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Steel is the Green Material for Road Bridges, Report Says
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

A new independent study reveals that steel is more than twice as sustainable as other materials when used to construct bridges, according to a recent article published in the Steel International Times.

The study, carried out by a Dutch government organization, analyzed road and bicycle bridges. It found that steel performs best in road bridges because of its low environmental footprint due to its relatively low weight as well as its excellent recycling properties, such as its ability to be “upcycled” into a higher quality steel.


Read the article to learn more.

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SteelDay Twitter Contest
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

steelday-twitter-contest-for-msc.jpgWhether you’re attending a SteelDay event in person or watching the live webinar from home, AISC wants to hear from you! Starting today, share your SteelDay plans (it’s only a month away!) on Twitter and you’ll be entered to win Beats by Dre noise-canceling headphones.


Here are the rules:


  • Simply use #SteelDay in your tweet and make sure you’re following @aisc on Twitter
  • Each tweet counts as one entry, with a limit of 10 tweets per user


All of the SteelDay tweets will be entered into a raffle and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 22 on AISC’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


Haven’t made your SteelDay plans yet? Hurry and sign up to host or attend an event at

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Steel Sculpture Competition Entries Due Soon
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 18, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Only about two more weeks left to submit entries for AISC’s fourth annual Steel Sculpture Competition!


If you’re an AISC full or associate member, join this year’s competition and make your structural steel vision come to life for a chance to have your company featured in MSC and more.

Here are the rules:


  • The sculpture must be steel (and only steel), but shapes, sizes and steel type can be your personal preference.
  • The sculpture must be made entirely by your staff.
  • The finished sculpture must fit in a 2-ft by 2-ft by 2-ft box (for shipping purposes).
  • All entries must include a title and the name of the company submitting the project.
  • There’s no theme! But keep in mind these characteristics of steel: adaptable, economical, quick and sustainable.

Submit photos of your sculpture by September 2, 2014 to AISC’s Jenny McDonald at

From September 8-12, all entries will be posted to AISC’s Facebook page ( where they’ll be voted on by fans. The top five finalists will be announced on September 18 and put on display at the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference, March 25-27 in Nashville, where the ultimate winner will be chosen by attendees. The winner will also be featured in MSC and receive a catered lunch for their company.

Learn more about the competition at

lunch-atop-a-skyscraper.jpgRead about this year’s winning sculpture, “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” in the May issue of MSC.







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Steel Shots: SteelDay is Coming!
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM


An 11-story, 157,000-sq.-ft steel residential high-rise known as Circa 922 is currently under construction just west of the Chicago Loop. It’s the first project in the city to be built using the Girder-Slab system, and AISC recently hosted a tour of the building, which drew more than 100 construction professionals (watch the video, courtesy of Descon Plus). The project site tour and presentation was a “pre” SteelDay event, offering a sneak peak at the dozens of events scheduled to take place in Chicago and around the country on SteelDay. Photo: AISC


Only about a month left until the structural steel industry’s sixth annual SteelDay, Friday, September 19! Have you made your plans yet?


Whether you visit a structural steel facility, tour a project jobsite or attend a seminar, you can be part of the industry’s largest educational and networking event. Hosted by AISC and its members and partners, SteelDay offers free events throughout the country for AEC professionals, faculty and students and the public to see firsthand how the vibrant U.S. structural steel industry works to build our country’s buildings and bridges.


You’ll learn about the industry’s latest technologies (ranging from improvements in the properties of steel to better equipment and new communication and design tools), see what’s going on today with structural steel and network with people advancing the design and construction industry.


Can’t get to an event on SteelDay? Don’t fret. Live webinars will be offered. In addition, participants can request a brief informative video about the structural steel industry (email, and, where possible, an industry representative will visit your company’s office or vocational school on SteelDay to answer any questions.


“Never before have there been as many ways to be involved with SteelDay,” said Ross Allbritton, AISC’s industry mobilization manager.


To find and register for SteelDay events by state or event type, visit


To learn more about SteelDay, visit You can also keep up with SteelDay updates and discussions via AISC’s social media channels at, and

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The Power of a (Retro) Logo
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

A recent article published in Slate magazine talks about why staying true to your brand never goes out of style--and AISC serves as a prime example.


sec-logo.jpgThe article examines how The Southeastern Conference, or SEC, has succeeded in their recent branding efforts with a new anti-modern logo featuring their traditional conference initials confined within a circle, derived from a common monogramming technique and most closely associated with the period before 1960.


The article says, “The genius of SEC branding is that it wholeheartedly embraces a logo with such an antiquated style. Doing so allows the conference to project an image steeped in tradition, heritage, and authenticity, one that resonates with its fans, particularly in the South, where nostalgia for an idealized past remains strong.”


aisc_black.jpgThe AISC logo is shown in the article as an example of this retro-style pinwheel design. It’s stayed the organization’s graphic mark since 1922, with only a few minor adjustments since then, and remains a visual fixture in the structural steel industry.


Read the article to learn why the retro logo is considered a ‘brilliant’ work of modern design.






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