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AISC Launches New Free Bolting App and Steel Apps Contest
Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM.

AISC has launched its first mobile app: Build-A-Bolt, which helps those in the steel construction industry select the right structural bolt, washer, nut combination and can be used in the field to determine bolt grade and manufacturer. It’s also useful for detailers and specifiers in providing dimensions and fastener compatibility. The app is free and available for use at With the release of the app, AISC has also launched a new Steel Apps contest at giving the opportunity for you to win cash prizes, totaling $9,000!


Do you have an idea for an app that would be useful to the steel design and construction industry? Here’s your chance to bring it to life! Create an open source app that is relevant and functional for the design, erection, fabrication or inspection of structural steel buildings and/or bridges and you could win a cash prize of: Gold Award - $5,000; Silver Award - $3,000; and Bronze Award - $1,000. The winning apps will also be featured in MSC, as well as AISC’s social media channels, and also announced on SteelDay, which takes place October 4.


Here are the rules to enter:


  • Create an open source app and “tweet” the URL on Twitter using #SteelApps in your post. You must be following @AISC on Twitter and reside, and have a bank account, in the U.S.
  • Submit your app by September 22, 2013, and include your name, email, phone number, app title and app purpose in your source code.
  • All entries must either be in the public domain or available under an OSI-approved open-source license. For an entry to be considered valid, AISC will require access to a functional version of the software and an indication of where the public code repository can be found. AISC reserves the right to modify contest rules and regulations.
  • Entries using web technologies (JavaScript, etc.) are preferred, but “native” software may be used provided it is accessible and operable using major operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS). Any fees or developer program licenses that may be associated with placing your app in an “app store” or other distribution channel are solely your responsibility.
  • You may base your entry on existing open source projects but must have been personally responsible for the addition of significant new features (combining functions in a novel fashion counts as a new feature) which are relevant to the structural steel industry.


For questions, you can contact the AISC Steel Solutions Center at or 866.ASK.AISC.

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