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Got a Minute? (Don’t Blink)
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM.

If you’ve ever wondered how a Girder-Slab project goes together, here’s your chance to check it out. Thirty-two seconds worth of time-lapse photography from an OxBlue cellular webcam in Philadelphia tells the story of how an 11-story extended stay facility went from groundbreaking in December to the first steel delivery in mid-May, then topped out in mid-August. It also shows the progress since then.


To see the current webcam image (not quite live, but updated every few minutes) on the OxBlue website, go to
. To watch the structure go from excavation to 11 stories, click on the “Time-Lapse” button.

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AISC’s New Interoperability Strategy to Move Construction Industry Forward
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM.

What is the ultimate goal of interoperability? Enter project information once and it will be available and usable to every project team member across any software platform used, saving time and money and improving communication and collaboration. What may sound like an unreachable goal is something AISC is working to bring to reality by developing a three-step interoperability strategy to evaluate data exchanges and integrate structural steel information into buildingSMART’s Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), an open and neutral data exchange format that covers multiple disciplines across the construction industry.


This new strategy maintains AISC and the structural steel industry’s leadership in interoperability and ensures that data related to structural steel can be exchanged up and down the supply chain and with other disciplines and trades. Although IFC has yet to address some details of a building’s life cycle, and does not yet cover the depth of data that CIS/2 encompasses, the IFC schema aspires to cover every aspect of design, procurement, manufacture and assembly, and operations and maintenance.


Acknowledging that raising IFC to the level required by the structural steel industry will take time, AISC has adopted a three-part strategy, outlined as follows:

  • Short term: Ensure model data can be exchanged as needed by the structural steel industry, regardless of the nature of the exchange or format used.
  • Medium term: Promote IFC and make the format more accessible and understood by working with buildingSMART, other trade organizations, academia and subject experts.
  • Long term: Facilitate the development and implementation of IFC to satisfy the needs of the structural steel industry.


View AISC’s press release to learn more, available at


Look out for an article in the November issue of MSC where AISC’s Chris Moor discusses the evolution of interoperability, AISC’s new strategy and how it will affect those in the industry.


For more information about interoperability and AISC’s involvement, visit Or contact Chris Moor at 813.401.1594,

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Steel Shots: A Lotta Layers of Steel
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 14, 2011 at 9:56 AM.


135,000 sq. ft of industrial and vast, steel fabricated mezzanines as part of a complex material handling system for Skechers USA in Moreno Valley, Calif. Located in a high seismic risk area, the structure needed to meet the stringent requirements of Seismic Design Category E. The design characteristics of this moment frame system, using joists and joist girders, assured the structural performance at these levels and earned the project a 2011 Design Award by SJI.


The Steel Joist Institute has announced the winners of its 2011 Design Awards, which are presented in three categories. This year’s winners are:


  • Industrial: Wynright Corp. for the construction and installation of 135,000 sq. ft of mezzanines to support the material handling system for Skechers USA’s 1.8 million-sq.-ft warehouse (shown in the above photo) in Moreno Valley, Calif. Valley-Joist West served as the steel joist manufacturer for the project.
  • Non-industrial: Allgaier, Mendenhall, Smith for its work on the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Station and Social Hall in Brunswick, Md. Canam Steel Corp. (AISC member), was the steel joist manufacturer.
  • Unique: Innovative Engineering, Inc. for its work on the solar panels over the top of the Bergen County Parking Garage in Bergen County, N.J. Canam Steel Corp. also served as the steel joist manufacturer.


Projects were judged based on flexibility, speed of construction, value and aesthetic considerations. The three winning companies each received a $2,000 scholarship in their name to a school of their choice. Honorable mentions also were recognized in each category.


To see photos and learn more about the 2011 award winning projects, visit the SJI website at

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Manufacturing on the Frontline
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM.


If you’re planning to attend FABTECH 2011 in Chicago, Nov. 14-17, here’s a free, open session you’ll want to set a reminder for in your schedule. A panel of leading industry executives will discuss the current state of manufacturing, its role in economic recovery and how this affects you. Attendees will be able to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the opportunities, challenges and emerging trends that face the industry.


Titled, “State of the Industry: Executive Outlook,” the industry panel is scheduled for the first day of FABTECH, Monday, Nov. 14 from 12:30 pm -1:30 pm in the FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse.


Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), will lead the panel in discussion. Featured speakers include Tim McCaughey, president and CEO, Schuler; Rolf Biekert, president and CEO, TRUMPF; John M. Stropki, president and CEO, Lincoln Electric; and David Lazzeri, president, DuPont Powder Coatings America.


“Almost nothing is the same as it was 10 years ago,” said Kuehl. “Old manufacturing techniques have been replaced by technology and automation; products have become more sophisticated as the technology advanced. The question is, have we learned from the past, and what can we expect, going forward?”


The complete conference schedule can be viewed at
. For more information about the conference, visit

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Free BIM Integration Tool from CSC
Posted by Tom Klemens on October 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM.

csc-revit-integrator.jpgStructural software developer CSC has released its new Revit Integrator. The free downloadable tool enables structural engineers and technicians to synchronize models between Autodesk Revit Structure and CSC’s steel building design software, Fastrak, and concrete building design software, Orion.


With Revit Integrator engineers can filter groups of structural objects, ignore geometrical changes, communicate end forces, openings and stiffeners, and intelligently map family types between modeling systems. It also highlights what’s been added, changed or deleted during synchronization, thus enabling engineers to react to changes quickly and reduce the risk of errors.


CSC’s Revit Integrator is compatible with Revit Structure 2011 and 2012 and can be seen at this year’s Autodesk’s University in Las Vegas on November 29 – December 1. The free download is available at (select the “Structural BIM” tab). 


