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ITS AMAZING HOW THINGS CHANGE IN JUST A YEAR. Today, my three-year-old, Jason, can ice skate. My five-year-old, Joshua, is beginning to read. And my nine-year-old, Julia, has mastered writing in cursive. The changes at this years NASCC: The Steel names. With 163 exhibitors, there was something Conference were almost as dramatic. interesting and innovative for every attendee. For the first time since I started attending I also didnt hear a lot of questions about Steel Conferences in 1990, I didnt hear any steel pricing. The price of steel has been relaquestions about LRFD or complaints about when tively stable for most of the past year (a few dips AISC would be issuing the next ASD manual. and doodles, but nothing significant) and it has Instead, the more the 3,200 attendees seemed almost become a non-issue. Of course, it doesnt genuinely excited about the new Manual that hurt that steel remains easily available from mills includes values for designing in both ASD and and service centers while shortages of other conLRFD. (Of course, judging by the more than struction materials were rampant last year. If you werent at the conference, you missed 6,000 manuals weve already shipped, theyre not alone. If you havent ordered one, visit www. some of the best talks Ive ever heard. Gene or sign up for a seminar on Kranz of Apollo 13 fame was inspiring. And the new manual and specification at www.aisc. Jim Fisher, who was awarded AISCs J. Lloyd org/seminars.) Kimbrough Medal, gave a lot of practical advice This year I didnt hear disparaging com- in his own folksy style. Design and construction ments about the impracticality of interoperability. go together like partners in a three-legged race, Instead, the sessions discussing CIS/2, interoper- he said, later adding: Good judgment is the ability, and the future of Building Information single most important factor in providing success Models were standing-room only. The number of and reliability in design. Many of the solutions to companies sharing information is on the rise and constructability issuesare in fact judgment calls engineers, detailers, and fabricators are giving the that we make to provide successful designs. And technology a serious look as an option to give he offered some solid advice to engineers, fabricathem a leg up in the marketplace. And I wont be tors, erectors, detailers, and educators: Be a mensurprised if come next year we see some erectors tor. Talk about judgment to your young engineers. Give of your time to AISC, ACI, ASCE and other getting involved. And speaking of new technology, there was a professional organizations. Provide input through lot on display. Sherwin Williams was talking up various AISC publications and seminars. Teach paint systems with substantially reduced curing students to think creatively. Concentrate on the and application times. P2 Programs was show- fundamentals. Stress the importance of logical ing an inexpensive bar coding system that had analysis. If you missed his talk, take heart. Well attendees asking for P.O.s on the spot. The 3D be printing it in next months issue. models output from CAD files by Dimension Other topics/speakers that garnered a lot of Printing were simply amazing (we had a model of attention were Duane Miller on Welding (a pera staggered truss on display in the AISC booth). petual favorite speaker), anything dealing with Autodesks demonstration of Revit Structure seismic design or the new manual, information drew quite a crowd, as did Bentleys nearby booth on getting paid, and sessions on HSS design and featuring the integration of STAAD, RAM, and connections. The NASCC planning committee is their other A/E/C products. Mazak showed an already hard at work on next years conference, so impressive space frame system using laser cut mark your calendars now. I look forward to seetubes (they had tubes on display and pictures of ing you on April 18-21, 2007 in New Orleans! their equipment; Id love to have seen their actual laser cutting). And, of course, there was plenty of big equipment on displayincluding some radically new introductions from most of the big SCOTT MELNICK

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Steel Construction Manual now Available in Print

The moment youve been waiting for has arrived: printed copies of the 2005 AISC Steel Construction Manual are now available to purchase from The new manual brings together the best of ASD and LRFD and is easier to use than ever. ASD and LRFD are merged seamlessly side-by-side: tabulated ASD values have green shading and tabulated LRFD values feature blue type. Black type is used for design values that are independent of design philosophy. And included with the Manual is AISCs Design Examples, a CD-companion that provides hundreds of design examples illustrating the use of the new manual and the 2005 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. The AISC member price for the Manual is $175, while non-members pay $350. Additional discounts are available for attendees at an upcoming steel seminarvisit for more details.

Seminars from AISC Continuing Education

Did you miss the Design Steel Your Way with the 2005 AISC Specification seminar at the Steel Conference? AISCs Continuing Education Department continues to offer this seminar, and the Seismic Braced Frames seminar, in locations across the country throughout the year. Look for seminars in these cities this spring: Seismic Braced Frames
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Design Steel Your Way with the 2005 AISC Specification will accelerate your ability to design steel buildings according to the 2005 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, whether you design in ASD or LRFD. Presentation topics will include proper material selection, design philosophies and analysis requirements,

member and structure stability provisions, member design, and connection design. This seminar also includes extensive handouts: Each attendee will receive a copy of the course notes and design examples, the AISC Design Examples CD, and a copy of the 13th Edition AISC Steel Construction Manual, which includes the 2005 AISC specification, the 2004 RCSC specification, and the 2005 Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges. This years 2005 AISC specification seminars also include extras available only to attendees. Each attendee will receive laminated copies of the Basic Design Values cardstwo 5 8 cards that include the most-used information from the 2005 AISC specification, in both ASD and LRFD. With these cards, users can design all typical beams, columns, braces, tension members, and connections and perform simplified analyses. Attendees will also be eligible to win an Apple iPod Nanoone per seminar courtesy of AISC Certification. Seismic Braced Frames is a fullday seminar that concentrates on design of seismic braced frames. The course will focus on the design requirements in the 2005 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings. For those proficient in the 2002 AISC seismic provisions, the seminar will highlight the differences between the 2002 and 2005 editions, and the implications of these changes in your design. (Look for another seismic design seminar, AISC Seismic DesignUpdates and Resources for the 21st Century, later in 2006.) AISC continues to offer its Bring a Buddy registration program for all of its seminars. If eligible, paid registrants may add one person to their registration at a reduced rate. And, as always, AISC members attend at discounted rates. To become a member and receive the AISC member discount, please visit www.aisc. org/membership. Call 800.809.2364 or visit for more information or to register.

