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New Millennium Expands Steel Deck Operations
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM.

New Millennium (an AISC member), a division of Steel Dynamics, Inc., recently announced the expansion of its metal deck manufacturing operations in Hope, Ark.


The expanded operations add the following production capacities to the South Central region of the U.S.:


  • 36,000 sq. ft of renovated metal deck manufacturing space2-metal-deck-production.jpg
  • The capacity to produce 14 types of metal deck profiles, including F deck and full deck accessories
  • Deck lengths up to 40 ft at 300 ft-per-minute production rates
  • At least five new production hires and related support staffing


“New Millennium is a growing company,” said Chris Graham, New Millennium’s general manager at the Hope facility. “The new deck lines represent our continued investment in progressive structural steel construction both in the South Central U.S. and nationwide.”


The company also has manufacturing and office facilities in Indiana, Virginia, Florida, Nevada and Mexico.


Click here to watch a YouTube video showing New Millennium’s new metal deck production capabilities. For more information about New Millennium, visit

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Call for Papers Extended for 2013 Pacific Structural Steel Conference
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM.

The Singapore Structural Steel Society is accepting abstract submissions for the Pacific Structural Steel Conference (PSSC), to be held in Singapore from October 8-11, 2013, at the Resorts World Sentosa. The deadline to submit abstract submissions has been extended to March 1, 2013.


The conference convenes experts in structural steel research, education and construction from all around the Pacific Rim and beyond to promote cooperation among structural steel associations and communication on development in the field of steel structures in Pacific countries. It has been held every three years since 1986 when the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association organized the inaugural conference.


The theme for PSSC 2013 is “Advancements and Achievements in Structural Steel.” Authors are requested to submit one-page abstracts on structural steel research and design topics by March 1. Authors will be notified of their abstract acceptance by April 1 and will be required to submit a final paper by June 1.


For more information and to submit an abstract online, go to

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Steel Shots: Student Steel Bridge Season Kicks Off
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM.


Student team members from the University of Texas at Arlington hustle to assemble their steel bridge at this year’s first Student Steel Bridge regional competition, held at the University of Texas at El Paso last month. Photos: James Williams


Twelve universities from Texas and Mexico gathered at the University of Texas at El Paso, January 19, to showcase their engineering prowess in the first ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge regional competition of 2013. Now in its 22nd year, the competition convenes engineering students from across North America to build their designed and fabricated steel bridges under the pressure of the clock.



Even at one-tenth the size of a full-scale bridge, the experience is quite comparable to the real thing. Participating students apply engineering principles and theory, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes both performance and economy. They also gain valuable practical experience in structural design, fabrication processes, construction planning, organization, project management and teamwork. (The right photo shows student team members from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in action as they race the clock to construct their bridge during the recent regional competition. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.)


Students’ bridges must be able to withstand 2,500 pounds and show the least deflection (or dip) when the weight is applied, and are judged in the following categories: display, construction speed, stiffness, lightness, construction economy and structural efficiency. The teams with the best combined rankings across all six categories earn overall award recognition.


Throughout the academic year, student teams work for months perfecting the design, fabrication and construction of each bridge. To reach the national event, each team must place among the top schools in one of 18 regional competitions held across the country each spring.


There are plenty of opportunities to attend one of these exciting events! View the schedule of upcoming regional competitions (including host school contact info) on ASCE’s website at (direct link:


The 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition finals will be held May 31-June 1 at the University of Washington in Seattle. Interested in becoming a judge for the national competition? Contact for information.


Learn more about the 2013 SSBC at or

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Free Durability of Steel Bridges Presentation on February 22
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM.

Looking to escape the winter weather this month? Why not head to Miami, where you can also catch a free bridge presentation?


Durability of Existing & Future Steel Bridges,” is being offered by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Florida International University from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EST) at the school’s FIU Engineering Center.


Construction engineers and other bridge professionals will learn about the latest in fatigue design, corrosion barriers to durability and the development of orthotropic steel decks to achieve more than 100 years of service life. The lecture, presented by renowned bridge engineering expert John W. Fisher, Ph.D., professor emeritus of civil engineering at Lehigh University (and the winner of AISC’s Geerhard Haaijer Award for Excellence in Education in 2006), will also provide a brief history of the development of the fatigue design provisions currently used in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and other specs worldwide.


