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Coming July 1: The 14th Edition AISC Steel Construction Manual
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM.

manual-14th_ed1.jpgAISC’s 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual will be available as a hard copy publication on July 1. We wanted to give you this heads up because once the 14th Edition is available, AISC will no longer ship the 13th Edition Steel Construction Manual. Have you been holding off on ordering the 13th Edition? Don’t wait much longer as all orders for the 13th Edition must be placed before July 1 through AISC’s online bookstore, here.


The 14th Edition Manual contains, and is based on, ANSI/AISC 360-10, the 2010 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. Located in Part 16 of the Manual, the Specification is the standard that is referenced by building codes and job specifications. This document is the heart and soul of the information and recommendations provided in all the rest of the Manual, even though it may seem relegated to one of the last chapters. The Specification is available for free downloading on the AISC website at


AISC is aware of the difficulty experienced by the structural engineering profession when dealing with frequent changes in building codes and material standards. For this reason, the revisions made in this version of the Manual were limited to clarifications and a minimal number of technical changes. The Manual includes the following notable updates and revisions:


  • All tabular information and discussions have been updated to comply with the 2010 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, and the standards and other documents referenced therein.
  • Shape information has been updated to ASTM A6-09, including the addition of two new shape series, HP18 and HP16.
  • Weights of HSS are revised based on industry practice.
  • The minimum Sz value for single angles is published based on the heel and toes of the angles.
  • Tables for eccentrically loaded single angles are revised to be consistent with the Specification using the unsymmetric shape equations in Specification Section H2.
  • Available compressive strength tables for filled HSS now indicate at what length the bare steel member controls the strength.
  • The coefficients, C, in the eccentrically loaded weld group tables have been revised for the a=0 case (no eccentricity) to be consistent with Specification Chapter J. Additionally, the tables are supplemented to provide the strength for L-shaped welds loaded from either side.
  • The procedure for the design of conventional single-plate shear connections is revised to accommodate the increased bolt shear strengths of the 2010 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings.
  • Information is provided to determine if stiffening plates (stabilizers) are required for extended single-plate shear connections.
  • The bracket plate design procedure is revised.


The Manual will available for purchase on the AISC website at for $175 (members) and $350 (nonmembers).


For more information about the 14th Edition Manual, check out the July issue of MSC, available July 1. (You can find a new issue of MSC available every month on the first of the month at







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