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NASCC Technology Sessions Look into the Future
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM.

For the second consecutive year, NASCC: The Steel Conference provides a glimpse into the future of technology in steel construction with the Technology in Steel Construction Conference (TSCC). This special track features nine informative sessions that focus on advanced technology use throughout the steel construction industry, from various topics on building information modeling (BIM) to interoperability.


TSCC sessions are part of the more than 100 top-notch educational sessions being offered at The Steel Conference in St. Louis, April 17-19 at America’s Center Convention Complex. Admittance to all TSCC sessions is included with conference registration.


Here’s a quick look at this year’s TSCC sessions for steel design and construction professionals:


T1: Leveraging Technology to Improve Project Communication (Wednesday, 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
T2: IFC - Interoperability for Construction? A Practical Take for the Steel Industry (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
T3: Risk and Model Hand-Offs (Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
T4: Next Generation Approval: Using BIM for the Shop Drawing Review and Approval Process (Thursday, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
T5: Bridging the Gap from Design to Fabrication (Thursday, 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)
T6: The True Benefit of BIM for the Structural Engineer and the Pivotal Role They Play in the BIM Process (Thursday, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
T7: What Does it Mean to Be a BIM Coordinator? (Thursday, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)
T8: Steel Procurement in the 21st Century: Current Best Practices and Future Possibilities (Friday, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
T9: Laser Scanning and Steel Construction (Friday, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)



More information on this year’s TSCC sessions at The Steel Conference can be found in the Advance Program (pages 29-31). For more information about the conference and to register, visit











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New NIBS Journal Seeks BIM Articles
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM.

The buildingSMART alliance, a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), is seeking BIM articles for the first issue of its new publication, the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Articles are due by April 1, 2013.


Beginning with the June 2013 issue, the new publication will be published six times a year with two of those issues focusing on BIM (June and December), which replaces the institute’s National BIM Standard publication, the Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM). The remaining issues will focus on other segments of building sciences including building enclosure design, hazard mitigation and risk assessment and advanced and high-performance materials.


At this time, articles are being sought for the June “JBIM Edition” and should focus on one of the following areas:

  • Expanding thought, critical need or new capability
  • BIM case studies/best business practices
  • Economics/ROI
  • Lifecycle/Technology Spotlight
  • Training and education


If you’re interesting in contributing to the June issue, please click here for submission information.


All article submissions and inquiries related to content should be sent to Dana K. “Deke” Smith, FAIA, at the National Institute of Building Sciences (email:

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Steel Shots: Steel Rises at 3 WTC
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

Steel is rising at 3 World Trade Center, a phased skyscraper project with seven stories being built now and the remaining 73 floors going up after leases have been ensured. When complete, it will be the third-tallest building at the new WTC complex and will consist of a number of progressive collapse features, including a reinforced concrete core, architectural bracing and horizontal truss and reduced beam section (RBS) steel moment connections — and will be clad in an external structural steel frame. The steel fabricator for the project is Owen Steel Company (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator). Photo: Jacinda Collins, AISC


Three World Trade Center is a bold design by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers. Expected to rise to 80 stories by 2015, the tower will include 2.8 million sq. ft of office space spread across 53 floors and five trading floors, and will also have five levels of retail at and below grade. (View renderings of 3 WTC.)  


The tower will consist of a reinforced concrete core with a steel structure outside the core, and will be clad in an external structural steel frame. Its safety systems will exceed New York City building code and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey requirements, and it will seek to achieve the LEED Gold standard for energy efficiency, according to the World Trade Center website.   


Owen Steel Company (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator) is the steel fabricator for the project and WSP Cantor Seinuk is the engineer of record.


The tower will be situated at the center of the various buildings around the 9/11 Memorial. The original 3 World Trade Center, a Marriott hotel, was destroyed during the collapse of the twin towers.


For more information and updates on 3 WTC and the new World Trade Center complex, visit

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Students Explore Engineering Careers at Atlas Tube Event
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM.

dfi-atlas-tube-student-day-12-2.jpgAtlas Tube (an AISC member), a division of JMC Steel Group, along with the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), hosted its annual Student Day last week at its Chicago manufacturing mill. Nearly 100 undergraduate engineering students from Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Chicago gathered at the mill for educational presentations and an inside look at steel manufacturing.


The event featured presentations by industry professionals on various civil and geotechnical engineering topics including steel chemistries, hollow structural sections (HSS), pipe piles and geotechnical engineering. Students were also able to network with the speakers and distribute their resumes for career and internship opportunities at JMC Steel Group and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). They also received a facility tour to see how 2,400 tons of steel is manufactured at Atlas Tube per day, with first-hand views of various structural steel shapes in production.


