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AISC Honors Four for Distinguished Industry Achievements
Posted by Alison Trost on November 30, 2010 at 10:16 AM.

Raymond A. Phillips, chairman of Cives Steel Company, and Fernando Frias, president of the Mexican Institute of Steel Construction (IMCA) received Lifetime Achievement Awards from AISC at its 88th Annual Meeting in October. These awards provide special recognition to individuals who have provided outstanding service over a sustained period of years to AISC and the structural steel design/construction/academic community and who have contributed to the success of the fabricated structural steel industry.


A long-time member of the AISC board of directors, Phillips has provided consistent and continuous leadership on the Committee on Research. Frias has long been the driving force behind IMCA and has been instrumental in establishing positive relationships between AISC and IMCA.


Also honored were Ronnie Medlock, vice president of technical services at High Steel Structures, Inc., and David Ware, CEO of Tennessee Galvanizing Inc., who received Special Achievement Awards. These awards recognize individuals and firms who have notable singular or multiple achievements in structural steel design, construction, research, or education and who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry.


Medlock is being honored for his vision in initiating the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration. Ware accepted the award for Tennessee Galvanizing, honored for its efforts to reduce hazardous waste generation among steel galvanizers.


To read the official AISC press release and learn more about the recipients of the 2010 AISC Lifetime Achievement Awards and Special Achievement Awards, click here.


For more information on AISC awards and past recipients, please visit





Photo: Jasper, Tenn.-based Tennessee Galvanizing Inc. was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Hazardous Waste Reduction. Read more about the technology Tennessee Galvanizing developed in the January 2010 issue of MSC by clicking here (scroll to page 2). Shown here receiving the state award are, from left, Tennessee Deputy Governor John Morgan, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke, Tennessee Galvanizing President/CEO David Ware, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan, Tennessee Galvanizing Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager Dennis Rains.


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Online Service Communicates Opportunities
Posted by Alison Trost on November 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM.

The recently launched online communications platform provides advertising and marketing for contractors in four key areas—construction equipment, building materials, construction jobs and project opportunity—with little to no out of pocket cost.


The construction equipment category allows contractors to advertise and search surplus construction equipment and tools. The building materials section allows contractors to list or locate excess or reclaimed building materials. The construction jobs and project opportunities categories are similarly self explanatory.


Website registration is free. For more information and to view listings, visit

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Steel Shots: Where Theory Meets Reality
Posted by Alison Trost on November 26, 2010 at 9:42 AM.


Learn: From shop drawings, the building members come to life. By looking at them in real life, one learns how to develop a sense to see 3-D models of building right from the structural drawings. Photo by Delia Radbata.


Connecting theory with reality is an important step in the overall process of design and construction. And for a steel detailer, that reality happens in the fabrication shop.


Her photograph above shows a weldment that not long before isometric-view_balcony-guardrail.jpghad existed only as a detailed drawing. “As a detailer I am using Design Data’s SDS/2, and every Friday I like to go in our shop and see the things I drew coming to life.” Radbata said. “It’s a great satisfaction to see the end result of my work.”


Radbata’s photo received an Honorable Mention in the 2010 AISC Student Photo Contest. For more information on the 2010 Student Photo Contest entries, view the Steel Shots gallery by clicking here.





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Award-Winning Steel Joist Projects Named
Posted by Alison Trost on November 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM.

The Steel Joist Institute has announced the winners of its 2010 Design Awards, which are presented in three categories. This year’s winners are:


  • Industrial: Burrough-Brasuell Corp. for its structural retrofit work on The Allen Canning Co.’s 132,500-sq.-ft food processing plant in Van Buren, Ark.
  • Non-industrial: Unified Building Sciences & Engineering for its work on the 400,000-sq.-ft Hallsville Senior High School in Hallsville, Texas, to provide fine arts, science, career and technical education, and academic facilities.
  • Unique: Steel Encounters Co. for its work on the environmentally friendly Star Wash Eco Car Wash in South Jordan, Utah.


Projects were judged based on flexibility, speed of construction, value and aesthetic considerations. The three winning companies each received a $2,000 scholarship in their name to a school of their choice for an engineering student. The joists for all of this year’s prize-winning projects were manufactured by Vulcraft.


