March 6, 2020 - 7:00am to 11:00am

Chicago Trade Show and Symposium

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the 28th Annual Chicago Trade Show and Symposium. The event provides a forum for engineers to interact with trade professionals and to learn from informative presentations. The event provides ample time to interact with up to 20 exhibitors.  

Trade Show

The event provides ample time to interact with up to 20 exhibitors.  Attendees typically represent a diverse cross-section of all aspects of the profession including design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contracting, and owners’ representation. 


The Chicago Trade Show and Symposium is a half-day event that includes four to six presentations and breakfast.  The Trade Show and Symposium topics are about the latest technology trends and advancements in the construction industry relevant to an audience of structural engineers.  The event is limited to a single session, so attendees benefit from the information shared in every presentation. 

Continuing education of 2 PDHs/CEs certificates will be granted.


Plan on attending early! We are giving away a pair of Airpods as one of the raffle prizes and an AISC Steel Manual is the Early Bird raffle prize (available only to attendees arriving before 7:30 am program start time). Thanks to AISC for the prize donation!

  7:00 am - 7:30 am Registration open, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors
  7:30 am - 7:40 am Welcome and Introductions
  7:40 am - 8:00 am Exhibitor Introductions
  8:00 am - 8:30 am Extreme Steel Stresses in Piles Driven in Soil

Michael Wysockey, Thatcher Foundations, Inc.
  8:30 am – 9:00 am The Digital Reality of Existing Conditions​

Anton Dy Buncio, Via Technik, LLC
  9:00 am - 9:50 am Break - Visit Exhibitors
  9:50 am - 10:20 am Tuned Mass Dampers in Tall Buildings and Other Structures

Victor SalcedoGERB Vibration Control Systems
 10:20am - 10:50 am The Business of Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Michael WeberThe Euclid Chemical Company
 10:50 am - 11:00 am Raffle - Visit Exhibitors


University Club of Chicago

76 E. Monroe Street

Chicago, IL


Early Bird: $30 member / $40 non-member (ends February 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm)

Regular: $40 member / $50 non-member    

Students: $10

Group Discount: for companies sending 4+ people, $10 off each registration fee; not available retroactively; must be applied on same order.  Contact for discount code.

The Symposium registration fee is waived for presenting authors.

Exhibitor Opportunities  SOLD OUT!

Limited exhibitor opportunities are available at $775 per space.  Exhibitors will be given the opportunity for a brief introduction of their company (1 to 2 minutes) at the podium.  Exhibitors will receive recognition in the program and one admission.  Program includes over 1.5 hours of Trade show time.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Companies who wish to sponsor the event are encouraged to choose one of the three different levels of corporate sponsorship:
  • Gold: $850—Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program, display of poster at event, recognition for sponsoring breakfast, and an opportunity to distribute promotional items to all attendees.
  • Silver: $500—Recognition in the SEAOI website and in event program and display of poster at event.
  • Bronze: $300—Recognition in the SEAOI website and in event program.
  • Early Attendance Door Prize Sponsor*: prize valued at $150+—Recognition during the start of the event and during prize drawing.  The first 25 in attendance will be eligible for the door prize. SOLD OUT!

*Only one sponsorship available

About the Speakers

Michael Wysockey, PhD, PE, President

Thatcher Foundations, Inc. 

Thatcher Foundations is a specialty contractor working in design-build earth retention, pile driving, drilled foundations, and marine construction.  Thatcher has built a reputation for innovative solutions to challenging deep foundation and shoring work.  From limited access micropiles to high capacity driven and augercast piles (ACIP), Thatcher has been installing piles since 1946. 

Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel, his Master’s from MIT, and Doctorate in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign – where he was awarded both the Wilson and Peck Fellowships.  His publications range from shore erosion, to the effect of local soil conditions on earthquake motions, to the capacity of deep foundations.  He is the Chairman of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, a past Chairman of the Driven Pile Committee of the DFI and the ASCE Geo Institute, Illinois Section.

Extreme Steel Stresses in Piles Driven in Soil​

Thatcher Foundations recently drove piles for the foundation of the Union West/Haymarket building in Chicago’s West Loop area.  These are twin 15 story buildings where both driven piles and drilled Caissons were being considered. Driven piles were selected as the most viable option due to deep granular deposits on part of the site.  The piles were 12 inch H beams that penetrated about 10 feet into the hard glacial soils, but well above bed rock.  Since the Chicago Department of Buildings through its code memo was allowing allowable stresses as high as 25 ksi on 50 ksi steel, highly stressed piles were desired.  This presented a unique challenge which had not been achieved in Chicago previously without bearing on bedrock.

