ACI CNY Newsletter - January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sign up for "A Historical Perspective on Empirical and Rational Structural Design" on 1/22!

In This Issue:

  • President's Message by Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.
  • "A Historical Perspective on Empirical and Rational Structural Design" presented by Thomas E. Boothby on 1/22 - Register by 1/16!
  • Design & Installation Awards applications due 1/22
  • ACI CNY Event Calendar for 2013-2014
  • ACI CNY Sponsors

President's Message

Let me be the first to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Well, maybe not the first… Anyway, if you weren’t fortunate enough to attend our last dinner meeting back in November for “An evening with Spencer Thew” you missed a great talk! While the topic may have had little to do with ACI, concrete, or masonry, it was a great story of a monumental accomplishment by someone in our industry. His story of his running of “The Greatest Sled Dog Race in the World” was one of my favorite presentations of the year.

We will be starting off 2014 by trying something a little different again. John Pillar, P.E., S.E., with Ryan Biggs Associates, who also serves as one of our ACI CNY Board Members, reached out to one of his professors from Penn State, Thomas E. Boothby, P.E., Ph.D., R.A., for a presentation titled "A Historical Perspective on Empirical and Rational Structural Design."

In this presentation, Professor Boothby will examine the opposing philosophies of empiricism and rationalism in an effort to understand critically structural design decisions made in antiquity, in the nineteenth century, and in the present age, and understand the relationship between such structural design decisions and the natural world. We are working on getting this presentation approved for AIA credits - thanks to Nick Carparelli!        

Thanks,
Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.
NYMaterials

Wednesday, 1/22
"A Historical Perspective on Empirical and Rational Structural Design"
Presented by Thomas E. Boothby, P.E., Ph.D., R.A.,
Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University

DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY

Please join us!

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner

$35 Member
$45 Non-member
$15 Student

Registration:

Click here to register/pay online. Or send an email to Amanda Latreille at amalatconsulting@gmail.com with the number/names of people attending from your company or organization. You will need to bring cash or check to the event for payment.

Registration due by Thursday, 1/16.

***Approval pending for 1 LU/HSW credit from AIA CES Discovery***

Program description:

This talk will cover the opposing philosophies of empiricism, which holds that knowledge of the world can only be acquired through experience, and rationalism, according to which knowledge can be acquired through reason. We will describe how these notions are important to us as engineers. Having established this, we can investigate critically structural design decisions made in antiquity, in the nineteenth century, and in the present age, and understand the relationship between such structural design decisions and the natural world.

This discussion can be used to understand structural designs dating from a previous age, and based on an entirely different world-view than our own, and can help us to recognize that the modern viewpoint is not necessarily the best representation of the facts of strength, endurance, and beauty. As a consequence, we can always be refreshed by examining the works of the past, and we lack moral standing for imposing out way of thinking on an artifact from the past. 

Learning objectives:

1.       Participants will gain an understanding of empirical design.

2.       Participants will understand how empirical design is widely practiced in contemporary structural engineering.        

3.       Participants will understand the relation between empirical design, rational analysis, and conventional design.

4.       Participants will understand the appropriate uses of the three types of design.        

5.       Participants will learn how to apply the appropriate type of design to historic preservation projects. 

Presented by:

Thomas E. Boothby, P.E., Ph.D., R.A., Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University

Click here to visit his faculty page.

Design & Installation Awards applications due 1/22

Just a reminder! ACI CNY is now accepting applications for its Annual Design & Installation Awards. The submission deadline is 1/22. For all of the details, including instructions, entry forms, and past winners, please see the Awards page on the ACI CNY website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Awards Chairs John Pillar (jpillar@ryanbiggs.com) and Nick Carparelli (nys-cma@earthlink.net).

ACI CNY Event Calendar for 2013-2014

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

9/18/13 - "Architectural Concrete" by Ken Hover

10/16/13 - Concrete Plant Tour at Saunders

11/20/13 - "The Alaskan Iditarod" by Spencer Thew

1/22/14 - "A Historical Perspective on Empirical and Rational Structural Design" by Thomas E. Boothby (click here to register)

2/26/14 - "Masonry Concrete Testing and Inspection Requirements" by Christopher Latreille

4/2/14 - Annual Design & Installation Awards Banquet

ACI CNY Sponsors

Special thanks to our 2013-2014 sponsors:

Atlantic Testing Laboratories

     

BASF

 

 

CME Associates, Inc.

 

 C & S Companies

Heuber Breuer

Jefferson Concrete Corp.

 

Klepper, Hahn &
Hyatt

Precast Concrete Association
of New York

Ryan
Biggs Associates

Whitacre Engineering
Corp.

              

               

 

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