“With events like Student Day, and other educational initiatives geared toward the next generation of workers, we help to secure our industry’s future and equip engineering undergrads with the knowledge and skills they need to seamlessly integrate into the workforce,” said Chris Ragan, product manager of pipe and piling products for Atlas Tube. “Atlas Tube and JMC Steel Group are deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of professionals in our industry.”


For more information about Atlas Tube, visit


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Win Free NASCC Registration with Social Media!
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM.

How would you like to win free admission to the more than 100 top-notch educational sessions and 200 state-of-the-art exhibits at this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference? AISC is giving away 14 complimentary full registration passes (each worth $470) to the conference — the premier educational and networking event for those involved in the design and construction of fabricated steel buildings and bridges — which is taking place in St. Louis April 17-19, at America’s Center Convention Complex. Simply join AISC’s Facebook and Twitter pages and answer NASCC trivia questions for a chance to win!


Each day from March 7-20, AISC will post a NASCC-related trivia question to its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages at exactly 7 p.m. CST. The first person to email (not post or tweet!) the correct answer to will receive a complimentary full registration to the conference, which includes admission to all technical sessions, the exhibition hall and Welcome Reception, keynote address and the T.R. Higgins Award Lecture. It also includes admission to all Structural Stability Research Council sessions, all Technology in Steel Construction Conference sessions and the full Bridge Track.


Rules and how to enter:


  • In your email submission to, you must include: your first and last name, your answer to the trivia question and a link to either your Twitter handle or Facebook profile page. If one of these social media profiles is not listed, you are rendered ineligible, even if you answered the question correctly.


  • You must “like” AISC’s Facebook page or follow @AISC on Twitter to be eligible for the contest.

  • If you are the first person to correctly answer the question, you will be contacted the following business day and your mailing address will be requested.

  • The answer to the question will be posted to AISC’s social media pages the following day with the winner’s name. You may win the contest only one time.


  • Complimentary registration for the conference does not include travel or hotel expenses, or admittance to the short courses, tours, boxed lunches or the Conference Dinner: A Night at City Museum. Attendees may register for these events for an additional cost through the registration website at


  • The complimentary registration certificate is non-transferable and cannot be used to credit attendees who are already registered for the conference. No refunds will be given.


For questions about the contest or entry process, please contact AISC’s Victoria Cservenyak at For more information about The Steel Conference, visit

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Gerdau Employees Win at Global Steel Competition
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM.

Richard Zhang and Kyle Cormier, both employees of Gerdau (an AISC member), were named industry champions for the North America region and won second place overall in the World Steel Association’s 7th annual Virtual Steelmaking Challenge, which took place late last month in Brussels, Belgium. 


“On behalf of the Gerdau team, congratulations to the participants for a job well done,” said Guilherme C. Gerdau Johannpeter, president of Gerdau’s North American long steel division.


Along with two teammates from Brazil, Zhang and Cormier competed with more than 1,000 teams to earn a spot in the competition. Their task was to refine an order of construction steel grade, which is used in earth-moving equipment. Contestants were allotted two-and-a-half hours to produce the requested steel at minimum cost, and the Gerdau team computed a final cost of $29.51 per ton.


Alexey Mordashov, chairman of the World Steel Association and chief executive officer of Severstal JSC, presented the trophies and certificates to the winners. “I am delighted to meet ‘the next generation of Bessemers’ here today,” said Mordashov. “The future of the steel industry lies in the areas of innovation and high-technology development, which will be driven forward by the winners today. The steel industry offers great career opportunities for those who wish to help society to meet its future sustainability challenges.”



Photo: Zhang and Cormier, pictured with Mordashov, during the Grand Final of the 7th Virtual Steelmaking Challenge, organized by the World Steel Association. Credit: Bernal Revert







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Registration Deadline for Student Design Competition: This Wednesday
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM.

pages-from-12-13_aisc_program_sitn.jpgAttention faculty: It’s not too late to register your student team for the 13th annual Steel Design Student Competition. Individual students or teams participating in this year’s competition are required to have a faculty sponsor, who must fill out the registration form by this Wednesday, March 6; registration information may be modified until submission of the final project (due by May 29). There is no fee to enter. Register for the competition here.


Sponsored by AISC and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the program challenges architecture students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. A total of $14,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning students and their faculty sponsors. Two categories of competition are being offered again this year, and there are three possible cash prizes in each category.


