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Posted by Tom Klemens on May 11, 2011 at 2:25 PM.
The 2011 edition of NASCC: The Steel Conference opens today in Pittsburgh, but even if you’re not at the conference you can join us for a free webinar Thursday morning. A session just recently added to the program, “Structural Issues: New Zealand and Japan Earthquakes,” will be streaming live from Pittsburgh beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern time. Login to this free 90-minute webinar to hear Alistair Fussell of Steel Construction New Zealand present an overview of the events in his country. Also, Gilberto Mosqueda, who traveled to Japan after the March 11 earthquake, will report on structural damage in that area.
To listen in, go to www.aisc.org/NASCCLive. The webinar begins at 8 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday. May 12.
If you are attending NASCC, come to the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom A to participate in the session, which is included your conference registration. And you may even want to start early, since Thursday is this year’s long and jam-packed day.
Begin at 7 a.m. by choosing from seven 45-minute Exhibitor Workshops. Fortunately some are offered a second time, at 5:30 Thursday or 7 a.m. Friday. (I plan to be at the barcoding presentation by InfoSight.)
Regular sessions begin at 8 a.m., and the Exhibit Hall floor opens at 9.
For a hometown Pittsburgh story, consider the 10 a.m. presentation (N67) covering the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins (with a steel perspective, of course), which is just up the hill from the convention center. On this project the fabricator and engineer collaborated to optimize member types, connection types, and the interfaces with other trades for simplicity in both the shop and the field.
Another interesting Thursday session (N33) is a presentation by three bender/roller experts about the realities of curved steel. This session starts at 4:15.
Then don’t miss the conference dinner across the Allegheny River at Heinz Field. Busses leave from the convention center beginning at 6:30. As an alternate, it’s just a 1.6 mile walk down Penn Avenue and across the Sixth Street Bridge (aka Roberto Clemente Bridge), which in 1923 was the very first national steel bridge award winner.
To put all this and more information right in your hand, download the free NASCC 2011 mobile app for your iPhone, Blackberry or Android smart phone. Point your mobile browser to http://j.mp/2011nascc.