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Ruby Named Michigan SE of the Year
Posted by Alison Trost on June 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM.

David Ruby, P.E., S.E., has been named the 2010 Structural Engineer of the Year by the Structural Engineers Association of Michigan. Ruby is a nationally recognized pioneer in constructability and founder of Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Ruby + Associates. Early in his career, Ruby was the structural project manager for Chicago’s John Hancock Building and the Sears Tower. He is the author of AISC’s Steel Design Guide 23: Constructability of Structural Steel Buildings, published in 2009 and available at

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Steel Shots: Staging
Posted by Tom Klemens on June 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM.


Fasteners for one of the entries in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition, held last weekend. As shown on page 38 of the 2010 rules, the staging area is 30 ft from the erection site and consists of four 7 ft by 10 ft areas designated for fasteners, members, tools, and temporary piers. (Click for larger image.)


Forty-six teams competed in the 2010 National Student Steel Bridge Competition finals held May 28-29 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The competition is co-sponsored by AISC and ASCE. Structured to simulate a real-world project, teams build a 1:10 scale model bridge to meet a particular challenge which is different each year. For 2010, teams constructed 21 ft 6 in. simple span deck bridges crossing a 13 ft 6 in. river and an adjacent 5 ft  floodway.


A complete description is available in the 2010 Rules, which can be downloaded from (in the History and Results section).


The competition includes both designing the steel bridge and erecting it. Entries are evaluated in six individual performance categories: display, construction speed, construction economy, lightness, stiffness, and structural efficiency. An overall award is also given.


A list of this year’s winning student steel bridges is posted at


For a detailed list of all the finalists’ scores, by category, go to the History and Results section of


Several photos from the 2010 competition are available online on the AISC Facebook page at


North Dakota State University - 2010 NSSBC overall winnersThe North Dakota State University team shown here with its bridge during the display session at Purdue. NDSU won the 2010 NSSBC overall award with a lightning-fast construction time of 3 minutes 12 seconds.




Save the date! The 2011 NSSBC finals will be held on May 20-21 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Check back for updates at

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A New Market in the Wind
Posted by Ted Sheppard on June 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM.

Wind turbines offer a good opportunity for steel producers and plate rolling companies to increase their business.  Erectors, too, will be busy.  In order to be prepared for the growth in this alternative energy resource, IMPACT (Ironworkers Management Action Cooperative Trust) has signed an agreement with the Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC) in Oklahoma City.  Wind farm developers are looking for workers with certified training in particular areas: Safety and Torque/Tension skills.  The FTTC training covers tower safety/rescue and torque/tension certification.


FTTC is a member of the Wind Energy Training Consortium which is a group of training institutions recognized by the American Wind Energy Association. The course is given in an accelerated manner over a span of 36 hours. In order for an ironworker to be eligible for this training, he or she must have a minimum of three years field experience and have had the OSHA 10, Subpart R, and First Aid/CPR/AED training.


One example of the growing demand for this specialized training is the Cape Wind Project. This offshore wind farm has been given the green light by the Department of Interior and is expected to ultimately provide as much as three-quarters of Cape Cod’s electrical energy. This will be a major wind energy project. There is a proposal to put five trial wind turbines just beyond the lake water intake structure in Lake Erie, offshore of Cleveland. This concept is really starting to move forward and everyone should be ready for it.


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Seeking Innovative Accomplishments
Posted by Alison Trost on June 2, 2010 at 8:20 AM.

The American Society of Civil Engineers invites nominations for its 2011 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. The award was established in 1996 to recognize innovative design, materials, or construction-related research and development, that have been sustainably transferred into practice. There is a $75 entry fee and the competition is open to both ASCE members and non-members.


The Pankow Award winner will receive a trophy at the 2011 Outstanding Projects And Leaders Gala, a premiere black-tie event held annually in the Washington, D.C. area. Winners also receive publicity through various ASCE publications.


Nominations are due October 1, 2010. For more information, visit the Pankow Award page.

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New This Year - Steel Camp!
Posted by Alison Trost on June 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM.

stick_figure_camp2.jpgIf you are looking for a fun way to earn PDHs then Summer Steel Camp is for you. Spend two days going over four topics and earn 15 hours of continuing education credits. Choose from three different camp locations which are listed below.


Chicago - June 11 & 12.
Houston - June 24 & 25
Denver - July 21 & 22


For more information go to

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