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Major Changes to the 2016 California Building Code

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
$40 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms; $60 non-members
Includes a sandwich lunch (gluten-free/vegan salad available for additional $5).
Click here to register.


Steve Winkel, FAIA, PE, CASp presents the major changes to the 2016 California Building Code in a two-hour lunchtime session. Please note this program does not qualify for California license renewal requirements, but it still extremely important!

About the Presenter

Steve joined The Preview Group in 2005 and manages the firm’s San Francisco Bay Area office. Steve has over 39 years experience as an architect, engineer, landscape architect and recently became certified as an access specialist in California. Steve is currently serving his third 4-year term as the Architect member of the California Building Standards Commission. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences and is chair of the FEMA/NIBS Code Resource Support Committee which reviews and comments on building code changes related to seismic safety. Steve has served as chair of the American Institute of Architects Codes and Standards Committee. He is the author, along with noted illustrator Frank Ching, of the well-received book Building Codes Illustrated for John Wiley & Sons, now in its third edition. As both an architect and civil engineer with experience in project management, code analysis and quality assurance reviews, Steve brings a unique perspective and broad knowledge base to the firm’s work.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify significant changes made in the basic 2015 IBC that are included in the 2016 CBC.
  2. Identify California-specific changes to the 2015 IBC in the 2016 CBC.
  3. Identify changes made by California in the CBC Chapter 11A regarding access to covered multifamily housing and to CBC Chapter 11B for Public Accommodations
  4. Learn to recognize the impact of the noted changes on practice.

The Future of Employee Healthcare Benefits

an AEBL program; co-sponsored by AIA East Bay

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
$30 AIA and AEBL Members/$50 Non-members; includes lunch
Click here to register

1.5 CES LUs

Many companies are being faced with yearly changes to their healthcare benefit plans, which directly affects their profitability. This creates a large number in the expense column that management, human resources, and benefits managers are constantly trying to minimize, while maximizing quality benefits. Firms are caught between passing costs on to employees and trying to absorb the increasing premiums, making the decisions about health benefits ever more important in relation to total compensation and its effect on recruiting and retention.

Join AEBL, the AIA East Bay, and a panel of industry experts during this dynamic lunchtime session as we discuss the ever-changing healthcare market. Find out what others in the A/E/C are doing to stay on top of this frustratingly fluctuating trend.

We will also take a look at what the future might hold…if our new president will repeal, replace, or amend the Affordable Care Act, and how that will affect healthcare benefits for companies and employees.


Information Modeling’s Role in Sustainable Design Decisions

This event has been postponed. We will notify you when we reschedule.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Lunch provided by Vectorworks, Inc.
Please RSVP by 10am March 16 to

1.5 CES LUs

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Site Information Modeling (SIM) applications provide us with the necessary tools to carry out well-designed and well-planned projects that save both time and money. These same BIM and SIM tools can also be used to help make informed decisions and create responsible, sustainable designs. This presentation will look at case studies of both architecture and landscape architecture projects that utilized intelligent BIM objects and tools to achieve low-impact, sustainable designs.

About the Presenter:
David DenglerAs a Regional Account Manager, David Dengler promotes the Vectorworks brand through consultative sales, marketing, promotion, education, and outreach across California. He also conducts CEU presentations and enables educational institutions to bring the Vectorworks platform into their classrooms. David is well suited for the task because he possesses extensive CAD software experience, including first-hand knowledge of Vectorworks software and its rendering capabilities. He has used Vectorworks professionally since 1996. Before joining Vectorworks Inc. in 2013, David was a designer with Adler Display. Prior to that, he founded his own company and developed apps for iPhone/iPad. He has worked as a project designer/manager with various architectural firms in California for over 15 years where he completed both residential and commercial projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand BIM and SIM workflows.
  • Learn how designers can benefit from using a BIM application.
  • Discover what tools are available to make sustainable design decisions.
  • See how designers are achieving success with intelligent tools and applications.

