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Steel Shots: November Preview
Posted by Alison Trost on October 29, 2010 at 9:52 AM.


The above images show steel at the beginning and ending stages of the galvanizing process. These photos were taken during the 2010 North Texas Integrated SteelDay Tour. For more images from this and other 2010 SteelDay events click here


Be sure to check out the November issue of MSC when it goes live on Monday which includes field reports from SteelDay 2010, a new “green” music facility, a “stacked and rotated” convention center and more. 


As a bonus and preview all rolled into one, here’s an additional SteelDay report by one of AISC’s newest staff members.


Seeing It All in North Texas


The North Texas Integrated SteelDay Tour’s promotional materials promised an event where guests would “Learn How the Pieces Fit Together.” With guided tours through a structural steel mill, service center, fabricator and galvanizing facility, the event certainly delivered on its commitment to provide a satisfying educational experience.


However, this SteelDay event did more than piece together different aspects of the steel process. SteelDay brought together the people who are the steel industry. From industry experts such as the people who work in the various operations sites, to the engineers, architects, and construction professionals, to those unfamiliar with the steel industry such as myself (a new addition to AISC’s marketing department), and university students, SteelDay offered a unique opportunity for those of all experiences and backgrounds to understand the many facets of the industry.


Outfitted from head to toe in safety gear, the facility tours were eye-opening experiences to say the least. I had been warned by industry veterans about the high temperatures and extreme noise generated from these facilities, yet I was still surprised by the unannounced booms and intense heat within the steel mill. The experiences of seeing the steel beams coated in zinc in the galvanizing facility, and observing steel being processed beneath me at the steel mill were particularly impressive. I could not believe that tour participants we were in such close proximity to these processes, and occasionally found myself holding up the line as I took in the sights and sounds of the facilities.


Although I consider myself brand new to the steel industry, I was not the only one asking questions of the experts who guided our tours. Many of the architects, engineers, and university students who also joined the SteelDay tour had never been inside operationing facilities before, and this experience granted them an opportunity to visualize the processes many of them had previously only heard about.


I ended the day speaking with a retired engineer who related how important it is for students, construction professionals, engineers, architects, and steel operation facility employees to come together and take part in this event. Judging by the level of engagement and excitement I witnessed from those around me, I am confident that his sentiments were shared by the hundreds who participated in the tour. Not only in north Texas, but across the United States, SteelDay is truly impacting the way those who work with steel come together to interact, learn, and build.


Maria Blood, AISC Marketing Coordinator




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A Discount Source for Field Gear
Posted by Alison Trost on October 28, 2010 at 9:13 AM.

Anticipating a cold month in the shop? Or need to upgrade your work boots before that next site visit? offers complete selections from many brands, but also features a large number of close-outs, factory over-runs, limited quantity buys and big quantity buys, all at wws_wolverineboot.jpgreduced prices. Brands available on the site include Carhartt, Dickies, and many other familiar names.


A free newly released 68-page catalog is available by request on the home page.

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Time to Plan for Canstruction 2010
Posted by Alison Trost on October 27, 2010 at 8:40 AM.

Looking for a great way to get involved, give back, and show off your engineering skills?


Then Canstruction is for you!


It’s time to make plans for the international Canstruction competition. This year is the 17th annual event, which is held in cities throughout the world.  For more information or to view the winning entries from last year, click here.


Here in Chicago, the 5th annual design/build competition is returning to the Merchandise Mart for another display of masterfully built structures designed out of can good foods.


This event benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository and is a great way to give back. Teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers and real estate professionals are welcome to sign up for this event. An informational meeting for all interested teams will be at the AIA Chicago office on January 13.


For more information please visit

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2010 AISC Prequalified Connections Standard Now Available for Second Public Review
Posted by Alison Trost on October 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM.

A very limited portion of AISC’s Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications (AISC 358-10) is now available for a second public review. Interested parties can access the sections under review by visiting A hard copy of the one-page public review document can also be requested by e-mail at


Comments are welcome on only the revised portion of the draft in this second public review. Submit your comments online at Alternatively, you may mail your comments with your complete contact information to Keith Grubb, AISC, 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601. The deadline for comments is November 21, 2010.

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Safety Training Booklet Cuts Paper, Aids Compliance
Posted by Alison Trost on October 25, 2010 at 8:33 AM.

image002.jpgSafety instructors who provide 10- and 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training are now required to provide their students with information that typically consists of up to 42 pages of handouts. Compliance experts at Mancomm have condensed, rewritten and re-designed the information in those OSHA-required handouts so it now fits into a concise 16-page booklet called Intro to OSHA.


View the table of contents on the company’s website by clicking here.


Copies of the booklet can be ordered online for $2.95 each.

