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Video Shows Seismic Brace in Action
Posted by Tom Klemens on February 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM.

scorpion_ybs1.jpgA recent Discovery Channel program showed Cast Connex’s Scorpion yielding brace system being tested at the University of Toronto. In addition to showing the 40-second test, the short segment also does a good job of explains the benefits of seismic bracing and includes conversations with several of the people involved in the Scorpion’s development and testing.


View the Discovery Channel video segment by clicking here.


For a photo of the device, see the Steel in the News post from January 7, 2011, by clicking here.

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Galvanizing Tips
Posted by Lauren DiPalma on February 14, 2011 at 9:43 AM.

ld.jpgHot-dip galvanizing provides corrosion protection for steel without altering the material properties (there are some exceptions for very high strength steel). Galvanizing is frequently used for exterior steel and steel in corrosive environments. The following link from Duncan Galvanizing includes some useful tips


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Steel Shots: IDEAS2
Posted by Alison Trost on February 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM.


The Lincoln Center Julliard School/Alice Tully Hall project received a 2010 IDEAS2 award in the greater than $75 million category. Located in New York this project submitted by AISC members ARUP featured stunning additions and a one-of-a-kind curtain wall system. To read more about this project in the May 2010 issue of MSC click here. Photo: Iwan Baan/Iwan Baan Photography.


The 2011 IDEAS2 Awards


Each year AISC gives out awards for Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel, or as we like to call them IDEAS2 Awards.


The judging for the 2011 IDEAS2 Awards  will take place next week, on Wednesday, February 16, and the winners will be announced at the 2011 NASCC: The Steel Conference May 11-14 in Pittsburgh. This year there are 91 entries.


The program recognizes projects in three different categories: 

  • Less than $15 million
  • $15 million to $75 million
  • Greater than $75 million


For more information on the IDEAS2 Awards click here.


To see the 2010 winners in the May 2010 issue of MSC click here.

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Web Mapping Made Easy
Posted by Alison Trost on February 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM.

Highlands Ranch, Colo.-based OnTerra Systems LLC has introduced MapSavvy WMS, an inexpensive Web Mapping Service (WMS) application based on Bing maps. The service provides an economical and convenient way to access images from Bing maps for a variety of practical business uses, such as aerial-view site images for inclusion in architecture and engineering drawings, proposals, and reports.


A long-time Microsoft Business Partner, OnTerra Systems developed MapSavvy WMS to work with popular WMS clients including AutoCAD, MapInfo, MicroStation, QGIS, GlobalMapper, and Gaia. It is available for $2 per user per month, which includes a Bing maps license, or $1 per month for users who already have a Bing maps license.


To see examples or sign up, click here.

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Spring Seminar Discount
Posted by Alison Trost on February 9, 2011 at 4:07 PM.

Be sure to register for the AISC Spring Seminar Series before Friday, February 11 to receive a $50 discount! For more information, including a list of seminar topics, dates and venues, go to

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Latest AISC Podcast: Duane Miller on Welding
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM.

Have you tuned into AISC’s new free podcast series, Steel Profiles? February’s episode features a 48-minute interview with welding expert Duane Miller, Sc. D, P.E, manager of engineering services at The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland. Miller is a recognized authority on the design and performance of welded connections and in his interview he discusses lessons in leadership, working with welding pioneer Omer Blodgett, and his own welding skills. You can see Miller live at this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference as he presents on new welding code updates (session N30 in the Advance Program available at


This is AISC’s third Steel Profiles podcast. A new one can be found on the first Friday of each month at and all Steel Profiles podcasts are available for easy listening and downloading. You can also access them on iTunes. Register for a free Steel Profiles subscription and each new monthly episode will automatically be downloaded for you. For detailed instructions read the previous news post about Steel Profiles.


The first two Steel Profiles installments featured interviews with James Fisher, Ph.D., P.E., and Shankar Nair, Ph.D., S.E. If you missed out, no need to worry; both podcasts can be found at or

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Free PDF of New HSS Reference Book
Posted by Alison Trost on February 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

Looking for an informative HSS resource? Check out the publications available from CIDECT, the international association of leading manufacturers of hollow sections and pipes, The organization, which is formally known as Comite International pour le Developpement et l’Etude de la Construction Tubulaire (International Committee for the Development and Study of Tubular Structures), is now offering the second edition of its Hollow Sections in Structural Applications as a free download. Authored by J. Wardenier, J.A. Packer, X.-L. Zhao and G. J. van der Vegte, this 240-page publication was published in 2010 and has only recently become available on the web. It provides technical information along with architectural examples and photographs. Nearly a hundred pages are dedicated to HSS joints of various types.