ARE Trivia Lunch: 2/23/17

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588
Free for AIA Members and employees of Chapter-member firms
$5 non-members, includes lunch

Please register by 2/21/2017 by clicking here.

Come have lunch with us and have some architectural trivia fun! We’re focusing on the “4.0 Big 3” exams of PPP, SP&D and CD&S–Programming, Planning & Practice, Site Planning & Design, and Construction Documents & Services. Pass these three in the 4.0 format and then transfer to 5.0 to take only two more exams!

All done with these exams? Even the most seasoned veteran can test their knowledge of this trivia. Which team will win?

All are welcome!

Lunch Seminar: Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

presented by Woodworks Wood Products Council

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 
9:30 am to 12:45 pm 
Location: One Market Restaurant, San Francisco
Cost: $20 Includes Lunch. Click here to register.


Most offices in the U.S. could be built with a wood structural system yet many designers assume they’re limited to concrete and steel for workplace environments. In fact, wood construction can accommodate the space and performance needs of office occupancies, and also provide advantages such as speed, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact. Focusing on common design considerations, this presentation will examine the potential for light-frame and heavy timber structural solutions, including building code opportunities related to fire and life safety, structural design layout, and cost. Hosted by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council. 2.0 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.

About the Presenter:

A California licensed professional engineer, Janelle Leafblad, Allied Member has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the area of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley. Janelle has been with WoodWorks for close to three years and provides assistance on non-residential and multi-family wood projects in N. California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

Cloud Technologies for Architects

an ArcSource Program

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Free and open to all. BYO lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP here.

1.5 CES LUs

By 2018, more than 60% of enterprises will have at least half of their infrastructure on cloud-based platforms. Attend this seminar to learn what “the cloud” means and discover which types of cloud services can benefit your business. Cloud technologies provide a wide variety of valuable tools and features to help increase productivity and save on costs. This seminar will be presented by Dave Monk, CEO of ArcSource and an expert at helping A/E/C firms leverage cloud technologies. At ArcSource, Dave & his team have served Bay Area architects and other professional services firms for over 18 years.

About the Presenter:

Dave Monk is the founder and CEO of ArcSource, a premier provider of IT consulting & support services to businesses in the Bay Area. As the Principal Consultant, he combines his passions for technology and helping businesses. Dave holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Structural Engineering degrees from UC Berkeley. Dave is an expert in technology planning, server operating systems, application software, software as a service, computer hardware, network design, problem solving, and training.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, attendees will be able to…

  1. Learn what “the cloud” is and be able to identify it’s applications in everyday life and in the business of architecture
  2. Discover at least three ways in which architects can leverage the benefits of cloud technology
  3. Define at least two best practices for applying and deploying cloud technologies in a business environment
  4. Review real-life case studies of A/E/C firms that have implemented cloud technology to solve business problems

The Principal’s Perspective

a SMPS Market Share Event 

Friday, March, 18, 2016
Lunch provided by TEECOM, RSVP by March 16 to

SMPS Market Share is excited to announce, “The Principal’s Perspective,” a panel consisting of principal representation from Architectural, Structural, Acoustics and Technology Consulting, MEP, Civil and Construction Management firms.

The principals that have been invited to participate in this panel are prepared to answer the tough questions you have avoided asking your senior leadership and shed some light on their expectations of the function of our discipline within their firms, as well as, lessons learned. We are inviting you to submit your question(s) in advance. Please complete this anonymous form by March 16.

Curious to learn more about how other firms are approaching:

  • the composition and structure of their marketing and business development groups
  • utilization of consultants and marketing resources
  • internal technical staff involvement in the RFQ/RFP process from lead though award of the project
  • involvement of marketing and BD staff in strategic planning
  • leadership track for marketing/BD staff and more!

