Upcoming events

    • February 28, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 5:15 PM
    • 2019 Fourth Ave North

    Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits, or 0.4 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

    The Harbert Center 
    2019 Fourth Ave North 
    Birmingham, AL 35203

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:15 PM (CST)

    Register Now

    Early Bird Tickets through January 31st: $30
    Starting February 1st: $40
    For SEAoAL Member price of $15.00 use the following code:  SEAAL

    Price includes lunch and evening reception 

    Onsite Check-in begins: 11:30 am
    Wood Design Awards Presentation 11:45 am
    Opening Plenary Session & Lunch 12:00 noon
    Exhibit Area Open: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
    Reception: 5:15 – 6:00 pm

    Join us for a reception immediately following the symposium including beverages and light appetizers.

    Reception sponsored by: Alabama Forestry Association

    • April 18, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saturn Birmingham: 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL

    View the sponsorship form here: SEAoAL April Meeting Sponsorship.pdf

    8:00-8:30 AM: Registration
    8:30-9:45 AM: “Investigation and Treatment of a Swallvette*”
    9:45-10:00 AM: Morning Break
    10:00 – 11:45 AM: “Structuring Innovation: Mercedes Stadium”
    11:45-12:45 PM: Lunch & Networking



    Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, is the Managing Partner of the Hatfield Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm based in New York.  She has over 25 years of experience in the design of complex structures worldwide.  With a keen appreciation for design and value, she has worked on iconic buildings around the world.  She sits on numerous national industry boards and teaches at the Yale University School of Architecture.  She frequently writes and presents on topics related to innovation and technology in engineering and architecture.  Her firm, Hatfield Group focuses on synthesis of engineering and architecture, putting client value first.  Hatfield Group, uses bespoke engineering design and innovation to provide value and achieve their clients’ goals. 

    Her experience includes the new $1.5B home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the Mercedes Benz Stadium, with a never been done before aperture style retractable roof. Other projects include the new headquarters for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh and the 9/11 Pavilion at the World Trade Center site in New York City.

    She was featured on the television programs on the Science Channel “World’s Greatest Stadium” and on the History Channel’s “Building Giants”.  She was named a “Power Player” and “Game Changer” by Sports Business Journal magazine.  She is both a licensed engineer and architect, plus a LEED BD+C certified professional. 


    Structuring Innovation

    This presentation will share insights into the design approach of large scale, long span structures. A discussion of long span design, new materials and the implementation of new technology will be shared from the initial concept phase through construction.  Stadium designs will be featured, including the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, that has a host of engineering innovations in its pioneering design.  The 72,000 seat stadium features a 723' long span steel retractable roof with 8 moving petals that open like a camera lens.  The roof supports at the center of its span a 360-degree LED video “halo” scoreboard, the largest in sports.  The geometrically complex facade is clad in single skin ETFE, a light weight and translucent material.  In addition, the building is the first LEED Platinum stadium.

    Michael J Marasa, P.E.


    Michael J Marasa, PE is a Senior Engineer with Hayward Baker, the largest geotechnical contractor in the United States. Mr. Marasa uses his 37 years of experience as a practicing geotechnical engineer to assist engineers and contractors with matching appropriate geotechnical construction techniques to specific site challenges and performance requirements. He frequently makes in-house presentations to engineering and construction firms to educate or update staffs on current ground improvement and foundation construction techniques including grouting, micropiles, earth retention, vibro techniques, and many others. He has authored papers on ground improvement and specialty foundation systems and has presented at numerous seminars and short courses.

    Mr. Marasa is a graduate of the University of Louisville with advanced studies in the geosciences. He has been a practicing geotechnical engineer over 37 years and had registrations in multiple states. He joined Hayward Baker, Inc. in early 2005 as Senior Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager.

    Other highlights:

    Past-President ASCE Nashville Branch

    Founder, Past Chairman and board member ASCE TN Section Geotechnical Group

    Founder and board member Charlotte Geotechnical Group

    Founder and board member Raleigh Geotechnical Group

    Former Member ASCE National Committee on Construction Quality Management & Inspection

    Member ASDSO, Geo-Institute, ABC, US Society on Dams, HBI Vibro Committee

    Member ASFE/GBA Geotechnical Committee

    Chairman, Tennessee State GI Conference

    Author of several technical papers


    “Investigation and Treatment of a Swallvette*

    aka: Sinkhole Remediation at the National Corvette Museum

    Presented by:

    Michael J. Marasa, PE, BDM

    Senior Engineer

    Hayward Baker Inc.

    Hayward Baker is the largest geotechnical specialty contractor in the country providing services to all types of clients in all types of ground conditions. This one-hour presentation discusses various aspects of the sinkhole collapse at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. However, it is not a highly technical analysis or case study. Rather, it gives due respect to the historical significance of the vehicles impacted by the collapse and includes bits of geology, history, engineering, anecdotes, photos, comedy, lore and an infatuation with America’s sports car.

