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Steel is the Green Material for Road Bridges, Report Says
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM.

A new independent study reveals that steel is more than twice as sustainable as other materials when used to construct bridges, according to a recent article published in the Steel International Times.
The study, carried out by a Dutch government organization, analyzed road and bicycle bridges. It found that steel performs best in road bridges because of its low environmental footprint due to its relatively low weight as well as its excellent recycling properties, such as its ability to be “upcycled” into a higher quality steel.


Read the article to learn more.

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SteelDay Twitter Contest
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

steelday-twitter-contest-for-msc.jpgWhether you’re attending a SteelDay event in person or watching the live webinar from home, AISC wants to hear from you! Starting today, share your SteelDay plans (it’s only a month away!) on Twitter and you’ll be entered to win Beats by Dre noise-canceling headphones.


 Here are the rules:


  • Simply use #SteelDay in your tweet and make sure you’re following @aisc on Twitter
  • Each tweet counts as one entry, with a limit of 10 tweets per user


All of the SteelDay tweets will be entered into a raffle and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 22 on AISC’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


Haven’t made your SteelDay plans yet? Hurry and sign up to host or attend an event at

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Steel Sculpture Competition Entries Due Soon
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 18, 2014 at 5:46 PM.

Only about two more weeks left to submit entries for AISC’s fourth annual Steel Sculpture Competition!


If you’re an AISC full or associate member, join this year’s competition and make your structural steel vision come to life for a chance to have your company featured in MSC and more.
Here are the rules:


  • The sculpture must be steel (and only steel), but shapes, sizes and steel type can be your personal preference.
  • The sculpture must be made entirely by your staff.
  • The finished sculpture must fit in a 2-ft by 2-ft by 2-ft box (for shipping purposes).
  • All entries must include a title and the name of the company submitting the project.
  • There’s no theme! But keep in mind these characteristics of steel: adaptable, economical, quick and sustainable.

Submit photos of your sculpture by September 2, 2014 to AISC’s Jenny McDonald at  
From September 8-12, all entries will be posted to AISC’s Facebook page ( where they’ll be voted on by fans. The top five finalists will be announced on September 18 and put on display at the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference, March 25-27 in Nashville, where the ultimate winner will be chosen by attendees. The winner will also be featured in MSC and receive a catered lunch for their company.
Learn more about the competition at  
lunch-atop-a-skyscraper.jpgRead about this year’s winning sculpture, “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” in the May issue of MSC.







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Steel Shots: SteelDay is Coming!
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM.


An 11-story, 157,000-sq.-ft steel residential high-rise known as Circa 922 is currently under construction just west of the Chicago Loop. It’s the first project in the city to be built using the Girder-Slab system, and AISC recently hosted a tour of the building, which drew more than 100 construction professionals (watch the video, courtesy of Descon Plus). The project site tour and presentation was a “pre” SteelDay event, offering a sneak peak at the dozens of events scheduled to take place in Chicago and around the country on SteelDay. Photo: AISC


Only about a month left until the structural steel industry’s sixth annual SteelDay, Friday, September 19! Have you made your plans yet?


Whether you visit a structural steel facility, tour a project jobsite or attend a seminar, you can be part of the industry’s largest educational and networking event. Hosted by AISC and its members and partners, SteelDay offers free events throughout the country for AEC professionals, faculty and students and the public to see firsthand how the vibrant U.S. structural steel industry works to build our country’s buildings and bridges.


You’ll learn about the industry’s latest technologies (ranging from improvements in the properties of steel to better equipment and new communication and design tools), see what’s going on today with structural steel and network with people advancing the design and construction industry.


Can’t get to an event on SteelDay? Don’t fret. Live webinars will be offered. In addition, participants can request a brief informative video about the structural steel industry (email, and, where possible, an industry representative will visit your company’s office or vocational school on SteelDay to answer any questions.


“Never before have there been as many ways to be involved with SteelDay,” said Ross Allbritton, AISC’s industry mobilization manager.


To find and register for SteelDay events by state or event type, visit


To learn more about SteelDay, visit You can also keep up with SteelDay updates and discussions via AISC’s social media channels at, and

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The Power of a (Retro) Logo
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

A recent article published in Slate magazine talks about why staying true to your brand never goes out of style–and AISC serves as a prime example. 


sec-logo.jpgThe article examines how The Southeastern Conference, or SEC, has succeeded in their recent branding efforts with a new anti-modern logo featuring their traditional conference initials confined within a circle, derived from a common monogramming technique and most closely associated with the period before 1960.


The article says, “The genius of SEC branding is that it wholeheartedly embraces a logo with such an antiquated style. Doing so allows the conference to project an image steeped in tradition, heritage, and authenticity, one that resonates with its fans, particularly in the South, where nostalgia for an idealized past remains strong.”


aisc_black.jpgThe AISC logo is shown in the article as an example of this retro-style pinwheel design. It’s stayed the organization’s graphic mark since 1922, with only a few minor adjustments since then, and remains a visual fixture in the structural steel industry.


