Steel in the News
Steel Bridge Collaboration Meeting Coming to New Orleans
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM
If you’re a steel bridge professional interested in exchanging ideas with others in the industry, you should consider attending the next AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration meeting to be held in New Orleans April 8-9 at the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue.
All collaboration meetings are free and open to anyone interested in participating; however registration is requested.
An NSBA-sponsored dinner will be held the evening of Tuesday, April 8; RSVPs must be received by Monday, March 17. A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at a special rate, and those reservations must also be made by March 17.
For more information, see the meeting announcement.
The mission of the Collaboration is to achieve quality and value in steel bridges by standardization of design, fabrication, and erection and by the sharing of resources. Through the Collaboration, steel bridge professionals work together in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect to develop details, specifications and practices and to exchange knowledge, technology and expertise.
To learn more, visit www.steelbridges.org/collaboration.
Joist Standard Available for Public Review
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 6, 2014 at 10:42 AM
The 2015 draft of the Steel Joist Institute’s “Single Joist Standard Specification for K-, LH-, and DLH-Series and Joist Girders” is available for public review until May 31, 2014. The consolidation effort of these three separate American National Standards (ANS) into one ANS will eliminate contradictions between the series and provide a simplified approach for the specifying professional.
The specifications and review forms are available for download on the SJI website at http://steeljoist.org/ANSI along with the review forms. Comments may be submitted online, or by sending them to Ken Charles, SJI’s managing director, at email@example.com by May 31, 2014, for consideration. Printed copies of the specification document also are available for $24 by calling 843.407.4091.
For additional information, visit www.steeljoist.org.
General Contractors Recognize BIM Expertise of Structural Steel Industry
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM
BIM adoption by general contractors has skyrocketed from 28% to 74% since 2007 according to a recent market report published by McGraw-Hill Construction. These same general contractors point to structural steel fabricators and erectors as the most BIM-savvy of trade contractors indicating that 62% have high or very high BIM skills compared to only 13% for concrete and masonry contractors.
While experiencing a positive return-on-investment for their BIM activities, general contractors point to BIM as an effective means of reducing errors, omissions, rework and cost on construction projects.
The independent report states “the steel fabricators/erectors stand out as the leaders in BIM proficiency...It stands to reason that as more general contractors expand their BIM programs, these two categories of specialty contractor (steel and HVAC) will rise in esteem and value for their BIM capabilities.” You can read the full report here.
Roger Ferch, president of AISC, commented “it is rewarding to see our industry’s long-term commitment to develop BIM tools and expertise recognized by the contractors we work with on a daily basis. Clearly, if a general contractor wants to get the most out of their BIM investment they will select structural steel as a framing system and work with the steel fabricator early in the project’s life.”
"We didn't get here by accident,” added Chris Moor, AISC’s director of industry initiatives and chair of the National BIM Standard - United States Project Committee. “AISC and the structural steel industry has been leading this effort for almost two decades."
AISC is not resting on its laurels and continues to analyze the industry looking for opportunities to increase the efficiency of its members and their clients. The construction industry is changing and evolving. As the requirement and need to share information and knowledge among project team members grow, AISC is leading the way, developing new ways and means of sharing data between distributed team members and organizations. In addition, within the structural steel industry itself, technological advances of software, machinery and robotics places us at the edge of a new era of even more automation and efficiency. And AISC again leads the way here, evolving the way we exchange data between the Building Information Model and the shop floor; the management tools and the automated equipment.
AISC introduced BIMsteel (www.aisc.org/BIMsteel), a series of interoperability initiatives, in early 2013 with the aim of developing new processes and providing new solutions that help the industry take advantage of these opportunities and ensure that we achieve the potential this new era promises.
Steel Industry Mourns Robert P. Stupp
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM
AISC, its Board of Directors, and the entire fabricated structural steel industry is saddened today to learn about the passing of an industry giant, Robert P. Stupp.
Stupp was the longest serving board member in the Institute’s history and the former president of one of the largest fabricators in the United States, Stupp Bros., Inc. A former chair of the AISC Board, he was instrumental in every successful initiative during the past four decades, but especially the creation of the National Steel Bridge Alliance. The Institute’s highest honor, the Robert P. Stupp Excellence in Leadership Award, is named for him, and he was its first recipient, earning it in 1998.
On behalf of the steel industry, and to honor its most distinguished member, the AISC Board of Directors proclaims Wednesday, March 5, 2014, as Robert P. Stupp Day and asks that all members of the industry observe a moment of silence at 10 a.m. EST to honor his passing.
Steel Structure Trivia: Campus Hangout
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM
Here’s MSC’s February Steel Structure Trivia question! The above photo shows one of the more than 150 AISC steel sculptures located on college and university campuses around the U.S., designed to be a visual teaching aid that shows students a variety of members and connections (and most have been donated by local fabricators). Your trivia question is: Where is this steel sculpture located?
This steel sculpture is located on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Clad in the royal purple shirts (KSU’s official school color) are officers and advisors from the Structural Engineering Association of Kansas and Missouri (SEAKM). Photo: Courtesy of KSU
Congratulations to our winners: Christopher Cichon, a structural associate at Sargent & Lundy in Chicago; Manop Kaewmoracharoen, Ph.D., a civil engineering professor at Chiang Mai University in Thailand; and Barbara Monroy, a structural engineer at Black & Veatch in Overland Park, Kans.
The sculpture, titled "Ad Astra E Terra," was donated in 1988 by then Havens Steel Company. Located on the northwest side of the university’s Seaton Hall, it is dedicated to the Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Sciences for the advancement of education in the design and construction of steel structures.
Originally created by Duane Ellifritt, professor emeritus from the University of Florida, the AISC Steel Sculpture was designed to be a visual teaching aid that shows a variety of members and connections. It consists of 25 steel members, 43 connection elements, more than 26 weld groups and more than 144 individual bolts.
You can see if a school near you has a steel sculpture on the Faculty and Students channel of the AISC website.
To find out how to get a Steel Sculpture on your campus, please email Maria Mnookin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fabricators interested in building and donating a steel sculpture to a university should also contact Maria.
To see more of the sculptures at various schools, visit the AISC Education Flickr page or AISC’s Facebook album.