Upcoming Events

Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Multi-Unit Wood-Frame Buildings with Weak First Stories (FEMA P-807)

Presented by Applied Technology Council

The purpose of the webinar is to provide an overview of FEMA P-807, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Multi-Unit Wood-Frame Buildings with Weak First Stories, developed by the Applied Technology Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2012.

The guidelines provide cost-effective retrofit procedures for a vulnerable class of buildings with a history of poor performance in earthquakes. These buildings typically have weak ground stories with few walls, required to accommodate parking or commercial uses. The upper structure, with numerous walls, tends to be strong, but brittle. This relative weakness concentrates damage and deformations in the ground story. These structures are prevalent in the seismically active regions of the Pacific Northwest and California. The guidelines have been developed to be easy to use while providing a practicable and cost-effective means to reduce damage and the risk of collapse. Sophisticated and extensive nonlinear response history analyses form the technical basis of the guidelines; however, the procedure itself is straightforward and prescriptive.

Webinar Presenters

David Mar‎, President of Mar Structural Design

Mike Korolyk, Principal at Tipping Structural Engineers

Free for the first 1,000 registrations.

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Wharf Rehabilitation

Presented by Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

The rehabilitation of marine and waterfront structures is necessary to extend service life, restore or increase structural capacity, and/or address event-related damage. Proper repairs require an understanding of deterioration mechanisms, structural configuration of marine facilities, and efficient methods of marine contractor work. During the course of the workshop, participants will learn about:

  • The primary types of waterfront structures (e.g. wharves, piers, and bulkheads);
  • Deterioration mechanisms for marine structural materials;
  • Above and underwater inspection standards and basic techniques;
  • Service life evaluation;
  • Structural assessment of existing structures; and
  • Protection and structural repair.

Course topics will be presented through discussion of existing codes, standards, and guidelines; heavy illustration; and case study.


Stephen Famularo, MSc, P.E., D.PE
Director of Marine Engineering at McLaren Engineering, New York City


Sandman Hotel - Vancouver City Centre


  • May 1
  • Registration: 07:30 AM
  • Start of Session: 08:00 AM
  • Lunch: 12:00 PM
  • End of session: 04:00 PM

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Building Smart with Site and Foundation Drainage

Presented by BC Housing

Problems with foundation drainage and moisture can have many consequences, ranging from being a minor nuisance to serious structural damage or health issues. These issues can be difficult to diagnose as well as challenging and expensive to remediate. However, you can prevent these problems by incorporating best practices into the original design, construction, and site grading of the building.

There is also a trend towards maximizing the habitable square footage of new developments, including more —and deeper — finished basements. This means that proper drainage for below-grade spaces has become more important to protect owners’ investments.

This half-day workshop, which will be of interest to builders, developers, designers, and building officials, will cover:

  • Drainage design considerations
  • Details and workmanship required for drainage elements
  • Design and installation of building enclosure systems
  • Maintenance of site and foundation drainage
  • Post-construction remedial measures

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


Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver


May 2 from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM


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2018 Annual ACI BC Chapter Spring Seminar

Presented by American Concrete Institute - BC Chapter

The focus of the 2018 Annual ACI BC Chapter Spring Seminar is on the sustainable concepts in concrete. This one day seminar will feature five speakers from industry who will share their perspective on this topic.

As addition to being informative and educational, the ACI Spring Seminar is an excellent opportunity to network with others in the concrete design and construction community. A trade show will be held  to give you access to vendors active in the local industry. New to this year will also include an exterior trade show area where vendors can demonstrate their products.


  • Brent McGrath B.A, Globe Advisors
  • Julie K. Buffenbarger, Principal, Beton Consulting Engineers
  • Tien Peng, NRMCA-Vice President, Sustainability
  • Douglas Bennion, Training and Technical Services
  • Robert Niven, CEO and Founder, CarbonCure Technologies Inc.


May 4, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver


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Master of Engineering Leadership - Open House

Presented by Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia

The UBC Applied Science Professional Programs Open House on May 10 will showcase the one-year Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) degree. Meet with current students, program directors and industry experts to discuss the importance of technical and leadership skills in the ever changing industries of engineering.


UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver


May 10, 6:00 PM

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Past SEABC Events

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