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OSHA Revokes Slip Resistance Provision from Steel Erection Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced January 18, 2006 that it is revoking the provision within the Steel Erection Standard that addresses slip resistance of the walking surfaces of coated structural steel members. According to OSHA: The ability to comply with the slip resistance provision depends upon two technical developments: completed industry protocols for slip testing equipment and the availability of suitable slip resistant coatings. However, OSHA added, Rule-making comments indicated that the test methods are not likely to be completed by the July effective date because ASTM will not have completed the required validation process. Comments also indicated that ASTM will likely withdraw the test methods altogether because they are brand-specific rather than generic. Lack of completed test methods has delayed the development of suitable slip resistant coatings. In addition, there has not been adequate testing of coatings to determine whether they have sufficient durability in the variety of applications in which they will be used, especially in corrosive environments. AISC agrees with OSHAs position to withdraw the standard. Without adequate and consistent measurement, which is not currently possible, any standard becomes meaningless. Stated AISC President Roger Ferch: While AISC is a strong supporter of measures that improve the safety of steel erection, we opposed these provisions because there was no reliable method of testing available.

2007 Pacific Structural Steel Conference

Organizers of the Pacific Structural Steel Conference (PSSC) are accepting abstracts through April 28 for papers to be presented at the 2007 conference, Steel Structures in Natural Hazards. The conference will take place March 13-17, 2007 in Wairakei, New Zealand and will address how steel structures perform in hazardous natural events such as earthquakes, wind, fire, waves, volcanic eruption, ice, and snow. Conference papers should address at least one of these topics, or one of the following related topics: Advances in fabrication and construction Bridges and marine structures Case studies Buildings Composite behavior Codes and standards Connections Design aids Durability Economics Fatigue and fracture IT in the industry Long-span structures Structural architecture Welding and bolting Authors may submit any number of abstracts, but a maximum of two may be presented at the conference. In accordance with the submission guidelines, each abstract: must include an introduction, a summary of key points (where appropriate), and conclusions. may not exceed 400 words. should advise which of the conferences topics are applicable, if more than one topic is addressed. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 30. Complete papers must be submitted for review by September 1. For more information about the 2007 PSSC or the abstract submission guidelines, please visit

Steel Building Seminars Slated

The Steel Structures Technology Center (SSTC) and International Code Council (ICC) will present several seminars on structural steel building design this spring. Contact SSTC for more information on these seminars: call 248.893.0132 or visit Structural Steel Inspection Philadelphia March 29 and 30 New York April 5 and 6 Los Angeles (Buena Park) May 3 and 4 San Francisco (Fremont) May 10 and 11 Steel Connections: Seismic Applications 2006 Los Angeles (Buena Park) May 2 San Francisco (Fremont) May 9 Structural Welding: Design and Specification Philadelphia March 28 New York April 4

New Teaching Aids from AISC

New construction management teaching aids will be introduced at a workshop for educators presented by AISC on Thursday, April 6, 2006 at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel in Chicago. These teaching aids are designed for courses in steel construction and construction management. The workshop will present an overview of the teaching aids, as well as a discussion of technical topics for steel design courses, such as cambering, bolting and welding, connections and bracing, and architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS). A $350 travel stipend is available to educators attending this workshop. A reduced room rate of $165 also will be offered through March 20, 2006. For more information about registration or the stipend, please contact Fromy Rosenberg at 312.670.5408 or; or contact Megan Maurer at 312.670.5418 or


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Steel Conference Sizzles in San Antonio


IMPROVING STEEL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND TEAMWORK WERE DOMINANT THEMES OF THIS YEARS NASCC: THE STEEL CONFERENCE. New ideas in interoperability and Building Information Modeling (BIM), automated fabrication, design innovation, and project team coordination permeated the conferences keynote speeches, general sessions, and pre- and post-conference symposia. A record-breaking 3,200 steel industry professionals primarily from the United States, Canada, and Mexicobut also from South America, Asia, and Europeattended this years conference. The event was held Wednesday, February 8 through Saturday, February 11 in San Antonio and featured technical and educational sessions for engineers, fabricators, detailers, erectors, architects, and educators alike; as well as a 65,000-plus sq. ft exhibit hall with more than 160 exhibitors representing steel design and construction software, services, and machinery. Its the best Steel Conference weve ever had, said Terry Zwick, Steel Conference Planning Committee Chairman, noting the outstanding attendance and excellence in the conferences varied sessions and keynote speeches. Gene Kranz, the now-retired NASA flight director who directed the Apollo 13 space mission back to Earth after the shuttles oxygen system failed, addressed more than 1,200 conference attendees in one of three plenary sessions. It was very engaging and inspiring, said Judy Liu, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and member of AISCs Partners in Education Committee, of Kranzs speech. It showed that nothing is insurmountable. Liu said she was impressed with Kranzs account of the cooperation that was required by NASAs team of engineers and builders to

build the space program from the ground up, and then to bring the Apollo 13 astronauts back to Earth. There was amazing integration and communication between the designers and builders, Liu said, and thats a very important message for the steel construction community. Ronald Hamburger, recipient of the 2006 T.R. Higgins award, presented his award-winning paper, Design of Steel Structures for Blast-Related Progressive Collapse Resistance, to the general assembly. Louis Geschwindner, AISCs Vice President of Engineering and Research, said that Hamburgers talk, which will be repeated in locations throughout the United States in 2006, touched on an important issue for todays designers. Progressive collapse is a very timely issue, Geschwindner said. People need to understand what it really means, and Ron is an excellent presenter. James M. Fisher was presented with AISCs J. Lloyd Kimbrough award, the associations most distinguished honor for steel designers. In his keynote speech Design!, Fisher, an industrial buildings designer, discussed what successful design is and how it can be attained. Good judgment is the single most important factor in good design, Fisher said. Its what gets a design headed in the right direction. Success, however, is not only dependant on the structures ability to efficiently satisfy the structural criteria, but also its ability to meet the entire project teams expectations, he said. A successful design is one in which the team members and owner are satisfied. On Wednesday, the pre-conference symposium, Purging Extras, provided a forum that brought architects, structural engineers, steel fabricators, general contractors, and construction

