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AISC 206-13 Standard for Structural Steel Erectors Available for Public Review
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM.

AISC 206-13, a quality management system standard for structural steel erectors, is now available for public review. This document provides guidance for structural steel erectors in establishing and maintaining quality management and safety management systems.


The draft standard is available for review by downloading the document from the public review page, A paper copy of the standard can also be requested for a fee of $15 by contacting Janet Cummins at 312.670.5411 or by e-mailing


Submit comments using the online comment form at


All comments are due by March 4, 2013.


For downloading problems, contact:


Keith A. Grubb, P.E., S.E.
American Institute of Steel Construction
1 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601

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Transbay Transit Center Construction Update
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM.

Massive underground construction work is underway at the Transbay Transit Center site in downtown San Francisco.


A recent article published in the San Francisco Chronicle shows a worker welding the struts about 65 ft under ground during excavation to build the new Transbay Terminal site. Rows of enormous hollow steel sections (HSS) are layered above at 15-ft intervals, each horizontal section braced between concrete walls that reach 110 ft below sea level.


In order to make way for the new transportation hub — which will be about a quarter-mile long and 70 ft high — the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) needed to demolish the former Transbay Terminal facility and bus ramps and relocate utilities in the project area. Demolition activities are complete and the foundation work will continue through early 2014, after which the construction of the aboveground superstructure will commence.


Known as the “Grand Central Station of the West,” the Transbay Transit Center will connect eight Bay Area counties and 11 transit systems, including future high-speed rail. In addition, a new neighborhood with homes, offices, parks and shops will be built surrounding the new Transit Center. More than 125,000 jobs will be created by the project.


The $4.2 billion project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.


transbay-transit-center-video.jpgYou can learn more about the Transbay Transit Center at The project website features photos, construction updates and live webcams, as well as interactive tours and videos. (Click on the left image to link directly to an informational video about the project.)






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AISC Launches New Facebook and Twitter Pages
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM.

AISC is now officially on Facebook and Twitter! The social media sites will be used to provide up-to-date information on AISC and industry-related happenings, as well as opportunities for instant communication and networking with the steel design and construction community as well as the general public.


“These pages are not only a great place to follow what’s happening with AISC, but also to learn about interesting events in the steel design community and construction industry,” explained Scott Melnick, an AISC vice president (tweet him at @scottmelnick).


AISC’s official Facebook and Twitter pages will feature the latest AISC news and event updates, member benefits and announcements, public contests and more. In addition, they’ll provide an open forum for interaction and discussion with engineers, architects, general contractors, steel fabricators and producers, owners, students, educators and others involved in the structural steel industry.


facebook-icon.pngAISC’s official Facebook page can be found at Simply “Like” the page to join. (This page was formerly called the AISC University Relations page.) The new page expands the offerings and provides a broader range of AISC information. Those who have already joined the page will still receive consistent updates for faculty and students and do not need to re-join the page.


twitter-icon.pngYou can follow AISC on Twitter ( at its new official handle: @AISCdotORG. (Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions for AISC’s new Twitter handle!)


Can’t get enough industry-related information? You can also follow AISC’s other social media pages to stay up to date on everything steel design and construction for buildings and bridges:


  • Follow MSC (that’s us!) on Twitter @ModernSteel.
  • Follow the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), AISC’s bridge division, on Twitter, @SteelBridges.
  • Join AISC’s LinkedIn ( group under American Institute of Steel Construction.
  • Receive the latest updates on SteelDay (, the structural steel industry’s largest networking and educational event for the design and construction community and the public, by following @SteelDay on Twitter and liking SteelDay’s page on Facebook. The fifth annual SteelDay will take place October 4, 2013.


AISC will continue to use its website as its primary online presence. Members and others should refer to for detailed information and service-related questions. If you need technical assistance, innovative solutions or tools for your next project, AISC’s Steel Solutions Center is your go-to resource for the latest structural steel information. To learn more and contact the Steel Solutions Center, visit or call 866.ASK.AISC (866.275.2472).


For questions, comments or feedback on AISC’s new Facebook and Twitter pages, please contact AISC’s Victoria Cservenyak at

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SSMA Funds $100,000 for Cold-Formed Steel Framing Research
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM.

The Steel Stud Manufacturers Association (SSMA) recently announced that they will fund $100,000 this year for industry research. SSMA will contribute to the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) cold-formed steel framing projects including their codes, standards and technology implementation program.


SSMA is co-funding research projects identified to be critical by the industry including fire rated intersections, clip-angle connections and blast resistant cold-formed steel-framed walls, and the adoption of cold-formed steel framing in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Standard Number 41, Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings (ASCE 41). The funds will also be used to establish cold-formed steel framing’s sustainability message.


“SSMA’s commitment to the industry’s quest to remove the barriers has never been stronger,” said SSMA technical director Rahim Zadeh, P.E. “Partnering with AISI to explore opportunities and actively participate in codes and standards is vital to keep steel framing competitive with alternative materials.”


