September 19, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium, which will be held in Bloomington, Illinois. This day-long event provides a forum for engineers and architects to interact with trade professionals, and listen to informative presentations. The Trade Show & Symposium provides 6 hours of continuing education credit plus numerous opportunities to meet with companies that provide goods and services to the design profession. All sessions will take place in the same room for maximum networking with fellow attendees. 

See who's coming!



The registration fee is just $80 for members, $110 for non-members.

A continental breakfast and lunch are included. 



DoubleTree by Hilton
10 Brickyard Drive
Bloomington, Illinois



This event will provide 6.0 hours of continuing education credit. CE certificates will be emailed to attendees after the event. 

7:30 am  

Registration Opens

7:50 - 8:30 am

Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors

8:30 - 9:15 am

Program Begins: Welcome Address, Exhibitor Comments

9:15 - 10:10 am

Harnessing the Power of AISC Design Guides
Joseph Dardis, AISC

10:10 - 10:40 am

Break, Visit Exhibitors

10:40 - 11:35 am

Manulife Place – Connecting Urban Spaces in Downtown Calgary
Kevin Chang, SOM

11:40 - 12:35 pm

Lintels for Masonry Walls
Cathleen Jacinto, ISMC

12:35 - 1:35 pm

Lunch, Visit Exhibitors

1:35 - 2:30 pm

How the AISC 360-16 Chapter K Changes Affect HSS Design
Kim Olson, STI

2:35 - 3:30 pm

Infrastructure Improvement in Conjunction with the Chicago Manufacturing Campus
Soliman Khudeira, CDOT

3:30 - 3:45pm

Break, Visit Exhibitors

3:45 - 4:40pm

Post-Installed Reinforcing Bar Design: Anchor or Rebar?
Lana Fiedler – Hilti

4:40 - 5:00pm

Raffle, Adjourn


Exhibitor Opportunities

Limited Exhibitor Opportunities are available.  Exhibitors will receive recognition on the SEAOI website, in the program, up to five admissions to the Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium, and access to participants during breakfast, lunch and breaks during the day. 


GOLD: $1050 Exhibit Fee

  • ½ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Logo and 50 word company description on SEAOI Website
  • Exhibit Booth – premier location
  • Up to five admissions to Trade Show


SILVER:  $785 Exhibit Fee 

  • ¼ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Logo and 25 word company description on SEAOI Website
  • Exhibit Booth – preferred location
  • Two admissions to Trade Show


BRONZE:  $525 Exhibit Fee 

  • Business card-sized ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Logo on SEAOI Website
  • Exhibit Booth
  • One admission to Trade Show


About the Presenters

Joseph Dardis is a Structural Steel Specialist at the American Institute of Steel Construction in Chicago IL.  In addition to his primary role of increasing the use of structural steel in the Chicago marketplace, Joe is the AISC subject matter expert on high rise buildings, author’s articles for Modern Steel Construction magazine and serves on the Engineering Journal Review Board.  He is also a member of several professional organizations in the Chicagoland area.  Joe previously worked in AISC’s Steel Solutions Center and prior to joining AISC Joe worked as a structural engineer in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  Joe earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University in 2009 and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University in 2012 upon completing his thesis on sustainability in the construction industry.  Joe is also currently pursuing an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

Structural Engineers are called upon to tackle tough analytical problems every day and AISC has many resources available to make that job a little bit easier. This one hour presentation will familiarize you with the great technical resources available in the AISC Design Guide Series. We will review the Design Guide Series paying particular attention to the Design Guides that cover floor vibrations (DG#11), Base Plate and Anchor Rod Design (DG#1), retrofit and rehabilitation of existing structures (DG#15), Low and Medium Rise Buildings (DG#5), and design of industrial buildings (DG#7). The session will also include a general review of all AISC Design Guides, including the newest ones on column base plates, steel plate shear walls, welding, and fire.