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managers together to approach the subject of contract extras in a neutral setting, and to discuss ways to work together in reducing excess in the overall projects budget and schedule. Following this symposium, AISC will continue to work with the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) in developing ways to resolve problems associated with extras, according to AISCs Chief Structural Engineer, Charles Carter. Together the groups plan to reach out to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to generate more solutions. Also presented Wednesday were short courses on beam buckling and bracing, termination issues, and interoperability (a short course on designing with the AISC 2005 specification was presented Saturday). During the interoperability short course, project teams discussed how BIM accelerated schedules and lowered costs for three different structural steel projectsone high-profile project, one standard project, and one manufacturing facility. According to presenter Derek Cunz of MA Mortenson design-build contractors, projects like Mortensons recent Denver Art Museum expansion would not have been successful without interoperability. Projects of this complexity cant be built without BIM, he said. Brian Lenartowich of Spencer Steel, Ltd. in Ilderton, Ontario said the short course, Termination: PM Issues, Rights, Remedies and Defenses, applied to circumstances his company is now experiencing. A lot of the material was directly applicable to what were going through, Lenartowich said. The lawyer who was speaking hit a couple chords with me, and I got up right away and made a couple calls. It was so parallel to what were experiencingit was unbelievable. On Thursday evening, attendees loaded buses and headed outside the San Antonio city limits to the Knibbe Ranch. A Texasstyle barbeque, hayrides, armadillo races, and a country Western band entertained more than 1,000 people on the ranchs sprawling grounds. Attendees were also given the opportunity on Wednesday to tour the San Antonio facilities of AISC member steel service center Triple-S/Instel. Seeing their operations, you think about things from your own perspective and your own material needs, said Michelle Williams, project manager with SEAA member steel erectors Perry and Perry Builders, Inc. Theyre dealing with inventory control and quality management just like we are. Williams, who said this year was her first at NASCC, said that she found value in many of the conferences general sessions, even when they did not specifically reflect the size of work or sector of steel design her company performs. When you scale it down to the size of work we deal with, it was good information for us, she said. Its good to compare experiences with contractors and designers, and to see it from all points of view. Everybodys getting something different out of it, depending on what their specialty is. The conferences general sessions included a track for engineers, fabricators, detailers, and erectors, as well as a seismic design tracknew to this years conference. While the general sessions allowed members of the design and construction communities to develop better understanding of their own work and of each others roles in the project team, the exhibit hallwhich featured leading software, machinery, and structural materials producersprovided exhibitors and attendees continued on p. 22

Attendees crowd around a software presentation by Bentley Systems in the exhibit hall.

AISC President Roger Ferch (left) and AISC Chairman Steve Porter (right) present AISCs J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award to Jim Fisher of Computerized Structural Design, Milwaukee.

Terry Zwick (left), Chairman of the Steel Conference Planning Committee, thanks retired NASA ight director Gene Kranz for his outstanding presentation on the rescue of the Apollo 13 astronauts.

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continued from p. 21 a similar opportunity. Its a great show to be atyou see a wide cross-section of the industry, said Olimpio DeMarco, Product Marketing Manager for Autodesk. This conference helps give us a broader understanding of the industry. The exhibit hall also featured, for the second year, a classroom for heavy machinery manufacturers, software producers, structural materials producers, and other exhibitors. Exhibitors presented workshops with design tips and information on product developments. Abdul Rab, Principal of Structural Engineering for Parsons Corporation in Murphy, Texas, said that a workshop on composite steel joists presented by Nucor Vulcraft could influence his future designs. Weve designed composite beams before, but not composite joists, Rab said. It was new to me, but now I might get into designing composite joists more. And, as in years past, the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC)s Annual Stability Conference was held in conjunction with NASCC. According to Joseph A. Yura, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas, sessions on bridge topics and thin-walled construction issues were among the best attended of this years Stability Conference. Yura, a widely recognized authority on stability and a lifetime member of SSRC, was presented with SSRCs Lynn S. Beedle award during the conference. The fully restored Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will be the setting for next years conference, April 18-21, 2007. The NASCC committee knows everyone is concerned about the city and conference centers restoration, and we are, too, Chairman Zwick said. We are monitoring the progress very closely. According to Zwick, transportation and other services are expected to be restored by the beginning of this summerand definitely before next years conference. Lenartowich says he and his colleagues at Spencer Steel are already planning to attend. Well definitely go to New Orleans, he said. I think its the right thing to do. For more information about next years NASCC: The Steel Conference, please visit


Tax Tips for Contractors

Grant Thornton LLP, one of Grant Thornton Internationals six global accounting, tax, and business advisory organizations, offers 10 tax tips for 2006 that could help contractors save money in the future. 1 Review deferred compensation plans. Complex new rules, enacted in 2004, partially take effect this year. These rules affect any plan that results in a compensation deferral and, if violated, can result in accelerated taxation to recipients plus the payment of penalties. 2 Take advantage of the new I.R.C. Section 199 Domestic Production Activities Deduction. Section 199 made available in 2005may be able to reduce taxable income by up to 3% (9% when fully enacted in 2010). This deduction is an add-on, which does not require more money to be spent. Most contractors will benefit from this deduction, but there are complex rules for its application. 3 Examine capital asset depreciation methods and lives. Catch-up deductions are possible on under-depreciated existing assets. The business may be able to write off 100% of the under-depreciated amount in the current year without amending past returns by filing an automatic change in accounting method. 4 Restructure the business. How the business is organized can have a major impact on the amount of taxes paid. Consider restructuring the business to address inequities in unemployment taxation or state taxation. Also, consider establishing a partnership to provide inter-company services, with favorable income tax results. 5 Consider establishing a separate entity to own and lease fixed assets used in the business. Often referred to as leasing companies or procurement companies, these entities help manage assets and may significantly reduce the one tax paid regardless of profitabilitysales and use tax. 6 Offer customers more and obtain a marketing edge. Work with a tax advisor to provide a turnkey cost segregation study to customers with the businesss completed project. This will allow the advisors to assist in appropriately classifying capital assets associated with the project into taxadvantaged depreciable lives. 7 Review employee benefits packages. The business may be able to deduct the cost of a number of fringe benefits for which your employees will not be taxed; e.g., employer-provided childcare services. 8 Review accounting methods. Taxation of contractors can result in the need for multiple methods of accounting. Ensure that the business is using appropriate and advantageous methods. 9 Determine whether the company has overpaid sales and use taxes. Most companies pay a substantial amount of money to suppliers and state tax agencies, but often overlook potential exemptions. Companies can file a refund claim to recover losses and put a system in place to prevent future overpayments. 10 Document any travel, meal, or entertainment expenses the business intends to deduct. This is a favorite area for examination during a tax audit, and the business records should be maintained with this in mind. Keep receipts indicating who was entertained, their relationship to the company, and what business was discussed. Travel documentation should show who traveled and for what business purpose. There often are a number of issues to consider when deducting T and E expenses. Grant Thornton urges contractors to contact their local tax advisors to learn how these tax tips may apply to their contracting businesses. Visit Grant Thornton LLP at

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Second Quarter 2006 Article Abstracts

