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Construction Academy Prepares Women for Leadership
Posted by MSC on August 20, 2008 at 10:10 AM.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will host the second annual Women’s Leadership Academy on Oct. 25-28, 2008, at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.


The Women’s Leadership Academy provides women with the opportunity to elevate their careers and their management and leadership roles within their company and the construction industry. It targets business owners, education directors, office managers, training coordinators, or anyone interested in learning how to be a more effective leader. It consists of three days of intense training sessions covering such topics as leadership styles, negotiating techniques, time management, productivity, and conflict resolution. Participants also receive lasting network opportunities by sharing their experiences with peers from around the nation.


Academy tuition is $1,295 and includes lodging, all meals, course materials, transportation, and activities.

Upon completion of the academy, participants will receive continuing education units from Clemson University and may receive industry-recognized credentials from NCCER’s National Registry.


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ECCS Annual Meetings and Nordic Steel and Metal Stockholders Day 2008
Posted by Geoff Weisenberger on August 7, 2008 at 2:21 PM.

ECCS’s (European Convention for Constructional Steelwork) annual conference features news on the Eurocode design manual, sustainability, high-strength steels, fire engineering, structural steel research and design, CE marking of structural steel components, the EU’s Public Procurement Directive, and the material order and supply chain. In parallel the session “Nordic Steel and Metal Stockholders Day” will give you the latest updates on the European economic steel market position and the development of metal prices.


The conference takes place September 17-19, 2008 in Aalesund, Norway.


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Structural Engineers Building Conference and Expo
Posted by Geoff Weisenberger on August 7, 2008 at 2:13 PM.

 The Structural Engineers Building Conference and Expo is the only annual conference to focus simultaneously on the most up-to-date technical issues in the successful completion of buildings, and the necessary management issues to increase your business expertise.


Thursday, October 2nd and Friday, October 3rd, 2008


Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303



  • Building Codes: Navigating Your Way through the Updates and Changes
  • Wind Design: Mitigating the Effects of Natural Hazards on the Built Environment
  • Industry Evolution: Market Changes Affecting Your Business
  • Business Management: Successful Strategies for Effective Leadership
  • Technical Innovation: Cutting Edge Building Design Techniques and Tools


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Steel Sheet Piling Symposium
Posted by Geoff Weisenberger on August 7, 2008 at 1:38 PM.

The Steel Sheet Piling Symposium, a technical session on steel sheet piling applications, will run in conjunction with the Deep Foundations Institute’s 33rd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations and the 11th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations. The conferences will run October 15-17, 2008 at the Hilton New York in New York, and the symposium will take place October 17, 2008 from 12:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.


For information and registration, visit

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Hong Kong Conference Call for Papers
Posted by MSC on August 5, 2008 at 3:52 PM.

Authors are invited to submit papers for the Sixth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, to take place in Hong Kong, December 16-18, 2009. Organized by the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the conference is intended to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination by researchers and designers of recent advances in the analysis, behavior, design, and construction of steel, aluminium, and composite steel-concrete structures. Papers relating to all aspects of the analysis, behavior, design, and construction of these structures are invited.


Authors should submit a 300-word abstract of their paper. All inquiries relating to the conference and proposals for papers should be addressed to:


Professor S. L. Chan

Dept. of Civil and Structural Engineering

The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ.

Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong




Abstracts must be submitted by November 1, 2008. Provisional acceptance of abstracts will be determined by February 1, 2009, and final papers must be submitted by June 1, 2009. Final notice of acceptance will be August 1, 2009.

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Standards That Make a Difference Survey
Posted by MSC on August 5, 2008 at 3:50 PM.

ANSI is interested in your input on its standards, via its Standards That Make a Difference survey. 

First launched in 2002, this initiative highlights and raises awareness of the standards that are most important to various industry sectors. The input gathered will be used by ANSI to develop case studies, news items, and other outreach and awareness-building collateral about the global impact of standardization programs. A complete list of entries received will be published on ANSI Online and displayed during World Standards Week 2008, October 20-23, in Bethesda, Md.


There is also an incentive to participate! Every eligible entry will be entered into a random drawing for one of three $100 American Express Gift Cards. The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the ANSI Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2008. 


Entries may be American National Standards, standards developed by the ISO or IEC, or those developed by any other domestic, regional, or international body, including Consortia. Each entry must refer to a standard that is already published and in use in the marketplace; standards that are still a work in progress will be excluded from this survey.


The deadline for submission is Friday, September 19, 2008. Visit for more information.

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Careers in Construction Week
Posted by MSC on August 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM.

