LGSEALight Gauge Steel Engineers Association(www.lgsea.com) Ben Schafer, President LGSEA Annual Meeting – October 2006
CFSEICold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute(www.cfsei.com) Ben Schafer, President CFSEI Annual Meeting – October 2006
CFSEI Board • Dave Dunbar • Jeff Ellis, Vice Pres. • Jeff Klaiman • Dick Layding • Wei Pei, Past Pres. • Ben Schafer, Pres. • Tim Waite some of last year’s board at Long Beach
Dave Dunbar Jeff Ellis Jeff Klaiman Dick Layding Wei Pei Ben Schafer Tim Waite FL Chapter Website Marketing Newsletter, Online Ed SEA Outreach Tech Notes Strategic Planning & Chapter Development CFSEI Board Focus Areas
CFSEI Strategic Planning • August 15th and 16th, 2006 • CFSEI Board + Don Allen (CFSEI Secretary) Jay Larson (AISI-COFS Liason), Larry Williams (SFA),Liza Bowles – facilitator • Two full days of serious work!
CFSEI Strategic Planning • Goals: • focus mission, • establish vision, • improve and stabilize operation, • develop a specific plan for coming year and future. • a word about strategic planning...
Mission and vision • The mission of the CFSEI is: “To enable and encourage aid engineers in the efficient structural design of safe and cost effective cold-formed steel (CFS) framed structures.” (Modified) • The vision of the CFSEI is: “The CFSEI is recognized as the preeminent worldwide technical resource for cold-formed steel framing design.” (NEW!)
Name • The name of the organization should reflect the mission and vision • The Board voted for a change prior to the meeting, the stickler was, what name? • The answer, after many hours of discussion: SFEC: the Steel Framing Engineers Council.. no.. that did not make things any better we kept working...
CFSEI Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute An evolution of our name “Light Gauge” vs. “Cold-Formed” reflects the modern language of standards and the technical engineering literature, also brings us in closer alignment with partner organizations. “Association” vs. “Institute” (vs. Council) reflects the changed nature of the organization since aligning with SFA. “Institute” best denotes the organization’s intended vision. (removes confusion with SEA’s since we are not a state SEA)
CFSEI Strategic Planning • Goals: • focus mission, • establish vision, • improve and stabilize operation, • develop a specific plan for coming year and future. • a word about strategic planning... operating procedure changes
Operating Procedure Changes • focus the mission of CFSEI on engineers, • establish a vision for CFSEI, • evolve the name to the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), • with appropriate safeguards, make it easier for a SFA member to affiliate with CFSEI, • provide a named Board-level liaison to the local chapters, and • improve continuity on the CFSEI Board. (approved by SFA Operating Team September 2006)
Affiliate members • A new “Affiliate Member” category has been created for non-engineer SFA members who want to affiliate with CFSEI. • Allows local SFA members to align with local CFSEI, highly desired for some individuals. • Helps CFSEI establish a larger base of participants and volunteers. • Affiliate Members may not serve on the Board, and may not serve as a committee chairperson.
Board-level Chapter Liaison • To better reflect the importance of chapters a permanent Board-level position for a chapter liaison has been added to the operating procedures. • President appoints a Board member to serve in this role. • Signals to the local chapters that they have a permanent stake in the CFSEI Board and a direct link to the Board. • Increasing the interaction between the national-level CFSEI activities and the local-level CFSEI chapter activities is an important need.
Continuity on the CFSEI Board • The current structure of complete re-election of the Board and its officers creates problems in continuity. We have already experienced challenges this year. • Board terms changed to two-years and elections staggered so only half the board is new in a given year. • The Vice President takes over for the President, and then the President serves as the Immediate Past Pres. • The Vice President is elected by the Board members. • Safeguards against Board stagnation and other problems include: (1) board members may serve only 2 consecutive terms, (2) board members may only serve 4 terms in their life, (3) an independent nominating committee establishes the lists of candidates for the board, that are then voted upon by the general membership.
