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Winners Announced in Tekla BIM Awards Competition
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 17, 2011 at 8:48 AM.

Advanced 3D models of a patient care pavilion, a retractable roof of a Major League Baseball ballpark, and a commercial mall project were all winners in Tekla’s 2011 North American BIM Awards. This year’s awards were presented in three categories: BIM, Steel, and Concrete. View the award winners and all entry submissions on Tekla’s website at


Category 1 Winner - BIM – DPR Construction and IPD Team
Sutter Alta Bates Patient Care Pavilion


Category 2 Winner - Steel - InteliBuild, a division of Canam Groupsteelproject4.jpg
New Marlins Ballpark – Retractable roof (click on the thumbnail photo for a video of the BIM model)


To read more about the new Marlins Ballpark project, check out the September issue of MSC, available on the first of the month.


Category 3 Winner - Concrete - CCM (Contratistas Civiles y Mecanicos, S. A.)
Galeria 360


This year’s project entries were first voted on by the public online, and then the top 10 projects were voted on by a panel of leading BIM experts inside and outside of Tekla. All winners in the North American program will be automatically entered into the Tekla Global BIM Awards competition, which will be held later this year.


For more information about Tekla’s North American BIM Awards, visit Tekla’s website at

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NSBA Seeking 2012 Prize Bridge Nominations
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM.

Since 1928, the National Steel Bridge Alliance has honored significant and innovative steel bridges constructed in the U.S. with its Prize Bridge Competition. Next year, the winners will be announced at NSBA’s World Steel Bridge Symposium co-located with NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 18-21, 2012 in Dallas.


Awards will be presented in a variety of categories including:


  • Major span - One or more spans greater than or equal to 400 ft.       
  • Long span - Longest span equal to or greater than 250 ft. but less than 400 ft.
  • Medium span - Longest span equal to or greater than 125 ft. but less than 250 ft.
  • Short span - No single span greater than 125 ft.
  • Movable span
  • Major span
  • Reconstructed - Having undergone major reconstruction, rehabilitation, or widening
  • Special purpose - Bridge not identifiable in one of the above categories including pedestrian, pipeline, and airplane
  • Accelerated bridge construction (new category)
  • Sustainability (new category)


To submit a bridge project for consideration, download the 2012 Prize Bridge entry form from NSBA’s website, here. All submissions must be received by November 30, 2011.


For more information about the competition and to view past winners, visit NSBA’s website at

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New Steel Design Guide for Web-Tapered Members
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 15, 2011 at 8:46 AM.

AISC Steel Design Guide No. 25, Frame-Design Using Web-Tapered Members, is now available as a free download by AISC members at or can be purchased by others. This latest addition to the AISC design guide series provides guidance on the application of the provisions of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings to the design of web tapered steel members and steel frames composed of web tapered members. A discussion of fabrication is included, as well as a detailed description of stability design requirements for web-tapered members. This design guide is based on the 2005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings; however, the recommendations of this document apply equally to the 2010 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, although some section and equation numbers have changed in the 2010 Specification.

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Huey P. Long Bridge Tops Out
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM.


The final piece of steel in the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project was lowered into place at the top of the bridge in New Orleans on July 26. There is still some work to do on the truss above the roadway (the superstructure), but all of the steel members are in place. Photo: Louisiana TIMED program.


Widening the Huey P. Long Bridge is part of Louisiana’s $5 billion Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) program, which includes two other major bridge projects and widening 536 miles of state highways.


This four-phase widening project has been long-awaited by local communities and is vital to the recovery of the Greater New Orleans area. According to the project website, it will add an additional travel lane and inside and outside shoulders to each side of the bridge - providing a safer, more reliable Mississippi River crossing. The first phase of the project began in April 2006 and the entire project will be complete in 2013.


View additional photos of the topping out and other Huey P. Long Bridge milestones, as well as other La. bridge projects, in the project manager’s photo gallery at


We’ve been tracking Huey P.’s progress for a while now and hope that you’ve enjoyed its journey with us. For more information and background on the project, visit the project website and take a look back at one of our previous news posts commemorating Huey P.’s Last Big Lift, here.

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Pipe Railing Standard Now Available for Public Review
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM.

