Upcoming Events

CPCI Design Manual Webinar Series

Presented by Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is excited to launch its first ever webinar series to present each chapter of the recently released CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual. The webinars will be presented by the Chapter Editors to CPCI members, engineers, owners/developers, designers and AEC professionals.

Webinar Dates

  • Chapter 1 - Methods and Materials
    May 23 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 2 - Analysis and Design of Structures
    May 30 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 3 - Design of Elements
    June 20 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 4 - Design of Connections
    June 27 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 5 - Architectural Precast Concrete
    September 12 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 6 - Related Considerations
    September 19 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 7 - Product Information and Capacity
    October 10 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 8 - General Design Information
    October 24 at 10:00 AM

A free PDF copy of the CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual is available on the CPCI website.

More information and registration.

Performance-based Seismic Design of Bridges in BC

Presented by Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia

The current Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code CAN/CSA-S6-14 has incorporated performance-based design methodology for the design of highway bridges in Canada. Although force-based design can still be used in certain circumstances, performance-based design is now the preferred and often mandatory method of bridge design based on the Code requirements. 

Engineers and Geoscientist British Columbia has recently published the Professional Practice Guidelines: Performance-Based Seismic Design of Bridges in BC. These guidelines are meant to provide a common level of expectation for various stake holders with respect to the level of effort, due diligence, and standard of practice to be followed. The document is intended to provide further clarity and guidance in applying the Code and the BC MoTI Supplement to the Code.

This seminar will provide an overview of the document with an in-depth discussion on the roles, responsibilities, and the performance-based design advantages and challenges for various parties. Limitations of the force-based design and basic concepts of performance-based design will be discussed along with seismic hazard assessment and soil-structure interaction analysis. An introduction to the MoTI's seismic program will be provided along with the drawing format, expected to be prepared by the consultants, summarizing the anticipated post-earthquake bridge performance. Two case studies will be discussed to show key analysis and design requirements required for performance-based design of bridges. The key points of the Assurance Statement to be prepared by the Engineer of Record will also be discussed.


  • Alireza Ahmadnia, PhD, P.Eng., PMP
    Senior Bridge Seismic Engineer, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Upul Atukorala, P.Eng.
    Principal, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Dane Doleman, P.Eng.
    Structures Engineer, City of Vancouver
  • Bruce Hamersley, P.Eng.
    Manager Bridge Engineering, Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
  • Sharlie Huffman, P.Eng., FEC
    President, Huffman Engineering Ltd.
  • Don Kennedy, P.Eng.
    Vice President, Transportation Structures, Associated Engineering
  • Saqib Khan, P.Eng.
    Technical Manager - Bridges, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.


Vancouver (TBD) and webinar


June 25 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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Building Smart with Airtightness Testing: Part One – The Essentials

Presented by BC Housing

Potential heat loss due to air leakage through an enclosure with moderate or poor airtightness has a significant and measurable impact on the required heating energy for a building. An enclosure that has good or exceptional airtightness can provide major energy savings.

Building codes require that building enclosures include continuous air barriers; the integrity of those air barriers can only be measured with an airtightness test. Airtightness testing is typically carried out using blower fans to pressurize and depressurize the building to measure the overall building airtightness.

This half-day workshop is the first in a series that will focus on airtightness testing of buildings. Of interest to builders, developers, designers, energy advisors, and building officials, it will cover:

  • Quick review of Part 9 Requirements and practice
  • Overview of Part 3 requirements
  • Designing the building for airtightness testing
  • Defining airtightness test phases and boundaries
  • Mid-construction qualitative testing
  • Timing and conditions for quantitative airtightness testing
  • Preparing for phased airtightness testing
  • Preparing for whole building airtightness testing
  • Quantitative airtightness testing procedures
  • Recommissioning after airtightness testing

This workshop was prepared in collaboration with industry stakeholders and consultants.


This seminar is available via  in-person attendance or live webinar.

Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St, Vancouver


June 26 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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2018 Northwest Conference

Presented by Structural Engineers Association of Washington

SEABC is a Northwest Council Chapter member. This year's conference will be hosted by the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW).


Hampton Inn, 486 Bradley Blvd, Richland, WA 99352

Conference Dates

August 1 to 4


Download registration packet (SEAW website)


SEABC members qualify for SEA member rates

More information and registration.

Past SEABC Events

The SEABC Events Archive contains video recordings and downloads for past seminars.