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Steel Shots: Sneak Peek at the August Issue of MSC
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM.


Curved built-up tee sections, inspired by images of the desert life, form the liwan (or colonnade) of Kuwait’s new Sahari Mall. Photo provided by Option One International, Kuwait.


Two international projects - the new Sahari Mall in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates’ Pavilion at Shanghai 2010 - are featured in the August issue of Modern Steel Construction. To check out these steel projects and What’s Cool in Steel 2010, be sure to view this new issue which will be available online August 1.

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Online Crane Reference Materials
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 29, 2010 at 4:10 PM.

A new online crane reference library contains dimensions, load charts, and other information for numerous cranes. San Leandro, Calif.-based Bigge Crane and Rigging offers the resource at The company also has created a complementary 384-page PDF guide that includes basic information for most of the equipment in its rental fleet. To get the free download, go to
. Also on that page, don’t miss the links to “How to Read a Crane Chart” and “How to Use Crane Hand Signals.”

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Fabrication Facility for Sale
Posted by Alison Trost on July 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM.

The former Chicago Bridge & Iron plant in Provo, Utah, has recently been put back on the market. There are three buildings on the 14.2 acre site, including a 139,000-sq.-ft main building and a 23,000-sq.-ft paint facility. In addition to having good access to I-15, the site is served by an active rail spur.

A large amount of equipment also remains in place including 12 overhead bridge cranes (ranging from 3 to 60 ton capacity) and 40 various cranes ranging from a 60 ton bridge to multiple gantry and jib cranes.

For more information contact Michael Jeppesen of Innovision Property Group in Salt Lake City, A video showcasing the facility is available at

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Learn About Steel Joists and Steel Deck
Posted by Alison Trost on July 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM.

The Steel Joist Institute and the Steel Deck Institute are co-sponsoring a full-day, five-part program on September 2, 2010, designed to help engineers, architects and other design professionals determine when steel joist and steel deck construction is the best solution. The program entitled “Exploring Building Design with Steel Joists, Joists Girders and Steel Deck” is being held at the Double Tree Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. Registration is $325 and includes 0.75 CEUs or 7.5 PDHs.

For more information or to register, go to

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AISI Publishes Lateral Design Update
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 26, 2010 at 9:53 AM.

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has published AISI S213-07-S1-09, North American Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing—Lateral Design 2007 Edition With Supplement No. 1. The new document incorporates research findings on diagonal strap-braced walls and other updates. It provides an integrated treatment of Allowable Strength Design (ASD), Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD), and Limit States Design (LSD) in addressing the design of lateral force-resisting systems in a wide range of buildings constructed with cold-formed steel framing.


For further details on this publication from the AISI website, click here.


The standard can be purchased on the Steel Framing Alliance website,

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Steel Shots: What We Did on Our Summer Vacation, Part 1
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 22, 2010 at 8:29 PM.


Zalk Josephs’ manager of operations David Sailing explains the next step in fabricating a 36-ft-long embedded plate the plasma cutter had just cut to size.


We toured the Zalk Josephs fabrication shop in Stoughton, Wis., in late June and one of the most interesting things was seeing just how much goes into fabricating a single member. The members shown above were each 2.5 in. thick, 2 ft wide and 36 ft long, and had been cut from an even larger plate. And that was only the first step of the process! The next step in turning them into embedded plates was to weld on more than 200 studs in three lines running the length of each plate.


During the tour, we saw many other members at various stages of completion. Welders attached plates and stiffeners while other technicians drilled holes and prepared connections. Each fabricated steel member eventually  will occupy a unique place in a building frame. As erectors piece the frame together, it is easy to take for granted all the hard work that goes on in a fabrication shop.


As young engineers, it was enlightening to observe this crucial step of the construction process that often is overlooked in the civil engineering curriculum. Typical classes take us from dealing with forces on members to building frame analysis and sometimes erection issues, but usually ignore what it takes to create the structural members. It was a great lesson being able to observe this process firsthand.

– Liz Rehwoldt and Zack Stutts, AISC Interns


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NOF Corporation Unifies Brand
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 22, 2010 at 1:02 PM.

The NOF Corporation, which supplies zinc flake anti-corrosion coating systems for construction and other industries, has announced that its worldwide group of anti-corrosion coatings companies have changed their company names. All companies of NOF’s Anti-Corrosion division are now known as part of the NOF Metal Coatings Group. The new company names reflect their common ownership and globally unified partnership.


NOF Metal Coatings Group companies are NOF Metal Coatings North America Inc., (formerly named Metal Coatings International), NOF Metal Coatings Europe (formerly DACRAL), NOF Metal Coatings South America (formerly Metal Coatings Brazil), NOF Metal Coatings Asia Pacific (formerly Nippon Dacro Shamrock), NOF Metal Coatings Shanghai (formerly Shanghai NDS), and NOF Metal Coatings Korea (formerly Korea Shamrock).


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Nomination Deadline Approaching
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM.

Each year the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical paper or papers, published during the eligibility period, are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel.


Recent winners include James O. Malley, Donald W. White, Walterio Lopez & Rafael Sabelli, R. Shankar Nair, Ronald O. Hamburger, and Jerome F. Hajjar.


AISC encourages anyone involved with steel construction to submit nominations. This year the deadline is Monday, August 2.


For more information from the AISC website, click here.

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Acrow Opens St. Louis Office
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 21, 2010 at 8:04 AM.

Acrow Corporation of America has opened a new sales office in St. Louis. The company specializes in shoring and prefabricated panel bridge systems for both temporary and permanent applications. For more information, go to (While there, be sure to check out the resources offered in the Bridges section, as well as what’s in More About Bridges.)

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Joist Design Awards Program Launched
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 20, 2010 at 9:06 AM.

The Steel Joist Institute is now accepting entries for its 2010 Design Awards. The winning entries will be announced in November 2010. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded in each category in the name of the company with the winning project to the school of its choice to benefit an an engineering student.


Awards will be presented in three categories:

  • Industrial (i.e., distribution centers, warehouses and light manufacturing)
  • Non-industrial (i.e., office buildings, schools, and churches)
  • Unique applications (i.e., projects with a unique application of steel joists)


To enter a project, visit by August 2, 2010, for an online entry form and a complete listing of rules.


Projects must be located in the U.S., Canada or Mexico to be eligible, and the steel joists and/or joist girders must be manufactured by an active member of the Steel Joist Institute. A list of members can be found here.


Also, projects must have been constructed within the last three years. Eligible projects include new buildings and major retrofit or expansion projects. Companies can submit more than one entry, and each will be judged separately. Projects will be evaluated based on flexibility, speed of construction, value and aesthetic considerations.

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