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Webinar to Highlight Joint Specification Changes
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 4, 2011 at 10:02 AM.

The Steel Joist Institute is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, August 17 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) that explores changes in SJI’s 2010 Specification including the K-Series, LH/DLH - Series, Joist Girders and Code of Standard Practice (COSP). The 43rd Edition of SJI’s Specification is available for free downloading at


This webinar is intended for structural engineers, engineering managers or supervisors responsible for the design or qualification of building structures and structural components subjected to gravity and lateral loading. You can earn up to 0.15 CEUs or 15 PDHs for attending.


Complete registration details can be found on SJI’s webinar registration page, here.

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Winners Announced in Steel Design Student Competition
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 3, 2011 at 8:58 AM.


Igor Bialorucki, a student at Warsaw University of Technology/University of Detroit Mercy, and Yekaterina Artemchuk of McGill University have been awarded first place in the 2010-2011 Steel Design Student Competition. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program challenges students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel as the primary structural material in design and construction.


This year’s competition had two entry categories. The first challenged entrants to develop a program for a homeless assistance center that would act as a bridge to preparing residents for re-entrance into society, and to execute the program by designing a facility on an urban site of the student and/or faculty advisor’s choosing. The second category was an Open category, which allowed students to design any building type with the goal of maximizing flexibility.


To view the award-winning designs on the ACSA website go to


For more information on the ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition, go to

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Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM.

If you ever need construction plans or architectural drawings on deadline, Brian Burke says he’ll make them for you. Burke’s allows construction managers, contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers and others to submit electronic files to the company’s website or email address ( and receive the plans in the mail the next day.


“We can produce oversized (up to 36 in. x 48 in.) high quality documents working from industry standard .tif, .pdf and .dwf files, using the same high-end equipment and processes we use in the reprographics business,” says Burke. is an outgrowth of his reprographics business based in Waterbury, Conn.


For more information, visit the company’s website at

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Rick Kuhn Joins AISC
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM.

rickkuhn-maypic-may21-11_300.jpgAISC has named Rick Kuhn its new Texas Area Marketing Representative. With more than 20 years of business experience in the construction market, Kuhn will focus on communicating the benefits of structural steel for building construction to architects, engineers, general contractors, project owners, and developers throughout Texas. He will work out of Sugar Land, Texas, while serving the entire state.


Previously, Kuhn directed the operational and marketing activities of PKM Steel Services, Inc., a full service fabrication company in Salina, Kansas.


For more information, see AISC’s press release here.

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