To see photos and learn more about the 2010 award winning projects on the SJI website, go to


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New Bridge to Parallel Historic N.H. Span
Posted by Alison Trost on November 23, 2010 at 9:24 AM.

The Sewalls Falls Bridge in Merrimack County, N.H., will be rehabilitated under a plan recently passed by the Concord (N.H.) city council. The steel through truss structure was built in 1915 and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Once the rehab is completed the existing bridge will carry eastbound and a new one-lane bridge to be constructed adjacent to it, on the upstream side, will carry westbound traffic. The total project cost is projected to be almost $15 million, a little more than $1 million higher than demolishing the old structure and replacing it with a new bridge. However, rehabilitating the historic crossing makes the project eligible for significant federal funding.


To read more on the Concord Monitor website, click here.


For photos of the historic bridge on, click here.

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Tower Design Software Under New Ownership
Posted by Alison Trost on November 22, 2010 at 9:44 AM.

RISATower has been acquired by Peter Chojnacki and his new company Tower Numerics, Inc. Chojnacki has been managing the program since 2005 when it became part of the RISA group of products. Going forward, the program will be known as tnxTower. To learn more about the program on the new firm’s website, click here.


Tower Numerics reports it will continue its partnership with RISA Technologies and the interoperability of tnxTower with RISA-3D.


For more information, visit the Tower Numerics website,

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Steel Shots: The Tallest Christmas Tree in the United States
Posted by Alison Trost on November 19, 2010 at 9:19 AM.


The tallest Christmas tree in the country will be on display for more than 200,000 visitors this year at the “Bentleyville Tour of Lights” which opens to the public on Saturday, November 20. (Click the image above to see the Christmas tree all lit up).


This annual event, named after its founder Nathan Bentley, is all about free family fun and includes a 120 ft-tall steel framed Christmas tree. Located at the Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Minn., the walk through lighted experience also includes visits with Santa, live musical entertainment from Elfis (a 50/50 blend of elf and Elvis) on the weekends and more.


The fabrication for the monstrous 12-story tree was provided by AISC member Dynamic Structural Steel, Proctor, Minn., and all erection and welding was donated by the Iron Workers Local 512. The structure was designed by AISC members from Krech Ojard & Associates and was created from 17 tons of steel, and is illuminated with 50,000 LED lights. This tree is more than double the height of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City.


For more information on Bentleyville, visit


To watch a time lapse video of the tallest Christmas tree’s framework being erected, click here. (Link updated Dec. 6, 2010.)


To see a video of the 2009 Bentleyville Tour of Lights, click here.


For more information about how Bentleyville came to be, please visit the History of Bentleyville.

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The Big Lift II Scheduled for Saturday
Posted by Alison Trost on November 18, 2010 at 12:45 PM.

hueyp21.jpgOn Saturday, November 20, the second of three massive bridge segment lifts to widen the Huey P. Long Bridge will take place. The bridge crosses the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Each of the three pre-assembled structural steel segments is larger than a football field. Read more on the Huey P. Long Bridge Facebook page which also contains links for two webcams offering a view of the project.

The article “Lift, Slide, Attach, Repeat” in the September 2010 issue of Modern Steel Construction describes the project in detail. You can read it by clicking here.

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Voting Open for Tekla Global BIM Awards 2010
Posted by Tom Klemens on November 17, 2010 at 9:44 AM.

 It’s that time of the year again: the local Tekla model competitions
have been held and the winners are entered in the Global Tekla BIM
Awards 2010 competition.



This year’s global finalists include 27 entries in the steel projects category, such as Antony Gormley’s “Exposure,” an 84-ft-high sculpture in Lelystad, Holland.


Eight entries in the BIM projects category demonstrate the value of integrated 3D modeling. Six projects comprise the concrete and other projects category.


Click here to see all the local winners and vote for projects on the Tekla website. Voting is open on the website until November 26.

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Kee Safety Acquires Lindapter
Posted by Alison Trost on November 16, 2010 at 4:39 PM.

Kee Safety, Inc., a global supplier of tubular fittings including the Kee Klamp system, has purchased Lindapter, N.A., which specializes in steel to steel connections. Going forward, the company name will be LNA Solutions. The firm will take on Kee Safety’s BeamClamp and BoxBolt product lines. For more information, go to

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