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Steel Structure Trivia: How Are You Celebrating SteelDay?
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM


Earlier this week, AISC hosted a “pre” SteelDay presentation and tour of the McDonough District Hospital expansion project in Macomb, Ill., one of the first projects in the Midwest to be built using the Peikko Deltabeam system. Guests discovered how using the system for the three-story extension enabled the hospital to match its current floor-to-floor heights to the existing building while allowing a maximum floor-to-ceiling height. The event offered a sneak peek at the dozens of events scheduled to take place around the country on SteelDay. Photo: AISC


With only three weeks to go until SteelDay, Friday, September 19, we thought we’d get into the spirit with this month’s Steel Structure Trivia challenge. Your challenge is to tell us what your plans are for SteelDay! (Haven’t signed up for an event yet? You can find one near you at


How to Enter the Contest:


Submit your SteelDay plans by noon (CT) on Tuesday, September 2, to Tasha Weiss at Simply tell us who you are and what SteelDay event(s) you’re hosting or attending.


new-msc-backscratcher-prize.jpgThe first three people to submit their SteelDay plans will receive an MSC-branded, stainless steel back scratcher! (And check out that telescoping action! Wow!) Its five-fingered curved design reaches from 5 1/2 in. to 19 1/4 in. in length.


Good luck!

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Stability Conference Abstracts Deadline Approaching
Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Paper abstracts will be accepted until 5 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, September 2, for the 2015 SSRC Annual Stability Conference. The conference will be held in conjunction with NASCC: The Steel Conference, March 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Researchers are encouraged to submit an abstract summarizing ongoing or recently completed research on the stability of metal structures or metal-concrete composite structures.

Click here for detailed information on submitting an abstract.

Click here to submit your abstract and complete the online form.

The Program Committee will make the final program selections based on the applicability of the subject, evaluation of the abstract, available space in the program and assurance that the author will attend the conference to present his/her paper. Notification of acceptance will be made the week of September 8, 2014. Full papers must be submitted by January 12, 2015.

For more information or questions about submitting abstracts, contact Janet Cummins at or 312.670.7015.

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

sddc_v3.jpgSimpson 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 use 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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