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  • March 15, 2012 11:12 AM | Anonymous



    March 15, 2012

                        Contact: Richard Wallace

                                      504/443-4464, ext. 236



    ALSC Approves New Design Values for Southern Pine Dense and NonDense Lumber

    Effective June 1, 2012

    As a follow up to its approval of new design values for visually graded No.2 and lower grades of 2x4 Southern Pine lumber in January, the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) Board of Review has approved new design values for No.2 2x4 Dense and NonDense grades, with an effective date of June 1, 2012. This size category includes material that is 2 to 4 inches thick and 2 to 4 inches wide.  In announcing its decision March 9, ALSC stated: “After consideration of all the information available to it, the Board approved the No.2 Dense 2 to 4 inches thick and 2 to 4 inches wide and No.2 Non-Dense 2 to 4 inches thick and 2 to 4 inches wide southern pine design values as submitted by SPIB on February 10, 2012 with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2012.”

    “The new design values for No.2 Dense and No.2 NonDense apply only to Southern Pine lumber,” says Cathy Kaake, senior director of engineered and framing markets for the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA). “Mixed Southern Pine does not have published Dense and NonDense grades,” she adds.

    Minutes of the ALSC Board of Review’s March 9 executive session along with previous ALSC rulings are available on the New Design Values page of www.southernpine.com.  Also available from this page is Supplement No.9 to SPIB’s 2002 Standard Grading Rules for Southern Pine Lumber, plus a revised table providing the new design values.  An updated Questions & Answers document will be available soon.

    BACKGROUND: The last major change for visually graded dimension lumber occurred in 1991 when design values for Southern Pine and other North American species were published based on In-Grade testing of full-size samples of commercially produced lumber. Since 1994, SPIB has conducted an annual resource monitoring program developed in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). SPIB is the first rules-writing agency to submit proposed design value changes. Rules-writing agencies responsible for other species are in different stages for evaluating design values.

    SFPA does not test lumber or establish design values. SFPA’s primary function is to market lumber products and to help users understand Southern Pine grading rules and design values.

    Complete information about Southern Pine design values is available at www.southernpine.com.


    SFPA is a nonprofit trade association that has represented manufacturers of Southern Pine lumber since 1915. 

    Today, SFPA is the leading source of information about Southern Pine products for

    design/build professionals and consumers.

  • March 02, 2012 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    The latest edition of the SEER Manual, brought to you by the NCSEA and the Structural Engineer Emergency Response (SEER) Committee is now available online. Click here to download the manual This updated manual provides a uniform framework for emergency response engineers, so that responders from different areas of the country will be able to uniformly assist, without having to learn/relearn assessment protocols and procedures. 

  • February 28, 2012 5:48 PM | Anonymous
    On February 14th, Bhate Geosciences Corporation hosted the SEAoAL Younger Member Group for a lunch and learn.  David Johnson, Materials Testing Division Manager, presented the group with an overview of special inspection testing and requirements. We discussed testing for a variety of materials along with common mistakes that are observed in the field.  We appreciate Bhate for hosting our group and providing lunch.
  • December 06, 2011 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Simply click on "View profile" to your left and the renewal button should appear on the right side your profile page.


    If you would like to mail your payment, simply go through the renewal process and select "manual payment" on the payment page.   You should recieve an email confirming that the renewal process has been initiated and reminding you to send in your payment.  Please enclose a copy of this email with your payment.


    Printable mail-in in renewal form:  2012 Membership Renewal Form.pdf 

  • November 14, 2011 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    During the NCSEA 19th Annual Conference held in Oklahoma City, October 2022, the Member

    Organization Representatives in attendance discussed and unanimously approved the NCSEA Policy on

    Separate Structural Engineering Licensure. The Policy encourages all jurisdictions to adopt legislation

    that defines the practice of structural engineering and restricts it to those who have demonstrated

    competence by licensure as a Structural Engineer. The Policy supports the use of the NCEES 16hour

    examination and the NCEES Model Law Structural Engineer as the basis for licensure of Structural

    Engineers. Within the Policy, NCSEA also encourages equitable transitioning of engineers currently

    practicing structural engineering.

  • October 27, 2011 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Florida eligibility will begin with our next seminar on November 8, 2011.

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