To learn more about Hollow Sections in Structural Applications, or to download the free PDF file, click here. Although there is no charge to download the document, free registration is required.

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Wanted: AISC 2011 Summer Intern
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM.

Do you know an architectural or engineering student looking for an interesting and educational summer internship? Or is that student you?


AISC is now accepting applications from students enrolled in at least the third year of a structural, architectural, or civil engineering program. Applicants also must have completed at least one course in structural steel  design. The internship is a full-time position at AISC headquarters in downtown Chicago.


AISC interns support the Engineering and Research Department in developing technical resources for structural steel design. If you’re interested in the position, go here for information on submitting your application. Applications will be accepted until February 28.

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Steel Shots: Super Bowl XLV
Posted by Alison Trost on February 4, 2011 at 9:25 AM.


Steel from the old Dallas Cowboys stadium in North Texas was melted down at Gerdau Ameristeel’s mini-mill in Midlothian, Texas to create the 16-ft high, 7-ton monument seen above. This structure is on display in the heart of Sundance Square for Sunday’s big game - Super Bowl XLV - where the Green Bay Packers will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. For more information about the steel sculpture, visit the ESPN website by clicking here. Photo: Karen Campbell.


This Sunday, the Packers and the Steelers will play for the coveted Super Bowl champion rings. But have you ever wondered how the Steelers came to be the Steelers? Or where that logo came from? Here’s a brief history, and recognition for how great steel really is!


Art Rooney founded Pittsburgh’s football club in 1933, naming the team the Pittsburgh Pirates, which since 1890 had also been the name of the city’s baseball team. He changed the football team’s name in 1940 to the Pittsburgh Steelers to reflect the area’s heritage.


In 1962, Republic Steel of Cleveland approached the Steelers and suggested that they consider the Steelmark, the insignia used by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), as a helmet logo to honor Pittsburgh’s steel heritage. The Steelmark logo, a circle enclosing three hypocycloids (diamonds with inward-curving edges) and the word STEEL, was created by United States Steel Corporation (for a time known as USX Corp. but now back to U. S. Steel ) to educate consumers about the importance of steel in their daily lives.


According to AISI, the three hypocycloids in the Steelers’ logo represent “the three materials used to produce steel: yellow for coal; orange for iron ore; and blue for steel scrap.”


For more detailed information about the Steelers logo and its origins, visit the team website by clicking here or the American Iron and Steel Institute by clicking here


To see last year’s Super Bowl sculpture in Miami from AISC-member Gerdeau Ameristeel click here.

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Building the Bayonne Bridge’s Upper Deck
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 3, 2011 at 9:27 AM.

Recognized by AISC as the most beautiful steel bridge in its class in 1931, the Bayonne Bridge connecting Staten Island, N.Y., with Bayonne, N.J., is poised for a serious makeover.


Officials have released additional information about the proposed $1 billion Bayonne Bridge project which will replace the existing roadway with a new deck about 60 feet higher up the arches to allow taller ships to pass.


The New Jersey On-line website reports the project is envisioned as “a widening of the four traffic lanes from 10 to 12 feet each, along with the addition of shoulders, and a center divider that will replace what is now just a double-yellow line.”


The report also shares comments from Peter Zipf, chief engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, describing one possible approach to the challenging construction. “The two inner lanes will be closed to traffic and used as a staging area where a crane will likely be used to hoist a series of 84-ft-wide girders into place, forming the steel structure underpinning the new roadway. Like the original, the new roadbed will be suspended by steel cables from the bridge’s original 79-year-old arch. The two existing outer lanes will remain open, shielded from the work overhead, providing one traffic lane in each direction. To rise to the level of the higher roadbed, the bridge approaches will be made slightly steeper and longer, constructed in a similar method from staging areas on the original approaches.” To read more, click here.


Be sure to click on the diagram to see a larger image of how the new, higher roadway will run through the existing arch.


For photos and a historical perspective on the bridge, go to

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