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Structural Welding: Design and Specification Seminars Scheduled for Spring 2010
Posted by Alison Trost on January 7, 2010 at 3:17 PM.

The Steel Structures Technology Center has announced its Spring 2010 seminar on the design and specification of welding for steel-framed structures using the AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code - Steel, the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, and the AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings. It will also include both the current versions and the new 2010 versions of each code, as well as related areas of research and development in structural welding. The seminar is conducted in cooperation with the International Code Council (ICC), and is oriented for structural and civil engineers, designers, steel detailers and steel fabricators.


The “Structural Welding: Design and Specification” seminar is scheduled for the following cities:

Chicago, IL  March 30

Secaucus, NJ  April 13

Los Angeles, CA  April 20


The seminar will be instructed by Robert Shaw, a consulting engineer with 35 years experience in steel construction and the president of the SSTC.


For more information and for specific locations and times, visit the Steel Structures Technology Center website at

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2010 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition
Posted by Alison Trost on January 5, 2010 at 4:52 PM.

The road to the National Student Steel Bridge Competition has begun.  The first regional competition was held at the University of Texas, San Antonio on January 16, 2010. Seventeen additional regional competitions will follow in March and April culminating in the National Competition to be held at Purdue University on May 28th and 29th, 2010.  More information about the competition can be found at


More than 200 schools compete in the regional competitions, and all do an impressive job of planning, designing and building their bridges. If you would like to become involved in this great event, you could volunteer to be a judge at a regional or the national competition. No previous experience is required.  Simply contact one of the host schools and offer your services.


For a regional host school contact list see
For Purdue University’s official national host web site see

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Get the Facts About Earthquakes
Posted by Alison Trost on January 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM.

Facts for Steel Buildings Number 3: Earthquakes and Seismic Design, the newest installment in the Facts series,mini-cover.JPG is now available from AISC. Written by Ronald O. Hamburger of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., this publication presents an overview of the causes of earthquakes, the earthquake effects that damage structures, the structural properties that are effective in minimizing damage, and the organization and intent of seismic design requirements for steel structures in the U.S. today. To download Facts for Steel Buildings Number 3: Earthquakes and Seismic Design, click here.


The other two installments are Facts for Steel Buildings Number 2: Blast and Progressive Collapse, and Facts for Steel Buildings Number 1: Fire. The series provides a look at background and philosophy without delving into heavy technical details.


All three documents are available as free downloads on the AISC website at To go directly to the Facts for Steel Buildings page click here.

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