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Steel Structure Trivia: The Steel Conference
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM.


Here’s MSC’s Steel Structure Trivia challenge for April! In recognition of the all-time highest attendance at NASCC: The Steel Conference in St. Louis last week, we’ve posted the above photo, which shows the scope of the exhibit hall, where more than 200 exhibit booths were on display. Your trivia question is: What was the total number of attendees at this year’s conference?



The total number of attendees at this year’s conference was 3,748 – an all-time record! Congratulations to our winners: Christopher Cichon of Sargent & Lundy, Chicago; Mark Da Gama Rose of Jacobs Engineering, St. Louis; and Timothy Gilbert of Louis Perry & Associates, Inc., Wadsworth, Ohio.


All three of our winners were right on the money with their guesses! This may have been due in part to the powers of social media; the conference attendance number was announced last week on AISC’s Facebook page at (We were curious to see who might be checking out the page to find the answer!) The page also has photos and videos from the conference.


If you’d like to contribute photos to AISC’s Facebook page — NASCC or otherwise — please email Victoria Cservenyak at


AISC has already started planning next year’s NASCC, which will take place in Toronto, March 26-29. Mark your calendars!



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BIM Standard Call for Ballots Coming Soon
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM.

The buildingSMART alliance will soon be accepting proposed changes, known as ballot submissions, to the National BIM Standard – United States (NBIMS-US).


All building professionals are invited to participate in the development process of NBIMS-US Version 3, and buildingSMART is looking to every sector of the industry to submit ballots. Ballots can amend or revise current NBIMS-US content or they can address the latest technologies, processes and practices not yet included in the standard.


As BIM covers all aspects of the building process, buildingSMART stresses, it is important for representatives from every segment of the industry to participate in the standard’s development.


The Ballot Submission Period for NBIMS-US V3 begins June 3, and ends August 19. Interested individuals and organizations can prepare by doing the following:


1.      Skim over the list of the standards and guidelines NBIMS-US Version 2 references.


2.      Review the language in NBIMS-US Version 2 (available at


3.      Join the buildingSMART alliance and become a member of the NBIMS-US Project Committee. (Only members can submit ballots and vote on changes to the standard.)


4.      Communicate with any industry associations to coordinate efforts.


5.      Update the Alliance about any association-related BIM activities.


6.      Stay tuned for the next announcement, when the NBIMS-US Project Committee announces where members can download the ballot and supporting materials and start the process.


For more information about the National BIM Standard – United States and how to get involved in the Version 3 standards development process, visit

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New Website for Crane and Hoist Users
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM.

crane-website.jpgLooking for a resource to keep up with the overhead crane industry? A new website called Crane Buzz provides an interactive online community, technical information, industry standards and news related to overhead cranes and hoists.


The website is designed to help you specify, buy, sell, operate and maintain overhead cranes and hoists. Users can also contribute their own blogs, submit interesting videos or recommend their favorite engineer.


To learn more, visit

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Call for Papers: 2014 World Steel Bridge Symposium
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM.

The National Steel Bridge Alliance’s 2014 World Steel Bridge Symposium will be held in conjunction with AISC’s NASCC: The Steel Conference in Toronto, March 26-29, 2014. The symposium brings together design engineers, construction professionals, academics, transportation officials, fabricators, erectors and builders to learn and discuss state-of-the-art practices for enhancing steel bridge design, fabrication and construction techniques.


The organizers of the 2014 event are interested in papers that deal with all aspects of steel bridge design and construction. If you’re interested in presenting, please submit an abstract, 500 words or less, summarizing your paper.


Abstracts are due by July 1, 2013, and should be sent to; the preferred format is PDF. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by August 15 and completed papers must be received by November 18 for final review.


For more information about the World Steel Bridge Symposium, visit



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NASCC: Last-Minute Updates!
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM.

