SEAA ENews - January 2013

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Recent SEAA Board of Directors Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The SEAAConnector ® Magazine

The most recent edition of the SEAA Connector Magazine is scheduled for mailing to members this month after a few delays put publication behind schedule.

Project of the Year Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting 2012 Project of the Year nominations has been extended to January 31, 2013. It seems that the December 31 deadline in the midst of the holidays made it difficult for members to submit their nominations. The deadline will continue as January 31 for future years to give people more time to put together their submission packets for projects completed in the prior year.

New Board Member Elected

Duke Perry was elected to fill an open seat on the SEAA Board of Directors for the 2012-14 term. He was approved during the January SEAA Board of Directors Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Ballots for SEAA Board of Directors

Check the mail for your ballot to select members of the SEAA Board of Directors for 2013. The ballots were mailed in mid-January and must be returned by Friday, February 22, 2013.

Welcome to New Members

Central Nebraska Steel
Kearney, NE

Jewett Metal Buildings & Steel Erectors
Raymond, NH

New Orleans Is Calling You to the SEAA Convention & Tradeshow- back back to top

This year's convention will focus on bringing business value to your organization. More educational content. Greater networking opportunities. Make your plans to join us March 21-23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana for inspiration to lead and drive long-term success within your company. Register today. Take a look at just three of our outstanding speakers and their topics.

Keynote Speaker Bruce S. Wilkinson will energize attendees with his presentation on “Managing, motivating and leading a multi-generational workforce™.”

Maintaining a motivated, quality workforce will be challenging in the future as many organizations look for creative ways to get Baby-Boomers, Gen-Xer’s and Gen Y employees to work together as an effective, cooperative and respectful team. This will be an enthusiastic and persuasively presented, fun-filled program that will demonstrate some unique and effective ways to manage, motivate, inspire and lead a diverse and multi-generational workforce through trust, leadership, communication, integrity, personal accountability, teamwork, recognition, open-minded listening, change, co-worker cooperation and having a sense of humor.

Bruce S. Wilkinson, CSP is a leadership/communication/culture implementation specialist, professional motivational keynote speaker, trainer and consultant who reinforces personalized messages with humor, passion, enthusiasm and authenticity. His mission is to help organization’s translate their culture into a workplace climate that inspires excellence, service and accountability. Bruce has degrees in both Safety Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health. He was a two-term elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Speakers Association and is one of fewer than 800 people worldwide to earn the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

Besides his personalized keynotes, he has developed and presented programs on effective leadership, teams, multi-generational communication, in-house branding, workplace culture/climate, change, work/life balance, humor at work, world class customer service, sales motivation, safety leadership and personal responsibility.

As President and Chief Leadership Officer of Workplace Consultants, Inc. and Wilkinson Seminars and Presentations, he has presented in all 50 states, delivering enthusiastic keynotes and training programs for over 26 years to clients such as Coca Cola, Office Depot, Honeywell, ADP, Burger King, KFC, Sonic Drive-In, WRIGLEY, Frito-Lay, ExxonMobil, various contractors and hospitals, Kellogg’s, the Department of Defense, NASA, LSU, the IRS, Miller Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Samuel Adams and Jack Daniel’s.

Horizontal Lifelines and Post-Fall Techniques -- Within this field presentation you will learn about leading fall protection techniques for the steel erection industry as well as different techniques for post-fall recovery. Travis Weber will lead a discussion on how LPR Construction develops and uses horizontal lifelines and also special techniques for quick and easy rescue solutions in the event that employee does fall. How would you rescue an employee if they fell on an elevated horizontal life line system? Come and out how the pros do it.

Travis Weber serves as Assistant Safety Director of L.P. R. Construction Co. in Loveland, CO

Building Construction Forecast: Who, What, I Don’t Know, Tomorrow and Naturally -- This management session featuring John Cross will provide perspective on the current building construction marketplace – how it arrived where it is today, and where it is headed in the future. Economic drivers for construction will be identified, revealing which economic indicators provide the best future guidance for the structural steel industry. Trends impacting different types of construction in various areas of the U.S. will be examined, including a forecast covering the next three years of construction activity. The session will also examine specific business trends that will impact the structural steel industry on a macro level, such as Building Information Modeling and sustainability. Attendees will be challenged to evaluate how their organizations will adapt to those changes.

