SESOC Emerging Structural Engineers Scholarship

Update 8th June 2020:

The 2020 SEAOC Convention in Maui will not be going ahead as planned due to the risk to health from Covid-19.  Instead, a scaled-back virtual convention that includes the normal, yearly business, and as well as some technical presentations will run. In light of this, SESOC has decided to not award the scholarship for 2020.  

We look forward to receiving your applications in 2021 to align with a successful SESOC Conference and SEAOC Convention for our Emerging Structural Engineering Network.


SESOC Management Committee – Call for Nominations

Dear Member,

The Structural Engineering Society New Zealand, SESOC, now represents over 2500 members and is the pre-eminent technical society for professional structural engineers throughout New Zealand. The Society collaborates with Engineering New Zealand, IStructE, SEAOC and other associated technical groups such as the Geotechnical, Concrete, Timber Design and Earthquake Engineering Societies.  SESOC regularly provides technical guidance and support to MBIE, Standards NZ, Engineering NZ and other organisations responsible for the production of technical literature and practice guidelines.  The Regional Structural Groups in Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Nelson/Marlborough, Christchurch, and Otago are affiliated with SESOC and run meetings throughout the year, with a variety of speakers and site visits to local projects. Other core activities of the Society are the publication of a well-respected half-yearly journal, running of practitioner-focused seminars on structural engineering topics, and a biannual conference.

The management of the society has been well served by the current and previous management committees. Committee members are expected to lead projects of relevance to the society and report on progress at the quarterly management meetings. Working on the management committee is a worthwhile and rewarding contribution to SESOC and to the structural engineering profession. Here is the opportunity to support your Society. The committee for 2020 will be announced at the AGM to be held in Christchurch on Thursday 27 February 2020.

If you wish to stand for election, please complete the self-nomination form at this link and return by post or email to be received no later than 4 pm on Thursday 30 January 2020 to:

John Snook

SESOC Executive Officer

PO Box 3839, Christchurch 8140


Note:   Each nomination is to be accompanied by a brief (one quarter page A4) biographical detail.

The Institution of Structural Engineers Affiliate Scheme

SESOC enjoys a close relationship with the Institution of Structural Engineers facilitated by the Memorandum of Understanding between our two organisations together with personal representation and communications.

Last year Ian Firth and Martin Powell, President and CEO of IStructE respectively, attended the SESOC conference in Wellington. As well as presenting at that conference they engaged in discussion with SESOC members and came away encouraged to further strengthen linkages not only at organisational level but also directly with our members.

Subsequent discussions with the SESOC Management Committee have resulted in the
attached special promotion to SESOC members, offering Affiliate Membership of the Institution of Structural Engineers. IStructE see this is an opportunity to be part of the worldwide network of Institution members in a way which does not create any conflict with
membership of SESOC.

IStructE say that beyond the membership aspect, this arrangement opens up information
about and access to the Institution’s growing digital offering and will allow a greater sharing of knowledge so that collectively, structural engineers around the world are better resourced in terms of networks, technical information and development opportunities.

This offer is direct from IStructE and is for members to consider and to make arrangements individually with the Institution.

Read more here or join today at

IStructE 2018 President

SESOC is pleased to welcome Faith Wainwright as the 2018 IStructE President. A video of her inaugural address: “Working Together for a Creative and Collaborative Future” can be found here. Faith Wainwright is a Director of Arup. Her career has included the structural design of many award-winning buildings. Faith has a passion for collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and currently leads Arup’s Skills Networks.

Software Report

MemDes: SESOC branded MemDes has been available for download since June 2017.

Functionality includes: • Standard Windows-style distribution/installation

  • SESOC registration/activation screens; SESOC branding, along with standard copyright and disclaimer notices
  • Compatibility with Windows 10
  • Updated user manual
  • Minor enhancements to the user interface
  • Indication of section availability, particularly for hollow sections

MemDes Plus: A major enhancement to MemDes is now complete and is currently undergoing verification. Formal release is expected in the New Year. It will include the provision of a module to provide single span beam analysis capacity and serviceability checks. This will use the existing MemDes capability to check each segment along the beam.

GenCol + Shearwall Design: Develop is progressing to provide an additional module to provide reinforced concrete shearwall design capability to GenCol. This capability will be to NZS 3101, with focus on the shear, confinement and transverse steel detailing provisions, for rectangular shearwalls. This enhancement will provide a NZ code based design tool for use across the industry. Expeced release is mid-2018.