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Practical Connection Design Seminar
Posted by Kim Miller on March 17, 2009 at 10:24 AM.

This practice-oriented seminar focuses on what you need to know to design and evaluate the connections required for your projects with the efficient use of the 13th Edition AISC Steel Construction Manual.  You will learn the appropriate limit states for common connections, how the load path progresses through the elements of these connections, and how to simplify the design and review of these connections in your practice.  You will also understand how to apply the principles learned for common connections to more complex connections.




Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Louisville, KY - Hotel information will be posted 30 days prior to the event, please check for updated venue information closer to the seminar date.


Time:   8am - 5pm (sign-in starts at 7:30am) Breakfast refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments provided.


Speaker:   Carol Drucker, P.E.


Handouts:    Each attendee will receive a copy of the Seminar Course Notes along with a CD containing all journal articles and AISC Design Guides referenced in the lecture.


 If you are a member of a regional SEA, CASE, AIA or SEI you may register at the AISC member price.  Just fill in your member number or oganization name in the AISC member number space on the registration form.


Go to: for city locations, pricing and registration information regarding this and other AISC seminars.


Go to: to register quickly online.


Email: if you have any questions.


 This program complies with the continuing education requirements in all states.  This program is registered with the AIA.  Upon completion of the seminar, each attendee will be issued a Continuing Education Certificate from AISC for 0.8 CEUs / 8.0 PDHs.

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Spring Steel Structures Seminars
Posted by Kim Miller on March 16, 2009 at 10:29 AM.

The Steel Structures Technology Center, Inc., in cooperation with the International Code Council, will present several seminars on structural steel building design this spring. Each one-day Inspection seminar provides 7.0 continuing education hours (0.7 CEUs, 7.0 PDHs), and the Plan Reading seminar provides 2.0 continuing education hours (0.2 CEUs, 2.0 PDHs). All SSTC seminars are approved for ICC certification renewal. To find out more about these seminars, visit



Structural Steel and Bolting Inspection and Plan Reading for Steel Construction


New York                  
            March 25

(Secaucus Meadowlands, N.J.)

             April 7

(Mt. Holly, N.J.)

Los Angeles (Buena Park)       April 21

            April 29

(Natomas, Calif.)

Tacoma (Lakewood, Wash.)    May 6

Las Vegas                 
           May 14


Structural Welding Inspection


New York                   March 26

  April 8

Los Angeles                April 22

April 30

    May 7

Las Vegas                 
  May 15



Inspection of Seismic Steel Frames


Los Angeles                April 23

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Public Review of 2010 AISC Specifications
Posted by Kim Miller on March 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM.

The 2010 draft of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings will be available for public review from March 13 to April 27, 2009. This specification will be available for download on the AISC website at along with the review form during this time. Copies are also available (for a $12 nominal charge) by calling 312.670.5411.


Please submit comments using the form provided online to Cynthia J. Duncan, AISC’s director of engineering ( by April 27, 2009 for consideration.

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AISC Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications for 2009
Posted by Kim Miller on March 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM.

AISC is now accepting applications from students enrolled in structural, architectural, or civil engineering programs for a summer internship at our 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 J. Duncan, AISC’s director of engineering, at Please contact Cindi at 312.670.5410 or via e-mail if you have questions or require additional information.

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OMG, AISC is on FB!
Posted by MSC on March 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM.

AISC is now on Facebook! Geared specifically towards students, the AISC page offers an events calendar, discussion board, photos, links to valuable tools and resources, etc. It’s already recruited dozens of “fans,” Facebook users who add the page to their personal profiles and allow other users to view the page. AISC University Relations hopes that Facebook will be just the first of multiple social media programs set up to encourage students to become more active in AISC. 


If you have any ideas for articles, discussion topics, videos, pictures, etc. to post on the page, please contact Shanna Quinn at or 312.670.5418. 


You can find AISC on Facebook at:


(Note: You must be registered with Facebook in order to interact with the page.)


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Book Your Trip to Phoenix!
Posted by MSC on March 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM.

