The Young Members Group (YMG) is a free organization of SEAOG members and non-members, licensed and unlicensed practicing structural engineers, who consider themselves to be early in their respective careers. Our mission is to encourage recent graduates to become involved in SEAOG through:

–  social/networking happy hours for younger members to get to know each other before official SEAOG meetings;
–  separate YMG meetings where guest speakers cover fundamental structural engineering concepts;
–  roundtable discussions about design issues;
–  outreach/networking with K-12 students, colleges, and other industry groups (such as the AIA's Young Architects Forum).

upcoming events

SEAOG YMG Happy Hour with AIA Young Members
Tuesday, December 12
*Ormsbys | 1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318*
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Come out for a night of networking (and maybe a game or two) with the members of the Young Architects Forum at Ormsbys. Sign up at the link below if you're interested in attending!

RSVP for Happy Hour!

*Please note - the location for this event has changed!*

TopGolf Happy Hour Hosted by DeWalt
Tuesday, December 19
TopGolf | 1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Matt Cribbs, Field Engineer with DeWalt, will provide a brief live demonstration of DeWalt's DDA concrete anchor software to go over some of its new features,  as well as its improved user interface and workflow. The demo will take place in the parking lot, and will be followed by food, drinks and golf at TopGolf!

*Limited to the first 20 RSVPs – Click the link below to sign-up*

RSVP for TopGolf!

SEAOG General Meeting and YMG Happy Hour
Wednesday, January 10th
Hudson Grille - Brookhaven
5:30pm - 6:30pm YMG Happy Hour
6:30pm - 7:45pm SEAOG General Meeting

Meet your fellow SEAOG YMG members for a happy hour before the SEAOG general meeting. The topic for January's meeting is: SunTrust Park - Case Study. 

RSVP for the meeting!

Volunteers Needed for the Regional Future City Competition
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Marietta Campus of Kennesaw State University
*Click link below for more details*

Discover E’s Future City program for middle school students promotes engineering fields and professions in the built environment. Our program is a proven to improve STEM skills in middle school students and educate them on the important issues related to city design, management and sustainability. Each year over 35,000 students in 37 regions around the U.S. compete to design the best city of the future.
Volunteers are needed to judge at the regional competition. Regional Competition judges will be judging physical models and presentations of our teams. Please consider volunteering at Sign up as a regional competition judge in the Georgia Region. For more information on the Future City Competition visit the website:

Click here to learn more about participating as a judge!


Spotlight on Atlanta Projects 
The Young Architects Forum has started a series of presentations focusing on the work of Metro Atlanta firms. These presentations are given by local young architects highlighting work they have done in the Atlanta area. The YMG has been invited to team up with YAF for the SOAP event this Winter!
Have you worked on a recent project in Atlanta with an Atlanta-based architect that demonstrates the importance of design and coordination between architects and engineers? We want to hear about it at the next SOAP! Team up with the project architect to present the highlights of your project and the coordination among the project team that went into making the project a success! Contact your project architect and email the YMG ( to get started!
All engineers are invited to attend any of the SOAP events.  For more information about SOAP, click here!

Dome Demo Party Recap
Members of the SEAOG Young Members Group gathered bright and early on the morning of November 20th at the office of Uzun+Case to enjoy some doughnuts and coffee before watching the implosion of the city's beloved Georgia Dome. The event was complete with an implosion themed playlist, including Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball".
Trivia Night Recap
The SEAOG YMG joined forces with the ASCE Young Members and the Georgia Tech Chapter of ASCE for trivia night at Rocky Mountain Pizza. We dominated at trivia! Up until round three… C’mon, who knows what class a mollusk belongs to, and is made up from the Latin words for “head” and “foot”? But there was plenty of beer and pizza so it was still a good time.

the more you know

Everyone knows about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and how one side of the tower began to sink due to settlement shortly after construction began.  The tower was constructed way back in the 12th through 14th centuries when structural analysis and geotechnical reports were non-existent, so it is understandable as to why the designers did not foresee something like this occurring.  Fast forward over 600 years and it seems unimaginable with all the technology in the engineering world that a new building could sink and tilt in the same fashion as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  However, that is not the case as the Millennium Tower in San Francisco has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since construction was completed in 2008.  As to why the building has settled so much in under a decade is up for debate depending on who you talk to.  The developers of the tower believe that nearby construction of the Transbay Transit Center is to blame for any sinking or tilting as they believe the problem arose from the massive excavation and dewatering of underlying soils used in the construction of the transit center.  Developers of the transit center and other critics point to the fact that even before construction began on the transit center in 2010, settlement of the Millennium tower had already occurred.  These critics point to the fact that the foundation piles for the tower rely on purely skin friction and only reach depths of 60-90 feet down into compacted sand instead of using end bearing piles that would reach bedrock at depths of 200 feet.  A solution has been developed and calls for drilling 50-100 new foundation piles all the way down to bedrock.  The only issue is that this plan would cost an estimated $100 to $150 million and the pending lawsuits between the Millennium Tower developers, the Transbay Transit Center develops and the homeowners association mean no one is wanting to foot the bill.  In the meantime the building will just continue to sink and tilt as the lawsuits continue in the courtroom. 

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