Anton Dy Buncio, Co-Founder & COO


Anton Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and COO of VIATechnik, a technology consulting firm specializing in the built environment. Anton is involved in leading the VDC consulting, implementation and education teams and leads VIATechnik’s Research and Development Studio. Prior to founding VIATechnik, Anton worked at the global management consulting firm Bain & Company in both San Francisco and Sydney where he worked on advising leading technology, media, and telecom firms.

His global growth strategy and operations experience provides VIATechnik’s clients with a unique industry outsider perspective. Anton graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Management Science & Engineering.

Anton’s has previously spoken about the digitization of the built environment at Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering, SPAR3D Expo and Conference, VR Days Europe, Shadow Summit and the VRAR Conference.

The Digital Reality of Existing Conditions

As professionals in the AEC space, we deal with existing conditions quite a bit.  After all, half of all buildings have been built before 1980, with the average age being 32 years old.  Anton Dy Buncio, co-founder/COO of VIATechnik will talk about why going digital with existing conditions is moving towards becoming the standard for built environment projects, the value it provides to the design team, and some case studies of projects that benefited from a digital twin.  In addition to sharing the value of existing conditions, this presentation will dive into understanding what to look for from a scan and model to align expectations with project needs.

Victor Salcedo,President of US Operations

GERB Vibration Control Systems

Victor H. Salcedo is the President of GERB Vibration Control Systems, Inc. located in the greater Chicago area. He has served GERB for nineteen (19) years and has worked as project lead on many remarkable structures, including ten Skyscrapers with Tuned Mass Dampers up to 700 T. Victor is an active member of several committees including ASME-subcommittee on the Qualification of Dynamic Restraints, the Forging Industry Association Plant Engineering Committee and newly the CTBUH Chicago local steering committee. After attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering he specialized with GERB Schwingungsisolierungen GmbH & Co. Kg. in Berlin, Germany in spring support of machinery and structures, and specialty foundation design. He has contributed to conference papers and publications such as CTBUH Damping Technologies for Tall Buildings.

Tuned Mass Dampers in Tall Buildings and Other Structures

New York City has been the cradle of tall slender buildings the last few years. The height and slenderness of these towers has resulted in new challenges for occupant comfort and serviceability level drift due to wind induced motion exacerbated by long natural periods and low inherent damping. Critical wind speeds may occur once a year or even more often, exciting primary sway modes.

Incorporating a tuned mass damper of several hundred tons can significantly increase damping from 1% to 5% or more, but requires significant coordination between structural engineer, construction manager and ownership, especially as long building periods require standard pendulum lengths that can be greater than 80 ft. These requirements force innovative design to meet limited space and minimize cost impact at the top-of-house.

This talk will also present TMDs applied to structures susceptible to vertical vibration like pedestrian bridges and monumental stairs.

Michael Weber, CGP, IOM, National Business Development Manager

The Euclid Chemical Company

MIchael Weber is a voting member on ACI's 332, 533, 550, & 560 Standards Committees and Co-Chaired the PCA 100 Above-Grade Wall Standard committee. He received the National Association of Home Builders' 2019 SA Walters Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership in the systems-built industry. In 2006, he received Hanley Wood Media's "Ten Most Influential People" award for the concrete industry. He has published articles and papers in numerous industry publications.

The Business of Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC) has been used since the 1960s, but until now, there has been little agreed-upon design approaches in North America for many of the potential applications.

New developments in materials' technology and the addition of field experience to the engineering knowledge base, have expanded the applications of FRC to include structural design guides for many applications. These are now material independent and recognized by the engineering, design, and standards community.



Matt Wagner, SE (Chair) - Raths, Raths & Johnson
Soliman Khudeira, PhD, SE, PE (Past Chair) - Chicago DOT
Steve Citko, SE, PE - EXP 
Kevin Conroy, SE, PE - Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
Maen Farhat, PhD, PE - Lochner
Jamal Grainawi, SE, PE - WSP USA
Brian Lammert, SE, PE - Raths, Raths & Johnson
Stephanie Crain (Executive Director) - SEAOI


Early Entry Door Prize

Thanks to AISC for donating a Steel Manual!

