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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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Student Competition to put Welding Skills to the Test
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM.

Entries are now being accepted for Victor Technologies’ “A Cut Above” contest. The contest is open to students in welding and cutting programs at secondary and post-secondary schools and will award more than $30,000 in equipment and cash prizes.


Beginner student entrants must submit a 500-word essay; the top three (based on how well their essay supports the contest theme) will each win $250. Advanced student teams are required to submit a metal fabrication project that incorporates an oxy-fuel, air-fuel or plasma cutting process. Three advanced student teams will be chosen as the winners; each member of the winning team will win $500.


In addition, each of the schools associated with the winners at their time of entry will receive  the following prize package valued at more than $4,000:


  • One Victor Medalist 250 Medium Duty Cutting System
  • One Victor Thermal Dynamics Cutmastera 42 Air Plasma Cutting Outfit
  • One Tweco Fabricator 211i 3-in-1 Stick-MIG-TIG Welding Machine Kit
  • Two Tweco 4-sensor auto-darkening welding helmets

Entries will be accepted through October 31. Rules and entry forms are available at the contest website, The contest is open to students with a passion for cutting and welding who are residents of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec). Offer/participation void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase necessary for entry. 

See the “Victor Man” sculpture in the photo at right, one of the team award winners in last year’s “A Cut Above” contest. Videos of past winners are also available at the contest website.









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Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Highlighted in Video
Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM.

gilmerton-bridge-video.jpgBridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters has released a video detailing the replacement of the Henry G. Gilmerton Bridge in Chesapeake, Va. The video provides behind-the-scenes insight from the perspectives of the project team and stakeholders.


One of five critical bridges in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, the Gilmerton Bridge is an essential hub for more than one million vehicular and marine travelers each month. The original bascule span’s 11-ft clearance made it the most frequently opened bridge in Hampton Roads with 7,500 openings per year.


The bridge needed to be replaced to accommodate future growth in an area with increasing traffic. It is predicted the new vertical lift bridge – built using accelerated bridge construction methods – will reduce bridge openings by 40%.

The city and U.S. Coast Guard required the new bridge to be built on the exact same alignment due to the geometry of the river and close proximity of a nearby railroad bridge. The 335-ft long, 85-ft wide lift span was erected on falsework up river and floated in place early last year – an operation considered to be the “crown jewel” for a project that had been in development for nearly 15 years.


The final lift bridge used a total of 5,000 tons of structural steel and 650 tons of miscellaneous steel. Banker Steel (an AISC/NSBA member and AISC certified fabricator) was the steel fabricator for the project and WSP Mountain Enterprises, Inc. (an AISC member) was the steel detailer.


You can read more about the Gilmerton Bridge replacement project in the January 2013 issue of MSC.

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Stability Conference Call for Abstracts
Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2015 SSRC Annual Stability Conference, March 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn. The conference is held in conjunction with NASCC: The Steel Conference.


Researchers are encouraged to submit an abstract summarizing ongoing or recently completed research on stability of metal structures, or metal-concrete composite structures.


Click here for detailed information on submitting an abstract.


Click here to submit your abstract and complete the online form.


Abstracts are due by 5 p.m. (CDT) on September 2, 2014. This due date is firm and no late submissions will be accepted due to the tight schedule required for the final program.


The program Committee will make the final program selections based on the applicability of the subject, evaluation of the abstract, available space in the program and assurance that the author will attend the conference to present his/her paper. Notification of acceptance will be made the week of September 8, 2014. Full papers must be submitted by January 12, 2015.


For more information or questions about submitting abstracts, contact Janet Cummins, or 312.670.7015.


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Jeff Carlson Joins NSBA as Western Regional Director
Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 17, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

The Nationjeff-carlson-headshot_300.jpgal Steel Bridge Alliance welcomes Jeff Carlson, P.E., as its Western Regional Director. Carlson is responsible for working with state DOTs, bridge design consultants and construction professionals in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and providing technical and project assistance and communicating the many advantages - from design flexibility to cost savings - that structural steel brings to bridge projects.


“Jeff’s background adds another dimension and a fresh perspective to the NSBA team,” said Bill McEleney, NSBA’s managing director. “His experience dealing directly with owners will surely be appreciated by our DOT colleagues as we work to better quantify the life-cycle advantages of steel bridges.”


Carlson brings more than a decade of project management and engineering experience to NSBA. Most recently he was a financial analyst and project manager for Omni Development Corporation in Denver, where he was responsible for managing real estate redevelopment projects which included overseeing several construction professionals, providing financial recommendations and developing budgets for presentation to the owner. Prior to that, he was a research analyst for Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors in Hartford, Conn. Before entering the real estate market, he worked for six years as a professional engineer and project manager for Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers in Lakewood, Colo.


He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver, a Master of Science in Structural Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Colorado State University.


Carlson resides in Englewood, Colo., and can be reached at 720.440.3011 or To view a map of NSBA staff’s territories, visit the NSBA website homepage (

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Connection Design Webinar Series
Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

AISC is offering a four-part webinar series “Fundamentals of Connection Design” beginning on July 31. The series provides an in-depth look at the essentials of connection design.


The first two sessions in the series will focus on fundamental concepts while the last two will concentrate on shear connections. Examples will be presented to demonstrate the concepts discussed.


Each 1.5-hour webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT:


Session 1: July 31 - Fundamental Concepts, Part I
This live webinar provides an overview of basic connection types including tension, compression, framing and moment connections. Classification of beam-to-column connections will be discussed, followed by a review of limit states in the load path. Bolt related limit states and detailing will be reviewed with discussions on different types of bolts and bolt connections, bolt installation, bolt shear strength and combined shear plus tension strength. Basic weld related limit states will also be reviewed.


Session 2: August 7 - Fundamental Concepts, Part II
This live webinar will discuss eccentric bolted and welded connections, direct loaded tension connections, block shear, the Whitmore Section and light bracing connections. Beam bearing plate design and column base plate design will be discussed. Design examples will be presented to demonstrate concepts discussed.


Session 3: August 21 - Shear Connections, Part I
This live webinar will provide an overview of various types of shear connections, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. Design considerations for shear connections, a review of limit states for block shear and flexural strength in coped beams, and shear end-plate and double angle connection design will also be discussed. Design examples will be presented to demonstrate the concepts discussed.


Session 4: August 28 - Shear Connections, Part II
This live webinar will cover single plate connection design, including both conventional and extended single plate connections. The differences between the two are contrasted in design examples. The design of single angle connections, stiffened and unstiffened seated connections will also be discussed. The presentation of stiffened seated connections will include discussion on a simplified approach.


This series offers two registration options: a 4-session package (only one continuing education certificate issued) or individual webinars (unlimited number of continuing education certificates issued per connection).


For registration details and pricing, visit


The series is an encore presentation of sessions 1-4 from AISC’s first Night School course, Fundamentals of Connection Design, and also serves as a precursor to the fall Night School course - Connection Design 2, which will begin September 22. To learn more about Night School, visit

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