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End of the Year Educational Opportunities
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM.

Before you wind down for the holidays, here are a few educational opportunities you may want to take advantage of in December:


  • Want to learn what it takes to be a welder? The Lincoln Electric Company and the American Welding Society (AWS) have partnered to create the Careers in Welding Trailer, a hands-on virtual training experience featuring five VRTEX 360 Virtual Reality Arc Welding simulators. Debuted at FABTECH 2011 last month, the 53-ft expandable trailer, with 650 sq. ft of exhibit space, will travel across the country to various industry events as a way to engage and educate students and others about career opportunities available in welding. You can see the VRTEX 360 system on display at the PRI: Performance Racing Industry show, Dec. 1-4, in Orlando, Fla., and at the Power-GEN International show, Dec. 13-15, in Las Vegas. For more information, visit


Too cold to leave the office?


  • AISC is offering a live webinar, “New Composite Design Provisions in the 2010 Specification,” presented by William P.  Jacobs, P.E., associate at Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates, Ltd., Atlanta, on Dec. 8, at 1:30 pm Eastern Time. This 1.5-hour presentation will navigate designers through these significant and sometimes complex new provisions including local buckling provisions, enhanced load transfer provisions, new steel anchor provisions, expanded treatment of composite beam columns, as well revisions to the design examples.


    For more information and to register, visit AISC’s website at Upon completing the webinar, you will receive 1.5 CEUs/PDHs.




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Special Pipe Bender Delivery
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM.


AISC member Jesse Engineering, Tacoma, Wash., recently delivered a large-radius rotary draw pipe bender to a customer in British Columbia. Primarily to be used in the manufacture of coated pipe elbows for the oil and gas industry, the bender was furnished with capability for up to 10-in. IPS bends at 20 times diameter. Planned pipe bends include 6-in., 8-in. and 10-in. IPS at 15D and 20D.

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John Kulicki Wins Top Designer Award
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM.

kulicki-john-0408-25_300.jpgJohn M. Kulicki, P.E., Ph.D., chairman and CEO of bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the recipient of the J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award for his significant achievements in bridge analysis and design. The award, presented on a selective basis by AISC, honors pre-eminent engineers and architects who have made an outstanding contribution to the structural steel industry through their design work. Kulicki will be honored at the 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Dallas, April 18-20.


“John’s work has advanced the state of the art in every aspect of steel bridge design,” said Bill McEleney, director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA). “Aside from his signature achievement of leading the AASHTO LRFD bridge code development team, the diversity of steel bridge types he has designed across the country is a clear indication of the broad range of his design acumen. His willingness to share his expertise has benefited the bridge design community today and will continue to inform steel bridge designers of the future.”


A graduate of Lafayette College and Lehigh University, Kulicki has more than 40 years of experience in bridge analysis and design. He joined Modjeski and Masters in 1974 and has led analysis and design work for numerous bridge projects including suspension, cable-stayed, long-span truss and arch bridges, and girder bridges. He supervised the design of such notable structures as the long-span Second Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron, Mich., and Point Edward, Ontario - winning a 1997 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award and a Prize Bridge Award by NSBA in 2000. Currently chairman and CEO, he continues to manage design projects, develop design criteria and supervise all phases of design.


For more information about the Kimbrough Award and other AISC awards programs, visit

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Shopping, Anybody?
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM.

122011_dec11_full_gift_guide_page_1.jpgAll across America people are gearing up for the annual gift buying frenzy of the holiday season. This year the editors of MSC have assembled a dozen gift ideas specifically selected for those hard-to-buy-for techies on your list.


The MSC 2011 Gift Guide is in the December issue of the magazine, which should soon be arriving in mailboxes. But as our special gift to those visiting the MSC website, you can get an early look at the gift guide (and maybe get a head start on your shopping) by going to Happy shopping, and happy holidays!

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Construction Safety Documents Available for Free Downloading
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM.

Thirty-seven new welding safety and health fact sheets for the construction industry are available as free downloads from the American Welding Society (AWS). Developed by AWS’s Safety and Health Committee, the PDF documents cover guidelines for various safety topics ranging from fumes and gases to ergonomics in the welding environment.


The fact sheets most relevant to welding in the construction industry include:

  • Electrical Hazards
  • Fire and Explosion Prevention
  • Tripping and Falling
  • Falling Objects
  • Confined Spaces


To download these free resources, visit

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First National Green Building Code Approved
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM.

The U.S. has its first national green building code. The International Green Construction Code (IgCC), approved earlier this month after two years of development, applies to all new and renovated commercial and residential buildings more than three stories high. According to, the historic code sets mandatory baseline standards for all aspects of building design and construction, including energy and water efficiency, site impacts, building waste, and materials.


How does the new code differ from LEED certification? LEED certification is voluntary and designers can choose to address only certain areas of energy efficiency. The new IgCC has established enforceable minimum standards for every aspect of building design and construction that now must be reached where the code is adopted, thus raising the standard for all buildings.


According to the website, many local and state governments have begun to officially adopt the code before it will available in March 2012. Once it is published, they will have the choice of adopting the code — but once they do, it’s enforceable. They can also add their own requirements that address local concerns.