Door Prizes

Apple AirPods

Free Admission to 2020 NASCC in Atlanta or AISC webinar

Hilti PROFIS Engineering software subscription

Yeti 26oz "SEAOI" stainless steel bottle 




Yu Zhao ( SEAOI )
Yimin Yang ( SEAOI )
Juan E. Abarca ( SEAOI )
Mo'men Alkufahy ( SEAOI )
Nicole Amon ( SEAOI )
Pedro Guedes Brito Miele ( SEAOI )
Jingting Qui ( SEAOI )
Sohil Sampat ( SEAOI )
Haobo Zhai ( SEAOI )
Ji Zhang ( SEAOI )
Xiaolu Zhao ( SEAOI )
Michael Desch ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Leutrim Demiri ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Viktoriya Vladimirova ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Prakarsh Gurmule ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Daoud Abbasi ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Teresa Baztan ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Gurmandeep Kaur Saggu ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Marcus Souze ( GM Structure )
David Petlicki ( Baldridge and Associates )
Michael Bronson ( Thatcher Foundations )
Steve Muzzillo ( Thatcher Foundations )
Noel Outlaw ( Thatcher Foundations )
Michael Baker ( CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation )
Safdar Gill ( Ground Engineering Consultants )
Collin Gray ( Seeco Consultants, Inc )
Satyapal Patel
ira Norooz ( Maxima Consultants Corp. )
kurt moehlmann ( sonneborn )
brian cordak ( sonneborn )
Michael Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
Michael Weber ( Euclid Chemical Company )
Victor Salcedo ( GERB Vibration Control Systems )
Kevin Hanna ( Maser Consulting )
Joseph Dardis ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Thomas Behringer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Will McDevitt ( Buro Happold )
Suzanne Provanzana ( Buro Happold )
Timothy Crowe ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar, International, Inc. )
Nancy Collins ( Collins Assocs. )
Jessica Dineen ( TGRWA, LLC )
Matthew McElmury ( TGRWA, LLC )
Billy Papadopoulos ( TGRWA, LLC )
Martin White ( TGRWA, LLC )
Hector Lassalle ( TGRWA )
Onachukwu Okoli ( Milhouse Engineering and Construction )
Bruce Kaskel ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Chicago) )
Dan Moriarty ( TGRWA, LLC )
Joe Pauluzzi ( TGRWA, LLC. )
Todd Fagen ( uGRIDD )
Zacharoula Kopelia ( Ghafari Associates )
Don Buytaert ( ITW REDHEAD )
Adam Theiss ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Anastasia Meshkova ( Quigg Engineering Inc )
Waheed Mohammed ( Quigg Engineering, Inc. )
Jonathan Sladek ( WSP USA )
Harry Allen ( HRA Engineering LLC )
Boyd Zander ( Milhouse Engineering and Construction )
Kathleen Strnad ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Nezar Abraham ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Jason Hoover ( SidePlate Systems, Inc. )
Matt Brady ( SidePlate Systems, Inc. )
Christopher Cichon ( CE Anderson & Associates )
Charles Anderson ( C.E. Anderson & Associates, P.C. )
Leo Baran ( NCSEA )
Ronald Boehm ( Milhouse )
Mehmet Civelek ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc. )
William Bast ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Christopher Hewitt ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Charles Sheridan ( Marquette Steel Supply & Fabrication, Inc. )
Moshe Calamaro ( Moshe Calamaro & Associates )
Richard Morales P.E. ( LB Foster Piling )
Aphrodite Angelakos ( a1a Design Group Corporation )
Richard Lansu
Scott Birney ( DLR Group )
Elena Emerson ( Universal Construction Testing )
Elena Emerson ( Universal Construction Testing )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Theodore Georgas
Steven Jastrzebski ( Sargent & Lundy )
Brian Lammert ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Lamyae Reklaoui ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Bob Magruder ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC )
Kevin Klein ( CNC Foundations, Inc. DBA Helitech Civil Construction Division )
Kate Brannelly ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Ken Rathbun ( Prosoco )
Lisa Barkand ( Hilti )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Luke Johnson ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
Chuck Pleuss ( Sitar Construction )
Jamal Grainawi ( WSP )
Elyse Levy ( International Code Council )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Marco Loureiro ( Jacobs )
Jeff Diqui ( Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition )
Scott Arnold ( Fyfe Co, LLC )
Mohammad Hassan ( Jacobs Engineering )
Lisa Marie Sarbiewski ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
Jesse Fate ( Hilti )
Mark Sitar ( Sitar Construction )
Don Jabczynski ( S.E. Enhancements, LLC )
Lisa Serafini ( Fabreeka International )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Michael Cox ( MC & Associates, LLC )
Kenneth Hansen ( Lindapter )
Jim Moody ( GIZA Steel )
Michael Weber ( Euclid Chemical Company )
George Krupa ( Lakeshore Engineering, LLC )
Kevin Hooley ( DSI )
Don Cox ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Alex Fiebig ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Don Redar ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Todd Lawford ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Christopher Rockey ( Rockey Structures, LLC )
Matthew Wagner ( Raths Raths and Johnson Inc )