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bimSMART Summit Heads to Tampa Feb. 28
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM.

The bimSMART Foundation is offering a full day of educational classes and technical presentations on BIM, intended for everyone from the BIM novice to the advanced BIM technician, on February 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida’s Patel Center for Global Solutions in Tampa, Fla.


Presentations include a discussion on NBIMS (the National BIM Standards), the value of BIM to owners and the insured, how to deliver COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) data format and the role it plays in BIM to FM, as well as lessons on BIM implementation from practitioners in the A/E/C/O industry.


AISC is sponsoring the event and AISC Southeast Regional Engineer Gene Martin will be presenting an update on the structural steel industry and its involvement in BIM.


To learn more and to register, visit  

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Construction Industry Pledges to Hire 100,000 Veterans
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM.

In an announcement on Monday at A National Symposium: Veterans’ Employment in Construction, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor and Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez celebrated a broad coalition of construction employers and associations that have collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
Also at the event were representatives of the construction companies making these hiring commitments, veterans who have completed apprenticeships in the construction industry and other leaders in the field.
The construction industry is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, outpacing the steady growth of the economy as a whole and helping to strengthen local communities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that construction is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, with job growth of more than 1.5 million jobs between now and 2022 – an annual growth rate of 2.6%.
More than 80 companies across the country, large and small, are committing their existing training and employment programs to fill new construction jobs with veterans, and executives from several participating companies were present at the event. One of them, Larry L. Melton, a project executive for Bechtel and Marine Corps veteran, said, “Veterans are invaluable to the construction industry. Men and women who serve in the military often have the traits that are so critical to our success: agility, discipline, integrity, and the drive to get the job done right,” said Melton.
Lori Sundberg, senior vice president of human resources at Jacobs, said, “We are pleased to support programs that provide career opportunities for our military veterans. Many of the skills and abilities gained during military training and service are highly transferable to the skills we require to successfully serve our clients around the world.”
Following the announcement, the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service and Employment and Training Administration hosted the Symposium’s three roundtable discussions, which included information on how to access veterans’ employment services that are available at more than 2,600 American Jobs Centers across the country.
Remarks from the event were live-streamed for the public and you can watch the video recording at the U.S. Department of Labor’s YouTube channel (




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Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM.

htnb-004_night-shot_sitn.jpgThe new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge made its public debut on Saturday, with various celebratory events and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and opened to traffic on Sunday.


The 1,500-ft cable-stayed bridge connects Illinois with Missouri over the Mississippi River near downtown St. Louis and is the third longest bridge of its kind in the U.S. The photo at left shows the towers on the Missouri and Illinois sides of the new bridge lit up at night. (Click on the thumbnail image to enlarge.) Photo: Tim Parker Photography, courtesy of HNTB


The $230-million bridge was built to alleviate traffic on the nearby Poplar Street Bridge, which carries Interstates 55, 64 and 70 as well as U.S. 40, and runs between downtown St. Louis and East St. Louis, Ill. I-70 traffic has been rerouted to the new bridge, which accommodates two lanes in each direction, with the ability to expand to three lanes. Construction on the project started in February 2010.


HNTB Corporation, the bridge’s structural engineer, created a design that employed steel anchor boxes inside of the pylons for the stay cable anchorages instead of using formed concrete corbels. The use of steel anchor boxes eliminated the need for complex forming of concrete inside the bridge’s delta-shaped pylon legs. Ultimately, the use of steel saved time, reduced cost, increased accuracy in the tight tolerances of the cable geometry and reduced the amount of post-tensioning needed around the perimeter of the pylon legs.


The project uses 8,000 tons of structural steel in all, which was fabricated by W&W/AFCO Steel (an AISC/NSBA member and AISC Certified fabricator). Tensor Engineering (an AISC/NSBA member) was the project’s steel detailer.   