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Steel Shots: Build 2010
Posted by Alison Trost on October 22, 2010 at 8:44 AM.

Build: Taken on a recent field trip to the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, this photo shows the scale of temporary steel trusses wrapped around the reinforced concrete bridge piers. The trusses will support the white steel box girder bridge deck of the self-anchored suspension bridge during construction. Photo: Jiun-Wei Lai.


Jiun-Wei Lai, a doctoral candidate at the University of California – Berkeley, submitted this year’s winning photographs in the AISC Student Photo Competition held in conjunction with SteelDay. The third in his series of photos, shown above, depicts the third aim of SteelDay – Build. (Click to see his Interact and Learn photos.)


Accurate, constructable fabrication is at the heart of any structural steel project. An elegant design doesn’t ensure that the pieces will go together in the field – making that happen is up to the steel fabricator and steel erector. As the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, AISC in 1976 launched its quality certification program for steel fabricators and erectors.


For 34 years AISC Certification has set the quality standard for the structural steel industry. Companies that are AISC Certified have been through a rigorous initial evaluation, and are subject to annual reviews. Certification is available for steel fabricators and steel erectors in several different categories broken down by the type of work.


The program uses independent auditing to confirm that companies have the personnel, knowledge, organization, equipment, experience, capability, procedures, and commitment to produce the required quality of work for a given certification category, whether they are a structural steel fabricator or erector.


For more information on AISC Certification, visit To find an AISC-certified fabricator or erector near you, go to


A gallery of previously posted Steel Shots is available at

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UAE Structures Take Home 3 NCSEA Awards
Posted by Alison Trost on October 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM.

The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA)  has honored three projects in the United Arab Emirates for their iconic structural engineering in the 2010 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards. Projects located anywhere in the world are eligible, but must be designed by a licensed professional engineer or structural engineer.


The three winning UAE projects are the UAE Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo, the Yas Marina Hotel Link Bridge, and Sheikh Khalifa Tower in Dubai.


The UAE Pavilion was featured in the August 2010 issue of MSC. To read the article, click here.


To read more about the other project winners on the WAM Emirates News Agency website.

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Foodbank Distribution Center Tops Out
Posted by Alison Trost on October 20, 2010 at 9:24 AM.

The Arkansas Foodbank Network’s new $8 million warehouse project passed a milestone October 19, 2010, at the structural steel topping out. The 73,000-sq.-ft facility is being constructed on a donated 12-acre site in Little Rock, Ark. To read more about the project at, click here.


To see photos of the topping out on the foodbank’s Facebook page, click here.

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New AISC 2010 Specification Webinar
Posted by Alison Trost on October 19, 2010 at 10:03 AM.

Learn about the 2010 edition of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges, and Specification for Structural Steel Joints.


This 1.5 hour webinar is on October 27 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The cost is $185 for AISC members, and $285 for non-members and includes 1.5 PDHs. There is a reduced rate for students and educators. To learn more about this webinar and register, click here.


This live webinar provides an overview of some of the important changes and clarifications that have been made to the 2005 editions of these standards.  Changes to the Specification that will be highlighted appear in the scope, composite design, and bolted connection design sections. There are new chapters on quality assurance and quality control, as well as design by inelastic analysis. The Code has several modifications, including a major revision of Section 3.1.2 on connection design delegation. The Specification for Structural Joints covers the design of bolted joints and the installation and inspection of fastener assemblies in structural steel connections. Revisions in the 2010 edition will be addressed.

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Catch a Higgins Lecture
Posted by Alison Trost on October 18, 2010 at 8:29 AM.

James O. Malley, P.E., S.E., of Degenkolb Engineers, will present his 2010 T.R. Higgins Lecture three more times this year. It also is already scheduled for one presentation next spring. Malley received the award for his paper, “The 2005 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings,” published in the First Quarter 2007 AISC Engineering Journal.


Upcoming lectures are scheduled for the following dates and locations:



Contact the local sponsor for more information about any of these lectures.


You can also listen to the 2010 T.R. Higgins Lecture as presented by Jim Malley at NASCC as part of the Online Conference Proceedings by clicking here.


The T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award is named for Theodore R. Higgins, Ph.D., AISC director of engineering and research from 1944-1968, who was widely acclaimed for his many contributions to the advancement of engineering technology related to fabricated structural steel. The award honors Higgins for his innovative engineering, timely technical papers and distinguished lectures.


Each year since 1972 the award has recognized an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical papers are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel. The first presentation of each new Higgins Lecture takes place at NASCC: The Steel Conference. Following NASCC, the Higgins Lecture is presented at a variety of venues around the U.S.


To schedule a T.R. Higgins Lecture, contact Nancy Gavlin, AISC director of education, at For more information visit the Competitions and Awards channel at

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