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AISC Fall Seminar Series
Posted by Alison Trost on August 31, 2010 at 3:14 PM.

The AISC Fall Seminar Series is coming to a town near you! With more than 20 cities and four different topics there is something for everyone. Earn CEUs/PDHs and receive an early registration discount. Be sure to register by Labor Day (September 6) to take advantage of the $50 discount.

To see a map of the different seminar locations click here.

To learn more about the fall seminar series visit

To register now and receive a $50 discount click here.

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Free Webinar - BIM Interoperability
Posted by Alison Trost on August 31, 2010 at 9:44 AM.

AceCad Software offers a free webinar on using its freeware viewer, StruWalker, for BIM interoperability. Learn how to:


  • Import CIS/2 models from multiple platforms
  • Provide complete access to drawings, CNC and model visualization
  • Use built-in video editing tools
  • Use BIM to advantage in scheduling

The one-hour webinar begins at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, September 9, 2010. To register, click here.


To read AceCad Software’s announcement concerning its new BIM webinar series, click here.

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2010 Code of Standard Practice Now Available
Posted by Tom Klemens on August 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM.

The 2010 Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges (AISC 303-10) is now available. The PDF version can downloaded for free at


The COSP, which is updated every five years, provides all involved in the design, purchase, fabrication and erection of structural steel with a current and useful framework for a common understanding of acceptable standards when contracting for structural steel.


Some of the most significant changes in this edition of the Code have to do with options for delegating connection design. Click here to read more on the AISC website about what’s new in the 2010 COSP.

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Steel Shots: September Preview
Posted by Alison Trost on August 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM.

Steel Shots: September Preview

The Isaac Middle School Bridge in Phoenix provides an artistic and safe crossing for hundreds of students on a daily basis. Photo by Craig Smith.
This bridge inspired by Native American culture was made to look like macaws in flight. Jacobs Engineering Group along with Stinger Welding created this pedestrian bridge by completely assembling the structure then lifting it into place.


For more on this project and other Steel Bridge News, view the September issue of MSC available next Wednesday, September 1, at

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Call for Bridge Photos
Posted by Alison Trost on August 26, 2010 at 7:54 AM.

The National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) is reaching out to the steel bridge community in search of high resolution images of recently completed bridge projects. NSBA would like to feature these photos and projects in print campaigns, newsletters, Modern Steel Construction magazine articles, and other promotional efforts. Interested parties should contact Brian Raff at


More information is available in the August NSBA online newsletter.

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International Project Notes
Posted by Tom Klemens on August 25, 2010 at 12:22 PM.

The Infinity BridgeThe Infinity Bridge, which crosses the U.K.’s River Tees in Stockton, has been named a winner in the “steelwork at its most dramatic” category of the 2010 Structural Steel Design Awards program sponsored by European steel producer Corus. Some dramatic photos of the bridge are offered on lighting designer Speirs and Major Associates’ website.


The Sands SkyPark, which sits atop three 55-story hotel towers, opened June 23 in Singapore. Offering stunning views, it features an infinity pool 200m in the air and world’s longest public cantilever, thanks to support provided by 7,000 tonnes of structural steel. Additional information on its engineering is available on the Arup website.


Kevin Williams, a structural engineer with Price & Myers who assisted with the value engineering of the Kolkata demonstration project in Restello, India, discusses the innovative structural solutions they were able to achieve through the use of steel on the Living Steel website.

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IMPACT Offers Free Assistance on Certification Efforts
Posted by Alison Trost on August 24, 2010 at 10:12 AM.

The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) has set up a program providing significant - and free - assistance to its members in their efforts to achieve AISC steel erector and fabricator certification. In addition to working closely with AISC and Quality Management Company, an independent third-party auditing company, the organization has partnered with industry consultants to provide its contractor members with one free day of onsite advisory sessions and an additional eight hours of follow-up correspondence. Assisting on erector certification issues are Ted Sheppard and Jim Hobson, and Charles McGowan provides assistance on fabrication issues.


IMPACT says that more than 38 contractors already have taken advantage of the program. To learn more, visit the IMPACT website ( or contact Kenny Waugh, IMPACT’s director of industry liaisons, at 800.545.4921.


For more information about AISC certification programs, go to

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The Tekla BIM Award Winners for 2010
Posted by Tom Klemens on August 23, 2010 at 10:23 AM.

A gold processing plant in Northern Mexico has been named the winner in the “Industrial/Civil Model - Steel and/or Concrete” category of the 2010 Tekla North America BIM Awards. The Mercedes Gold Processing Plant’s complex model included structural steel, miscellaneous steel, and mechanical steel and components (bins, hoppers, material conveying system) ensuring fit-up and compatibility among the many vendor components within the structural steel framework.


Winners in the other categories include two components of Pittsburgh’s new Consol Energy Center – the hockey arena and its impressive parking garage – and the state-of-the-art Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley in California.


This year’s competition attracted a record number of Tekla Structures users – 26 of them – to submit their 3D models. View all the entries (not just the winners) on the Tekla website by clicking here.

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Monday Morning Coffee
Posted by Tom Klemens on August 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM.

How time flies – this past weekend marks the 9th anniversary of the shutdown of the world’s first webcam.


Predating the World Wide Web, the Trojan Room coffee cam was set up in 1991 by researchers at theXCoffee University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory to allow those in more remote offices show to know whether it was worth making a trip to the coffee pot. The system used a once-per-second frame-grabber and rudimentary server and client programs (which late became XCoffee) to display a small icon-sized image in the corner of users’ screens.


Quentin Stafford-Fraser was one of the researchers who contributed to its deployment. “The image was only updated about three times a minute,” he wrote on one of the Coffee Pot web pages, “but that was fine because the pot filled rather slowly, and it was only greyscale, which was also fine, because so was the coffee.”


When the computer lab was moved in 2001, the machine serving up the images was among the older equipment scheduled for replacement rather than relocation, and so the camera captured its last image on August 22, 2001. You can view it here.

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Steel Shots: Sprucing Up the Arch
Posted by Alison Trost on August 20, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Steel Shots: Sprucing up the Arch

While the Gateway Arch alongside the Mississippi River in St. Louis is truly visually inspiring, getting to and navigating the grounds are not. But a design competition now under way should provide a significant upgrade to the visitor experience in the next few years. Photo: David Preston/Gateway Arch Riverfront.


Did you know that the Gateway Arch was the winning entry in a 1947 design competition (although construction did not begin until 1963)? The tallest of the country’s national monuments (at 630 ft), the arch celebrates the beauty of structural steel, as well as the U.S. spirit of westward expansion from the mid-1800s. Completed in October 1965, the arch was built using 900 tons of stainless steel. If you’re in the neighborhood, it’s worth a visit to see it up close - even before the upgrades are made. Be sure to leave enough time to ride to the top. The view is terrific and the ride in the tram cars is quite an experience.


To read more about the current design competition in a recent Chicago Tribune post, click here.


More information about the five finalist’s proposals, which were made public on August 17, is available from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website ( in an overview article that includes links to galleries showing each of the proposals and a video of the competition manager discussing the various plans.


The competition has its own website where comments on the proposals are invited from now through August 23.


Follow these links for more information about the Gateway Arch and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.


To read about the steel fabrication on the National Park Service website, click here.

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