John Cross , PE, LEED AP, is Vice-President of the American Institute of Steel Construction in Chicago, IL

312-670-2400 •

Don’t miss these informative sessions! Register today!

Join Us for the George Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament - back to top

Polish your clubs and sign up now for SEAA golf in this exciting locale. In a city internationally known for its magnificent private clubs, English Turn Golf & Country Club stands out with its luxurious environment: spectacular clubhouse, surrounded by romantic verandas and an expanse of green lawns and flowering gardens. The 18-hole championship golf course is a fitting testimony to Jack Nicklaus’s reputation as a world-renowned player and a world-class course designer.

The tournament registration fee of $175.00 per person covers the greens fee, cart, range balls, lunch, snacks with your favorite ice-cold beverage on the golf course, and round-trip shuttle service from the Hyatt Regency Superdome (for those having reservations for the shuttle). An awards ceremony will immediately follow the tournament.

Transportation requirements are determined by reservations; please indicate when you register if you are taking advantage of the shuttle service.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Consider how the George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament can showcase your company with our exclusive tournament signage. With over 100 golfers anticipated, sponsorship offers an excellent opportunity to market your company and help SEAA with tournament incidentals. All sponsorships are assigned on a first-come basis:

LUNCHEON (2 available)—$750


TEE / HOLE— $200

1st PLACE— $500

2nd PLACE— $400

3rd PLACE— $300

4th PLACE— $200

CLOSEST TO THE PIN (4 available) $125


HOLE-IN-ONE (4 available)—$350



Use this link for tournament registration and sponsorship.

Fish the Louisiana Bayous with SEAA - back to top

New Orleans spin fishing at its finest! Bourgeois Fishing Charters provides fishing expeditions on the beautiful bayous of South Louisiana, just thirty minutes from downtown New Orleans. Captain Theophile (ToeFeel) Bourgeois employs only licensed and insured captains to make these excursions safe, fun and personalized for every participant. Get ready to fish saltwater for redfish, speckled trout, drum and flounder. Upon return to the dock, enjoy fresh fried fish, jambayala, potato salad, green beans, a slice of French bread, and a dessert.

Fishing registration is $250 per person. This all-inclusive fee covers: gear, bait, ice, fuel, drinks, sandwiches, fish cleaning, post-excursion fish fry at the dock, and round-trip shuttle service from the Hyatt Regency Superdome. Please indicate on your registration if you plan to use the shuttle service.

Registration Cut Off Date: March 15, 2013.

Register today for this excursion/sponsorship

This SEAA fishing outing can showcase your company with our exclusive signage and convention recognition. All sponsorships are assigned on a first-come basis.

On the same registration form, you can sign up for your preferred fishing sponsorship:


LUNCHEON-- $1,500


Convention Sponsorships Offer a Great Marketing Opportunity - back to top

The SEAA Convention & Tradeshow provides worthwhile educational and networking opportunities for industry constructors and suppliers. Becoming a convention sponsor gives your business visibility to a concentrated target market while supporting SEAA’s quality programs. Sponsorships are available on a first-come basis. CLICK HERE to register your sponsorship now.

SEAA thanks United Rental for sponsoring the Thursday Night Welcome Hospitality Reception.

Other sponsorships are available for these activities and levels:

Friday Morning Continental Breakfast (3 available)--$1,500

Friday Morning Coffee Break--$1,200

Friday Trade Show Luncheon (3 available)--$2,500

Friday Afternoon Coffee Break--$1,200

Friday Pre-Bash Cocktail Reception--$2,500

Friday Evening Big Easy Bash Festive Table Decorations--$1,500

Saturday Morning Buffet Breakfast--$3,600

Saturday Morning Coffee Break--$1,200

Steel Sponsor--$1,200

Platinum Sponsor--$1,000

Gold Sponsor--$750

Silver Sponsor--$500

Bronze Sponsor--$250

Please contact Tom Underhill at 336-294-8880 for more information. He will be glad to discuss other exclusive sponsorship opportunities, too. 