For more information on SSMA, visit To learn more about AISI, visit

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Atlas Tube Launches HSS Online Community Forum
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM.

Atlas Tube (an AISC member), a division of JMC Steel Group, recently announced the launch of Atlas Connection, the company’s free online forum for designers, engineers and other professionals who work with hollow structural sections (HSS).


Atlas Connection provides helpful information and support for professionals involved in the design and specification of HSS. By joining the online forum, designers and engineers can find the answers they need for specific questions and participate in peer-to-peer exchange of relevant product information, customer support and supplier information via discussion threads, videos, blogs, how-to’s, case studies and more.


“We look forward to Atlas Connection strengthening customer relationships by helping members gain faster access to relevant information they need,” said Jelani Rucker, director of marketing and business development at JMC Steel Group.


Industry experts including Jeffrey Packer from University of Toronto; Samuel M. Rubenzer, P.E., S.E., for FORSE Consulting, LLC; Brad Fletcher, structural engineer at Atlas Tube; and others will be available to answer questions on Atlas Connection as well as lead online Q&A sessions and respond to individual questions within specific threads. Forum members can also contribute HSS design ideas, best practices and support information, as well as stay up to speed with news feeds and social media while sharing videos, images and documents with others.


Atlas Connection is monitored and secure, and registration is free. For more information and to sign up, visit

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Steel Shots: World’s Tallest Modular Building Breaks Ground
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM.


A steel-framed modular unit for one of the two B2 high-rise residential towers during groundbreaking in December 2012. Photo: Jacinda Collins, AISC


Following the successful completion of the Barclays Center — home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets — Banker Steel (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator) is partnering with Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Skanska on the construction of the B2 prefabricated steel tower at the Atlantic Yards development site in Brooklyn, N.Y.


At 32 stories, B2 will be the world’s tallest modular high-rise building and is one of 15 planned at the $4.9 billion, 22-acre Atlantic Yards site. The structure will be comprised of 4,000 sq. ft of retail space as well as 362 residential units, of which almost 50% will be priced as affordable housing for low-to-middle income residents.


“The modular construction that will be used for B2 has the potential to really change the way cities are built,” said New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.


With approximately 60% of construction being completed off-site and under-roof, it is estimated that B2 will weigh almost half as much as a traditional steel building, cost 30% less to build and take significantly less time to complete, according to Banker Steel. In addition to requiring less labor, material and erection time, this process will be safer, cause minimal disruption to the surrounding neighborhoods during construction and be environmentally friendly — estimated to reduce construction-site waste by as much as 90%.


“The immense precision and detail that we’ve put into engineering and building these modules has created a universal concept that will allow high-rise buildings to be completed in a time frame unrealized by conventional methods,” said Don Banker, chief executive officer and owner of Banker Steel. “This design concept, exemplified by the B2 Towers, will ultimately change how we view and build residential and commercial buildings.”


Banker Steel has expanded one if its Lynchburg, Va. facilities by an additional 45,000 sq. ft to create a purpose built workshop that is solely dedicated to the fabrication of these modules. With full production set to begin in early 2013, Banker Steel is also looking to hire 50 new employees to meet initial demand, with the possibility of further hires later in the year.


B2 is expected to be available for occupancy in the summer of 2014.

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Last Chance to Register: ‘Night School’ Begins Jan. 14
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM.

night_school_lg.jpgThere’s still time to register for “Night School,” AISC’s new evening curriculum of online courses on relevant structural steel design and construction topics. The first course begins on Monday, January 14, so don’t delay! Register now at


The first course focuses on “Fundamentals of Connection Design” and will be presented by Thomas M. Murray, P.E., Ph.D., emeritus professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va. Murray is a renowned specialist in structural steel research and design. He received AISC’s prestigious Geerhard Haaijer Award for Excellence in Education in 2010 and an AISC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.


The first course consists of eight 1.5-hour webinar sessions, all beginning at 7 p.m. (EST):


  •     Session 1: January 14 – Fundamental Concepts, Part I
  •     Session 2: January 28 – Fundamental Concepts, Part II
  •     Session 3: February 4 – Shear Connections, Part I
  •     Session 4: February 11 – Shear Connections, Part II
  •     Session 5: February 25 – Moment Connections, Part I
  •     Session 6: March 4 – Moment Connections, Part II
  •     Session 7: March 11 – Moment Connections, Part III
  •     Session 8: March 18 – Bracing Connections


Attendees can register for the course in two ways: register for the entire eight-session package and view the webinars live or recorded, one attendee per connection, earning up to 12 PDHs (1.5 PDHs per session attended) and 1 “EEU” certificate upon passing a series of eight quizzes and a final exam; or, sign up for individual webinars to view live only, with an unlimited number of attendees per connection, and earn 1.5 PDHs per webinar.


For detailed information about the program and to register, go to

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Latest Version of Advance Steel 3D Software Now Available
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM.

