Upcoming Events

Summer Break

The amazing volunteers at SEABC are taking a deserved summer break. Monthly evening seminars and Young Members events will resume in the fall.

CPCI Design Manual Webinar Series

Presented by Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is excited to launch its first ever webinar series to present each chapter of the recently released CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual. The webinars will be presented by the Chapter Editors to CPCI members, engineers, owners/developers, designers and AEC professionals.

Webinar Dates

  • Chapter 1 - Methods and Materials
    May 23 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 2 - Analysis and Design of Structures
    May 30 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 3 - Design of Elements
    June 20 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 4 - Design of Connections
    June 27 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 5 - Architectural Precast Concrete
    September 12 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 6 - Related Considerations
    September 19 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 7 - Product Information and Capacity
    October 10 at 10:00 AM
  • Chapter 8 - General Design Information
    October 24 at 10:00 AM

A free PDF copy of the CPCI Fifth Edition Design Manual is available on the CPCI website.

More information and registration.

Master of Engineering Leadership - One-on-One Consultations

Presented by Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia

The MEL/MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2019. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL/MHLP programs.

To reserve your 30 minute appointment time please complete the form at the URL below.


UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver


August 30, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

More information and registration.

Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety (FEMA P-1000)

Presented by Applied Technology Council

Children not only have the right to an education; they also have the right to an education in a safe environment. In many parts of the world, however, school buildings are highly vulnerable to significant damage, collapse, or destruction in an earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural hazard events. Past disasters have clearly demonstrated the devastating effects of school damage and subsequent closures. Even students who survive a major disaster might find their education disrupted or permanently ended, causing their future to be completely derailed. Despite the critical role that schools play in young people’s lives and in broader communities, many obstacles exist in attempting to improve school safety from natural hazards. These include competing public needs and demands, scarce resources, and lack of understanding of risks from natural hazards. This webinar will offer concrete guidance for making schools safer.

This webinar will provide an overview of the recently released guidebook, FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety. FEMA P-1000 aims to equip school safety advocates and stakeholders with the information, tools, and resources they need to promote safer schools in their communities and it aims to empower and support decision-makers by providing actionable advice.

Webinar Presenter

Lori Peek,  Director of the Natural Hazards Center and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder

Free for the first 1,000 registrations.

Webinar Date

September 6 at from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

More information and registration.

Certificate in Structural Engineering

Last day of registration for the September 2018 Term

The September 2018 Term will run on 12 Tuesdays and Thursdays between September 11 and December 6 with a mid-term break the week of October 22.

Courses offered:

  • E10 Structural Analysis Fundamentals: A Refresher
  • E13 Computer Software Applications In Structural Engineering
  • E25 Structural Health Monitoring
  • C4-1 Intro to Earthquake Eng & Seismicity


  • Registration opens:
  • Early-bird rate up to and including:
  • Registration closes:

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Meeting Seismic Design Requirements with the new Masonry Design Standard CSA S304-14

Presented by Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

Post-disaster buildings as defined by the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) have historically been examples where loadbearing concrete block masonry is used because of its fire resistance, durability, robustness and strength. However, this has gradually diminished over time as other competing materials took advantage of advances in research and changes to building codes, especially the new ductility requirements of the 2005 NBCC. Use of 2004 edition of the masonry structures design standard, CSA S304, proved to be challenging for designers of masonry post-disaster structures trying to meet these new seismic requirements.

This course will provide a detailed overview of the new changes to the 2014 edition of the CSA S304, which are viewed as a substantial improvement to the 2004 standard. Design and detailing examples will be presented that illustrate how masonry seismic design has evolved to meet the requirements of the 2015 NBCC and how these changes will once again facilitate loadbearing masonry in post-disaster structures. In the new Clause 16 within CSA S304-2014 entitled “Special provisions for seismic design” all seismic design provisions are now consolidated, modernized and expanded for ease of reference.

Course Content

  1. General Overview of Masonry
    • Background to Masonry construction, materials, behaviour and design principles
  2. Seismic Design Provisions of the 2014 CSA S304
    • SFRS Categories: Design and Detailing Requirements
      • Unreinforced masonry, conventional construction, moderately ductile squat shear walls, moderately ductile shear walls and ductile shear walls
    • Ductility Verification of Masonry Shear Walls
    • Increasing the ductility of masonry with boundary elements
  3. Masonry building design and lateral load distribution


Bennett Banting, Ph.D., P.Eng
Canada Masonry Design Centre (CMDC),  Mississauga, ON


Sandman Hotel - Vancouver City Centre


  • September 17
  • Registration: 07:45 AM
  • Start of Session: 08:30 AM
  • Lunch: 12:00 PM
  • End of session: 04:30 PM

More information and registration.

Past SEABC Events

The SEABC Events Archive contains video recordings and downloads for past seminars.