The following papers appear in the second quarter 2006 issue of AISCs Engineering Journal. EJ is also available online to AISC members and ePubs subscribers at www. RBS with three prismatic beam elements of suitable properties. Some very simple frames will be used as examples to compare interstory drifts, and examine the Q33 method proposed by Iwankiw and Mohammadi in an earlier paper. Coincidentally, these calculations lead to the observation that beam shear deformation is not always negligible.
Topics: Seismic Design, Analysis, Beams and Flexural Members

Effective Length Factors for Gusset Plate Buckling


Gusset plates are commonly used in steel buildings to connect bracing members to other structural members in the lateral force resisting system. Failure modes for gusset plates have been identified, and design procedures are well documented in the literature, but uncertainties still exist for gusset plates in compression. Previous research includes laboratory tests, finite element models, and theoretical studies. Many previous studies concentrated on the capacity of gusset plates in compression. A literature review revealed a total of 170 experimental specimens and finite element models with compressive loads applied. Using the experimental and finite element data from the previous studies, the capacity of gusset plates in compression are compared to the current design procedures. Based on a statistical analysis, effective length factors are proposed for use with the current design procedures.
Topics: Connections and Joints, Analysis, Stability and Bracing

Cyclic Behavior of Single Angles for Ductile End Cross Frames


In-Plane Properties and Modeling of Reduced Beam Sections


In the seismic design of steel frames, one of the objectives is to provide ductile beams capable of energy dissipation through the formation of plastic hinges (or fuses). With wide-flange shapes, it is desirable to force these hinges away from the brittle zones near the column faces by reducing the beam section at some specified distance from these faces. Obviously, the cuts change the overall elastic properties of the reduced beam sections (RBS). However, the cuts also affect the fixed-end actions used in the elastic analysis of the structure. The first objective of this paper is to compute not only the stiffness properties of RBS, but also the fixed-end actions. Most structural analysis programs found in design offices do not let the designer input stiffness matrices and fixed end actions. Input of beam elements is usually limited to prismatic or tapered beams. The second objective will be to show how this difficulty may be overcome by modeling a

The cyclic inelastic behavior of single angle braces used in bridge cross frames is described in this paper. Based on experiment results, it is shown that steel angles can be designed to achieve a ductile response with large inelastic strains prior to failure under cyclic loading. Preventing fracture in the connections, as well as satisfying limiting b/t and Kl/r ratios, results in good cyclic behavior and maximum cyclic strains greater than 6%. The buckling capacity is shown to be largely dependent on the effective length of the members which, in turn, is dependent on the type of end condition. Where plastic hinging is expected in the gusset plates an effective length factor of 1.0 can be assumed for the member, while if plastic hinging is expected in the member an effective length factor of 0.7 is appropriate. It is recommended that Kl/r for single angles in end cross frames of bridges be limited to 120, allowing the members to be treated like main members for seismic loads based on AASHTO provisions. The b/t ratio should be limited to those specified for special concentrically braced frames from the AISC Seismic Provisions. An analytical model was developed to simulate the nonlinear response of the single angles and a simplified bilinear model was developed for design purposes.
Topics: Stability and Bracing, Seismic Design, Bridges

restrained braces is studied for potential use in these end cross frames. It is shown that the buckling restrained braces exhibit excellent hysteretic behavior with similar properties in tension and compression. When subjected to different loading histories it was found that large amplitude cycles at the beginning of the loading history, followed by smaller cycles and also dynamic loading, reduced the cumulative plastic strain capacity in the braces compared to reverse static loading with increasing amplitude. The area of the hysteresis loops from the braces is typically around 80% of the circumscribing rectangular area and increased as strains increased, unlike the degradation seen in the performance of other types of concentric braces after buckling, indicating efficient energy dissipation. The response of the braces can be approximately modeled with a bi-linear representation to capture the maximum forces, displacements, and energy dissipation in the braces.
Topics: Seismic Design, Structural and Building Systems, Bridges, Stability and Bracing

Buckling Strength of Single Angle Compression Members in K-Series Joists


Cyclic Behavior of Buckling Restrained Braces for Ductile End Cross Frames

Ductile end cross frames (ductile end diaphragms) in bridge superstructures have been studied in the past as a potential mechanism for reducing transverse seismic shear in steel plate girder bridges. In this paper, the cyclic inelastic behavior of buckling

Single angle web members in open web steel joists are typically crimped to facilitate web placement and maintain a constant chord gap with varying web angle size. If the web members are not crimped, force eccentricity will exist between the web members area centroid and the vertical plane of symmetry for the joist. The analytical consequence of this eccentricity is that uncrimped single angle web members must be designed as eccentrically loaded columns. The resulting interaction design strength is significantly less than the concentric column analysis design strength used for crimped web members of identical cross section and slenderness. This study compares the measured and analytical strengths of similar single angle crimped and uncrimped web members in steel joists. Experimental results from 18 joist samples show that existing analytical assumptions associated with end fixity and beam-column interaction result in an overly conservative design methodology for both crimped and uncrimped web members.
Topics: Columns and Compression Members, Research


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Looking Up

Modern structural steel framing makes possible a steeple that was envisioned more than 100 years ago.

THE TOWER OF THE CATHEDRAL SHRINE OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE IN DALLAS WAS DESIGNED IN THE LATE 1890s AS A 220 STRUCTURE WITH AN ORNATE, EUROPEAN-STYLE STEEPLE. One hundred years later, that design had never been realizedthe tower had topped out at 85 and the steeple was never constructed. To celebrate the cathedrals centennial year, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas undertook a $4.7 million, nine-month renovation of the tower, which included construction of a new steeple based on the original architectural drawings. Tower Design The existing tower shared two walls with the cathedrals sanctuary. Early nite element analysis of the existing walls, based on current building codes, concluded that they were inadequate to support the new tower structure. Construction for the new tower would occur above the cathedrals sanctuary roof. However, because thousands of people visit the cathedral on a typical weekend, the cathedral had to remain open. Construction staging would also be limited due to pedestrian and vehicular trafc around the church. The new structure had to seamlessly integrate with, yet be completely independent of, the existing structure. Space was at a premium within the existing tower. Steel was chosen for the new structure because it provided the least intrusive and most easily constructed system. The new structure was designed to t within the brick masonry walls of the existing west tower and to be supported by a


