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Steel Shots: Sneak Peek from the March MSC
Posted by Alison Trost on February 26, 2010 at 10:07 AM.

St. Cloud Bridge

The new Granite City Crossing Bridge in St. Cloud, Minn. crosses the Mississippi River with three deep continuous steel spans. The girder depth is 104 in. at midspan and 168 in. at the piers. Extra effort and teamwork replaced the aging Desoto Bridge in surprisingly short order. 


To see a YouTube clip of the demolition and rebuilding of the Desoto/Granite City Crossing bridges click here. Click here to view the online Minnesota DOT project gallery.


To read more about this and other projects check out the Steel Bridge
News section in the March issue of Modern Steel Construction. The
digital edition will be available online Monday, March 1.

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Follow Us On Twitter
Posted by Alison Trost on February 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM.

twitterbird.jpgThat’s right — MSC is now on Twitter. Follow us @ModernSteel.


Our editors love to share interesting things that they come across everyday, including those that might not make it into the printed magazine.


Even if you’re not a tweeter, you can follow our tweets using the RSS Feed.

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Galvanize It! Webinar
Posted by Alison Trost on February 24, 2010 at 9:18 AM.

Learn about corrosion protection through hot-dip galvanizing in a one-hour live webinar on March 10, 2010. The presenters are Phil Rahrig and Melissa Lindsley of the American Galvanizers Association.

Attendees receive 0.1 CEU / 1.0 PDH for this AISC-sponsored presentation. For more information, including the registration and fee information, click here.


To find out about other upcoming AISC live webinars, go to

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Essays on the Engineering Life
Posted by Alison Trost on February 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM.


In “Bridginess: More of the Civil Engineering Life” author Brian Brenner, P.E., turns his pen and his wit to the subjects of urban sprawl, airport infrastructure planning, and, of course, bridges. This collection of essays ranges from humorous to informative, autobiographical to historical. After reading this collection, you will know bridges from more angles than a through truss.


Brenner is a vice president and structural engineer at Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Burlington, Mass., and a professor at Tufts University, Medford, Mass. “Bridginess” demonstrates the full range of his talent as a writer, as well as an engineer, allowing him to make civil engineering funny, interesting, and at times, even glamorous.


To purchase the book through the ASCE bookstore, click here

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AISC 2010-2011 Scholarships and Fellowships
Posted by Alison Trost on February 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM.

University juniors, seniors, and graduate students in civil, architectural, and construction engineering are invited to apply for AISC Scholarships/Fellowships for the 2010-2011 academic year. This year’s program has been expanded to offer more than $75,000 of aid to university students. There are 20 different scholarships available ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.


The application deadline is April 25, 2010.  More information about the program is available at  For questions please contact Nancy Gavlin at, 312.670.5408, or Shanna Quinn at 312.670.5418,

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Steel Shots: The Infinity Bridge
Posted by Alison Trost on February 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM.

The Infinity Bridge

The Infinity Bridge crossing the River Tees in northeastern England is a stunning sight, especially at night.

This footbridge, completed in 2009, is in Stockton-on-Tees, England. The walkway is supported by asymmetric steel arches and connects the north and south shores of the River Tees. The lighting design by Speirs and Major Associates (Edinburgh and London) uses the bridge’s reflection on the water to complete the infinity symbol. For more pictures of the Infinity Bridge click here.

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Encouraging Young Women to Become Engineers
Posted by Alison Trost on February 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM.

Today’s National Engineering Week event is “Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day.” To find an event near you click here.


Now in its eighth year, the program reaches out to girls in grades K-12 with positive messages about engineering careers and math and science education. The basis of the program is to provide girls with mentors that can aid them in the decision to become engineers and increase the number of women in the workforce. Currently only 20% of engineering undergraduates are women and only 10% of the engineering workforce are women.


Engineers Week was created by the National Society of Professional Engineers to raise public awareness of the importance of the engineering profession. The program reaches out to schools, businesses and community groups across the U.S. emphasizing the education that is necessary for becoming an engineer.


For information on events still to come in the 2010 Engineers Week, click here.

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Home Depot Offers Scholarships
Posted by Alison Trost on February 17, 2010 at 11:36 AM.

The Home Depot 2010 Trade Scholarship Program will award $1,000 scholarships to 500 trade school students to help offset the rising cost of tuition, books and tools for their chosen trade. The program is open to all students nationwide who are currently enrolled in a building and construction trade school program at a vocational/technical school, college or university.


Scholarship applications will be accepted through April 30, 2010 online at  Winners will be selected based on a combination of academic performance, leadership and work experience.


ATTENTION EDUCATORS: The schools of the scholarship recipients will receive additional funds for classroom tools from The Home Depot Foundation through matching gifts of $1,000 for each scholarship awarded to one or more of its students.

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One Challenging Erection Project
Posted by Tom Klemens on February 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM.

Installing TranquilityThe Space Shuttle crew that left eight days ago took with it a pre-fabricated 2600-cu.-ft add-on for the International Space Station. The $400 million Node 3, now officially named the Tranquility module, was provided by the European Space Agency and adds seven windows to the ISS. The largest is circular, 31 in. in diameter, while the others are smaller trapezoids.


Astronauts attached the module late last week and by Friday February 12, got their first look inside the new addition, which provides three more berths. They hope to get their first glimpse out the windows when the protective shutters are raised late tonight.


PHOTO (click for larger image): NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick conducted the STS-130 mission’s first spacewalk on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. The spacewalking pair finished all their assigned work and some get-ahead tasks. The Tranquility node and cupola were robotically maneuvered from Endeavour’s payload bay, and then installed onto the port side of the Unity node. This was the first of three planned spacewalks for the STS-130 mission. Image Credit: NASA


A good description of this 220-mile-high remodeling project is available here.


For the ESA’s Node 3 specs, click here.


To read more about the current shuttle mission, STS-130, click here.


To watch NASA TV live from the ISS, go to

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Save the Date for SteelDay 2010
Posted by Alison Trost on February 15, 2010 at 5:28 PM.



SteelDay 2010 will be held on September 24. SteelDay is a national event hosted by AISC and its members for the entire structural steel industry. The various events feature free networking and educational opportunities.


For more information on SteelDay 2010 visit


Want to host a SteelDay event in your area? Visit


Last year’s SteelDay events were held at more than 170 different locations all over the United States. More than 7,000 architects, engineers, contractors, owners, developers, and university faculty and students attended educational presentations and toured facilities including mills and fabrication shops.


Click here for more on the 2009 events.

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