Only two more days until the opening of the 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference, which takes place April 17-19 at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis! Here are some last-minute updates that you won’t want to miss as you plan your trip:


  • View the Final Program for the latest updates on sessions and exhibitors, registration desk hours and other key scheduling information. And if you have not yet received your conference materials in the mail, you can pick them up when you check in at the registration area at the convention center.


  • Planning your conference experience is now easier thanks to the new 2013 NASCC mobile app! By using this interactive digital show guide, you’ll be able to see detailed information on each session (you can even designate sessions by attendee interest for future reference), information about exhibitors, and even chat with other attendees. To download this free app, simply search for “NASCC” in Google Play or the Apple App Store (or download from
  • On April 17, the first day of the conference, Kansas radio station 95.5 FM The Rock will be airing an interview with AISC’s Scott Melnick about The Steel Conference on its new weekly show, “On the Mark with Mark Hamade,” hosted by Mark Hamade. The show will air at 5:30 p.m. (CST) and will also be streamed online through the radio station’s website, If you’re unable to catch it live, the recording will be available online as a podcast at

  • Can’t make it to St. Louis for the conference? You can still participate and receive PDH credit by watching selected sessions online in real time. AISC has devoted two rooms for NASCC LIVE! and 22 sessions will be offered during the conference. Watch one or watch 11, it’s up to you. Registration for AISC members is $225 ($350 for non-members) for the first person from your firm and each additional registrant is only $10 (and since each participant can log in at their own computer, multiple people at the same firm can attend different sessions). To view the list of conference sessions that will be streaming live and to register, visit


  • If you will be in St. Louis for the conference, we’re looking forward to seeing you there! Stop by and say hello to MSC staff (booth #1545) and AISC staff (booth #1045) in the exhibit hall. The editors and AISC will also be sharing information and photos from the show via Twitter @ModernSteel, and @aisc, respectively. We encourage you to tweet your conference experiences and chat about the show using the hashtag #NASCC. Also look out for conference photos and videos on AISC’s Facebook page at


See you in St. Louis!


We’ll be back here with a new news post on Monday, April 22.

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Steel Shots: Inspecting the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM.


Ultrasonic pin inspection experts from bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters will be implementing an advanced inspection technique to “see” inside critical steel pins on the eastbound span of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The above photo shows Michael Januszkiewicz, P.E., an associate at Modjeski and Masters, shooting a pin on the bridge. Photos: Courtesy of Modjeski and Masters


Bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters is currently inspecting the 3,200-ft. eastbound span of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge as part of a joint venture with RK&K Engineers. The Modjeski and Masters team will be inspecting part of the floor system, superstructure, railing anchor bolts, roadway deck, light poles and steel truss structural members.


Ultrasonic pin inspection experts from Modjeski and Masters will be implementing an advanced inspection technique to “see” inside critical steel pins. Ultrasonic testing (UT) technology will enable the team to evaluate structural integrity and conditions of bridge components that are not visible, aiding in the identification of irregularities within the structure. It is expected that the team will shoot approximately 15 pins throughout the duration of the inspection.



The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a vital traffic link that connects the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area with eastern shore cities, including Ocean City, Md. The bridge also serves as an alternate route for I-95 between northern Delaware and Washington, D.C. Because it is such a heavily traveled route, maintaining bridge traffic throughout the inspection is critical. Inspection teams will leverage access vehicles to minimize travel disruptions. Bridge traffic will remain open throughout the duration of the inspection, with one of the bridge’s two eastbound travel lanes closed through portions of the inspection.


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New Video: Truss Connections
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

truss-connections-video.jpgAtlas Tube (an AISC member), a division of JMC Steel Group, offers a new online video, “Truss Connections,” as part of its “Designing with HSS” educational video series, available for free online viewing.


The video, presented by Atlas Tube senior sales engineer Brad Fletcher, discusses the specifics of trusses with HSS, including joint types, fabrication costs, failure modes, design approaches and welding.