new foundation at the base. The new foundation design was also integrated with the existing foundation. This foundation consisted of a 35 35, 4-thick mat designed to support the new tower and to supplement the existing strip footings beneath the existing tower walls. The towers design accounted for large overturning forces due to the relatively small 16 16 footprint. The stiffness of the tower was of paramount importance to limit differential movement between the new and existing towers. Load Conditions The tower had to support several unique loads, including a heavy brick and cast stone faade backed up by concrete masonry unit blocks. In addition to these loads, the tower also had to support a 50,000 lb, 49-bell carillon and a 14,000 lb pre-manufactured steeple. The lateral loads, however, ultimately controlled the design. Lateral wind loading was a crucial design concern because of the towers slender nature. In addition to the wind loads applied to the structure, lateral forces included the reaction from the bell carillon, which contained four large, swinging bells. These bells weigh almost 18,000 lb and exert approximately 15,000 lb of lateral force when swinging. The steel structure also had to respond to the architecture of both the existing and new towers. A complex bracing conguration that involved both diagonal bracing and rigid frame action was required. Corner HSS columns were lled up to 64 with 7,000 psi concrete after erection to increase load capacity and, more importantly, to increase stiffness at the column bases where lateral bracing was prohibited. Large openings were made in the new towers faade at elevations of 94 to 126 so that the bell carillon is visible from the ground. The columns at this area are composed of 14-square HSS corner columns. These columns have an HSS 16 8 stitch-welded to two sides and an HSS 8 6 stitch-welded to each 16 8. This modied built-up section provides unobstructed views of the bells and maintains the stiffness of the tower. Overall, the lateral deection of the tower was limited to less than 1 at the top of the existing masonry and to 3 overall.

Above, left: New steel framing fits snugly within the existing 16 16 footprint. Above: This RISA-3D model shows the steel framing inside the masonry and cast stone faade. Below: As originally constructed, the masonry steeple base could not support the new bell tower and steeple.


to form a stringer that satised the design requirements. The stair required careful, painstaking fabrication and erectionespecially because it would be architecturally exposed and imperfections would be visible. Construction The contractor joined the design team during the design process to coordinate installation of the brick, cast stone, and other masonry on the tower. The contractor used a moving scaffold system that covered each face of the tower. This was not a problem on two faces because the masts of moving scaffolds could be easily supported on the ground. However, these scaffold masts were positioned over the existing buildings roof on the two remaining sides. Platforms, required to support a 21,000 lb scaffold load, were placed on the east and north faces of the tower. These support platforms remained in place for the duration of the tower construction and were removed once the scaffold systems were taken down. Each platform cantilevered approximately 10 from the new tower structure at an elevation just above the level of the existing tower. The cantilevered platform support beams were placed in window openings to avoid interruption to construction of the tower faade while the scaffolds were in place. Installing the carillons large bells, the largest being almost 6 in diameter, without structural interference was a challenge. A hoist beam capable of handling a 10,000 lb load was designed and installed at the top level of the steel structure. This beam was used to hoist the bells from outside the tower to an opening in the oor above the bell chamber. The bells were then lowered to a point at which they could be installed on the bell frame. A ceremonial concert was played on the towers new bell as the bishop of the Diocese of Dallas dedicated the new tower on September 11, 2005. Stephen H. Lucy is a principal of Jaster-Quintanilla Dallas, LLP. Todd Nicholson is a graduate engineer with Jaster-Quintanilla Dallas, LLP. Architect ArchiTexas, Dallas Structural Engineer Jaster-Quintanilla Dallas, LLP, Dallas Engineering Software RISA-3D Detailer Draftco, Inc., Garland, Texas, AISC member Detailing Software SteelCAD AutoCAD Fabricator Bratton Steel Inc., Dallas, AISC member General Contractor Andres Construction Services, Dallas All photography and graphics for this article are courtesy of Jaster-Quintanilla Dallas, LLP/Andres Construction Services.

The structural steel framing supports a 50,000 lb, 49-bell carillon in addition to a 14,000 lb pre-manufactured steeple.

Prefabricated Elements Two sides of the tower were shop-fabricated and shipped to the job site pre-assembled to limit the amount of eld erection and to expedite the erection of the steel frame. These frames had three splice points along each column because trucking requirements limited the size that could be shipped. The largest prefabricated section was approximately 16 wide, almost 43 tall, and weighed over 12 tons. This section was partially assembled off site and erected during off-peak hours. Much of the steel structure was erected in the middle of the night, when trafc lanes could be closed for crane access. The remaining two sides were in-lled with eld-erected pieces once each section of the preassembled frames was erected. All primary structural steel had to be reproofed to an elevation of 85 to comply with the applicable building code. Structural steel below this elevation was architecturally exposed, and intumescent paint was specied to ensure adequate re resistance while providing a smooth, clean nish. Stair Design The steel framing was pushed as close as possible to the exterior walls of the original tower to gain interior space for stairs and amenities. At its closest point, the new tower structure was within 3 of the existing tower walls. The clavier (the instrument by which the bell carillon is played) had to be positioned as close to the bells as possible. The bell carillon is 94 above the ground, and the clavier is just below the bell level, at an elevation of 85. A unique stair was necessary for access to the instrument. The entire stair is exposed and visible from the base of the tower. It is composed of a single center tube with bent steel plate treads and risers that cantilever to each side of the center stringer. This design creates a thin, light stair prole that minimally intrudes upon the towers open interior. Access to the sanctuarys choir loft is also provided through the tower. The lower section of the choir loft stair was designed to have a more architecturally elaborate conguration. The stair is a self-supporting spiral with no intermediate supports. It is only connected at the choir loft landing and at the ground, creating a 25-tall spring. This stair was designed with a similar structure to the upper stair and consists of a center stringer with bent steel plate forming treads and risers. Bending a steel tube in all three axes to form a spiral, while keeping the top side at to accept the tread and riser plate, was complicated. Therefore, the stringer was designed as a built-up box beam from steel plate. The plates could be cut, bent, and manipulated to provide the correct shape and then could be welded together

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Salvaged Steel

A salvaged steel roof was the cornerstone for this convention center expansion in Richmond, Va.

Photo courtesy of Turner/Russell/Davis Brothers.

John C. Lyons is a principal with Walter P. Moore and is based in Atlanta.

