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Steel Shots: Collaborating Toward Perfection
Posted by Jennifer Jernigan on January 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM.

Steel Shots: Collaborating Toward Perfection

A coping machine trims out the second set of copes on a wide-flange steel beam. This end treatment will allow the flanges to fit inside the web of a column in the field. (Photo by Jennifer Jernigan.)


It’s no accident when all those pieces of structural steel showing up on the job site fit together perfectly. Steel detailers and fabricators work hard together anticipating and accommodating the steel erector’s fit up needs. Ask any field superintendent – a little coping in the shop can save a lot of headaches in the field.


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Bridge Symposium Proceedings Now Available
Posted by Alison Trost on January 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM.

The 2009 World Steel Bridge Symposium proceedings are now available for download (no charge) by clicking here.


Download individual presentations or select “Download All Papers With One Click.”


Topics covered included pre-fabricated bridges, accelerated construction, skewed and curved bridges, and many others.


The symposium held November 2009 in San Antonio, Texas, also featured NSBA’s Prize Bridge Awards, which bi-annually honor the most innovative steel bridges. A multimedia presentation on the latest winners, as well as presentations on winning entries going back to 2005, can be found by clicking here. For a list of all prize winning steel bridges (back to 1928) click here


To see the MSC article about the 2009 NSBA prize bridge winners, click here.

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Steel and the Super Bowl
Posted by Alison Trost on January 26, 2010 at 5:29 PM.

Night Rendering of the Champions ArchThe Champions Arch built by Gerdau Ameristeel will tower over Miami’s Ocean Drive during Super Bowl week, illuminating the sky in tribute to the region’s rich tradition of hosting Super Bowls. The Champions Arch was designed by Beilinson Gomez Architects PA, Miami, and created from steel recycled from the Orange Bowl and Dolphin Stadiums, which have hosted some of football’s greatest moments.


The steel for the art-deco inspired arch was processed and reborn at Gerdau Ameristeel’s mini-mills in Calvert City, Ky., and Midlothian, Texas. It stands 23 ft high over Ocean Drive, with massive steel beams intersecting at the center of the arch to showcase a 12-ft steel football illuminated in various NFL team colors by powerful LED lights.


To see the arch on CBS Miami click here.

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Updated High-Visibility Apparel Standard
Posted by Alison Trost on January 25, 2010 at 4:52 PM.

An updated national consensus standard for high-visibility
safety apparel from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) now
provides criteria and test requirements for garments marked as flame- or water-resistant,
and includes service-life guidelines. Though the revision does not change the
long-standing requirements for compliant garments with respect to
classification and color, it does address important issues for the wearer
related to flame-resistance and use during rainfall.


The 43-page American
National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear
can be
purchased from ISEA for $62 a copy. For more information visit

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Interactive Statics Visualizer
Posted by Lauren DiPalma on January 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM.

Ever needed a quick conceptual statics solution? You are in luck. The visual demonstrations created by MIT graduate student Simon Greenwold are just what you need. There are easy to use beams, trusses, arches, and cables  all with
interactive loading. The Java-based web application is point and drag, and allows for limitless loading patterns.  It’s quick and easy to see how changes in loading affect the internal forces and reactions.


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How to Make Your 140 Count
Posted by Alison Trost on January 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM.

Learn “Why You Need to Get Proactive on Twitter.” Sign up for the webinar presented by author, professional speaker and consultant David Nour. It is scheduled for Friday, January 29, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Registration for the
90-minute program, on Twitter, is $97 and includes a link for a digital download of the session.


To register, go to


This is part of a series of webinars on social networking best practices and Internet marketing offered by AISC in partnership with David Nour and Relationship Economics. Future topics include Top 10 Internet Marketing Best Practices (February 16), Corporate Blogging (March 16), and Internet Video/YouTube (April 13).


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New Ironmaking Process Goes Live
Posted by Alison Trost on January 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM.

Steel Dynamics, Inc. has produced its first batch of iron nuggets at the Mesabi Nugget facility in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. The company will use the plant’s output as feedstock for its electric-arc furnace mini mills in Indiana. The plant is using the ITmk3 (Ironmaking Technology Mark Three) process, developed by Kobe Steel, that produces a high quality iron nugget product that contains essentially pure iron and carbon. The company says the process has the potential to revolutionize ironmaking, and indirectly, steel-making. For more info click here.

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360 State St Topped Out in New Haven
Posted by Tom Klemens on January 13, 2010 at 8:54 PM.

Suffolk Construction, developer Becker +Becker, and the City of New Haven, Conn., recently celebrated the topping-out of the $190-million mixed-use development.  This LEED Platinum building, when completed, will be the second tallest building in New Haven. It also will be the largest private residential building in Connecticut.  The 700,000 sq. ft development will host 500 apartment units, a full-service grocery store, and other commercial shops and offices.




Above: Suffolk Construction Project Manager Tom Larco of Hamden, Conn., signs the final steel beam just moments before it was recently hoisted to the top of the 360 State Street building in New Haven, Conn.


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Ironworkers to Meet in Florida
Posted by Tom Klemens on January 13, 2010 at 8:45 PM.

The North American Iron Workers / IMPACT Labor-Management Conference is scheduled for February 21-25, 2010, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The meeting provides labor and management with the opportunity to share information and leave with ideas and programs designed to expand market share.


A special room rate of $109 a night is available from February 18-28, with the cutoff for reservations of February 5. Discounted tickets to Walt Disney World theme parks also are available for this period.


More information, including a tentative schedule and list of speakers and sessions as well as a link to registration materials, is at

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Reminder: Enter IDEAS2 by the end of January
Posted by Tom Klemens on January 13, 2010 at 10:26 AM.

Entries are being accepted through January 31, 2010, for AISC ’s IDEAS2 Awards Program. Each year the program recognizes Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel.


Projects must have been completed between January 2007 and December 31, 2009. Information about the program is available at, including additional project eligibility requirements. To register click here.


Read about the 2009 IDEAS2 award winners in the May 2009 issue of Modern Steel Construction.

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