Can’t get away to join in person? That’s ok, the presentation will also be offered as a live webinar.


For more information on this free, in-person presentation or to register for the corresponding webinar, visit

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Last Chance to Enter 2013 IDEAS2 Awards
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM.

bcxxko2caaa4_ei-large.jpgDid you recently work on an innovative steel building project? It’s not too late to enter it in AISC’s 2013 IDEAS2 Awards. The deadline for entries has been extended to tomorrow, February 7. The annual awards program, which has existed for more than seven decades, recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on steel-framed building projects around the country.


The awards recognize all members of the project’s team involved with the structural framing system. This year’s winners will be announced at the 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference in St. Louis, which will be held April 17-19. In addition, awards are presented by AISC to the submitting firms and their fellow project team members at the individual project sites during the summer, and all winning projects will be featured in the May issue of MSC.


Architectural and engineering firms, general contractors, fabricators and owners are encouraged to enter innovative building projects that use wide-flange or hollow structural steel sections for a significant portion of the framing system. Pedestrian bridges entered in the competition must be an intrinsic part of a building, not stand-alone structures. Any member of the project team may submit a project for consideration, and joint submittals from project teams are encouraged.


To be eligible, projects must be located within the U.S. and completed between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2012. If any member of the project team is an AISC member, there is no entry fee. (The entry fee is $150 for non-members.)


For more information about the competition and to submit a project entry, go to


You can view last year’s IDEAS2 award winners in the May 2012 issue of MSC. Or, click here to link directly to a PDF of the article.

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AISC’s Spring Seminar Series: Coming to a City Near You
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM.

This season, become a more informed and efficient structural engineer with AISC’s annual Spring Seminar Series.


No matter what type of building you’re designing, the series is a great opportunity to leverage your professional knowledge with the 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual, apply welding applications for cost-efficient design or delve into design concepts and connections for seismic braced frames – all while learning from masters in these topics, live and in person. This year’s spring seminars will be offered in 12 cities around the U.S. from March to June. Act now and you’ll receive a $50 early registration discount when you register at; the discount is valid until February 22.


This year’s AISC spring seminars include:


2010 Specification and 14th Edition Manual: The Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar


The AISC Steel Construction Manual is a vital resource for building with steel, and you won’t want to miss this full-day seminar discussing important updates featured in its 14th Edition as well as in the 2010 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-10). Located in Part 16 of the Manual, the Specification is the standard that is referenced by building codes and job specifications, and this document is the heart and soul of the information and recommendations provided in the rest of the Manual. The Manual is available for purchase with this seminar for $100 (a $350 value). Earn 0.8 CEUs/8.0 PDHs.


“This is an excellent training seminar on the new Manual at a reasonable price,” commented Tom Croley with Navy Crane Center in Portsmouth, Va., an attendee at one of last spring’s seminars. “The speakers gave informative presentations on the new Manual plus a good review of some steel design topics. Kudos for providing excellent support to the structural steel community and providing the ‘best bang for your buck.’”


Listen to the Steel: Duane Miller on Welding


This seminar covers the full spectrum of welding applications for buildings with topics including special welding applications, cost reduction ideas, seismic welding issues, heavy welding, details of welded connections and fatigue failures. Presented by Duane K. Miller, P.E., Sc.D., a recognized authority on the design and performance of welded connections, each module of the lecture offers specific resolutions to welding issues that you can use to become a more effective engineer. Earn 0.8 CEUs/8.0 PDHs.


“This seminar should be required for every structural engineer,” explained one attendee at a presentation last month. “Duane Miller is on par with the best. He took a very technical subject and made it interesting.”


Seismic Braced Frames – Design Concepts and Connections


In this full-day seminar, you’ll gain a better understanding of member and connection design requirements for braced-frame systems and also examine design examples focusing on: Special Concentrically Braced Frames, Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frames and Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames under seismic loading. The seminar is presented by Rafael Sabelli, S.E., a member of AISC’s Task Committee on the Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings and co-author of AISC Design Guide 20: Steel Plate Shear Walls. Earn 0.8 CEUs/8.0 PDHs.


“Sabelli is very engaging, thorough and knowledgeable in his subject,” commented one attendee at a presentation last month. “Input from his personal experience was appreciated, and the technical and practice portions were balanced well.”