There’s still time to register for the North American Steel Construction Conference! The Steel Conference is the premier educational event aimed at providing structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors, and detailers with practical information and the latest design and construction techniques, via more than 80 technical sessions. In addition, the Steel Conference offers an extensive trade show featuring products and services, ranging from engineering software to the latest fabrication equipment, from more than 200 exhibitors. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to learn the latest in design methodology, see the most innovative products, and network with your peers. The conference continues to grow each year, and last year’s attendance exceeded 3,700.


For a complete list of sessions, or to register, please visit

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Successful Contractors - Even in This Market?!
Posted by MSC on March 10, 2009 at 2:34 PM.

In the face of the current world economic crisis, it seems all headlines point to failure, not success. In the construction industry, most contractors are just wondering how they will survive the coming months.


In good times and bad, there are always those contractors that manage to be successful. When wondering why other people or companies are successful, it is natural to wonder what their secret is. In a study of 356 contractors, construction industry consulting firm FMI has discovered there is no single secret for what makes a contractor successful. In fact, FMI found that successful contractors fit into five different Contractor Success Profiles:


1. Humanist—build strong relationships with customers, employees, and the community.

2. Generalist—balance all six success factors (improving people and their lives; profit and wealth; sense of presence and reputation; survival and sustainability; progress on mission and preparation for the future; project execution)

3. Tactician—project and process success

4. Bottom-liner—measured by financial results

5. Freewheeler—appropriate responses to changing opportunities, times, or market situations


Contractors that succeed manage to catch problems before the chain reaction that leads to failure can get started. Successful contractors learn from their mistakes, but they learn more from their successes. In short, they create a culture of success that pervades the company and everything they strive to accomplish.


In a new report, “Profiles in Success: How Contractors Define and Achieve Success,” FMI takes a close look at how contractors describe their own success and build organizations that not only serve their customers well but also build talent and careers.


Success for contractors is more than just one good job; it involves the long-term succession of the company, building communities and relationships. In a time when the tendency is to see construction as a commodity that can be put out for low bid, successful contractors have learned to differentiate their services to fit the ideals of their leaders, the markets they work in and the people that work to make the company a continuing success. The study of successful contractors found that success is a work in progress, not a singular destination.

For a copy of the report, visit FMI online at

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New ASTM Standard Addresses Galvanizing
Posted by MSC on March 10, 2009 at 2:20 PM.

A new ASTM International standard, A1057/A1057M, Specification for Steel, Structural Tubing, Cold Formed, Welded, Carbon, Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) by the Hot-Dip Process, addresses the galvanizing process as it is used across a variety of industries, including construction, automotive, and transportation.


The new standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee A05.11 on Sheet Specifications, part of ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products.


ASTM A1057 classifies the coating weights and mechanical requirements inherent in the galvanizing process. Original equipment manufacturers will be able to reference the new standard in their specifications to more accurately describe their products.


ASTM International standards are available for purchase from customer service (610.832.9585, or at For technical information, contact Giulio Scartozzi, Allied Tube and Conduit, Harvey, Ill. (708.225.2079, Committee A05 meets this May 17-19 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

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Roger Hamilton, a fastener expert with Nucor, passed away unexpectedly on January 23.
Posted by MSC on March 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM.

Nucor Fastener is sad to report the loss of teammate and fastener industry colleague, Roger Hamilton, who passed away unexpectedly on January 23.


Roger graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1977, then pursued what transformed into a passion for the fastener industry and a career in fastener engineering. He started as a Co-op student with the Camcar Division of Textron in 1976, and after holding many positions with Camcar, his career continued at Sundstrand Aerospace, then Rockford Products Corporation, and finally Nucor Fastener, where he began in 2000. Roger contributed to Nucor in many ways but focused on new product development, in-house and customer training, and also marketing efforts. He was a Director on the Executive Committee for RCSC and worked in the ASTM F16 Fastener Committee.


He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, three sisters and brothers-in-law, two grandchildren, and his wife, Cathrine.

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