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Steel Shots: Build 2010
Posted by Alison Trost on October 22, 2010 at 8:44 AM.

Build: Taken on a recent field trip to the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, this photo shows the scale of temporary steel trusses wrapped around the reinforced concrete bridge piers. The trusses will support the white steel box girder bridge deck of the self-anchored suspension bridge during construction. Photo: Jiun-Wei Lai.


Jiun-Wei Lai, a doctoral candidate at the University of California – Berkeley, submitted this year’s winning photographs in the AISC Student Photo Competition held in conjunction with SteelDay. The third in his series of photos, shown above, depicts the third aim of SteelDay – Build. (Click to see his Interact and Learn photos.)


Accurate, constructable fabrication is at the heart of any structural steel project. An elegant design doesn’t ensure that the pieces will go together in the field – making that happen is up to the steel fabricator and steel erector. As the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, AISC in 1976 launched its quality certification program for steel fabricators and erectors.


For 34 years AISC Certification has set the quality standard for the structural steel industry. Companies that are AISC Certified have been through a rigorous initial evaluation, and are subject to annual reviews. Certification is available for steel fabricators and steel erectors in several different categories broken down by the type of work.


The program uses independent auditing to confirm that companies have the personnel, knowledge, organization, equipment, experience, capability, procedures, and commitment to produce the required quality of work for a given certification category, whether they are a structural steel fabricator or erector.


For more information on AISC Certification, visit To find an AISC-certified fabricator or erector near you, go to


A gallery of previously posted Steel Shots is available at

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