“The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is a significant and iconic addition to this nation’s infrastructure and to the skyline of St. Louis, and W&W/AFCO Steel takes great pride in witnessing its grand opening,” said Deane Wallace, senior vice president at AFCO Steel. “We appreciate the cooperation of the HNTB design team in helping translate their vision to workable solutions; Massman, Traylor, Alberici, a Joint Venture, planned and labored five years to build this massive structure, and we congratulate them on the success of their great efforts; AFCO Steel spent two years fabricating 8,000 tons of steel to form the strong and elegant backbone of the bridge; MoDOT and ILDOT bring this iconic bridge to the public and we expect them to take great pride in their new Steel Centurion for the next 100 years. The ‘Stan Span’ is truly a ‘Grand Slam!’”


The new bhtnb-010_musial_sitn.jpgridge got its name from a compromise between politicians on both sides of the Mississippi River, who had different ideas for the name of the bridge. The Missouri side wanted to name the bridge after the St. Louis Cardinals’ legendary outfielder and first baseman Stan Musial, who died last year, and the Illinois side wished to honor military veterans. In the end both sides won, and this past summer the bridge was officially named the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (SMVMB). Photo at left: Tim Parker Photography, courtesy of HNTB


You can read more about the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge project from the November 2013 issue of MSC


stan-musial-group-shot.jpgGovernment officials from both Illinois and Missouri came together to celebrate the completion of the new bridge during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Pictured left to right: (bottom row) Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County Executive; Alvin Parks, East St. Louis Mayor; Francis Slay, St. Louis Mayor; Stan Musial Family members; (top row) Dan McLaughlin, St. Louis Cardinals Broadcaster; Jerry Costello, Former Ill. Congressman; William Enyart, Ill. Congressman; Dick Durbin, Ill. U.S. Senator; Pat Quinn, Ill. Governor; Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Jay Nixon, Mo. Governor; Lloyd Carmichael, MoDOT Commissioner; Claire Mckauskill, Mo. U.S. Senator; Wm. Lacy Clay, Mo. Congressman; Ann Wagner, Mo. Congresswoman. Photo: Tim Parker Photography, courtesy of HNTB



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Live AISC Reinforced Steel Members Webinar this Thursday
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM.

AISC will host a live webinar, “Design of Reinforced Steel Members Part II,” this Thursday, February 13. The webinar is a continuation of AISC’s presentation last November on “Design of Reinforcement for Steel Members.” (The recording is available for online viewing.)


The presentation will discuss topics which affect the strength and serviceability of reinforced steel members. Deflection of beams with pre-load will be discussed briefly, and further information on the design of built-up columns will be provided. Other topics include: weld design, including the calculation of weld strength for built-up columns; how intermittent welds affect the section properties of a built-up member; local buckling, including the effect of stitch welds on the local buckling of plates. An example problem will be used to illustrate some of the design principles for a composite beam with reinforcement at the tension flange.


The 1.5-hour webinar will begin at the following times, relative to time zone:
10:30 a.m. PST
11:30 a.m. MST
12:30 p.m. CST
1:30 p.m. EST
The cost of the webinar is $185 for AISC members, $285 for non-members and $155 for students and educators. (Fees are based on a per-site connection basis. Purchase one site connection and any number of members in your company or organization may view the webinar at that site connection. All attendees are eligible to receive CEUs/PDHs.)
Registrants will receive access to a PDF file of the presentation slides prior to the webinar, CEU/PDH certificates for all attendees upon completion of the live webinar (0.15 CEUs/1.5 PDHs) and complete instructions for accessing the live webinar.
To register for the live webinar and to learn more about other upcoming AISC webinars, visit

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Steel Shots: Keep on Rolling
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM.


One step in the steelmaking process at Nucor-Yamato Steel’s (NYS) mill in Blytheville, Ark. Photo: AISC


Late last year, Nucor-Yamato Steel’s (NYS) mill in Blytheville, Ark., (an AISC member) reached a significant milestone: a quarter-century of operation.


