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November 2011


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Celebrating Eight Decades of Award-winning Bridges
A look back at some of steel's many contributions to America's growth and development.


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The New AISC Interoperability Strategy
By Chris Moor
Cumulative changes in the computing environment have made a mid-course adjustment appropriate and necessary.


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A Comparative Look at the 2010 AISC Specification
By Eric Bolin and Thomas Dehlin
The changes between the 2005 and 2010 editions are small in number, but contribute significantly to usability.


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Automating Layout in Steel Fabrication
By Luke Faulkner
Advances in automated layout are accelerating the process and eliminating many potential errors.


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Three Ways to Boost Welding Productivity
By Mike Russell
How one fabricator's reevaluation of its consumables and guns reduced maintenance time and increased welder output.


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Shining Through
By Wayne Place, Ph.D., and Jianxin Hu, Ph.D.
Integrating structure and HVAC to increase ceiling heights can maximize natural light and help reduce building energy use.


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Larger Hollow Structural Sections
By Jie Zuo
New larger sizes of square and rectangular HSS offer engineers and architects more opportunities to use these efficient shapes.


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Resolving a Conflict in Seismic Requirements for Non-building Structures
By Robery Bachman, S.E., Richard M. Drake, S.E., and Bonnie Manley, P.E.
An inconsistency exists between Chapter 22 of the 2006/2009 IBC and Chapter 15 of ASCE/SEI 7-05, but a logical resolution is now available.


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Funding for Steel Bridges
By Brian Raff
Although current infrastructure trends appear bleak, now is the time we all should be contacting our federal, state and local leaders.


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Statistically Speaking
By Robert Zaykoski
Firms of any size can make better use of their data through basic ststistical analysis.


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Sharing the World's Great Music
Bringing the analytical mind of an engineer to an exploration of the arts, Reidar Bjorhovde knows how to appreciate music.


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