Kevin Chang, PE, SE, PEng, is an Associate Structural Engineer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago, Illinois and has been with the firm for over six years. He has worked on various domestic and international projects including supertall buildings, mixed-use developments, and building renovations. Recent projects include Manulife Place in Calgary, Alberta; 28 Liberty in New York City; 100 Mount Street in North Sydney, Australia; and Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce in Guangzhou, China.

Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, 707 Fifth – Manulife Place celebrates the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere while serving the pragmatic needs of a challenging prairie climate. The 28-story tower is clad in sweeping curtains of triple-glazed glass and will house open-concept office space, an array of employee amenities, and a two-story winter garden. Located at a vital juncture in Calgary’s urban grid, the design prioritizes transit connections, provides bicycle and vehicle parking, and links directly to Calgary’s covered +15 walkway system. Targeting LEED® Gold certification, the building is due to open in summer 2017.

Structurally, the project consists of several elements: a 5-level reinforced concrete basement resting on a mat foundation and isolated footings; a 28-story office tower comprised of a reinforced concrete core and composite steel floor framing; a lattice roof structure spanning 15m over the two-story winter garden; and an 82m long pedestrian bridge straddling a service alleyway and incorporating the development into the existing walkway system.  Each of these components posed unique challenges to the design team and required innovative solutions, resulting in the final integrated form.

Cathleen Jacinto, SE, PE,  has 16 years of experience in structural engineering. She worked at Thornton Tomasetti for 10 years and T.Y. Lin International for 4 years in Chicago, IL, working on a wide variety of medium to large-scale structures in the healthcare, aviation, commercial, and infrastructure industries.  Cathleen joined FORSE Consulting in 2015 where she assists other structural engineers with designs on a variety of projects and building types.  She serves as a structural engineering consultant to the Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition.  Cathleen has a Professional Master of Structural Engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. 

Masonry lintel design is a critical part of an efficient structural masonry solution.  The design of masonry lintels can add significant capacity to the structural design and add robustness to the wall the contractors and owners will welcome for crack prevention.  In many cases in the past, we have made assumptions to simplify the analysis of masonry lintels that has been a detriment to the architectural and engineering design.  Today we have software tools to analyze complex integrated masonry lintels, and therefore engineers should be utilizing those tools for masonry wall and lintel design.  We will be demonstrating the construction of several different types of masonry lintels.  Engineers, architects, and contractors can see firsthand how different design problems are being solved with masonry lintels.


Kim Olson has over 17 years of experience as a structural engineer, including her current position as a Structural Engineer at FORSE Consulting.  Currently she offers design, consulting and other support services to architects and engineers. Prior to joining the company in 2012, Kim worked for Bentley Systems, providing technical demonstrations and product trainings for structural engineers worldwide on each of the RAM structural engineering software programs. She was a practicing engineer at Martin/Martin, Inc. in Denver for seven years managing and designing a wide variety of structures including research laboratories, sporting grandstands, recreation centers and schools. Kim is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado. As a technical advisor to the HSS Committee of The Steel Tube Institute, Kim works to educate architects and engineers on the many benefits of HSS.

AISC 360-16 Chapter K, HSS Connections, recently underwent a major revision. In this presentation we will explore the reasons for the change, what has changed, how to navigate the new provisions, and an illustration of similarity of the provisions in 360-10 and 360-16.  The presentation will focus on plate to HSS connections and HSS-to-HSS connections under axial loads.

Soliman Khudeira, PhD, SE, PE is a Section Chief of Major Projects with the Chicago DOT.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he teaches Transportation Facilities Design, and FE and PE review courses.  He is the Chief Editor of the Practice Periodicals on Structural Design and Construction, an ASCE Journal.  He is a Board Officer of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.  He received his Doctoral degree in Civil Engineering-Structures from IIT, Chicago.  He is licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in Illinois.  


This presentation will cover a major project located in the far southeast side of Chicago, adjacent to the Ford Motor Company's Assembly Plant.  The transportation facilities in the area were functionally deficient, with two major railroad at-grade-crossings.  The improvement also was needed since Ford expanded their operation by building the Chicago Manufacturing Campus.  The project includes seven new bridges.  One of these bridges is the largest truss bridge ever moved into place fully assembled.  Other project elements include: creating two grade separations, 10,000 feet of retaining walls, pump station, environmental elements, and major realignment of the roadways.