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2011-2012 AISC Scholarship & Fellowship Winners Announced
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 11, 2011 at 9:34 AM.

AISC, in conjunction with associations within the structural steel industry, awarded $83,000 in scholarships and fellowships to 27 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to these organizations for their generous continued support of our student programs.


Congratulations to the following students for their well-deserved scholarship and fellowship awards for the upcoming school year.


AISC Education Foundation

$5,000 Awards
Eric Grusenmeyer, Kansas State University
Temple Richardson, University of Kansas
Diana Louie, Stanford University
Paul Zheng, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Quinn Peck, Santa Clara University
Daniel Shin, Washington State University
Jeff Svatora, University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha
Stephen Kilber, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology


$3,000 Award

Galen Reed, Northwestern University


$2,500 Awards

Scott Darling, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Steve Kane, Villanova University


$2,000 Award
Elizabeth Rehwoldt, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


AISC/Southern Association of Steel Fabricators - $2,500 ea. 

Roger Mock, Georgia Institute of Technology

Aaron Thomas, University of Kentucky


AISC/Associated Steel Erectors of Chicago - $3,000 ea. 

Robert Firman, Purdue University

Derek Marucci, Trine University

Jeffrey Meissner, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Elizabeth Rehwoldt, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ben Zobrist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


AISC/Great Lakes Fabricators & Erectors Association - $5,000

Lauren Hickey, University of Michigan


AISC/W&W Steel Oklahoma State University - $5,000
Ricardo Montoya, Oklahoma State University


Indiana Fabricators Association - $500 ea.

Katelyn Bochnowski, Purdue University

Alan Crague, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Michelle Jarzynka Roy, Valparaiso University

Ben Lauletta, Trine University
Jonathan Pfrommer, University of Notre Dame
Susan Smith, University of Evansville


For more information about the awards and other student programs offered by AISC, visit

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ATC Seeks ‘Project Manager’
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) is seeking an experienced full-time structural engineering professional to manage projects in its Redwood City, Calif., office. Responsibilities include:

  • supervision and management of project personnel;
  • report review and technical writing;
  • technical proposal development;
  • supervision and execution of quality control of ATC product and report development activities;
  • communication of information on ATC products and events, including presentations at technical meetings and conferences.


Qualifications for the position include: postgraduate degree(s) in civil or structural engineering and/or a professional license as a Civil or Structural Engineer; five or more years of design or research experience in earthquake or structural engineering; demonstrated leadership skills and experience.


For additional qualifications and desired expertise for the position, a complete job description and instructions for submitting an application are available on the ATC website at


Salary for the position is negotiable and will be commensurate with qualifications and prior experience. The closing date for this position is November 30, 2011.

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Steel Shots: A Symbol of Strength and Hope
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM.


This photo shows the new 4 WTC being constructed on the southeast corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. The original 4 WTC was demolished after being damaged beyond repair in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The flag is a symbol for strength and hope in the freedom of the U.S. Photo and description by Jennifer Hardyniec.


This photo by Jennifer Hardyniec, a first-year structural engineering graduate student at Virginia Tech, received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 AISC Student Photo Contest. Hardyniec captured this image of the steel erection at the construction site of the new 4 WTC on the southeast corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site. Her ground view of the rising tower and the American flag gleaming in sunlight is representative of strength and hope in the U.S. as the World Trade Center rebuilds.


According to, 4 WTC will face directly onto the World Trade Center Memorial Park to the west. Rising to 977 ft from street level to 72 stories, it will be the fourth tallest skyscraper on the WTC site. The tower is intended to assume a quiet but dignified presence at the site while also serving to enliven the immediate urban environment as part of the redevelopment efforts of downtown New York.


4 WTC is one of four skyscrapers envisioned for the site as well as a transportation hub, a museum, and a memorial that opened on the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. The memorial is complete with reflecting pools and the victims’ names engraved in bronze parapets, set above the footprints of the fallen towers.


For more information on the World Trade Center’s construction progress, visit

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Video History of the Huey P. Long Bridge
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM.

When it opened in 1935, the Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans was the first Mississippi River crossing for both railroad cars and automobiles, and, at the time, was the longest railroad bridge in the world. A new video tells the story of the Huey P. Bridge in just five minutes and you can view it on YouTube at


Now, 75 years later, the bridge has undergone a major expansion that 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 bridge is now in its final phase of construction. The entire project will be complete in 2013.


The video history of the Huey P. Bridge is one of several videos featured on the “Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project” channel on YouTube. You can also view time-lapse videos of the bridge’s three Big Lifts and other informational videos about the project by visiting


To learn more about the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project, visit and take a look back at one of our previous news posts commemorating Huey P.’s Topping Out at

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SteelDay Webinar Available Online
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM.


As part of SteelDay 2011, AISC offered a live online presentation on “Practical Steel Metallurgy for the Structural Steel User,” presented by Doug Rees-Evans of Steel Dynamics, Inc. If you were out at a SteelDay event on September 23 or just couldn’t make the webinar — don’t fret! A recording of the presentation is now available for free online viewing on the AISC website at


Structural engineers, architects, fabricators and others in the steel construction industry will learn valuable information about the properties of steel and how they affect steel behavior. The presentation provides practical information on steel metallurgy and addresses common questions such as:


  • Iron and Steel: What is the difference?   
  • How can a steel mill control chemistry? Isn’t the chemistry dependent upon what scrap is used?
  • Why are there multiple grades of steel?
  • What is the basis of a Mill Test Report?


Registrants can download the presentation slides prior to viewing the webinar and will receive complete instructions for accessing the webinar on the AISC website at


Upon completing the webinar, you can earn CEUs/PDHs by passing an online quiz available at no charge through the AISC Bookstore at


Learn more about AISC webinars and upcoming live presentations at

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