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Canam Engineers Week 2009 Reaches out to Engineers of 2025!
Posted by MSC on February 17, 2009 at 4:59 PM.

The Point of Rocks, MD plant’s Engineering Department will travel to Boonsboro Elementary School, Boonsboro, MD, where a class of fifth graders will learn basic engineering concepts from Canam Engineering Manager Keith Juedemann, P.E. After that, the youngsters will divide into teams to build structures using K’nex Kits provided by Canam. The Engineering Department will travel back at the end of the week to choose the best structure!


The purpose of National Engineers Week is to raise awareness and appreciation of the contributions that engineers have and continue to make to society as a whole. N.E.W. is a chance, at Canam, to recognize the invaluable work that our engineering teams do on a daily basis, particularly in designing complex projects, which characterizes the joists fabricated by Canam U.S.

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Kentucky Construction Law, Seminar: Changes that affect you
Posted by MSC on February 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM.

Do you know how Kentucky construction law impacts your company?  We do. 

In fact, we wrote the book.


Join the attorneys of Stites & Harbison’s Construction Service Group for an overview of timely construction topics and recent developments to Kentucky construction law.


This seminar will be of particular interest to owners, developers, contractors, design professionals and subcontractors.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn

1021 Wilkinson Trace

Bowling Green, KY  42103


Registration fee of $100 includes a copy of the book Kentucky Construction Law, a certificate of completion to use when reporting continuing education credits for license renewal, continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch.


For more information, or to register, please contact Becky Dan at 615 782-2210 or

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In Case You Missed It…
Posted by MSC on February 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM.

Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco was recently interviewed by Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money, where he discussed the role of the U.S. in turning around the global recession, Nucor’s success through difficult times, and the $787 billion economic stimulus package, which President Obama is set to sign today in Denver.


Click here for the link.

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Metal Matters
Posted by MSC on February 11, 2009 at 11:53 AM.

This year’s Metal Matters 2009 Leadership Summit, the fourth annual conference that explores best practices and technology advancements in metal fabricating and tube and pipe producing, will feature three leading industry keynote addresses, 12 critical issue-focused peer- and consultant-facilitated roundtable discussions and 125 of the industry’s top leaders and executives.


The three-day conference, sponsored by The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), and The Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), begins March 25 at Carefree Resort & Villas near Phoenix.


Executives seeking to gain expert perspectives to help them in today’s competitive market can register to attend online at, via phone by calling 888-394-4362, or in person on-site at the event.

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AISC Announces New Certification Program for Bridge and Highway Metal Component Manufacturers
Posted by MSC on February 5, 2009 at 3:50 PM.

AISC is pleased to announce the new Certification Program for Bridge and Highway Metal Component Manufacturers. The “Component Standard” provides a means for component manufacturers to confirm to owners, the design community, and the construction industry that a certified manufacturing firm has the personnel, organization, experience, procedures, knowledge, equipment, and commitment to produce components of the quality required for normal bridge and highway construction.


What should you know about this new standard? The Component Standard describes certification requirements for facilities that manufacture and supply specific components composed primarily of metal to bridge and highway construction projects. These facilities have quality management systems with defined functions and responsibilities. The scope of this new certification does not include installation or erection of the components.


The quality management system of these manufacturing facilities (not products) is certified. The certification should not be interpreted as a product inspection of components. Certification includes all functions of manufacturing and providing components from receipt of contract through final delivery. To maintain certification status, the manufacturer shall follow its quality management system, regardless of whether the requirement for this certification is in the contract documents, and shall supply and be responsible for the entire component.

The certification program is open to all manufacturers of components covered by this standard, regardless of size and regardless of AISC membership status.


Who may become Certified to this standard? Certification to the Component Standard is appropriate for manufacturers of components that include bracing not designed for primary loads (diaphragms, cross frames, and lateral bracing); camera, light, sign, and signal support structures; bridge rail; stairs; walkways; grid decks; drains; scuppers; expansion joints; bearings; ballast plates; and mechanical movable bridge equipment. Manufacturers of camera, light, sign, and signal support structures; high-mast light towers; bridge rail; complex expansion joints; high load multi-rotational (HLMR) bearings; and mechanical movable bridge equipment shall also meet specific supplemental requirements to this standard.


Why you should be interested in the new Certification program? The Certification Standard for Bridge and Highway Metal Component Manufacturers offers assistance to manufacturing and transportation professionals and to owners in assessing manufacturers’ capabilities to satisfy component quality needs. It is anticipated that the Bridge Component Manufacturer Certification program will provide a valuable means for qualifying firms and serve as an effective way for steel bridge fabricators and manufacturers participating in the program to communicate their commitment and capability with respect to quality.


When will the Component Program be implemented? The bridge component standard has been finalized and is now available to the industry.


If you have any questions regarding the Component Standard or AISC Certification in general, please call 312.670.7520 or e-mail

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AISC Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications for 2009
Posted by MSC on February 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM.

The American Institute of Steel Construction is now accepting applications from students enrolled in structural, architectural or civil engineering programs for a summer internship at AISC’s headquarters in Chicago.  Qualified applicants will be nearing completion of at least the third year of their curriculum and will have completed at least one course in structural steel design.  AISC interns support the AISC Engineering and Research Department in developing technical resources for structural steel design.


Interested students should submit their resumes, including cumulative GPA and a list of related coursework, to Cindi Duncan of AISC at


Please contact her at 312.670.5410 if you have questions or require additional information (see complete contact info. below).


Cynthia J. Duncan

Director of Engineering


Suite 7001 E. Wacker Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60601-1802

ph. 312.670.5410

fax. 312.896.9022


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