Lana M. Fiedler, P.E., is a Senior Field Engineer at Hilti, Inc.  In her 12 years at Hilti, Mrs. Fiedler has been involved with various aspects of post-installed anchor systems from engineering design to Field Sales. Lana holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and a master’s degree in Business Management from the Fontbonne University.

This presentation will explain the differences between post-installed reinforcing bars designed using anchoring provisions versus post-installed reinforcing bars designed for development. The presentation will discuss the anchoring-to-concrete provisions given in ACI 318-11 Appendix D “Anchoring to Concrete;” and the development provisions of ACI 318-11 Chapter 12 "Development and Splices of Reinforcement" in the context of using post-installed reinforcing bars with these provisions.  This presentation will explain how and why a post-installed reinforcing bar would be designed using ACI 318 anchoring-to-concrete provisions versus using ACI 318 development provisions. The fundamental differences between anchor design and reinforcement design will be explained. Examples illustrating these design differences will be given. The parameters for adhesive anchor system qualification per the program defined in AC308 Table 3.8 will be discussed. Installation differences between post-installed reinforcing bars designed using anchoring-to-concrete provisions versus post-installed bars designed for development will be discussed.

This presentation will benefit structural engineers who wish to learn more about post-installed reinforcing bar applications. It will enhance their knowledge of these applications from both a design standpoint and from an installation standpoint.








Larry Stevig ( State Farm )
John Leesman
Paul Bright ( P.J. Hoerr, Inc. )
Randy Burt ( ATSE Consultants, LLC )
David Greifzu ( V3 Companies )
Huixian Hong ( ADM Design Services )
Gene Arnold ( Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. )
Richard Kerhlikar ( Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. )
Elizabeth Talleur
Tom DeJarld ( Hanson Professional Services, Inc. )
Alicia Kamischke ( Hanson Professional Services, Inc. )
Allen Taylor ( ATSE Consultants, LLC )
Joseph Dardis ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Kim Olson ( Steel Tube Institute )
Cathleen Jacinto ( SE Solutions, LLC )
Kevin Chang ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Jim Moody ( GIZA Steel )
Matthew Koykar ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Laramie McMasters ( Maurer-Stutz, Inc. )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Roman Szczesniak ( RSJR Engineering Ltd. )
Matthew Walker ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Assoc., Inc. )
George Tankersley ( Capital Development Board - State of IL )
Kenneth McDonough ( McDonough-Whitlow, P.C. )
Sarah Anderson ( McDonough-Whitlow, P.C. )
Toni McDonough ( McDonough-Whitlow, P.C. )
Grant Halvorsen ( Halvorsen Engineering and Consulting )
Don Bell ( TERRA Engineering, Ltd. )
Adrienne Coussens ( Farnsworth Group )
Scott Haas ( Western Specialty Contractors )
Phillip Gregory ( Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
Kristen Fields ( TERRA Engineering, Ltd. )
Charles Sheridan ( Marquette Steel Supply & Fabrication, Inc. )
David Poland ( Dave Poland Engineering, LLC )
David Gaskins ( self-employed )
Lana Fiedler ( Hilti )
Cory Byrd ( Allied Design Architectural & Engineering Group, P.C. )
Tim Distler ( Helitech Civil Construction Division )
John Kao ( Ameren Illinois )
Steven Bishop ( Retired from Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
James Sims ( University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana )
Tom Casson ( Menard County Highway Department )
Alex Brown ( Nucor Vulcraft )
Kenneth Hansen ( Lindapter )
David L Maurer, PE, SE ( retired )
Marc Chiles ( Shive--Hattery )
Carroll Ringelestein ( ADM Design Services )
Scott Conwell ( Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition )
Jim Hansel ( CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation )
Kevin Barry ( Chicago Clamp Company )
Timothy Roecker ( Roecker Consulting Engineers, Inc. )
Jim Erhart ( Atlas Tube )