Effective Steel Design with Seismic Considerations


This seminar provides valuable insight on design decisions for low-rise office buildings with seismic considerations and covers important steel design topics such as braced and moment frame configurations and connection type considerations, design for stability, constructability issues, erection tolerances and design rules for economy. As part of the lecture, also presented by Sabelli, a case study of a typical low-rise office building in Seismic Design Category D will be presented and analyzed for effective steel design with seismic considerations. Earn 0.8 CEUs/8.0 PDHs.


Each lecture also provides useful tools and resources including course notes, design examples and AISC publications.


For more information on AISC’s spring seminars, registration details and pricing, visit

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Bill McGuire, Structural Engineering Visionary, Dies at 92
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM.

mcguire-1.jpgWilliam (Bill) McGuire, Ph.D., P.E., professor emeritus at Cornell University, passed away on January 31 at his home, surrounded by family. He was 92 years old.


McGuire had long been recognized as a structural engineering visionary. In addition to his skills as an educator, he had the reputation for looking at how technology may advance in the future and how engineers and society can prepare for it. This foresight won him ASCE’s Norman Medal in 1962 (with G.P. Fisher) for an atomic power plant containment design and led him to write one of the most widely respected textbooks on steel design, Steel Structures, in 1968. In addition, it led to his innovative and groundbreaking work in computer graphics for structural engineering.


In the mid-1970s he foresaw the ability of computers to simulate more completely the behaviors of structures. Almost two decades later in 1992 this foresight was rewarded with AISC’s prestigious T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award for his application of computer graphics to the structural engineering industry. In 2000 he won another of AISC’s highest awards, the Geerhard Haaijer Award for Excellence in Education, for the impact his research and teaching has had on advancing the use of structural steel framing in the construction industry. He was also instrumental in the AISC Committee on Specifications through the early 1990s.


McGuire was born in Staten Island, New York. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University, magna cum laude, in 1942, he served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft maintenance officer on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Fleet. Following World War II, he earned a master’s in structural engineering at Cornell and was then engaged by Jackson & Moreland in Boston as a structural designer of power plants and atomic energy projects.


In 1949 he joined the faculty of Cornell University’s School of Civil Engineering and was named professor emeritus after 40 years of service in 1989. During that time he also spent periods as a visiting faculty member at various universities around the world. His research, teaching and consulting interests were primarily in the area of steel structures, and he had authored or coauthored more than 40 technical and professional papers and texts as well as contributed to numerous monographs and handbooks.


McGuire’s consulting work included the design of special structures and the investigation of a number of structural failures. He had a longtime involvement on behalf of Cornell in the planning, design, upgrading and maintenance of the large radio telescope structure of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He was also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Member of ASCE.


Before his passing he had been gradually working on a video history of Cornell’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department with John F. Abel, Ph.D., P.E., professor emeritus at Cornell, in anticipation of the university’s 150th anniversary in 2015. The video, including interviews with McGuire, after editing will eventually be available online on the eCommons site of the Cornell Library.


You can read more about McGuire’s great contributions to the structural steel industry in the June 2000 issue of MSC. Click here for a PDF of the article.

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Steel Shots: Enter the “Bird’s Beak”
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM.


The exterior of the recent steel-framed expansion for FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., features an instantly recognizable structure: the “bird’s beak” entry. Guests are welcomed into the casino via this steel porte cochere constructed of curved hollow structural steel (HSS) members. Photo: Greg Hughes


The drive along the busy I-94 expressway between Detroit and Chicago is about four hours but can sometimes seem even longer. FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., about halfway between the two cities, hopes to serve as a brief stopping point along the way — and maybe more.


Thanks to a recent expansion, the owners are banking on the idea that the casino will attract visitors from outside of the immediate area by upgrading from a locally focused casino to a true destination resort. The addition includes a 242-room hotel, a bingo hall, a warehouse and more than 20,000 sq. ft of flexible event space.


The most eye-catching element of the steel-framed expansion project, which was fabricated by AISC member Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, Lansing, Mich., is the “bird’s beak” entry. Guests are welcomed into the casino via this steel porte cochere constructed of curved members, all modeled in SDS/2 so that the structure could first be built virtually before being built physically.


You can read more about the expansion project in the February issue of MSC–available now! Click here for a PDF of the article.

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