Read the article to learn why the retro logo is considered a ‘brilliant’ work of modern design.






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Joist and Girder Webinar Series
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM.

steel-joist.jpgThe Steel Joist Institute is hosting a two-part webinar series, titled “Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders,” which will parallel the SJI publication, Technical Digest No. 12 “Evaluation and Modification of Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders.”


The webinar series will identify the key characteristics of in-place joists, discuss how to verify the original design loads and evaluate the joist for the new loads. And, as part of the evaluation, procedures will be discussed to identify the joist components and connections that are inadequate.


Part one of the webinar will be held next Wednesday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and will discuss the methods to first evaluate existing open web steel joists for revised loading conditions. Registration for this webinar is available at


Part two will be held on Wednesday, September 17 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and will demonstrate the methods to modify existing open web steel joists for revised loading conditions. Registration for this webinar is available at


Individual registration cost is $50.00 and each person who registers will receive their own link to the webinar and earn 0.15 CEUs/1.5 PDHs/1.5 LUs. Site registration also is available for $200.00, allowing multiple attendees from the same company to use one link to the webinar.

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Reidar Bjorhovde Named ASCE Distinguished Member
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM.

reidar-bjorhovde.jpgInfluential steel research engineer Reidar Bjorhovde, P.E., Ph.D., was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Distinguished membership is the society’s highest accolade.


Bjorhovde is recognized for his seminal research on the stability and reliability of steel columns, reliability and design of bolted connections, reliability and performance of composite frames and heavy steel members, classifying bolted and welded connections, and for his significant contributions in preparing national and international steel design codes.


Bjorhovde is president of The Bjorhovde Group, which he founded in 1998. He consults on construction projects, engineering projects, design codes and research around the world, with a focus on steel materials. Before working in consulting, he was a professor for many years at the University of Arizona and the University of Alberta in Canada, and he was professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.


He currently serves as research editor for AISC’s Engineering Journal and is editor of the Journal of Constructional Steel Research of Elsevier Science. He received AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 for his many contributions to AISC’s publications, as well as the T.R. Higgins Award in 1987 for his paper on column design.


He holds doctoral degrees from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and Lehigh University.


To date, only 649 of ASCE’s worldwide members have been elected to receive distinguished membership since the society’s founding in 1852. (ASCE currently represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide.)

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AISC Erector Certification Requirements Available for Public Comment
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM.

The Program Requirements for AISC’s updated Erector Certification Program are now available for public comment at These requirements will be the governing criteria for the erector program and reference the new Standard for Structural Steel Erectors - 2013 (AISC 206-13). The standard describes the essential program requirements for each element of the quality and safety management systems for structural steel erectors. Comments will be accepted until September 2, 2014.


As a result of adding this public review period, the implementation dates have been extended and AISC currently anticipates issuing the final requirements in October 2014 for new applicants. Starting September 1, 2014, current erector participants will be provided a gap analysis during their next scheduled audit.

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Steel Shots: Flipping for the Better
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM.


Steel offered this San Francisco home flexibility to redesign a facade with a new modern aesthetic while harnessing available and abundant natural light. Photo: Joe Fletcher Photography


Some buildings just don’t jibe with their surroundings.


Like many San Francisco homes, the Potrero Hill home that eventually became the Flip House poorly integrated its many levels with each other and failed to do justice to its sloping topography. The floor plan felt enclosed despite its size. Not only that, but a bedroom blocked the unbelievable city view and there was only one miniscule deck (hardly enough for even the most modest of grills).


The challenge was redesigning this disjointed home with a new modern aesthetic, but doing so without completely tearing down the existing envelope. Light was the driving motivation for the project, which was designed by Fougeron Architecture. In order for the interior’s potential to be maximized, its exposure to the outside had to be completely reconsidered. This meant recasting the solar orientation of the home and reconnecting it to its striking landscape.


The new primary facade has faceted, custom-built glass walls divided into three vertical panels made of hollow structural sections (HSS). These sections push in and out, creating a dynamic prism, exploiting and animating natural light as well as the spectacular views.


You can read more about how steel flipped this home for the better in our August issue’s What’s Cool in Steel section, which features cool structural steel stuff from around the globe.



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Jerry Hajjar Awarded Endowed Professorship
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

hajjar.jpgJerry Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair at Northeastern University in Boston, has been named the CDM Smith Professor in Civil Engineering, an endowed position that is recognized as the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty.  


Hajjar was selected for his outstanding scholarship and national leadership in the field of civil engineering, having made numerous contributions. Among these are the development of innovative structural systems for steel and composite steel/concrete building and bridge structures, novel modeling and assessment of infrastructure systems and large-scale experimental testing of structures under dynamic loadings including earthquakes.


Hajjar received AISC’s T.R. Higgins Award in 2005 and the Special Achievement Award the year prior. He also has served on several AISC Specifications Task Committees.

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