JUST OVER A DECADE AFTER THE GREATER RICHMOND CONVENTION CENTERS DOORS FIRST OPENED, THE FACILITYS OPERATORS PUT INTO MOTION A PLAN FOR EXPANSION. The original center featured a 60,000 sq. ft exhibit hall and 20,000 sq. ft of meeting space. Its location in downtown Richmond, Va. was attractive to event organizers, and the center had been successful in attracting many regional conventions to the city. Operators hoped that the expansion, however, would make the center an even stronger competitor among the regions convention venues in attracting national events. Design of the convention centers expansion began in 1997 with a goal to dramatically enlarge the facility. The $128 million expansion would provide a total of 700,000 sq. ft of enclosed space, including 180,000 sq. ft of exhibit hall space; 80,000 sq. ft of meeting rooms; and a separate building featuring a 30,500-sq. ft ballroom. The project also included a 600-car, six-story parking deck. The design team expected to demolish and rebuild much of the existing building: the existing prefunction areas and building exterior had to be replaced to accommodate the expansion. They even considered, at one point, demolishing the entire building, including the existing exhibit hall roof. After further reection, however, the designers decided to incorporate the exhibit halls steel roof structure into the new design. The existing steel structure was in good condition. It consisted of a 1.5deep, 22-gage metal steel deck on 72-deep joists, which spanned 145 across the exhibit hall at 5 on center. The lateral system consisted of built-up truss-column moment frames that spanned the hall and were typically spaced at intervals of 40 on center. Reusing the existing exhibit hall roof provided two signicant advantages: saving money and saving time. Salvaging the roof structure would save $3 million in demolition, materials, and erection costs. Additionally, the project team could better meet the facility owners timeline targets if the roof was salvaged. The existing exhibit hall had to remain operational as long as possible, and the expanded exhibit hall needed to be occupied as soon as possible. Beyond its advantages, the reuse strategy also posed the projects greatest structural challenges: adding rigging load capacity, unifying the roof slope, and maximizing column-free space. Rigging Load Capacity The new building program required the exhibit hall roof to accommodate 4,000-lb rigging points at
















Figures Walter P. Moore.




NEW 72DLH JOISTS @ 7'-9" O.C.

Above: The existing exhibit hall roof was re-used in the expanded convention center. To match the new roof slope, the existing roof was stripped and topped with tapered insulation. Right: At the interface between the new space and the existing exhibit hall, a line of existing columns was demolished. New mast columns support twin girder trusses, which in turn support the roof structure, creating large, column-free spaces.


NEW 1 1/2"x18 GA ROOF DECK




NEW 72DLH JOISTS @ 7'-9" O.C.

EX. 72DLH18 LONG SPAN TRUSS @ 5'-0" O.C.

30 on center, as well as 1,000-lb hang points at other truss panel points. The renovated exhibit hall roof would consist of 6-deep 72 DLH-series long-span joists at 7-9 on center to provide clear spans of 130 and 145. Built-up trusses 17-6 deep were used at 31 on center and were placed parallel to the long-span joists to carry rigging loads. These hanging trusses were made from WT8 top and bottom chords and double angle webs. Rigging hardware was installed at panel points to discourage potentially damaging irregular loading of truss members. Each 1,000-lb rigging point consisted of a -diameter closed eyebolt with a 2-diameter hole. Each 4,000-lb rigging point consisted of a -thick plate with a rounded 2-diameter hole. Every plate was stamped with its rigging capacity using powder-actuated lettering tools to prevent over-rigging. The expansion team had to enhance the existing roofs rigging capacity to prevent the older portion from becoming second class exhibitor space. This problem was solved by changing the buildings lateral system. The new roof was laterally supported by large 6-6 7-6 cast-in-place mast columns. These mast columns were founded on 30 30 spread footings, which enabled them to provide lateral stability for the large exhibit hall roof. With this new lateral system, the truss-column frames within the existing roof no longer needed to resist lateral load moments. Walter P. Moore analyzed these trusses, heavier than needed to resist roong loading, and found them to be capable of supporting the same rigging loads as the new hanging trusses. Hang-point hardware and lateral braces were welded to the underside of the existing trusses. In this manner, the older portions of the hall were provided with rigging capacity that matched that of the new portions of the hall.









Section A-A through twin girder trusses.




Twin steel girder trusses, consisting of wideflange chords and double angle webs, span between the mast columns to support longspan joists on each side of the exhibit hall roof.

Courtesy Walter P. Moore.

Roof Slope The existing roof sloped at 8 per foot. This slope was only half the per foot slope specied for the expansion. The architect wanted the top of the old roof to match the elevation and slope of the adjoining new roof. This would avoid the potential complications associated with differing roof slopes. The existing ballast, roong membrane, and insulation needed to be replaced due to the age of the existing roong materials. The architect seized this opportunity and increased the thickness of roong insulation to build up the elevation and slope of the existing roof to match that of the new roof. Steel plates and kickers were used to connect the new and existing roof structures and to maintain diaphragm stability. In this manner, the new and existing portions of the exhibit hall roof are identical in terms of drainage and maintenance. Column-Free Space Column-free space is critical to the exhibit spaces functionality. A line of columns supporting one side of the existing exhibit hall roof was demolished so the exhibit hall space could be widened from 145 to 275. An erection sequence was developed to support the existing roof before and after column removal so the existing roof could stay intact. The existing roof would serve as the northwest corner of the exhibit hall roof. Six new cast-in-place mast columns were spaced at intervals of 124 or 150 on center along an axis running through the east row of columns supporting the existing exhibit hall roof. Twin steel girder trusses, consisting of wide-ange chords and double angle webs, span between the mast columns to support long-span joists on each side of the exhibit hall roof. In the all-new portion of the exhibit hall roof, the girder trusses were 14-3 deep and supported joists on top. Girder trusses supporting the existing roof were only 12-7 deep to avoid interference with existing joist diagonals. This roof-framing scheme resulted in a oor plan that was considerably more open and versatile. Raising the Roof The scheme to raise and place the roof required careful coordination between the design team, construction manager, steel fabricator, erector, concrete contractor, and demolition subcontractor to work well. The structural contract documents showed the erection sequencing for the column removal to help facilitate coordination. In addition, all parties met at the job site beforehand to ensure that each understood its role in the process. One consideration ran constant for all parties through each phase

