meredith Anderson, PEng, Struct.Eng., Sr Project Engineer, RJC
James Emery, M.Arch, AIBC, MRAIC, PEng, Prime Consultant, Iredale Architecture
Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time: Refreshments at 7:00pm, followed by presentation at 7:30pm
Registration: 100 seats are available on first-come-first seated

More information: Seminar brochure

2017 IABSE Symposium

Pre-Conference Workshops - September 18 - 20

SEABC will host the 2017 IABSE Symposium in September. The Symposium is a three-day technical conference preceded by a program of pre-conference workshops and the Annual Meetings of IABSE's technical committees and working groups.

Registration for the Symposium and Workshops are open at Symposium website. Members that do not plan on attending the Symposium but want to register for a Workshop, can do so here on the SEABC website.

Workshop Instructors Schedule More information
and Registration
Seismic Engineering:
Issues in Displacement Based Design and Assessment
Prof. G.M. Calvi
(IUSS Pavia, Italy)
Prof. A. Filiatrault
(Univ at Buffalo, USA)
Mon Sep 18
Tue Sep 19
Timber Engineering:
Innovations in Structural Timber Design and Construction
Dr. J. Natterer
(Polyscope, Switzerland)
Prof. M. Flach
(Unniv. Innsbruck, Austria)
Paul Fast
(Fast + Epp, Canada)
Wed Sep 20
Forensic Engineering:
Structural Failures - Cases, Causes, Lessons Learned
J. Duntemann
D. Peraza
(Exponent, USA)
Prof. R.T. Ratay
(Columbia Univ., USA)
Wed Sep 20
Cold Regions Engineering:
Contemporary Design for a Harsh Environment
A. Gygax
(Gygax Engineering Associates, Canada)
E. Hoeve
(Tetratech, Canada)
L. Mihalik
(Associated Engineering, Canada)
Wed Sep 20

We regret this workshop has been cancelled
Young Engineers Workshop:
Bridge Dynamic Response by Design
Dr. P. Irwin
(RWDI, Canada)
Dr. D. Radojevic
(COWI, Canada)
& Dr. P. Taylor (Canada)
Wed Sep 20

Industry Events

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC)

Seminars, Webcasts and Distance Education

Overview: APEGBC sponsors numerous professional development events during the year.
More information: APEGBC website

Wood WORKS! BC Events

NCSEA Webinars

Overview: Monthly NCSEA/SEAOC Webinars on structural design manuals and codes.
More information: NCSEA website

Dowco Online Learning Network

Steel Connection Design Courses

Overview: This connection design course focuses on steel structures and is targeted to professionals in the steel detailing industry. The Connection Design for Structural Steel online course is an effective online training and resource tool available via the Internet. SEABC members qualify for a 10% discount — use the following referral code "SEABC"
More information: Connection Design Course website
Course Brochure: Download
Registration: Download course application form