     At 5:38 am on the morning of February 12, 2014, security cameras recorded the collapse of the display floor and development of a sizable sinkhole inside the museum. Eight treasured and unique corvettes were “swallowed” by the cavity. Within 24 hours, a team had been assembled to stabilize the area, assess the short term risk, evaluate procedures to safely remove the automobiles, and develop a plan for exploration and permanent repair; essentially “vetting” solutions to the complex issues.

    Team members represented a wide range of professionals representing construction, engineering, surveying, geology and environmental consultants, academic experts and state geotechnical and safety officials. Data acquisition included large diameter drilled holes, laser surveys, micro gravity study, physical cave exploration, borehole cameras and literature research.

    All of these aspects were executed amidst worldwide attention and media chaos. Live webcams were installed, hourly Facebook postings, YouTube videos and about every other avenue of communication known to man were employed.

    Every aspect of study and repair entailed moderate to very high degrees of risk in all categories. The expertise and determination of the team conquered all of the obstacles in as timely a manner as possible attempting to maintain economical approaches whenever possible.

    *Loosely derived from Merriam Webster “swallet + corvette”


    • August 29, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Pelham Civic Center; 500 Amhitheater Road, Pelham, AL 35124

    Register Early for the 2019 SEAoAL 9th Annual Conference & EXPO!
    This year's conference consists of 1/2 a day Seismic topics
    & 1/2 a day on Foundation topics!

    Limited to 24 Exhibitors
    SOLD OUT the last three years,
    must pay by March 1st to confirm your exhibitor booth!

    Click here for the registration form:
     SEA Annual Conference Sponsor Registration.pdf

    August 29th, 2019
    Pelham Civic Center
    500 Amphitheater Road; Pelham, AL 35124

Past events

January 15, 2019 Resiliency in Construction
December 12, 2018 Y-EAC Holiday Party
November 29, 2018 SEAoAL & ICRI Gulf South Chapter Seminar & EXPO
August 28, 2018 2018 SEAoAL 8th Annual Conference & XPO
April 26, 2018 SEAoAL Spring Seminar 2018
December 05, 2017 SEAoAL Winter Seminar: Wind, Seismic, & Software
August 03, 2017 2017 SEAoAL 7th Annual Conference & XPO: It's All About CONCRETE (6.5 PDH)
March 23, 2017 SEAoAL Spring Seminar: Design of Masonry Structures
February 22, 2017 SOLD OUT: The Philosophy of Engineering for the Burj Khalifa, the World's Tallest Structure
December 06, 2016 ICRI Gulf South Chapter & SEAoAL Conference & EXPO: Concrete Restoration and Repair
August 18, 2016 2016 SEAoAL 6th Annual Conference & XPO
November 12, 2015 SEAoAL Winter Seminar
August 27, 2015 SEAoAL 5th Annual State Conference & XPO
March 24, 2015 SEAoAL Spring Seminar
November 10, 2014 SEAoAL Winter Seminar
September 09, 2014 AEC MEGA GROUP
August 28, 2014 SEAoAL 4th Annual State Conference & XPO
July 31, 2014 Young Constructors Forum of Alabama
June 05, 2014 AFS Free Seminar
June 05, 2014 AIA+SEA Disaster Assistance Training Session
June 03, 2014 AFS Free Seminar
May 20, 2014 AFS Free Seminar
April 08, 2014 Practical Design of Structures for Blast Effects
December 04, 2013 Masonry Seminar (6.5 PDHs - Florida Approved)
August 27, 2013 3rd Annual State Conference & Expo
August 20, 2013 BIM for Small Projects - SEAoAL & AIA Birmingham Joint Meeting (1 PDH)
May 21, 2013 Framing & Fish Fry - AIA Birmingham and SEAoAL Joint Meeting
April 03, 2013 Dr. Michel Bruneau - AISC T.R. Higgins Lecture (Lunch and Learn)
March 18, 2013 Spring Seminar with Dr. Timothy Mays : Serviceability of Building Systems, Design of Foundation Systems and Slabs on Ground
March 14, 2013 Birmingham Botanical Gardens Conservatory Tour
January 10, 2013 Young Member Lunch & Learn
December 11, 2012 Winter Seminar - Wind Design & Structural Steel Design
August 21, 2012 2nd Annual State Conference & Expo
July 10, 2012 Lunch & Learn
March 08, 2012 Structural Steel Connection Design
February 21, 2012 Networking Luncheon
November 08, 2011 Disaster Recovery Seminar ATC-45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods and ATC-20 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Earthquakes
October 11, 2011 SEAoAL Younger Member Group Lunch and Learn
September 23, 2011 Steel Day
August 23, 2011 SEAoAL Annual State Conference & Expo

2019 Platinum Sponsors

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