of demolition: the stability of the old roof had to be maintained. The rst step was to stabilize the existing roof structure. The demolition subcontractor designed and installed temporary braces to support the existing roof laterally so that surrounding portions of the building could be removed. Next, the mast columns were cast between existing columns along the axis of the new exhibit hall. The erector cut two holes in the existing roof deck to permit crews to hoist and erect the interior steel girder truss. Next, the erector placed the outer steel girder truss. The erector then placed W21 load-distribution members, at 7-3 on center, between the top of the new twin girder trusses and the top chord of the existing truss. Steel plate shims were used to account for irregularities and to ensure a tight t between the new and old construction. When all permanent bracing was installed, the erector cut the old steel columns, permanently transferring the existing roofs weight to the new twin steel girder trusses and castin-place mast columns. Load was transferred from 22 existing steel columns to the four new cast-in-place mast columns, which produced an open and highly functional exhibit hall space below. With proper planning and coordination, the centers original steel roof structure proved resilient and adaptable. The owner was provided with rigging capacity, lower maintenance roof slopes, and the large column-free space needed for the center to grow into a leading convention venue. Owner Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority, Richmond, Va. Design Architect Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback and Associates, Inc., Atlanta Associate Architect SMBW Architects, P.C, Richmond, Va. Structural Engineer Walter P. Moore, Atlanta Associate Engineer Daniels and Associates, P.C., Richmond, Va. Engineering Software SAP2000 RISA-3D Fabricator Cives Steel Company, Mid Atlantic Division, Winchester, Va., AISC member General Contractor Turner/Russell/Davis Brothers joint venture


Going in Circles

Thoughtful steel details complement timber framing in this visitors center in Winchendon, Mass.
SKILLFUL DETAILING PROVIDED THE STRAIGHTFORWARD AESTHETIC ELEMENTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND VISITORS CENTER AT VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY IN WINCHENDON, MASS. This detailing allowed the connection of steel and timber to serve as an integral part of the structural and architectural themes.
All photography for this article courtesy of Tellalian Associates Architects & Planners.

Structural System The $2.5 million administration and visitors center is organized around a central entrance and exhibit hall with a high, pitched roof and wood deck ceiling. The ceiling is supported by exposed, sloped reverse V-shaped glued laminated (glulam) girders with tension rods at the base of the girders, which in effect create a king-post truss. The tension rods effectively absorb the tension induced at the top of the supporting columns. Wood stud walls, constructed at the sides of the entrance and exhibit hall, act as shear walls and serve as part of the structures lateral load resisting system. Within the side shear walls, 6 6 wood columns occur at each support point for the glulam girders or trusses. Support for the trusses is provided by exposed 6 square steel HSS columns as the roof structure continues outside as an entry porch. The columns are enclosed by 16-wide masonry brick piers at the datum elevation. Two symmetrical, curved wings consisting of ofces and support facilities open from a curved single-loaded corridor in the central entrance and exhibit hall. The wings are lower in height than the central entrance area. Here the structureconsisting of 3-diameter steel columns with a spacing of 6-4 along the exterior front and rear walls of the buildingsupports wood girders, which in turn support the 2-0 on center wood trusses that span 22-4 between the front and rear curved walls. The enclosed chapel is constructed with a similar pattern. With a high ceiling and large, full-height glass windows at both the front entrance and rear elevation, the rhythmic line of exposed sloped glulam roof girders, or trusses, is visible from both ends of the building. Adjacent support spaces on both sides of the chapel are lower in height with roong framed with conventional wood framing.


Circular gussets provide a clean, uniform appearance.

The administration building and visitors center is connected to the entry faade of the chapel with an unenclosed walkway. An asymmetric, cantilevered sloped roof is supported by single columns at one edge of the walkway to avoid congestion from foot trafc. Six-inch square HSS columns with eccentric footings and cantilevered steel beams were used to form the one-sided cantilevered T shape of the roof structure. Columns were designed as cantilevers, resisting moments caused by the eccentricity. Anchor bolts were designed for the moments acting at the base of the columns. Foundations were also designed in an eccentric shape for the same purpose. Detailing for Aesthetics Connection of the sloped 5 15 glulam girders to the steel and columns was made by a pre-engineered detail. This detail was comprised of twin circular steel plates welded to a vertical HSS 6 6. The two plates were through-bolted through glulam girders, and the vertical steel tube was welded to the top of the steel column. In the case of the wood column, the steel tube was inserted at the top portion of the column and through-bolted for stability. The circular shape of the connection plates provided adequate space for installation of the through-bolts. This helped avoid the usual congestion that occurs in wood connections where small steel gusset plates are used. A pair of horizontal steel plates with a vertical end plate was welded to the circular plates, creating a vertical surface for attachment of tie rods at the top elevation of the columns. Vertical members were attached to the tie rod at mid-span. A single circular plate, with horizontal and vertical ears was welded there. The tie rods from the center of the sloped roof and the vertical members

from the roofs ridge were attached to the Zareh B. Gregorian is a principal with Gregocircular plates. Turnbuckles were installed rian Engineers. Garen B. Gregorian is a project on each end of the center circular gusset to manager with Gregorian Engineers. tighten the tie rods. A similar pattern was used for the gus- Owner sets in the covered walkway area. A 7 5 State of Massachusetts, Department of horizontal steel HSS was welded to the top Veterans Services, Boston of a 6 square HSS column that cantile- Architect vered on one side. A sloped 5 8 glulam Tellalian Associates Architects & is supported by a 2-diameter steel pipe Planners, LLC, Boston column at the top and rests at the edge of Structural Engineer and Detailer the 7 5 cantilever beam to form the Gregorian Structural Engineers, shape of the sloped roof girder. Two-inch Belmont, Mass. by 8 planks with plywood topping spanning between girders form the walk- General Contractor Adams Management Group, Inc., ways roof structure. The connection at the top of the col- Worcester, Mass. umns follows the same pattern as the administration building. Circular double gussets hold the 7 5 horizontal steel HSS beam and the inclined 2 diameter steel round HSS member. Focus on Gussets Circular gussets were feasible and advantageous for several reasons. A gusset that followed the horizontal vertical and sloped geometrical lines in the exposed ceiling structural members would not have yielded a desirable view. In comparison, the circular gussets various lines, without sharp corners, provided a pleasant view. Due to the large dimensions of the glulam wood girders, a large gusset plate also provided adequate space between thru-bolts, which engaged the whole section of the wood girders in resisting the applied forces. The gusset connecting the three major elements of the roof structurenamely the steel connection of the column, the sloped girder, and the horizontal tie rodrepeated throughout the three buildings, which made the solution economically feasible.

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Of Plans and Planes

Tensor Engineering founder and president Walter J. Gatti shares his experiences from more than 50 years in the structural steel industry.

Rob Downey Photography


Gatti and his two-engine Falcon 20.

