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Stability Conference Abstracts Deadline Approaching
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM.

Paper abstracts will be accepted until 5 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, September 2, for the 2015 SSRC Annual Stability Conference. The conference will be held in conjunction with NASCC: The Steel Conference, March 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn.
Researchers are encouraged to submit an abstract summarizing ongoing or recently completed research on the stability of metal structures or metal-concrete composite structures.
Click here for detailed information on submitting an abstract.
Click here to submit your abstract and complete the online form.
The Program Committee will make the final program selections based on the applicability of the subject, evaluation of the abstract, available space in the program and assurance that the author will attend the conference to present his/her paper. Notification of acceptance will be made the week of September 8, 2014. Full papers must be submitted by January 12, 2015.
For more information or questions about submitting abstracts, contact Janet Cummins at or 312.670.7015.

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New App Facilitates Deck Design
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM.

sddc_v3.jpgSimpson Strong-Tie, a supplier of engineered structural connectors and building products, offers a new Steel Deck Diaphragm Calculator web app that enables engineers to design and evaluate fastener solutions for steel decks given shear and uplift loads.


The app provides diaphragm shear strengths of a steel deck when using Simpson Strong-Tie screws. It features two calculators: One develops tables of diaphragm capacities based on the effects of combined shear and tension, and the other provides fastening solutions for a given shear and uplift.
Once an engineer chooses a preferred design solution, the app produces a submittal package that includes fastener information, code reports, Factory Mutual reports, Appendix VII of Steel Deck Institute’s Diaphragm Design Manual, Third Edition (SDI DDM03), coating information and tools for installation.
You can use the app at

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New Steel Profiles Podcast Features Rafael Sabelli
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM.

rafael-sabelli.jpgNeed inspiration for your work day? Delve into fascinating conversations with leading experts in the structural steel industry with AISC’s Steel Profiles podcast series. The latest episode features an interview with Rafael Sabelli, S.E., principal and director of seismic design at Walter P Moore.


Tune in to hear about his path from philosophy student to seismic expert, what type of seismic force resisting system he would like to be and the best joke he’s ever delivered to a lecture audience (and the worst!)
You can play or download this episode and all past episodes of Steel Profiles at or on iTunes ( In iTunes, simply search “Steel Profiles” to access all episodes. You can also subscribe to the series for free, and each new episode will automatically be downloaded for you.

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Steel Shots: Raise the Roof
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM.


Structural steel is raising the roof of a 440,000-sq.-ft warehouse in Jamesburg, N.J. AISC-member fabricator and erector Industrial Services Enterprises’ E-Z Riser roof raising system is lifting the existing roof 21 feet to create a 45-ft clear height building. Photo: Courtesy of Industrial Services Enterprises
How to expand a building without using more land? Raise the roof. 
AISC-member fabricator and erector Industrial Services Enterprises (ISE) in Randolph, N.J., has used this innovative system on buildings for decades to increase ceiling height for warehousing, mezzanines, high bay equipment and other uses. The process involves lifting the entire existing roof intact (including all utilities) and re-supporting the roof on the existing framework of the building using all structural steel elements, saving the costs of building a new structure.
In Jamesburg, N.J., ISE’s patented E-Z Riser roof raising system is lifting the roof of a 440,000-sq.-ft warehouse by 21 feet to create a 45-ft clear height building. All of the design, engineering, steel fabrication and erection was done in-house. The roof is raised in four sections with ISE’s hydraulic lifting process then bolted or welded to the structural steel elements (390 tons of structural steel is being used on the project). The final lift for the project will be held next month.


To learn more about the E-Z Riser roof raising process, visit The site also features a 10-minute informational video.

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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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Joist and Girder Webinar Series
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM.

steel-joist.jpgThe Steel Joist Institute is hosting a two-part webinar series, titled “Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders,” which will parallel the SJI publication, Technical Digest No. 12 “Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders.”


The webinar series will identify the key characteristics of in-place joists, discuss how to verify the original design loads and evaluate the joist for the new loads. And, as part of the evaluation, procedures will be discussed to identify the joist components and connections that are inadequate.


Part one of the webinar will be held next Wednesday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and will discuss the methods to first evaluate existing open web steel joists for revised loading conditions. Registration for this webinar is available at


Part two will be held on Wednesday, September 17 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and will demonstrate the methods to modify existing open web steel joists for revised loading conditions. Registration for this webinar is available at


Individual registration cost is $50.00 and each person who registers will receive their own link to the webinar and earn 0.15 CEUs/1.5 PDHs/1.5 LUs. Site registration also is available for $200.00, allowing multiple attendees from the same company to use one link to the webinar.

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