The fourth annual Careers in Construction Week will take place October 13-17, 2008. Sponsored by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), Careers in Construction Week is designed to increase public awareness of the hard work and contributions of our nation’s craft professionals. In addition, this week promotes recognition among parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and students, of the rewarding career opportunities available in construction.


During this week, NCCER will also broadcast the 2008 Build Your Future career awareness video. This video is distributed free of charge and features interviews from real craft professionals who are already experiencing a rewarding construction career. Contractors, schools, and industry associations throughout the country will conduct career fairs and various construction-related activities to help promote construction career opportunities in their communities. All organizations planning an event during this week should submit their event online at  

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New SullivanKreiss Blog
Posted by MSC on August 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM.

SullivanKreiss, an executive search firm specializing in the A/E/C industry, has launched a new Executive Search Blog. This industry-focused blog investigates such topics as employee recruitment and retention, staffing and training, and marketing and business development, as well as announcements and fast facts in the engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture markets. Visitors to the site can post comments, raise questions, provide feedback, and suggest topics for inclusion on the site.


“This blog is an excellent means to not only keep ourselves completely up-to-date with the latest news and trends, but also to share that knowledge with our clients, colleagues, alliances, and supporters, and maintain an open dialogue to keep everyone continually informed,” says Justin Roy, COO of SullivanKreiss.


The blog will be maintained and moderated by Roy, as well as project operations managers Tim Johnson, Frank Rivelli, and Jeff Simeone. Visit for more information.

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BIM Fundamentals
Posted by MSC on August 5, 2008 at 3:28 PM.

ZweigWhite, in association with Structural Engineer magazine, is offering a one-day seminar to provide valuable insight and answer all your questions about building information modeling (BIM) technology. The seminar will take place October 1, 2008 in Atlanta.


This timely seminar will focus on how structural engineers can benefit from this emerging technology by: reviewing the BIM concept; discussing how BIM will affect your business; evaluating current BIM technology, including testimonials from existing users; exploring the critical issues for best business practices in BIM technology; discussing the current maturity level of BIM; reviewing the state of the industry as it relates to adoption rates; exploring the technical implementation process of the tools; and exploring the legal issues and risks involved with BIM.


The seminar will be moderated by Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman and CEO of Charles H. Thornton and Company, LLC and founding principal of Thornton Tomasetti. Seminar faculty include:


  • Brian J. Donnell, Esq., Partner, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman and Steiner LLP
  • Charles Eastman, Professor in the Colleges of Architecture and Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • James G. Jacobi, P.E., Principal and CIO, Walter P Moore and Assoc., Inc.
  • Marcello Sgambelluri, S.E., BIM Manager/Project Manager, John A. Martin and Associates
  • Kurt D. Swenson, Ph.D., P.E., President, KSI/Structural Engineers


To learn more about the BIM Fundamentals seminar, visit or call 800.466.6275. Space is limited, so register early to reserve your place.

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A Canned Approach to Fighting Hunger
Posted by MSC on August 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM.

This June, the Merchandise Mart Apparel Center in downtown Chicago was transformed into a sculpture gallery. The works, made entirely from canned food, were built for the 2008 Chicago Canstruction Competition, part of a national event that combines the competitive spirit of a design-build contest with a unique opportunity to make a difference in the fight against hunger. Over the course of three months, 20 competing teams, led mainly by architects and engineers, designed and assembled remarkable structures made entirely out of canned foods, each within a 10-ft x 10-ft space, up to 8 ft high.


AISC was one of the 20 teams that participated. Its Can-structure, the Stay-Stuft Marshmallow Man, was inspired by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. The sculpture, which has the Stay-Stuft man walking down a city street, knocking over skyscrapers, consisted of 3,680 canned food items: mostly tuna cans but also cans of baked beans, tomato products, potatoes, mushrooms, peas, and sardines. Several AISC employees were involved in the conceptualization, design, and construction of the nutritious sculpture.


Stay-Stuft and the other sculptures were on display for two weeks in the Apparel Center, just in time for the 2008 Neocon World’s Trade Fair, held at the adjacent Merchandise Mart. Several awards were given, and AISC’s marshmallowy creation took home the People’s Choice Award, which was determined by exhibition spectators voting for their favorite structure.


At the close of the exhibition, the 2008 Chicago Canstruction event donated the 80,000 lb of canned foods used in the Can-structures to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This is the equivalent of about 68,000 meals for the hungry.

AISC’s Stay-Stuft Man would not have been possible without financial sponsors Stites & Harbison, Triple-S Steel Supply, W&W/AFCO Steel, and Peddinghaus Corporation.

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