The International Code Council worked to develop the code with many stakeholders including the American Institute of Architects, US Green Building Council, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), foremost among them.   


For more information about the new code and an overview of its mandatory requirements, read the announcement on the website at

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Steel Shots: Walking Across Water
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 18, 2011 at 2:21 PM.


This photo shows the Annual Bridge Walk held each Labor Day on the Mackinac Bridge, the third longest suspension bridge in the U.S. Every year people from all over the country take this five-mile walk and experience firsthand the wonder of steel. By using open web trusses in combination with an open grating for the road, the bridge becomes transparent to strong winds, meaning the deck would not swing or sway, as a result of its reduced wind resistance. Photo and description: Delia Radbata


This photo by Delia Radbata, a civil and structural engineering graduate student at Lawrence Technological University, received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 AISC Student Photo Contest. Radbata captured some of the 600 people in locomotion for the 54th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk on September 5, 2011. Participants walk across the five-mile-long steel bridge that connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan.


This event has been held each year since the Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957. Last year the structure was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. With a main span of 3,800 ft, it is the third longest suspension span in the U.S. and 12th longest in the world. Its overall length between anchorages - 8,614 ft - makes it the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.


Visit the bridge’s official website,, to learn more and view numerous historical construction and event photos in the site’s Photo Gallery.


To see another perspective of the massive bridge highlighting a gorgeous Michigan sunset, check out this year’s winning photo in the AISC Student Photo Contest, here.

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14th Edition Manual Companion Materials Available For Free Downloading
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 17, 2011 at 4:26 PM.

More than 150 detailed design examples, updated dimensions and properties of structural sections, and other technical resources that complement the 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual, are now at your fingertips. Design Examples V14.0 and Shapes Database V14.0, as well as a clickable reference list for each chapter in the latest edition of the Manual, are available for free downloading on AISC’s website at The 14th Edition Manual is available as a maroon-clad hardcover or as a digital download at (or receive a combo deal at a discounted price).


For detailed information on these new online resources, see AISC’s press release at   


Numerous useful references are conveniently accessible online through AISC’s ePubs and freePubs Collection page at or In addition to the design examples, shapes data, AISC standards and specifications, and other free technical information, AISC members can also access additional members-only content available as part of their ePubs member benefit. (Remember to log in first!)

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Race to Rebuild: America’s Infrastructure
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 16, 2011 at 2:24 PM.

Tune into CNBC tomorrow, November 17, at 10 pm Eastern Time/Pacific Time to watch the premier of, “Race to Rebuild: America’s Infrastructure.” This one-hour documentary, reported by CNBC correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, takes viewers inside the country’s infrastructure problems at hand and asks experts and policy makers what it will take to put the nation back on track.  


Did you know that about 25 percent of the nation’s 600,000 bridges are in need of repair and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given our nation’s infrastructure a near failing grade of “D” overall? And according to the Urban Land Institute, the U.S. needs to spend $2 trillion to rebuild roads, bridges and other critical pieces of public infrastructure that are reaching the end of their life spans; money that many believe just does not exist.


Is there a solution, or is this crisis our future?


View a preview clip of the documentary and other web extras at these CNBC links:
Preview: The Race to Rebuild
Business Cost of an Aging Infrastructure
High-Speed Rail to Nowhere


For more information about the documentary, visit


NSBA Marketing Director Brian Raff also discusses this important topic specific to bridge infrastructure in the November issue of MSC. Read his article, “Funding for Steel Bridges” at

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Industry Forecast Sees Modest Yet Unpredictable Growth in 2012
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM.

fabtechlogo2010.jpgThe Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) unveiled their 2012 Capital Spending Forecast this morning at FABTECH in Chicago — and the good news is that industry purchasing on machinery and equipment is expected to rise next year. However, that’s only if natural disasters and other factors that affected this past year’s downward economy don’t happen again, and manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace.


Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, explained that the report - based on a survey of 1,212 executives - predicts industry spending will grow in a wide range of categories including equipment type (ranging from cutting machines to welding supplies), plant size and geographic regions. This recovery is mainly due to two positive index factors:

  • An increase in credit applications and approvals; and a decrease in the number of bankruptcies
  • Growth in the transportation index, with rail transportation leading the comeback


Although the spending outlook is sunny, as it was at the start of 2011 — unpredictable disastrous events that occurred in the past year such as the tsunami in Japan,  an increase in oil prices, and the U.S. floods could halt demand if they were repeated.


There are also three trends affecting manufacturing that can’t be ignored:

  • Lack of appropriate workers for the industry (the current average age of a welder is 63!)
  • Automated equipment is increasing productivity and competitiveness
  • Expansion of global business


A key takeaway from the presentation is that manufacturers need to benchmark themselves against industry standard. To remain competitive, firms need to provide fast and accurate services, and for those thinking about investing in equipment, it’s important to know when the timing is right. Suppliers also can use new data to better focus sales efforts.


Learn more about what’s happening at FABTECH at and view the full schedule at
. The show runs until this Thursday, November 17 at McCormick Place.

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