About the Principals:

  • Architecture:  Doug Wittnebel, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, Design Director & Principal | Gensler
  • MEP: John Moran, Senior Vice President |  Syska Hennessy Group
  • Structural:  Holly Razzano, Principal | Degenkolb Engineers
  • Civil & Construction Management:  Vernon Phillips, PE, Principal Engineer  |  Harris & Associates
  • Acoustics & Technology: Stephen Shea, Principal, Office Director  | Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Moderator: Veda Solomon, Senior Associate, Business Development | Shen Milsom & Wilke

What is Market Share?

Market Share (a free member benefit!) is a bi-monthly gathering where SMPS SFBAC members get together to share knowledge across all levels of marketing and business development. From entry-level coordinators to seasoned marketing directors, Market Share has something for everyone. As a free member benefit, this is an excellent venue for continued learning and networking. For more information, click here.

BIM Execution Plan: Revit User Group

a Revit User Group

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Free and open to all.
Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc. Register here.


As it is very well said, failing to plan is planning to fail! The same is true with implementing BIM on a project. The first step in ensuring that your project is set up for success with BIM is to compose a thorough, well thought out BIM Execution Plan (BIM XP) and this cannot be done in a silo.

About the Presenter:

Shruti Harve is a Senior Project Engineer with DPR Construction and has many years of experience with training, consulting and implementing BIM in the AEC industry. During this discussion, Shruti Harve will also share some examples and lessons learned from the project she is working on.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to…

1. List at least three components of a well-drafted and complete BIM XP.

2. Know who the key contributors should be in a BIM Execution Plan.

3. Learn two ways to ensure the agreements made in the documents are followed.

4. Demonstrate how you can use this document to buy out BIM efficiently on a job.

Stop Wandering and Start Coordinating – A Simplified Look at the Revit Coordinate System

a Revit User Group

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
RSVP here

1.5 CES LUs

The Revit Coordinate system can be tricky to navigate. At first glance, there is really nothing to see except for a blank screen with a few elevation tags, but hidden beneath these views is a very powerful system in which we can coordinate the location of our projects and linked files. Before anyone begins to model anything in Revit, it is important to establish coordinate points that the entire project team can reference. We will have a look at these methods so that moving forward, you will be able to successfully locate your project in its respective location and link other Revit files without having to make any adjustments after the fact.

About the Presenter:

Sash Kazeminejad brings proficiency in Autodesk solutions including AutoCAD and Revit Architecture to Ideate customers. His industry experience includes project management, BIM Management and design for Architectural firms in California, Montana and Oregon. He is a LEED accredited professional and is on track to earn a California license, with Oregon to follow. As a Revit Architecture Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and support for AEC firms.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the presentation, attendees will…

  1. Have an understanding of Revit terminology and it’s coordinate system.
  2. Understand the linking enhancements offered in Revit 2016 R2.
  3. Be able to Acquire and Push Coordinates to and from other Revit files.
  4. Know how to coordinate Revit models and CAD files with other disciplines.

Excel 201 = Beyond the (SUM)

a Revit User Group

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Free, all are welcome. Lunch provided by Ideate, please RSVP.

1.5 CES LUs

Excel permeates the A/E/C industry as the workhorse on a wide range of tasks: cost estimating, data management, scheduling, etc. If you know how to sort and do basic math functions in Excel but have always wanted to learn more, now is your chance. At the September Revit User Group Glynnis Patterson will cover some of the most common Excel functions used in the A/E/C industry as well as some of her favorite Excel tips.

Glynnis Patterson is a registered architect and works as the Director of Software Development with Ideate. Glynnis’ Excel knowledge comes from years of working with Ideate BIMLink customers (20%), from time spent working in the construction and property development industries (10%), and from various friends and colleagues (70%). She is looking forward to sharing her Excel expertise and learning something new.

Learning Objectives:

  • Using a list of Revit elements as an example, we will review how to generate a Pivot Table to show counts and area summaries.
  • How to create a drop–down list of all Space Types, so they can be used to assign values to Spaces.
  • Review a few common data management formulas such as CONCATENATE, REPLACE & SUBSTITUTE.
  • Dissect the use of the IF/THEN statement to calculate the number of plumbing fixtures required based on the number of buildings occupants.