According to Fletcher, some of the top things to think about when designing trusses with HSS are:


  • Keep the number of different sizes small
  • Try to minimize the number of connections
  • Understand the effects of joint configuration and connection design criteria before analyzing truss and selecting member sizes


You can view the new Truss Connections video on JMC Steel Group’s YouTube Channel.

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AISC Safety Award Winners Announced
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM.

AISC recently named its 2012 Safety Award winners for safety and safe operating practices at structural steel facilities and construction sites. The award is presented to companies with a perfect safety record of zero disabling injuries in the categories of “Shop and Office” and “Field Erection.”


AISC’s annual Safety Awards program recognizes good records of safety performance. Periodic recognition of safety in the workplace has been demonstrated to provide worker incentive and a reminder of the importance of safe practices, according to the Institute.


More information about the awards program and other AISC safety resources can be found at

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Superior Iron Works Wins Craftsmanship Award
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM.

superior-iron-works-1.jpgSuperior Iron Works, Inc. (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator and advanced certified erector) recently received a 2013 Star Award for Excellence in the Face of Adversity from the Washington Building Congress for its work on the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Revitalization project on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


The Star Award is given as part of WBC’s Craftsmanship Awards, which Superior Iron Works won in the Metals category. As part of the Craftsmanship Awards evaluation process, teams are asked to recommend projects that deserve special recognition for demonstrating the highest level of quality and exceeding the awards criteria to achieve a level defined as “Exceptional”  in the categories of Visual Excellence, Technical Excellence and Excellence in the Face of Adversity.


The award for Excellence in the Face of Adversity is given for the highest quality job that was done under the most difficult conditions. Schedule, logistics, site constraints and working conditions all could be contributing factors, according to the awards program, and the job must have been demonstrably tough to execute.


The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Revitalization project required the removal of the majority of the existing roof structures and replacement with modern steel components. The building has four quads consisting of five individual areas that are all unique and were systematically demolished and rebuilt using modern steel components while matching the fabric of the original design. The four quads are integral to one another and required significant in-house engineering to ensure hit-out of new and existing structural members between quads.


Each quad consisted of approximately 2,200 pieces of steel totalling 125 tons, 8,000 pieces of hardware and 26,000 sq. ft of decking. A portion of the existing steel was reused in the structure and required significant remediation to meet the new structural requirements.



As part of last year’s SteelDay events, attendees were able to tour the project site while it was under construction (shown right).


The building is scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2014 to host programs and exhibitions related to innovation.


For more information about the project and to take an online tour of the building’s history, visit

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Top Industry Professionals to be Recognized at NASCC
Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM.

On April 17, 10 top industry professionals will be recognized by AISC for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of the structural steel design and construction industry. Whether it’s for an innovative design, an insightful technical paper or a lifetime of outstanding service, these individuals are honored for making a difference in the fabricated structural steel industry’s success and will be presented with distinguished AISC awards at the 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 17-19, at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis.


AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award gives 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. This year’s award recipients are:


  • Michael F. Engestrom, technical marketing director, Nucor-Yamato Steel
  • Dann H. Hall, principal, Bridge Software Development International, Ltd.
  • Michael A. West, P.E., AIA, principal, Computerized Structural Design
  • Stephen A. Mahin, Ph.D., professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Wallace W. Sanders, Jr., Ph.D., professor emeritus, Iowa State University


AISC’s Special Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated notable achievements in structural steel design, construction, research or education. It honors those who have made a positive and substantial impact on the structural steel design and construction industry. This year’s award recipients are:


  • Mark V. Holland, P.E., chief engineer, Paxton & Vierling Steel Co.
  • Steven C. Ball, S.E., vice president, John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.
  • Rafael Sabelli, S.E., principal and director of seismic design, Walter P Moore
  • Judy Liu, Ph.D., associate professor, Purdue University
  • William J. Wright, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, Virginia Tech


Photos of this year’s award winners and additional information about their achievements can be found in AISC’s press release. For more information about The Steel Conference, visit

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