Here are the benefits of sponsorship, which vary depending on the sponsorship level:

  • Signage throughout the sponsored event
  • Sponsor ribbon on designated company badges
  • Sponsor sign at exhibit booth
  • Logo on cocktail napkins at coffee break station
  • Company-provided literature inserted in welcome bags
  • Sponsor names list in full-page SEAA Connector® Magazine
  • Sponsor name listed on SEAA website
  • Sponsor name listed on signage at exhibit hall exit
  • Hyperlink to company website from SEAA website
  • Sponsor name listed on conference/soiree program


CRC&ICH Conferences May 29-30 in Indianapolis - back to top

VR Sim President & CEO Matthew Wallace will present the keynote address at the Crane & Rigging/Industrial Crane & Hoist Conferences (CRC/ICHC) to discuss practical and cost-effective uses of virtual reality applications in construction. Helping safety and risk managers apply both new and old technology to safety and productivity on the job will be a key focus of the 2013 conference, which will be held May 29 & 30 at the Indianapolis Marriott North in Indianapolis, IN. CRC/ICHC is produced by MCM Events, a division of Maximum Capacity Media.

Although the crane and rigging industry is aware of simulators, their use and acceptance has been limited. Recognized as a 2011 ENR Top 25 Newsmaker, Wallace will explain the benefits of gaming industry technology for recruiting and training employees.

Other topics being planned for the conference include these:

  • Apps and tablets for riggers, operators, and signalpersons
  • Electronic recordkeeping for sling and below-the-hook device inspections
  • Sales and safety uses for lift planning software
  • OSHA’s 2014 Crane Operator Certification Deadline
  • ASME Standards Updates
  • Emergency response and reconstruction business plans for crane and rigging specialists

For more information, visit

Greater Demand for Super Heavy Lifters - back to top

Nuclear power station construction in the USA, China and elsewhere is driving demand, as had activity in the petrochemical, ship building and offshore energy equipment construction industry worldwide. The big news is that end users have independently designed and built super heavy lift cranes, even though some of the mainstream crane manufacturers are active at the top end of the heavy lift arena.

Design approaches vary, from types most similar to conventional cranes – Mammoet, Lampson, Sarens – to variations that are less so. For example, ALE, Bigge use strand jacks or no counterweight.

Bigge Crane & Rigging in the USA has its 125D AFRD, which it describes as the world’s largest capacity crane at radius. Bigge gives the capacity of the ARFD as 7,500 US tons on 300 feet of main boom and 4,000 tons with 560 feet of main boom. Fixed jibs will be available in excess of 1,000-ton capacity and 200 feet long, according to Pete Ashton, vice president of major projects.

In heavy lift cranes since the 1970s, USA-based Lampson International’s Transi-Lift cranes are familiar at nuclear power plants around the world, says Kate Lampson. The largest Lampson, the LTL-3000, has a capacity of 3,000 tons. The Transi-Lift system is a patented configuration that combines the heavy lifting capacities of stiff leg derricks and ring mounted lift equipment with the mobility of a conventional crawler crane.

With its origins in the USA at subsidiary Rigging International, Belgium-based international specialist Sarens’ contender is the SGC-120 announced in 2010. With 3,200-tonnes capacity at 30 meters radius and 1,000 tons at 80 m., the ring-based unit lifts with winches like a conventional crane, as do the Bigge, Lampson and Mammoet offerings. Like the ALE and Mammoet models, it was designed for flexible worldwide transportation in standard shipping containers.

The reported lead time to build these cranes is between three and four years, which means always taking a risk because this is longer than the contract lead time. Planned projects do not always come to fruition. For example, the Japanese nuclear disaster put a stop to many contracts which contractors were gearing up for.”

Also adding time to the development process, some clients bring in external consultants to check the procedures and calculations. Overall this is not such a bad thing because having an independent check further improves safety.

