Our thoughts are with the families and community of Surfside, Florida in the aftermath of the collapse of the Champlain Towers Condominiums. As structural engineers, this event affects us deeply—both personally and professionally—as our life's work is to ensure the safety of built structures.
It is too early to speculate on what might have happened. The first priority is to reach survivors and care for those lost and impacted. As the situation unfolds and additional information is available, structural engineers will be able to assess any contributing factors to the collapse.
The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) offers its support to Florida so we may both work together to understand the causes of the collapse and contribute to the discussion regarding how to avoid a tragedy like this again.
In the interim, we express our condolences to those impacted by this tragic event.
The overall objective of SEAoP is the advancement of the practice of Structural Engineering in Pennsylvania and to provide a unified voice for Structural Engineers across the Commonwealth.
SEAoP was established in 2009 as an outgrowth of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers, DVASE. SEAoP forms a state wide umbrella to unite the resources of individual chapters around the Commonwealth.
DVASE established the first chapter representing the Southeastern/Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State University established the first Student Chapter by joining SEAoP in 2011.
SEAoP is a Member Organization of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, NCSEA. NCSEA was established in 1993 to constantly improve the level of standard of practice of the structural engineering profession throughout the United States, and to provide an identifiable resource for those needing communication with the profession. Please go to NCSEA.com for more information and resources.
A continuing goal of SEAoP is to create regional chapters across Pennsylvania.