Since opening in 1988, it has produced an estimated 48 million tons of structural steel - all of it via the electric arc furnace (EAF) process. The short version is that the mill makes new steel products out of old steel products, melting down scrap and casting it into new wide-flange and other shapes. The long version is much more interesting…


You can take an inside look at this modern, high-tech steelmaking operation in the February 2014 issue of Modern Steel Construction (available now!). Read the article by Modern Steel’s Senior Editor, Geoff Weisenberger.  


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New Book Explores Chicago River Bridges
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM.

chicago-river-bridges-book-cover-copy.jpgA new book entitled Chicago River Bridges, by Patrick McBriarty, presents the evolution and history of Chicago as the “Drawbridge Capital of the World.” This comprehensive guidebook chronicles more than 175 bridges spanning 55 locations along the Main Channel, South Branch and North Branch of the Chicago River.  


Throughout, McBriarty delivers new research into the bridges’ architectural designs, engineering innovations and their impact on Chicagoans’ daily lives. Describing the structure and mechanics of various kinds of movable bridges (including vertical-lift, Scherzer rolling lift and Strauss heel trunnion mechanisms), he explains how the dominance of the “Chicago-style” bascule drawbridge (which is made of steel) influenced the style and mechanics of bridges worldwide.


If you’ll be in Chicago, McBriarty will be providing a Book Launch & Talk on Tuesday, February 18, at 6 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (lower level) of the Harold Washington Public Library (400 S. State Street). He’ll be giving a multimedia presentation on Chicago’s bridges and the innovation, design and major contributions to moveable bridge technology by Chicagoans. A book signing will begin at 7 p.m. after the presentation.


For additional information on the book and launch event in Chicago, visit the author’s website at

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Download the 2014 NASCC Mobile App!
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM.

Planning your conference experience is now easier with the 2014 NASCC mobile app! By using this interactive digital show guide, you’ll be able to see detailed information on each session and create a personal schedule, scout exhibitors you’d like to visit and connect with other attendees. To download this free app, simply search for “NASCC” in the Android Market or the Apple Store, or download it from This year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference takes place in Toronto, March 26-28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  


Key features of the NASCC mobile app include: multiple ways to browse sessions (by day, track, topic or speaker) and ease of bookmarking and prioritizing them; locating booth placement on the show floor, searching exhibitors by name or product category and viewing their website; an easy-to-create personal schedule, as well the option to set reminders and add notes on each session and exhibitor meeting; finding an attendee to send a personal message; and receiving notifications on conference updates.  


The Steel Conference is the premier event for engineers, fabricators, detailers and erectors to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers and see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. The Steel Conference offers more than 100 technical sessions, an extensive trade show with more than 200 exhibitors (featuring products ranging from structural software to machinery for cutting steel beams) and plentiful networking opportunities.


The Steel Conference also incorporates the Structural Stability Research Council’s Annual Stability Conference, the Technology in Steel Construction Conference (TSCC) and the World Steel Bridge Symposium.


For additional information and to register for the conference, visit

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New AISC Course Focuses on Earthquake Engineering for Buildings
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM.

Looking for an educational program that enhances your professional growth and accommodates your busy schedule? AISC offers “Night School,” a web-based, evening curriculum of online courses on various structural steel design and construction topics. Classes begin on Monday, February 24, for the new course focused on “Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering for Building Structures.”


The course provides a background on seismic effects on structures and concepts that underlie the design of steel. The main objective is to understand the principles of earthquake engineering so that they can be appropriately applied to fundamental procedures of seismic design. Attendees will gain an understanding of the behavior of steel structures under earthquake loading; the course is intended for engineers with little or no experience with seismic design, as well as experienced engineers wishing to refresh their understanding of the principles underlying seismic design.  


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


Session 1: February 24 - Seismology and Earthquake Effects
Session 2: March 3 - Dynamics and Response
Session 3: March 10 - Building Dynamics and Response
Session 4: March 17 - Steel Behavior
Session 5: March 31 - System Ductility and Seismic Design
Session 6: April 7 - Steel Systems
Session 7: April 21 - Building Configuration
Session 8: April 28 - Building Codes


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, you can 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 more information and to register for the course, visit


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