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AISC Detailer Training CDs Available for Download
Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM
AISC's detailing resources in ePubs have been updated with the addition of the very first detailer training CD collection from 2000, and the contents of those golden-oldie CDs are now downloadable by AISC members.
AISC and NISD jointly created a series of 12 detailer training CDs in 2000. These CDs contained MPG instructional videos and PDFs of example drawings covering the basics of the structural steel industry and 2D detailing. As a courtesy to AISC members, the contents of these CDs are available in AISC's ePubs collection.
To download the CD contents, go to AISC's detailing resources in ePubs.
Entries for 2014 AIA TAP BIM Awards Due Dec. 16
Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM
The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community is seeking projects that exhibit exemplary use of integrated and interoperable BIM for its 10th Annual BIM Awards competition.
Since 2005, the AIA TAP Knowledge Community has spearheaded the effort to highlight award-winning "best of breed" case studies from the profession in the harnessing of BIM technology and processes to further design, construction and overall project excellence.
Submission categories include: Stellar Architecture using BIM; Delivery Process Innovation; Outstanding Sustainable Design; Academic Program/Curriculum Development; Exemplary use of BIM in a Small Firm; Exemplary use of BIM in Facility Management/Operations; and Process and Technology Innovation Integrating with BIM.
Award-winning projects will be recognized in AIA publications and electronic media, and also at the BIM Awards presentation prior to the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago (June 26-28) and partner events.
All entries and supporting materials must be submitted online by Monday, December 16.
For full eligibility rules, judging criteria and submission fees or to submit your project materials, visit the 2014 AIA TAP BIM Awards page.
Entry Deadline for IDEAS2 Awards Extended to Dec. 9
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM
The deadline for entries in AISC’s 2014 IDEAS2 Awards has been extended to Monday, December 9. The annual competition is the U.S. steel industry's highest award for steel-frame building projects and recognizes all members of the project’s team involved with the structural framing system.
AISC encourages architects, engineers, designers, constructors, fabricators and owners to enter building projects that meet the following criteria:
- A significant portion of the framing system of the project must be wide-flange or hollow structural steel sections
- Projects must have been completed in the U.S. between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013.
For more information on the awards program and to access the online entry form, go to www.aisc.org/ideas2.
For questions please contact AISC’s Larry Flynn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jenny McDonald (email@example.com).
FABTECH Shines Optimistic Light on Future of U.S. Manufacturing
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM
Last week’s FABTECH conference and expo set records for the highest number of attendees, exhibitors and floor space in the show’s history. Show organizers reported that 40,667 people attended and 1,573 exhibitors displayed their products and technologies across 650,000 sq. ft of floor space at Chicago’s McCormick Place; all signs that U.S. manufacturing may have a bright future.
Featured panelists at the conference’s State of the Industry - Executive Outlook Roundtable session agreed that the U.S. is in a “manufacturing renaissance.”
Jeff Oravitz, president and CEO at MetoKote Corporation in Lima, Ohio, said the U.S. manufacturing sector renaissance is being driven by a surge in low-cost energy production. He explained that many American companies that survived the 2009 downturn ratcheted up productivity and made themselves more competitive, and he believes that growth is sustainable as long as the U.S. addresses the skilled labor shortage and the country’s infrastructure needs.
Bill Adler, president of Stripmatic Products in Cleveland and chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), believes there is certainly a manufacturing renaissance in many areas, thanks in part to the creation of new technologies. However, he is more cautious. Using a baseball analogy, he said that since the 2009 recession, manufacturing has “hit a single and is at first base.” But we need to be careful “not to get picked off trying to go to second.” Manufacturing must still figure out how to be globally competitive.
The session moderator, Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, commented that the manufacturing renaissance is helped by companies moving production back to the U.S., not because of patriotism but rather because costs are competitive. Oravitz agreed, saying that it bodes well for U.S. manufacturing that supply chains are getting shorter and there is a growing emphasis on quality.
The panel agreed that one factor that can slow the manufacturing renaissance is the shortage of skilled labor in the U.S., which was also the main topic of discussion at the conference’s Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline panel session. A common theme in both sessions was that the sector must do a better job promoting manufacturing as a career and work with educators and parents to expose the younger generation to today’s modern technologies, innovations and current opportunities available in the industry.
“Manufacturing is an exciting field that offers good jobs with good wages and benefits making cutting edge products using new technologies,” said Oravitz.
The economic session ended with Beaulieu asking the audience for a show of hands of those who are optimistic about the future of manufacturing; more than half raised their hands.
Next year’s FABTECH will take place November 11-13 in Atlanta as well as internationally: FABTECH Canada will take place March 18-20 at the Toronto Congress Centre. On April 10-12, the inaugural FABTECH India, co-located with the India Institute of Welding’s Weld India Exhibition, will take place in New Delhi. And FABTECH Mexico will be held on May 6-8 at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.
For more information on FABTECH, visit www.fabtechexpo.com.
AISC Has a New Face in the Upper Midwest
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Matthew D. Brady, P.E., LEED Green Associate, has been promoted to Upper Midwest Regional Engineer in AISC’s Market Development department, replacing Monica Shripka. He represents AISC in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, educating project decision makers on the advantages of designing and building in structural steel. Most recently he worked as an advisor in AISC’s Steel Solutions Center, developing conceptual solutions for a variety of steel structures including parking garages and multi-story residential, office, industrial, educational and healthcare buildings.
“Matt has been with AISC for nearly three years as a Steel Solutions Center Advisor and is very qualified to take on the role and challenges this new position brings,” said Tabitha Stine, S.E., P.E., LEED AP, AISC’s director of technical marketing. "He brings strong interpersonal skills, a broad background in the steel industry and experience with our members, and vast technical knowledge to educate decision makers on the benefits and expertise in using structural steel. Matt will be a great asset to our field staff team, and we look forward to him helping increase the market share of fabricated structural steel in the region.”
Prior to joining AISC he worked in a variety of roles including construction, forensics and design, both as a consulting engineer and an internal designer for A/E firms. He has worked on the design of bridges, buildings and non-building structures, many of which involved steel design, detailing, fabrication and erection. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and for the past 10 years he has served in the Illinois Army National Guard including a tour to Afghanistan in 2008-2009.
“The past three years as a Steel Solutions Center Advisor have provided me with the opportunity to learn about the steel industry from the experts here at the American Institute of Steel Construction,” commented Brady. “The perspective I've gained since my start has broadened my knowledge and given me insight on how AISC supports the design and construction industry. As Upper Midwest Regional Engineer, I will be working with architects, engineers, owners, contractors and steel fabricators. Together we will work to help design teams make informed decisions and find efficient, cost effective solutions to their building projects. There’s always a solution in steel!”
Brady grew up in Mount Prospect., Ill., and currently lives in Evergreen Park.
You can follow him on his AISC “My Region” Upper Midwest page or on Twitter @UpperMidwestRE.
AISC Regional Engineers cover eight different geographic regions across the U.S. This group of talented engineers gives around 50 presentations each per year to companies and project teams that are interested in learning more about a variety of topics related to the use of structural steel. Such topics include understanding the steel supply chain, current market conditions, sustainability, AESS (architecturally exposed structural steel), BIM (building information modeling), innovations in low floor-to-floor systems for residential applications, and innovations in parking, healthcare and office structures.
They spend a large amount of time traveling, working with steel fabricators in the region. They also work closely with the AISC Steel Solutions Center to provide cost and schedule information for customized conceptual studies to assist decision makers in exploring a steel alternative for their next project.
To learn more about AISC’s Regional Engineers and to see who’s in your region, visit www.aisc.org/myregion.