Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT
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Union Station - Burlington Room 
225 S Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606

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Mark Converse 
SEI-Illinois Chapter 

SEI-IL Biennial Lecture Series: Session 3


Jonathan Lewis - WJE

Carrie Warner - dzse

Eric Fenske - DeSimone Consulting Engineers

SpeedCore and Steel-Concrete Composite Construction: The Best of Both Worlds

Presented by: Dr. Amit Varma, Ph.D from Purdue University

The merits of steel-concrete composite construction have been recognized and leveraged for decades, but they have never been harnessed quite so efficiently as the new SpeedCore system, which consists of composite plate shear walls and composite coupling beams. This system can be used, when needed, in lieu of traditional reinforced concrete core walls/shear walls in commercial, industrial, or nuclear construction. The primary advantages of this composite system stem from the efficient modularization and prefabrication of steel modules, and elimination of rebar cages, formwork, and falsework, resulting in an expedited construction schedule and thus overall increased project economy.


St. Regis Chicago - Frustums on Chicago's Skyline

Presented by: David Fields, PE, SE from MKA

David Fields will give a detailed presentation of the unique engineering challenges of Chicago’s newest supertall building, the St Regis Chicago. Highlighted topics include wind tunnel optimization, geometric irregularities, construction sequencing, and differential shortening. The St Regis opens in 2021, joining Chicago’s rich history of architectural gems and structural innovation.


**Online Registration is strongly encouraged**

CDC Guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be followed.

                   Register for All Four Sessions!