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IBC Call for Papers
Posted by Alison Trost on September 30, 2010 at 8:35 AM.

The International Bridge Conference Technical Committee is now accepting abstracts for presentation at the 2011 IBC. The conference will be June 5-8, 2011, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

October 15 is the deadline for submitting abstracts, which can be done entirely online. The submission form (which is only available online) and more information can be found at

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FMA Survey Reports on Shop Wages and Benefits
Posted by Alison Trost on September 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM.

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International’s 2010 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey provides data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees in a single-survey tool, and is available for electronic download at the FMA Store ( The cost is $150 for FMA and TPA members and $350 for non-members.


The survey details employment practices, benefit packages, salaries, and wages for 132 participating companies. It reports annual base compensation information for 6,717 employees in 61 applicable industry positions, and includes the mean, median, minimum and maximum ranges for each wage/salary.


Wages are reported by company size, region, area population and sales volume, while employment practices and benefit details are reported by company size.

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Boeing Charleston Tops Out
Posted by Alison Trost on September 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM.


Photo courtesy of “Carolina Joe” Idleman,


The structural steel for Boeing’s new South Carolina final assembly facility in Charleston topped out last Friday, September 24. Graham, N.C.-based Buckner Steel (an AISC member company) is the steel erector.


With a footprint of 1.2 million sq. ft, the facility will accommodate two of the firm’s new 787 Dreamliners side by side. About 15,000 tons of structural steel has gone into this phase of the project, which broke ground less than a year ago in November 2009. The first piece of structural steel was placed on April 5. 


To see a 3-minute video of the topping out ceremony from the local television station, click here.


Online coverage by the Charleston Regional Business Journal included half a dozen photos, which you can view here.


For a recent local perspective and more background on the project, click here.

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Bigge Gets Bigger
Posted by Alison Trost on September 27, 2010 at 9:40 AM.

Bigge Crane and Rigging is relocating its Richmond, Va., operation to a complex more than twice the size of its current yard. The newest Bigge location, still in Richmond, will be larger than 12 acres, and will be the headquarters for all of the firm’s heavy haul transportation and crane & rigging operations on the Eastern seaboard.


Along with the new location, Bigge is increasing the size of its crane fleet, adding more than 20 rough terrain cranes and about a dozen crawler cranes with maximum lift capacities from 100 to 440 tons.


More information is available at

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Steel Shots: Happy SteelDay 2010!
Posted by Alison Trost on September 24, 2010 at 8:13 AM.


Visitors arriving for the SteelDay tour at Central Texas Iron Works are being greeted by a specially decorated wide-flange beam. Click on the photo to see the final display. Photos courtesy of Jay Cockerham/CTIW.


Today is Steel Day 2010. More than 195 events are taking place throughout the country to celebrate the structural steel industry. The first SteelDay, in 2009, was an overwhelming success. This year is even bigger than last and the variety of events has expanded as well as the number of people attending.


The SteelDay theme is Interact. Learn. Build.


SteelDay is all about getting together with other industry professionals to network and build relationships. We would love to hear about your SteelDay experience. Where were you? How did you celebrate? And even after SteelDay is over, be sure to continue to interact.


The photo at left captures one sense of interaction in the structural steel industry. It was submitted by Jiun-Wei Lai from the University of California - Berkeley as part of his winning entry in this year’s Student Photo Contest sponsored by AISC Education. Check upcoming Steel Shots for all of the winning photos.


One early event, a CEU-earning opportunity, took place last night at AISC headquarters in Chicago. Attendees learned about the newest AISC publications from AISC vice president Charlie Carter. Topics covered included the 2010 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, the 2010 AISC Code of Standard Practice, and the 2009 RCSC Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts.


Other SteelDay events include topping outs, job site tours, open houses hosted by fabricators and galvanizers, and even several steel erection demonstrations. To find out who’s celebrating in your area, visit




Remember to get your certificate of attendance, which can be claimed by going online to

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SteelDay Tweets
Posted by Alison Trost on September 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM.

steelday_host_green.jpgNot an avid Twitter user but want to see what people are saying (or should I say tweeting) about SteelDay?


Click here (or go to and type in SteelDay). SteelDay has been a hot topic in the Twittersphere all week!


What are your plans for SteelDay? Join in on the conversation along with hosts and attendees by clicking here


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FREE CEU/PDH Opportunity on SteelDay, September 24
Posted by Alison Trost on September 22, 2010 at 10:18 AM.



In celebration of SteelDay, September 24, 2010, AISC Continuing Education will be offering a FREE CEU/PDH from its Boxed Lunch Presentations.


Boxed Lunch presentations are recorded presentations found under AISC’s eLearning page. In order to obtain CEUs/PDHs from the Boxed Lunch presentations, one must purchase, take and pass a 10 question quiz.  On SteelDay, one select presentation will have a FREE quiz - pass the quiz and you will receive CEU/PDH credits.


The free quiz will be available anytime on SteelDay.  Participate in your local SteelDay events and take advantage of this free offer at a time that is convenient for you.


Click here on SteelDay - that’s Friday, September 24, 2010 - to find the presentation with the free quiz, and take advantage of this free CEU/PDH opportunity.

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3rd Quarter EJ Now Available Online
Posted by Tom Klemens on September 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM.

The Third Quarter 2010 issue of Engineering Journal is now available to AISC members online in digital edition format. Members can view the current issue online by clicking here.


Due to the popularity of EJ’s digital edition, the archive feature also has been enabled for the next few issues. The archive feature allows you to browse prior digital editions beginning with First Quarter 2010.


Article searches for the complete collection of Engineering Journal issues is available at Downloads of current and past articles in PDF format remain free to AISC members and ePubs subscribers.


Email comments and questions to Engineering Journal editor Keith Grubb at

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Louis Sullivan and His Architecture
Posted by Tom Klemens on September 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM.

There’s a great exhibit on architect Louis Sullivan at the Chicago Cultural Center this fall that features soaring displays and huge photos and drawings of his buildings along with displays of artifacts from some of the structures. Part of the exhibit touches on his work with some of the first skyscrapers featuring steel frames in the 1890s and his impact on the development of design for skyscrapers. One great construction photo shows the steel frame on Chicago’s Schiller Building.


The free exhibit runs through January 2, 2011. For more information, click here.

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Steel Shots: The Hudson River at Poughkeepsie
Posted by Tom Klemens on September 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM.



Fireworks on October 3, 2009 over the Mid-Hudson Bridge celebrating the opening of the Walkway Over the Hudson, from which this photo was taken. (Read more about that structure here in two weeks.) Photo by Scott Crist.


When construction began in 1925 on the Mid-Hudson Bridge, there was no other fixed crossing of the Hudson River south of Albany for automobile and pedestrian traffic. As well as using steel for the structural material, the long-span suspension bridge has steel and granite towers and a steel deck.


For more about the Mid-Hudson Bridge, including a photo archive, from the New York State Bridge Authority website, click here. While there, be sure to also check out the Bridge Music link, which offers a number of audio tracks created using the bridge as a musical instrument.


Nest boxes were put on the bridge in the late 1980s and in 1996 peregrine falcons began to nest there. Falcons have nested on the bridge every year since with the exception of 2001. You can view the nest on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website by way of a webcam installed in 2000 by clicking here. (There was more activity on that score back in May.)

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