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On behalf of your 2011 SEAOC Convention Committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the Entertainment Capital of the World! From Wednesday September 21, through Saturday, September 24, the 2011 SEAOC Convention will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, nestled up against Red Rock National Park, just west of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort is surrounded by the most prestigious golf courses in Southern Nevada, like TPC Las Vegas. The JW Marriott Resort & Spa features the Aquae Sullis Spa, eleven on-site dining options, the Rampart Casino, and much much more.

With something for everyone, let’s mix business and pleasure. The Technical Program, combined with Business Sessions, will offer three high caliber technical tracks with over 45 presentations. The Technical Program at the JW Marriott will feature a Keynote Session focusing on recent significant earthquakes and their affects:

  • 2010 Chile Earthquake, 8.8 MW
  • 2010 Canterbury, 7.1 MW, and 2011 Christchurch, 6.3 MW, Earthquakes, New Zealand
  • 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake, 9.0 MW, Japan

A blue-ribbon panel will then discuss advancements to our profession, influence on government and building codes, and the public’s perception of earthquakes and structural engineering resulting from these significant events.

The Technical Program concludes at the Bellagio on Friday afternoon for an exclusive, privileged behind-the-curtain discussion on engineering Cirque du Soleil’s surrealistic aquatic masterpiece, O. The discussion will be led by O’s Special Effects Manager and Production Manager.

For those of you who are looking for a refresher to get caught up or would just like to sharpen your technical knowledge, we are offering something new . . . take an earlier flight on Wednesday and register for one or more Special Topic Seminars on:

  1. 2009 IBC and 2010 CBC Updates, presented by Jon Kiland, S.E., SEAOC Fellow, KPW Structural Engineers, Inc.
  2. New Risk-Targeted Ground Motion Design Criteria of Seismic Codes, presented by Dr. Charles Kircher, Kircher and Associates, and Dr. Nicolas Luco, U.S. Geological Survey.
  3. Post-Installed Anchorage & ACI Certification Program, presented by John Turner, CRSI Greater Southwestern Region Manager.

It is also important to note that the SEAOC Board has just put into place the NCSEA Diamond Review Certification for all of the continuing education programs at the 2011 SEAOC Convention.

Now for the other side of the Convention, Pleasure! Enjoy a fabulous Welcome Reception on Wednesday in the Trade Show which will be held in the JW Marriott’s Marquis Ballroom. Thursday evening offers the Area 51 Experience Dinner. The Government has restricted us from telling you more about it until you register for Top Secret Convention Clearance. And finally, the pièce de résistance . . . Computers & Structures, Inc., hosts a decadent full dinner reception prior to attending the “O” performance, brimming full of incredible food and drink in the Bellagio’s Monet Ballroom to celebrate the 80th birthday of Professor Emeritus Edward L. Wilson and his vast contributions to our profession and earthquake engineering. For those of us with energy to burn and who need a little more excitement, come out for the President’s Cup Race or tee one up at TPC on Saturday morning.

We can’t wait to see you in Vegas!

Stephen Pelham
President, SEAOC
David Calia
Convention Chair