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.

14th Edition Steel Construction Manual Companion Materials Available as Free Downloads

AISC Steel Construction Manual 14th Edition Check out the free downloads from AISC:

(Chicago, IL) – More than 150 detailed design examples, updated dimensions and properties of structural sections, and other useful resources that complement the 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual, are now at your fingertips. Design Examples V14.0 and Shapes Database V14.0, as well as Reference Lists contained in the latest edition of the Manual, are available for free downloading on AISC’s website at The 14th Edition Manual was released this past summer and is available in hardcover or as a digital download at

To access these new online resources, visit

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NSBA Addresses ARRC Abuse of Federal Funds for $190 Million Tanana River Bridge Crossing Project

If it wasn’t bad enough for California to spend taxpayer dollars on an overbudget project which outsourced jobs to China, the ARRC intends to use federal money to outsource steel to a foreign steel supplier.  From AISC’s website:

(Chicago, IL) – The National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) has issued a detailed statement outlining their objection to the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) on their intent to use federally provided funding to purchase foreign steel and off-shore fabrication for the Tanana River crossing and related projects. The $190 million Tanana River Bridge Crossing project is being developed as part of the Alaska Railroad Corporation’s Northern Rail Extension, which would provide the military year round access to the Joint Pacific Area Range Complex (JPARC) military training grounds. Federal funding for this project has come from the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense has already provided $104 million.

via NSBA Addresses ARRC Abuse of Federal Funds for $190 Million Tanana River Bridge Crossing Project.

SMDI Publishes Third Edition of the Guide Specification for Highway Bridge Fabrication With High Performance Steel

For all steel bridge designers interested in using HPS 70W bridge steel, the Third Edition of the Guide Specification for Highway Bridge Fabrication With High Performance Steel has been published.

This new edition of the Guide Specification is based on continued research with high performance steel (HPS) fabrication and welding practices conducted under a cooperative agreement sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Navy, and SMDI,” Alex Wilson, chairman of SMDI’s Steel Bridge Task Force and manager, customer technical service at ArcelorMittal USA LLC, said. “It includes certain consumables for the flux cored arc welding and gas metal arc welding processes, which were not part of the previous edition. This research advances HPS fabrication and welding practices to the next level, and is highly recommended for all bridge professionals who already work with steel or are interested in learning more about HPS bridges.”

via SMDI Publishes Third Edition of the Guide Specification for Highway Bridge Fabrication With High Performance Steel.

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”).


Use of Chinese Steel (Mis)Leads to False Savings

The NSBA News Newsletter published the facts about the supposed $400 million in savings provided by outsourcing steel fabrication to China.  It turns out that the project is now $5.2 billion over budget.

According to The New York Times, “The new Bay Bridge, expected to open to traffic in 2013, will replace a structure that has never been quite the same since the 1989 Bay Area earthquake. At $7.2 billion, it will be one of the most expensive structures ever built. But California officials estimate that they will save at least $400 million by having so much of the work done in China. (California issued bonds to finance the project, and will look to recoup the cost through tolls.)”


Caltrans claims to have outsourced the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project to reduce costs and save time. However, the project is now $5.2 billion over budget and the Chinese steel was delivered more than a year behind schedule (to date, the total project is more than 3 years behind schedule).

You can read more in NSBA News July 2011.  They also look at other aspects such as environmental impact, Buy-American loopholes, wasted tax dollars, tax losses, and job losses to the local economy.

AISC Store – Steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition

AISC Steel Manual, 14th Ed.

The AISC steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition is now available.  The AISC website describes the additions in the 14th edition.

This Manual is the fourteenth major update of the AISC Steel Construction Manual, which was first published in 1927. Replacing the 13th Edition Manual, the 14th Edition Manual contains several updates and revisions, including the new HP18 and HP16 series, updated connection tables based on increased bolt shear strength values, revised single-plate and extended single-plate connection design procedures, enhanced prying action procedure, and a revised bracket plate design procedure.

The following specifications, codes and standards are printed in Part 16 of this Manual:

*2010 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, including the new Chapter N on QC and QA, expanded composite design provisions, and improved slip-critical connection provisions
*2009 RCSC Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts
*2010 AISC Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges

AISC Store – Steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition.

Metals Industry Pushes Greater Use of Steel in New Home Construction

From the Metal Center News, AISI’s Robert Wills pushes Greater Use of Steel in New Home Construction citing several advantages of steel.

But steel continues to advocate for gains in the homebuilding market, noting its environmental attributes and strength in the event of catastrophe. Steel brings added stability to a structure and gives occupants the best opportunity to survive dangerous weather events, the types of which have been all too plentiful around the world in recent months, Wills says.


Ten-Year Report on Durability of Galvanized Steel Framing in Residential Buildings

Ten-Year Report on Durability of Galvanized Steel Framing in Residential Buildings is Released

6/13/2011 – A study from the NAHB Research Center shows that the life span of the zinc and zinc-alloy coated steel samples studied was well beyond the life expectancies of modern buildings.

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Structural Steel Industry Hosts Third Annual SteelDay September 23

Mark Sept 23 on your calendars for Steel Day.  Some of this year’s topics include Steel Making and Recycling, HSS Producers, Steel Service Centers, BIM, Steel Fabrication, Advanced Machinery and Robotics, and Steel Installation.

(Chicago, IL) – Have you seen what the structural steel industry can do? SteelDay is your opportunity. The industry’s largest educational and networking event returns for a third successive year this September 23. Hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction, its members and partners, SteelDay is a national event for the design and construction community to explore the structural steel supply chain firsthand.


Starting this year, SteelDay can be found on Facebook. Simply search for “SteelDay” at and “Like” the fan page to access SteelDay photos, updates, and discussions. You can also keep in touch with SteelDay on Twitter ( @SteelDay.

More information on SteelDay 2011 can be found For questions please contact Chris Moor, 813.472.9264.

via Structural Steel Industry Hosts Third Annual SteelDay September 23.