GRAITEC has released the 2013 version of its Advance Steel 3D structural steel detailing software for automating drawing production.



Advance Steel enables structural engineers, detailers and other steel professionals to build or import a 3D model and automatically generate drawings, bill of materials files and numerical control (NC) files. The software also allows users to communicate information in the digital model to all project stakeholders.


Independent of the AutoCAD platform since last year’s version, Advance Steel has improved its ergonomics and ease-of-use by providing a new user interface element — the “palette”– which contains animated buttons and tooltips. It also offers direct access to workshop drawings with a simple right-click in the model, as well as improved capabilities for working with joint groups.


In addition, the new version features the ability to create custom connections allowing users to define, store and reuse custom connections in their projects. It has also added new connections for cold rolled profiles (anti-sag and tie rod systems, trimmer cleats and eaves beam connections) for faster and more efficient drawing creation.


Advance Steel accelerates the design phase (single or multi-user mode) by offering an extensive library of smart objects, automatic joints and specific tools for creating standard structures, stairs, railing and miscellaneous steelwork. It is part of the GRAITEC structural BIM solution, automating the entire structural design process from engineering design to detailing and fabrication.


For more information about Advance Steel 2013, visit

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AISC Member COO to Host Weekly Radio Show
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 8, 2013 at 5:59 PM.

An interview about last year’s SteelDay led a Kansas radio station to create a new weekly show hosted by Mark Hamade, chief operating officer of PKM Steel Service, Inc., an AISC Member/AISC Certified Fabricator in Salina, Kan.


on-the-mark-banner1-04-2.jpgCalled “On the Mark with Mark Hamade,” (click on the image to enlarge the logo) the show will air at 5:30 p.m. (CST) on Wednesdays beginning February 6 on 95.5 FM The Rock, according to an article published in the Salina Journal.


According to the article, the show will include business segments with local and regional professionals and address topics in management and leadership. In addition, the program will provide opportunities for listeners to use online social media to send in questions, as well as time for Hamade to discuss his own approaches to business and life.


“Whether you’re the CEO of a major organization, a small business owner, a foreman on a job site or a third-shift lineman, this program will speak to you and help move you closer to both your personal and professional goals,” said Morgan Lillich, lead business development executive for 95.5 FM.


Added Hamade, “This can help just about anybody. The show is about business, but what makes you successful in business can also make you successful in life.”


In addition to broadcasting the show, the radio station will stream the program online through its website,, and offer previous shows online as podcasts.


Last year’s SteelDay event at PKM Steel drew in about 2,500 people and included tours of PKM’s facilities and more than 100 vendor booths on site. In addition, it featured several entrepreneurial speakers including Nolan Bushnell, founder of the Atari Corporation. You can find AISC’s interview with Bushnell in our previous news post, here. And mark your calendars! This year’s national SteelDay is scheduled for October 4, 2013.

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Second Edition Seismic Design Manual Now Available
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM.

seismic2nd_cover_photo.jpgThe Seismic Design Manual is now available in its second edition from AISC. This new edition contains hundreds of pages of comprehensive design examples, including connections, updated for the 2010 AISC Seismic Provisions.


“The Seismic Design Manual provides the industry with a practical resource for application of the design requirements of the 2010 Seismic Provisions,” said Rafael Sabelli, chairman of the AISC Seismic Manual Subcommittee. “In contrast to the Steel Construction Manual, it typically follows a system-design format — examples are organized around the illustration of an entire seismic system, with each example illustrating the design of a representative element. Connection design examples are presented to illustrate some of the range of approaches that designers can take. Thus, the Seismic Design Manual provides the industry with a useful collection of tools for addressing the seismic design of steel structures.”


This new edition also includes:


  • Side-by-side LRFD and ASD design methodologies for design examples
  • A new chapter on analysis
  • More thorough examples on connection design, including panel zone detailing and brace-to-beam/column connection design options
  • Extended discussion and more economical design methodology for collector elements
  • New examples for buckling-restrained braced frames
  • New chapters on composite moment frames and composite braced frames


In addition, the new edition includes two AISC seismic-related standards: the 2010 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 341-10) and the 2010 AISC Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications (with Supplement No. 1) (ANSI/AISC 358-10 and ANSI/AISC 358s1-11).


Added Mark Holland, chairman of the AISC Committee on Manuals, “To produce a useful companion to the 2010 Seismic Provisions, AISC assembled a group of industry experts led by Rafael Sabelli. The result of their hard work will be appreciated by all who use the 2nd Edition Seismic Design Manual.”


The new Seismic Design Manual is available now in hard copy format, and the digital edition will be available on February 1. Either format can be purchased by AISC members for $175 or by non-members for $350. Additionally, both the hard copy of the Seismic Design Manual and digital edition are available for purchase as a set by AISC members for $275 or by non-members for $550. Order online at or via phone by calling 800.644.2400.

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