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Steel Shots: Learning Sculptures
Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM.


The College of New Jersey’s new AISC Steel Sculpture, one of more than 100 across the country that give students a visual understanding of steel framing and steel connections. Photo: The College of New Jersey


college-of-new-jersey-4_sitn_thumbnail.jpgStudents and faculty in the engineering program at The College of New Jersey, along with ASCE’s local chapter, this past spring celebrated the installation and dedication of an AISC sculpture on the school’s campus in Ewing Township, N.J.


The sculpture helps distinguish Armstrong Hall as the campus’ engineering building to students and visitors alike. And, beyond its enhancements to the program and school, the sculpture ultimately serves as a learning tool for civil engineering students as it provides examples of beams and connections studied in class.


“We are very excited to have one of these sculptures because it is a tremendous highlight to our program and to the hard work of all the students,” said Catherine Brabston, student chapter president of ASCE at The College of New Jersey. “In addition, our professors look forward to the opportunity to use it as an educational tool in structural and steel design courses.”


The students involved in the installation experienced the complete process behind it, from testing the soil to the design and fabrication of the steel sculpture, to the foundation design and final assembly. And all students can gain from this sculpture an appreciation for structures and the engineering behind them.


The fabrication, galvanizing and delivery of the sculpture was donated by Capital Steel Service in Trenton, N.J., an AISC member and AISC certified fabricator. General contractor Waters & Bugbee, also based in Trenton, donated the foundation, including material and installation costs, as well as the final installation of the sculpture.


Originally created by Duane Ellifritt, professor emeritus from the University of Florida, the AISC Steel Sculpture was designed to be a visual teaching aid that shows a variety of members and connections. It consists of 25 steel members, 43 connection elements, more than 26 weld groups, and more than 144 individual bolts.


These sculptures are located on more than 100 campuses across the U.S., and most have been donated by local fabricators.


To see if a school near you has a steel sculpture, see the list in the Faculty and Students section of the AISC website.


To find out how to get a Steel Sculpture on your campus, please email Maria Mnookin at Fabricators interested in building and donating a steel sculpture to a university should also contact Maria.


To see more of the sculptures at various schools, visit the AISC Education Flickr page or the American Institute of Steel Construction Facebook album.

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