A proposed affirmation for The National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM) standard, AANSI/NAAMM AMP 521: Pipe Railing Manual is now available for public review and comment. To obtain the standard, ballot, and other related documents, go to NAAMM’s website at Comments must be received on or before September 5, 2011 to be considered.

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2012 Student Steel Bridge Contest Rules Available
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 10, 2011 at 8:39 AM.

The 2012 ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition rules have been posted on the AISC website. Among other changes, the formula for determining structural efficiency has been reworked for 2012, generally increasing the cost based on weight compared to the deflection-based cost.


The site conditions for this year’s challenge prohibit the use of temporary piers or barges in the river, although there will be a midstream cofferdam (furnished by others). The bridge again requires a cantilever section on one end, although the bridge dimensions have been changed from last year. Numerous other updates have been incorporated into the 2012 rules.


The preliminary round of bridge competition consists of 18 regional events held each year throughout the spring. The 2012 National Competition will take place at Clemson University on May 25-26.


To view the rules and other Student Steel Bridge Competition related information, go to


To watch the Lakehead University team, which was the fastest at the 2011 national competition, build its bridge in just less than five minutes, go to

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Technology for Design and Construction
Posted by Tom Klemens on August 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM.

A two-day Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction is scheduled for August 18-19 at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Thursday sessions begin at 1 p.m. and focus on Building Information Modeling. The focus on Friday is technology management and includes morning presentations and an afternoon round table session.


All activities will be held at the Norris Center on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Registration is $200, with a reduced rate of $25 for students.


For more information, including a detailed list of topics and speakers, go to

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SJI Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM.

The deadline for entering the Steel Joist Institute’s 2011 Design Awards program has been extended to Friday, August 12, 2011. To learn more about the program on the SJI website, where there also is a link to see last year’s winning entries, go to

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A Blast from the Past with Omer Blodgett
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM.

podcasts_omer_lg1.jpgHave you been tuning into Steel Profiles? The latest installment of AISC’s free monthly podcast series features a 28-minute classic interview with welding deity, Omer Blodgett. It was recorded in 1997 when Charlie Carter, current AISC vice president and chief structural engineer, presented him with the AISC Luminary Award. Listen now at


And if you’ve been too busy enjoying your summer the past month to tune in, July’s podcast presented an interview with Cindi Duncan, AISC’s director of engineering. She gives the scoop on AISC’s new 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual, describes what it was like to be the first female engineer on staff at AISC, and talks about what’s coming up in AISC’s Steel Design Guide series.


If you missed any of Steel Profiles’ first nine conversations with steel experts, simply visit where all episodes 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.

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Steel Shots: A Memorial Beam
Posted by Tom Klemens on August 5, 2011 at 10:07 AM.


A flag-draped steel beam from the World Trade Center arrives in Indianapolis. This and and a second beam will be the focal points of the Indianapolis 9/11 Memorial being erected beside the White River Canal at 421 West Ohio St. Photos: Indiana Steel Fabricating, Inc.


Two 22-ft-long steel beam sections from the World Trade Center are well on their way to anchoring a new memorial in Indianapolis that will be dedicated on September 11, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York. Greg Hess, an Indianapolis firefighter and paramedic, initiated the campaign 18 months ago to establish the memorial. He and his colleagues in Indiana Task Force 1, a FEMA search and rescue team, spent eight grueling days laboring alongside other rescue workers in New York following the collapse of the towers.


As the beams left the hangar at JFK Airport in New York and traveled to Indiana they were accompanied by a sizable motorcade. Reports documenting the trip include estimates that there were at times more than 11,000 riders stretching over 50 miles. For one look at photos and video of the procession, visit, the website of an Indiana motorcyclists club.  


AISC member Indiana Steel Fabricating, Inc., Indianapolis, received the beams on July 18 and installed  the necessary base plate assemblies. The beams will be erected as two columns at the memorial. A life-size bronze American Bald Eagle will sit atop one of them with its wings outstretched and looking toward New York. 



The thumbnail photo (right) shows the two World Trade Center beams with base plates in place leaving the Indiana Steel Fabricating facility. (Click on thumbnail to view a larger image)


The beams will be on display at the Indiana State Fair beginning today through August 19. The fair opens today at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds on the north side of the city.


You can see a rendering of the artist’s intent on the project website, A video clip of the July 21 groundbreaking as reported by WISH-TV is also available on the website (select “In the News.”)

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