Free Telehandler E-Books for Apple iPads - back to top

Two free telehandler-focused e-books for Apple iPads, launched by JLG Industries, Inc., combine product specifications with telehandler product features, benefits, options and accessories, and a description of JLG Ground Support services. One of the interactive books focuses on JLG Telehandlers in general while the other covers SkyTrak telehandlers.

According to JLG, the books also incorporate high-resolution photos and demonstration videos so readers learn more about the JLG and SkyTrak line of telehandlers. The e-books replace brochures and computers with" more portable mobile devices that provide access to valuable product information," making the information more readily accessible to workers in the field. In addition, a dealer locator can direct readers to a nearby JLG dealer to encourage local connections.

As customers’ dependence on technology grows, especially with mobile devices, innovative solutions to help them solve tasks become more important. The JLG and SkyTrak telehandler e-books are available for viewing on iPads in English, and to support JLG’s Latin American customers, Spanish and Portuguese versions will be available soon. To download the free books, visit

Quinlan Enterprises Named a 2012 Outstanding Subcontractor of the Year - back to top

Turner Construction Company’s Atlanta Business Unit has selected Quinlan Enterprises as a 2012 Outstanding Subcontractor of the Year. This award was based on various criteria such as safety, quality of work, project management, estimating, and purchasing support as well as commitment to Turner Construction Company’s policies, procedures, and community affairs.

This award publicly recognizes and acknowledges the contributions made by their excellent subcontractors. Award recipients were recognized at a special event on December 6, 2012 at Turner’s Atlanta offices.




Second Edition AISC Seismic Design Manual Now Available - back to top

The Seismic Design Manual is now available in its second edition from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). This new edition contains hundreds of pages of comprehensive design examples, including connections, updated for the 2010 AISC Seismic Provisions. The new manual is available now in hard-copy format, with the digital edition available on February 1. Either format can be purchased by AISC members for $175 or by non-members for $350. Additionally, both the hard copy of the Seismic Design Manual and digital edition are available for purchase as a set by AISC members for $275 or by non-members for $550. Order online at or via phone by calling 800.644.2400.

“The Seismic Design Manual provides the industry with a practical resource for application of the design requirements of the 2010 Seismic Provisions,” said Rafael Sabelli, chairman of the AISC Seismic Manual Subcommittee. “In contrast to the Steel Construction Manual, it typically follows a system-design format -- examples are organized around the illustration of an entire seismic system, with each example illustrating the design of a representative element. Connection design examples are presented to illustrate some of the range of approaches that designers can take. Thus, the Seismic Design Manual provides the industry with a useful collection of tools for addressing the seismic design of steel structures.”

This new edition also includes these helpful features:

  • Side-by-side LRFD and ASD design methodologies for design examples
  • A new chapter on analysis
  • More thorough examples on connection design, including panel zone detailing and brace-to-beam/column connection design options
  • Extended discussion and more economical design methodology for collector elements
  • New examples for buckling-restrained braced frames
  • New chapters on composite moment frames and composite braced frames

In addition, the new edition includes two AISC seismic-related standards: the 2010 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 341-10) and the 2010 AISC Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications (with Supplement No. 1) (ANSI/AISC 358-10 and ANSI/AISC 358s1-11).

The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

Omega Morgan Moves Large Oregon Bridge to New Location - back to top

As part of a bridge replacement project, moving, rigging and transport specialist Omega Morgan actually slid a road bridge to a new position across the Willamette River in what it claims as one of longest bridge moves ever attempted. On January 19, Omega Morgan successfully shifted the 87-year-old Sellwood Bridge in one piece and on a radius to the north to provide a temporary route while a new $307-million bridge is built in the original location.

The Sellwood Bridge, at 1,972 feet long, 75 feet high and, 28 feet wide, is one of the state of Oregon’s busiest bridges, carrying some 30,000 vehicles a day. The bridge links SW Portland to its SE business district and suburbs.

"We are really pleased to be involved in this important, complex and exciting project,” said John McCalla, CEO/president of Omega Morgan, one of the West Coast’s leading moving, rigging and transportation companies.

Both Omega Morgan and general contractors Slayden/Sundt Joint Venture have successfully used this detour bridge method for other projects. “Omega Morgan has moved bridges weighing upwards of eight million pounds, but this one does offer some additional challenges,” McCalla said.