Operating Plan for Fall 2006 • Produce technical documents that aid and enable engineers… • Create and promote the CFSEI brand • Increase relevance to chapter activities and local membership needs • Provide timely and competent response to technical inquiries on CFS • Provide forums for exchange of information and ideas related to CFS • Partner with aligned organizations • Help focus research spending on the needs of engineers • Develop awareness of CFS through the formal education system
Produce technical documents that aid and enable engineers… • The lifeblood of the CFSEI is the production of technical documents. • Timely production of Technical Notes (and Design Guides) has been a challenge for the organization, we have a new plan... • Development of CFSEI Design Guides that parallel the COFS standards is considered an important step for CFSEI to create a productive alignment with the COFS. • Finally, a key component to the success of producing CFSEI technical documents is having an impeccable technical review process.
Create and promote the CFSEI brand • The change from LGSEA as a standalone organization to a council of the SFA, combined with the new name for the organization: CFSEI, creates an important opportunity to establish the CFSEI brand and help the organization achieve its vision.
Increase relevance to chapter activities and local membership needs • The CFSEI needs to provide value to its membership, particularly those groups that align themselves formally with the CFSEI at the local level. Greater communication between the national and local levels of CFSEI is needed. • The CFSEI will • Provide structure and support to the chapters, including • model operating procedures/ bylaws, • website with the national CFSEI, and • programs for the local chapters. • Work with chapters to help find chapter funding, including • Provide a national partner for local education efforts, including • Listen and respond to local needs, through • Provide a national partner for local research needs. • Move annual meeting to a local chapter
Provide timely and competent response to technical inquiries on CFS • The CFSEI’s goal is to be a primary resource for engineers, providing timely and competent response to technical inquiries is fundamental to this goal. • Four areas have been identified to meet this goal: • frequently asked questions (i.e., FAQs) on the website, • searchable technical documents on the website, • properly monitored discussion forum on the website, and • telephone question hotline. • The identified areas show a bias towards the CFSEI website. The goal is to create such a content rich and easily searchable website that most engineers will be able to “serve themselves”.
Provide forums for exchange of information and ideas related to CFS • online website discussion forum, • newsletter column on technical exchange, • chapter meetings, • annual meeting, and • outreach to related technical organizations and conferences.
Partner with aligned organizations • SFA • AISI-COFS including COFS-CFSEI committee • AISI-COS • In the long-term, a non-exhaustive non-prioritized list of organizations that the CFSEI intends to effectively partner with includes: ASCE-SEI-CFS, CCFSS, SSRC, BSSC, NCSEA, CA WA HI and other SEA’s, WTCA, ASTM, CSI (ARCOM), AIA, ICC ES, and others.
Help focus research spending on the needs of engineers • The Technology Development Committee of the CFSEI is the SFA’s primary vehicle for collecting and prioritizing the research needs of the steel framing industry. • CFSEI participation in the Technology Development Committee is the key means of achieving the goal of focusing research spending on the needs of engineers. • The research needs and prioritization process is an open one, but the CFSEI needs to do a better job of communicating to its members the large potential impact that they can have in the process. • The CFSEI Board needs to become a more effective advocate at the SFA Operating Team level in securing funding for the research.
Develop awareness of CFS through the formal education system • The challenges for increasing CFS awareness at two-year colleges, as well as at the B.S. and M.S. levels are many. • However, resources have been developed, such as those by the Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures, and effective partnerships may be established that would create progress on this objective. • Further, the model used by some other organizations which give away design manuals and books at seminars held at colleges is perceived to be particularly effective for increasing awareness in the college-level engineer. • Secure external help in developing a long-term plan.
Eight key strategies... • Produce technical documents that aid and enable engineers… • Create and promote the CFSEI brand • Increase relevance to chapter activities and local membership needs • Provide timely and competent response to technical inquiries on CFS • Provide forums for exchange of information and ideas related to CFS • Partner with aligned organizations • Help focus research spending on the needs of engineers • Develop awareness of CFS through the formal education system
Implementation • For each strategy a detailed implementation plan has been drawn up. • The plan was approved by the Board and implementation is now underway. • Based on this plan CFSEI has requested a significant increase in funding from SFA and the Board is working to secure those funds! • Example of the implementation plan...
CFSEI • Has a worthy mission and vision • Expect anddemand more of CFSEI! • Needs your participation • Moving forward with direction!