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Steel Shots: Metal Deck on a Curve
Posted by Jennifer Jernigan on February 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM.



Two ironworkers install metal deck components a hundred feet up on the rolled trusses of the Kauffmann Center. (Click here for larger image.)


The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts now being constructed in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest structural steel projects currently under way in the U.S. More information about the project is available at, which includes a Construction Photo Gallery and a short animation of the construction process. A project webcam ( also shows daily construction activity.


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Mill’s Environmental Management System Recognized
Posted by Alison Trost on February 11, 2010 at 2:45 PM.

The Gerdau Ameristeel Charlotte (N.C.) Mill has been recertified to ISO 14001. The standard covers a facility’s establishment and registration of an environmental management system (EMS), and its subsequent adherence to that EMS. After evaluations were carried out in all areas and processes at the Charlotte mill  the auditors highlighted the understanding of the EMS by all employees.


To meet the requirements of ISO 14001,  an organization must have an EMS that is able to help the company identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services, continually improve its environmental performance and provide a systematic approach to setting and achieving environmental objectives and targets.


To learn more about ISO 14001 certification and how it reflects on a company’s environmental management system click here

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Summer Internship Available
Posted by Tom Klemens on February 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM.

AISC is now accepting applications from students enrolled in structural, architectural, or civil engineering programs for an internship position at AISC’s headquarters in downtown Chicago for the summer of 2010. Qualified applicants will be in, at least, the third year of their curriculum and will have completed at least one course in structural steel design. AISC interns support the AISC Engineering and Research Department in developing technical resources for structural steel design.


Interested students should submit resumes, including a list of related coursework, to Cindi Duncan, AISC director of engineering, at Please contact her at 312.670.5410 with questions or if you require additional information.

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Registration Discount
Posted by Alison Trost on February 8, 2010 at 12:15 PM.

SAVE $50! Register today for
AISC’s new Spring Seminar Series to take advantage of early registration


The AISC Spring Seminar Series kicks off on February 16th.  With over
30 cities and 3 exciting seminar topics to choose from, you’ll be sure to
find one to fit your continuing education needs.  Click
to view a map of seminar locations on the spring schedule, or click
to visit out website to learn more about AISC seminars. 


Register by February 12th to take advantage of our early
registration discount. Click here to register now.

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Helping in Haiti
Posted by Daniel Popp on February 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM.

Steven Baldridge in Haiti

Steven Baldridge, president of Baldridge & Associates Structural Engineering, spent the last week and a half in Haiti on a mission with NEES and EERI gathering data and preparing for future aid and reconstruction efforts. Updates from the NEES/EERI team can be found here.


Earthquakes are sobering reminders of the seriousness of our work; they are also impartial judges of our designs. When an earthquake occurs in a country such as Haiti, which lacks adequate engineering and construction, it has tragic consequences. Most of the time, the work of structural engineers is unnoticed and unappreciated. However, we as structural engineers can and are helping in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake.


The need for structural engineers in Haiti has only just begun. If you’d like to do more than just send money, consider volunteering as a structural engineer. Contact your local structural engineering association for details.

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MSC Goes Digital (again)
Posted by Alison Trost on February 4, 2010 at 10:35 AM.

Modern Steel Construction magazine’s digital edition is now quicker and easier to use. Effective in its January ’10 issue, MSC’s digital edition has switched to a new format that provides additional features.


  • Article headlines and section identifiers (Steel Interchange, for example) are linked to Google Translate. Clicking provides a text-only version that can be automatically translated.


  • The “Contents” dropdown menu offers easy navigation, allowing you to jump to the beginning of any item listed without having to flip through pages.


  • The “Share” function allows you to send a link for either a particular page or the entire issue to a friend via e-mail, or to share it using a social media connection.


Check it out by clicking on the MSC cover above and let us know what you think.

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Bridge/DOT Forum on Maintenance
Posted by Alison Trost on February 3, 2010 at 1:12 PM.

Preserving our Bridge Infrastructure: Department of Transportation Forum will be held at the NACE
Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, March 17th.
This one-day forum will focus exclusively on maintaining U.S. bridges. All State Department of Transportation personnel focused on Bridges and Highways are welcome to attend and will receive complimentary registration to CORROSION 2010.


For more information on the Corrosion 2010 conference and expo visit
and look under schedule and events for the Bridge/DOT Forum.

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New Thermal Steel Bridging Working Group
Posted by Jim D'Aloisio on February 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM.

The Sustainability Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute
has formed a Thermal Steel Bridging Working Group. They will be
defining and quantifying the issue of thermal steel bridging in
buildings, and identifying solutions. This includes:


  • Reviewing research that has been conducted so far
  • Reviewing code implications of integrating thermal break material into building details
  • Reviewing how various energy modeling software programs handle thermal bridging
  • Compiling options for details that reduce thermal bridging


The Working Group is chaired by Jim D’Aloisio, who can be reached at


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NASCC Registration Now Open
Posted by Alison Trost on February 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM.

Registration is now open for the 2010 NASCC: The Steel Conference, scheduled for May 12-15 in Orlando. Go to to register, book hotel rooms, download the advance program, and find Orlando travel information. The full advance program also is available in the February 2010 issue of Modern Steel Construction. (Click here for the online version.)

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