The company’s chief engineer, Ralph DiCaprio, said the company welcomes the challenges. “This is why we like what we do. There’s something different on every project,” he said.

Devising a strategy to move the bridge in one piece helped Omega Morgan win the contract after showing that it would save time, money and duplication of efforts, according to parties involved in the project. Other proposals had suggested expensive and redundant structural features and extensive staging.

The plan is to use hydraulic jacks to lift the bridge onto skid gear and then to move and mount it on new piers that have been built in the river. The aging bridge will then become the “shoofly” or detour while construction begins on the new bridge. Officials on the project said the temporary bridge will be inspected before it is open to traffic.

The 87-year-old bridge replaced a ferry called the John F. Caples, a steam-powered vessel that took 582 vehicles and 452 pedestrians across the Willamette River each day. It was Portland’s first fixed-span bridge, meaning that it did not have a draw or swing span.

The decision was made to replace the Sellwood Bridge because it cannot handle the current volume of traffic, has a low rating on a federal bridge rating, and buses and heavy trucks are restricted from using the bridge. It also has narrow lanes and sidewalk, no bike facilities and it is not designed to withstand earthquakes even though the area is in one of the most dangerous earthquake zones in the U.S.

Omega Morgan provides innovative solutions for the complex lifting, moving, rigging and transportation challenges faced by manufacturers, power generation companies, general contractors and logistics providers. For more information visit


Don’t Let the Flu Affect Your Company’s Productivity - back to top

The 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season.

Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine. The 2012-2013 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:

  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (from the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses).

Note: The H1N1 virus is the same as the H1N1 virus that was included in the 2011-2012 vaccine, but the influenza H3N2 and B vaccine viruses are different.

More information about influenza vaccines is available at Preventing Seasonal Flu With Vaccination.

Pandemic flu remains a concern for employers and workers. A pandemic can occur at any time and can be mild, moderate, or severe. The pandemic flu in 2009 was considered by HHS/CDC to be mild but still created challenges for employers and workers and showed that many workplaces were not prepared. The precautions identified in the resources below give a baseline for infection controls during a seasonal flu outbreak, but may not be enough to protect workers during a pandemic. For additional information on pandemic flu planning, see the OSHA webpage on pandemic flu.

National Safety Council Announces 2013 CEOs Who "Get It" - back to top 

The National Safety Council has announced the 2013 CEOs Who “Get It,” its annual recognition of business leaders who demonstrate world-class safety. Each of these leaders understands that safety is not only the right thing to do, but creating a culture of safety also is a business imperative.

The Council believes that all organizations are on the Journey to Safety Excellence – a constant quest to drive workplace injuries and deaths to zero. This year’s honorees have a firm grasp of the Journey and its four key pillars, which include committed leadership and employee engagement, sound safety processes and procedures, continuous risk reduction, and measuring and improving performance.

“It is an honor for the Council to recognize this year’s distinguished group of CEOs Who "Get It,” said Janet Froetscher, National Safety Council president and CEO. “The strong example these leaders have set in living the Journey and protecting their employees is something we hope all business leaders will follow.”

This year’s roster of eight individuals represents national and multinational organizations of all sizes from a wide variety of industries. Profiles of the CEOs Who “Get It” are featured in the February 2013 issue of Safety+Health magazine. Recognized this year:

  • Teri L. Bristol: Chief Operating Officer, Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Washington, D.C.
  • Richard D. Fox: CEO, CDM Smith, Cambridge, MA
  • Anthony J. Orlando: President and CEO, Covanta Energy Corporation, Morristown, NJ
  • Richard R. Sarles: General Manager and CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, D.C.
  • David T. Seaton: Chairman and CEO, Fluor Corporation, Irving, TX
  • Michael L. Sims: General Manager and CEO, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., Oxford, OH
  • Major General Peter J. Talleri: Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations Pacific/Commander, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler
  • Bill Wright: President and CEO, Petrochem Insulation, Inc., Vallejo, CA

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact -- distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.