Condition Assessment of Old Stone Retaining Walls

May 6, 2015 SEC Seminar and Dinner Meeting
Condition Assessment of Old Stone Retaining Walls
SEC is pleased to welcome Dan Eschenasy who will discuss the
assessment of old gravity and stone rubble retaining walls based on
an article that he wrote for the January 2015 edition of Structure
magazine. The seminar will offer an introduction to retaining wall
inspections, and present special issues related to visual inspections of
these older walls. The seminar will cover:
 Classification of retaining walls.
 Basic elements of a visual inspection of a retaining wall.
 Programs of periodic inspection of retaining walls.
Issues related to the assessment of old masonry retaining
Newer retaining walls will be discussed if time permits.
Presented by:
Dan Eschenasy
Dan Eschenasy is the New York City Buildings Department Chief Structural Engineer. In this position he
advises the Commissioner on the planning and response to disasters, building code issues and technical
bulletins. Has been the first responder lead engineer in cases of building collapses or construction accidents.
Using statistical analyses of building conditions or accidents, he advises on the problem trends that require
introduction of new programs. He has collaborated with New York City’s engineering consulting
community in developing new consensus regulations on the condition evaluation of retaining walls or
facades. He was the principal forensic engineer for a variety of cases such as collapses during demolitions,
failures of falseworks, post fire structural collapses, uncontrolled blast damages, failures of façade elements
resulting in accidents. Following the terrorist attack at WTC, Mr. Eschenasy was the principal organizer of
the structural engineering response at the site. In Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath he organized the engineering
inspection of over 10,000 buildings. Prior to joining the NYC Buildings Department, Mr. Eschenasy
participated in the design of many kinds of structures – nuclear, petrochemical, schools, museums, office
high-rises, historic landmarks. Eschenasy is serving as member of several ASCE/SEI committees and is an
honorary member of SEAONY and a Fellow of SEI.
Attendance to this seminar is worth 1.0 New York PDH Credits
Dinner Menu: Plated Fruit Appetizer, Caesar Salad; Dessert
Choice of:
1. Chicken Piccata with Roasted Asparagus and Rice Pilaf
2. Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Corn and Rice Pilaf
3. Vegetarian
Note: Any special requests must be made at the time of your reservation. Last minute requests
cannot be accommodated.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
201 Washington Ave, North Haven, Connecticut 06473
Exit 12, I-91
5:30 – 6:30 pm
6:30 – 7:30 pm
7:30 – 8:30 pm
SEC/CSCE Members: $60.00 per person
Non-Members: $70.00 per person
Registration, Social Hour
RESERVATIONS: Reservations are required. Please reply by 4:00pm, Friday, May 1st.
Dinner choices cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after May 1st.
To register please complete the form on the next page and return with payment to:
ACEC/CT Structural Engineers Coalition
460 Smith St, Suite K
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone (860) 635-5522
Fax (866) 668-9858
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SEC-CT May 6th, 2015
Dinner Meeting at:
Best Western Plus, North Haven
201 Washington Ave,
North Haven, Connecticut 06473
Condition Assessment of Old Stone Retaining Walls
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Follow I-91 north or south to Exit 12. At the end of the exit turn right onto Washington Ave and follow
for 1/4 mile, hotel on the left.