AISC 2013 Spring Seminar Series

AISC has announced their new spring seminars.

(Chicago, IL) – This season, become more informed, more efficient, and a better structural engineer with AISC’s annual Spring Seminar Series. No matter what type of building you’re designing, nowhere else will you learn 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, in person. Organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Spring 2013 Seminar Series 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

Listen to the Steel: Duane Miller on Welding

Seismic Braced Frames – Design Concepts and Connections

Effective Steel Design with Seismic Considerations

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

Registration Now Open for AISC 2013 Spring Seminar Series.

2010 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings Available as a Free Download

2010 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings Available as a Free DownloadSeptember 12, 2011 from American Institute of Steel ConstructionChicago, IL – The 2010 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings ANSI/AISC 341-10 is now available for free downloading on AISC’s web site at This new specification supersedes the 2005 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings and all previous versions of this specification. The new specification has been approved by the AISC Committee on Specifications and is ANSI-accredited.

via 2010 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings Available as a Free Download.

RISA – How is the Seismic Weight Calculated for Seismic Load Generation?

RISA News has published an article on seismic weights and load generation for use with RISA Floor and RISA 3D:


In addition to the self weight check box options, you can also add applied loads to the Seismic Mass calculation.  To do this, simply enter in the magnitude of the dynamic load into the Dyn Load column of the appropriate loads spreadsheet (Area LoadLine Load, or Point Load).

via [RISA News]

2011 NASCC proceedings now available

From American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – While there’s no substitution for attending NASCC: The Steel Conference in person, AISC offers the next best thing. As a benefit for attendees and members, we audio tape most of the presentations and synchronize them with the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations. We then post the recorded sessions online at (you can find previous conference seminars online by visiting and clicking on “online conference proceedings”).


Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 341-05)

AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 341-05) are available on the AISC website for free.

This ANSI-approved specification is a companion to the Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-05) that extends coverage to the connection detailing and member design requirements for structural steel and composite structural steel and reinforced concrete systems in high-seismic applications. This new standard, dated March 9, 2005, replaces and updates the 2002 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings as well as incorporating provisions for two new systems: buckling-restrained braced frames and special plate shear walls. Supplement No. 1, dated November 16, 2005, is incorporated into the new seismic provisions which affects only the section on ordinary concentrically braced frames (OCBF). (5.2MB, 330 pages )

via Seismic Resources.

Seismic Calculator

The USGS Seismic Design Maps and Tools for Engineers is a great resource for quickly finding seismic design coefficients for different design codes.

Here we present maps, data, and tools for engineers interested in seismic design of buildings and bridges. Currently we have two separate tools for buildings in the U.S. and its Territories, for (generally speaking) present and imminent model building codes, respectively:

This is a valuable tool for structural engineers who have to calculate seismic loading.  You’ll want to add that one to your bookmarks.