Objectives of the Society of Structural Engineers are:

  • To promote the science, art and practice of structural engineering;
  • To ensure the advancement and dissemination of knowledge relating to structural engineering; and
  • To provide a forum for structural engineering practitioners to communicate amongst themselves and to the public at large.

Affairs of the Society are managed in accordance with the Rules of the Society (PDF, 107kb) by a Management Committee of 10 to 13 elected and nominated persons. Relationships with our parent organisation, Engineering New Zealand, and parallel institution, The Institution of Structural Engineers are detailed in the Engineering New Zealand/CTS agreement (PDF, 81kb) and the MoU SESOC/I. Struct. E (PDF, 187kb).


SESOC Membership is now over 1400, primarily from New Zealand, but also a number from
Australia, the Pacific rim and other overseas locations. Membership is targeted at persons having an interest in all aspects of structural engineering, across the range of construction materials (timber, concrete, structural steel) as well as aspects of construction management and education.

Activities and General Information:

  • Forum: hosted on our website, this facility allows members to actively participate in discussions on all current topics. New threads can be suggested and are authorised by the Site Administrator.
  • Searchable Database: for papers: search criteria is on the Abstract, journal reference, title and author(s). A similar search is established for Letters to Editor and supplementary items including Newsletter items.
  • Website: new features include Events by Date and Current Issues. Find anything you need to know, or a person to contact who you can ask.
  • Journals: Published twice a year, covering items of interest to structural engineers. Includes, technical papers, project reports, materials information, code reviews, computer applications, historical engineering articles, humour, seminar/conference advice/reports, general interest articles. Back Issues available here.
  • Newsletters can be found via the searchable database.
  • Seminars: SESOC has held a number of seminars on a wide range of subjects topical to structural engineers. These are held in four centres across New Zealand so as to make them accessible to all engineers, members or otherwise.
  • Regional Groups: The local structural groups in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Nelson, and Christchurch arrange speakers or project visits of interest to local structural engineers. These groups are largely autonomous but have a formal relationship and inter-linking with SESOC.



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