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2019 California Building Code Update Seminar
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2019 California Building Code Update Seminar

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019
8:15am - 3:30pm Pacific
Where: City of West Sacramento Community Center
1075 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento, California 
United States
Presenter: Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, American Wood Council
Contact: Sonia Eliseo, S.E., Chair

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This is the first in a series of seminars presented by SEAOCC on changes in the 2019 California Building Code.

This seminar will cover key changes to the reference standards ASCE 7-16, ASCE 41-17, NDS-2018, WFCM-2018, and TMS 402/602 2016. Attendees will receive a bound copy of the notes. Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included.

Changes to ASCE 7-16
Ron Hamburger, S.E., Fellow SEAOC, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz Heger

Changes to ASCE 41-17
Robert Pekelnicky, S.E., Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Inc.

Changes to NDS-2018 and WFCM-2018
Michelle Kam-Biron, S.E., Senior Director of Education, American Wood Council

Changes to TMS 402 2016 and TMS 602 2016
James Mwangi, Ph.D., S.E., Professor of Architectural Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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Presenter Bio:

Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she oversees AWC continuing education resources for building industry professionals as well as coordinates the development of university level wood design course. Before joining AWC, she worked for nearly five years in the wood industry as the Senior Technical Director – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for the Wood Products Council initiative, WoodWorks. Ms. Kam-Biron has authored several articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood.


She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. She is a Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Architectural Engineering (ARCE) alumni and is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer. She volunteers her time on the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Basic Education, a former Director for Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) and Past-President for Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC). She also chair’s the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE-SEI) Wood Education and the SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Committees.


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