This year’s Category I competition challenges students to design a pedestrian bridge that will enrich its location and provide a vital spatial connection. The bridge, in this instance, must also include an ancillary function - a small pavilion - that supports the cause for the crossing. Category II provides an open design option.


Steel should be used as the primary structural material for entries in either category, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. The design also should include at least one space that requires a long-span steel structure.


Learn more about the 2012-2013 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition on the competition website at
, where links also are available to the full competition program including registration and all the rules and guidelines.


View last year’s winning designs on AISC’s website.

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Steel Shots: Steel Work Complete at Whitney Museum
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM.


The steel silhouette of the future Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan, viewed from NYC’s High Line last December. Banker Steel Company (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator) is the steel fabricator for the new 200,000-sq.-ft building, which will open to the public in 2015. Photo: Timothy Schenck


The new Whitney Museum of American Art, currently under construction near downtown Manhattan, reached a major milestone late last year: the final steel beam was installed on top of the nine-story structure.


whitneymuseum_topping-out-tree-copy.jpgDuring the topping out ceremony, Turner Construction employees (the general contractor) and Ironworkers Local 40 and city officials joined museum staff to celebrate the completion of the project’s steel framework. The building’s highest steel beam was signed and, following steel construction tradition, topped with an evergreen tree and an American flag before being hoisted to the top of the structure.


Banker Steel Company (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator) is the steel fabricator for the new 200,000-sq.-ft building, and the architect is Renzo Piano.



Situated between NYC’s High Line and the Hudson River, the new building will vastly increase the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, providing the first comprehensive view of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art. It will include approximately 50,000 sq. ft of galleries and 13,000 sq. ft of roof top exhibition space. It will also have stunning, unobstructed views to the west. (Rendering: Image courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners)


You can keep up on the Whitney’s construction progress via a webcam on the project’s website that sends new images of the museum’s construction every 15 minutes. The website also features a regularly updated time-lapse video of the construction progress, as well as other informational videos about the project including one that documents the installation of a large, structural column that will support the future Whitney’s fifth floor — the largest column-free gallery space in Manhattan.


For more information about the project, visit

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AISC to Offer $135,500 in Student Scholarships
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM.

AISC, in conjunction with several of its structural steel industry partners, is offering $135,500 in scholastic aid for the 2013-2014 academic year. This year’s variety of programs offers opportunities to more students than ever before. For full eligibility requirements and to submit an online application form, visit


“AISC and its members understand the life-changing effects that a little assistance can have on the futures of college students,” commented Nancy Gavlin, AISC’s director of education. “We are pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to receive financial assistance through our Scholarship programs.”


This year’s scholarship programs include:


AISC David B. Ratterman Fast Start Scholarships
Award: $40,000 (multiple scholarships)


Now in its second year, the AISC David B. Ratterman Fast Start Scholarships are for freshmen and sophomore students who either share a permanent residence or are the children of employees at AISC member companies including fabricators, service centers and producers. The program is designed to help students of hardworking employees of steel facilities who want to go to college.


Last year, one applicant, an honors student in need of financial assistance, wrote: “Both of my parents work for an AISC member. The construction field has suffered tremendously over the last few years. [The company] being an AISC member, I believe, has allowed my parents to keep working in this difficult time. The fact that [the company] is an AISC member, means that they work hard, follow procedures, maintain records and put out a high-quality product that they and their customers can be proud of.”


New this year, the Fast Start Scholarships are open to students at two-year colleges in addition to four-year colleges.


AISC Steel Industry Scholarships:


  • AISC Education Foundation Scholarships
    Award: $65,000 (multiple scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each)
    Juniors, seniors and master’s degree students enrolled in civil, architectural or construction engineering or construction management programs at U.S. colleges and universities are eligible.


AISC/Industry Partner Scholarships:


Eligibility requirements vary for these scholarships. Visit for details.


  • AISC/Associated Steel Erectors of Chicago
    Award: 5 x $3,000


  • AISC/Southern Association of Steel Fabricators
    Award: 2 x $2,500


  • AISC/Ohio Structural Steel Association
    Award: 1 x $2,500


  • AISC/Rocky Mountain Steel Construction Association
    Award: 1 x $3,000


  • AISC/Great Lakes Fabricators & Erectors Association
    Award: 1 x $5,000


Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2013. For additional application requirements and to submit an online application form, visit If you have any questions, please contact AISC’s Maria Mnookin at 312.670.5418 or



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