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New App Facilitates Deck Design
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Simpson Strong-Tie, a supplier of engineered structural connectors and building products, offers a new Steel Deck Diaphragm Calculator web app that enables engineers to design and evaluate fastener solutions for steel decks given shear and uplift loads.


The app provides diaphragm shear strengths of a steel deck when using Simpson Strong-Tie screws. It features two calculators: One develops tables of diaphragm capacities based on the effects of combined shear and tension, and the other provides fastening solutions for a given shear and uplift.

Once an engineer chooses a preferred design solution, the app produces a submittal package that includes fastener information, code reports, Factory Mutual reports, Appendix VII of Steel Deck Institute’s Diaphragm Design Manual, Third Edition (SDI DDM03), coating information and tools for installation.

You can download the app at

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New Steel Profiles Podcast Features Rafael Sabelli
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM

rafael-sabelli.jpgNeed inspiration for your work day? Delve into fascinating conversations with leading experts in the structural steel industry with AISC’s Steel Profiles podcast series. The latest episode features an interview with Rafael Sabelli, S.E., principal and director of seismic design at Walter P Moore.


Tune in to hear about his path from philosophy student to seismic expert, what type of seismic force resisting system he would like to be and the best joke he's ever delivered to a lecture audience (and the worst!)

You can play or download this episode and all past episodes of Steel Profiles at or on iTunes ( In iTunes, simply search "Steel Profiles" to access all episodes. You can also subscribe to the series for free, and each new episode will automatically be downloaded for you.

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Steel Shots: Raise the Roof
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM


Structural steel is raising the roof of a 440,000-sq.-ft warehouse in Jamesburg, N.J. AISC-member fabricator and erector Industrial Services Enterprises’ E-Z Riser roof raising system is lifting the existing roof 21 feet to create a 45-ft clear height building. Photo: Courtesy of Industrial Services Enterprises

How to expand a building without using more land? Raise the roof.

AISC-member fabricator and erector Industrial Services Enterprises (ISE) in Randolph, N.J., has used this innovative system on buildings for decades to increase ceiling height for warehousing, mezzanines, high bay equipment and other uses. The process involves lifting the entire existing roof intact (including all utilities) and re-supporting the roof on the existing framework of the building using all structural steel elements, saving the costs of building a new structure.

In Jamesburg, N.J., ISE’s patented E-Z Riser roof raising system is lifting the roof of a 440,000-sq.-ft warehouse by 21 feet to create a 45-ft clear height building. All of the design, engineering, steel fabrication and erection was done in-house. The roof is raised in four sections with ISE’s hydraulic lifting process then bolted or welded to the structural steel elements (390 tons of structural steel is being used on the project). The final lift for the project will be held next month.


To learn more about the E-Z Riser roof raising process, visit The site also features a 10-minute informational video.

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Steel is the Green Material for Road Bridges, Report Says
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

A new independent study reveals that steel is more than twice as sustainable as other materials when used to construct bridges, according to a recent article published in the Steel International Times.

The study, carried out by a Dutch government organization, analyzed road and bicycle bridges. It found that steel performs best in road bridges because of its low environmental footprint due to its relatively low weight as well as its excellent recycling properties, such as its ability to be “upcycled” into a higher quality steel.


Read the article to learn more.

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SteelDay Twitter Contest
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

steelday-twitter-contest-for-msc.jpgWhether you’re attending a SteelDay event in person or watching the live webinar from home, AISC wants to hear from you! Starting today, share your SteelDay plans (it’s only a month away!) on Twitter and you’ll be entered to win Beats by Dre noise-canceling headphones.


Here are the rules:


  • Simply use #SteelDay in your tweet and make sure you’re following @aisc on Twitter
  • Each tweet counts as one entry, with a limit of 10 tweets per user


All of the SteelDay tweets will be entered into a raffle and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 22 on AISC’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


Haven’t made your SteelDay plans yet? Hurry and sign up to host or attend an event at

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