MY FASCINATION WITH STEEL STRUCTURES STARTED BACK IN 1951 WHILE COMMUTING FROM THE BRONX TO BROOKLYN WHERE I WAS ATTENDING THE STATE OF NEW YORK COMMUNITY COLLEGE. The daily trip went past some of the most famous steel bridges we know: the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges. My goal was to get a degree in structural technology, which covered courses in strength of materials, steel and concrete design, shop fabrication, and steel detailing. I looked forward to a career involving eld construction projects but found I had a talent for detailing, which I enjoyed, and as a result excelled in. After graduation in the spring of 1952, I was hired by Babcock & Wilcox in Cleveland, Ohio as a steel detailer, which involved detailing structural steel and piping for power plants. I had to move to Cleveland and in doing so had my rst airplane ride. It was in a Viscount turboprop, and it inspired me to one day learn how to y. After a year in Cleveland, which was one of the coldest places I ever lived, I returned to New York City and worked for a couple of companies, one being a steel fabricator in New Jersey. The daily commute again took me across several steel bridges including the George Washington Bridge. I marveled at the magnicent structures and wondered how such large structures could ever be built. I was determined to nd a job detailing steel bridges. In 1953, I got the opportunity. A company that was producing shop drawings for the fabricator I worked for as an estimator wanted to know if I could estimate a detailing price on a bridge job they were bidding. Being 20 years old and capable of doing anything, including scaling tall buildings, I responded with, Of course. The project was the reconstruction of the Third Avenue swing span over the Harlem River in New York City. They got the job and offered me a position to start a bridge detailing section in their company. I accepted and struggled through the job, since I knew nothing about bridge detailing. When you are thrown into the middle of a lake, you learn to swim quickly or drown. I avoided drowning by hiring some capable steel detailers and learning from them as fast as I could. In the following years, the steel bridge industry exploded with the advent of the When you are thrown Interstate Highway Program. Great steel into the middle of structures were built, like the VerrazanoNarrows Bridge, Mackinac Straits, James a lake, you learn to River Bridge, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. All of the major structures, and a swim quickly or drown. majority of the smaller structures, were made of steel. The steel industry was at its peak. Thousands of detailers were employed, with some companies like Bethlehem Steel and American Bridge employing close to a thousand detailers each. There were hundreds of bridge fabricators doing a landslide business, and it seemed like it would never end. In 1958 I was running a bridge detailing ofce of almost 40 detailers. After working a minimum of 80 hours a week for ve years, I decided to go into business with a structural engineer. He concentrated on building a design section and I pursued the bridge detailing business. We formed Tensor Engineering Company and started with four detailers and one designer. On the personal side, in 1962 I began to pursue my other ambition and began taking ying lessons. I got my private pilots license in 1962 in a single-engine Piper Comanche. I then started ying around the country, gaining new customers and expanding our fabricaMARCH 2006 MODERN STEEL CONSTRUCTION

tor base for the bridge detailing portion of the business. The steel detailing business continued to grow. By 1964 we had over 20 employees and had detailed components of many large structures, such as the Staten Island approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the Throgs Neck Bridge, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, and an unusual structure for the Kennedy Space Center. The structure was the largest moveable structure in the world, and was built to launch the Saturn Rocket. This project brought me to Brevard County, Fla., which was my rst trip to Florida. I fell in love with the palm trees and sandy beaches and thought that this would be a great place to live someday. This project also gave me the opportunity to y in a jet aircraft when I had to attend a business meeting in California. It was an American Airlines 707, and I was totally fascinated ying at 35,000 at speeds over 500 miles an hour. I dreamed that one day I would learn to y a jet. By the late sixties, the Interstate Highway Program started to slow down. Most of the bridges had already been designed and many were under construction. It was during this time that the space program had been progressing at record speeds, and the Apollo Program was well on its way. One of the biggest steel projects at the time was the construction of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center. It would use over 100,000 tons of steel, and a group of New York detailers organized a joint venture to bid the job. That is when I met John Alonso and Lenny Ross, both detailers. Even though we didnt get the job, we still remain good friends to this day. Little did I realize at the time, but this was the beginning of the end for the major steel fabricators in this country. When Bethlehem Steel and American Bridge lost the fabrication of the World Trade Center, which had over 200,000 tons of steel, their dominance in the industry started to erode. In the years from the mid-50s to the early 1970s, steel prices and the cost of labor continued to rise unchecked. The management of the major steel producers were busy playing golf, so they kept giving in to union demands. Increases in wages and benets drove the steel prices to a point where alternate materials like concrete started to cut into the bridge construction industry. The steel unions had obtained fringe benets that were completely out of line with the rest of the construction

industry. Some employees got 12 or more weeks of vacation a year. This immobilized fabrication production during the summer months. By the mid-1970s, Bethlehem informed the union that unless it took a cut in pay and benets, it would have to terminate its fabrication business. The unions refused to budge and Bethlehem closed its fabricating plants, laying off thousands of employees. A few years later the same scenario happened at American Bridge Company. By the late 1970s, many of the major bridge fabricators were gone or had reduced their forces. The steel industry was on its decline

Contracting issues are a major concern for the future of the steel fabrication industry.
and was losing its market share to concrete structures, both for bridges and buildings. Meanwhile, Tensor Engineering, which maintained a staff of about 15 detailers, continued to keep busy during the decline of our larger competitors, who were retiring or closing their businesses due to the lack of new and large projects. In 1968, we purchased our rst computer systeman IBM 1130and started developing unique and specialized software to calculate complex bridge geometry. It was the basis and formulation for the same software we use today. I had also further developed my ying skills and owned an aircraft charter business operating out of LaGuardia Airport. We had several aircraft, including a turboprop, which I was qualied to pilot. I developed multi-engine and instrument pilot ratings and had accumulated over 1,000 ying hours. In 1971, after being stranded on the New England Thruway for four hours due to a bridge tender strike, which took place the same time as transit workers and garbage workers strikes, I decided to move the company to Florida. Only half of the ofce accepted my offer to relocate them and to help them buy their own homes. The reduced staff was a benetthe 70s were a tough time in the construction industry due to a lack of bridge projects and sky-high ination. I had diversied my business interests and used the spare time and money to invest in the local real estate market. When we

moved to Florida in 1972, Brevard Countys economy was depressed due to the end of the space programs and the moving of most of the technical support to Houston. Real estate prices were at an all-time low, with three- and four-bedroom homes on the water selling for $25,000. This all changed in less than a year when Disney built Disney World south of Orlando, which is less than 50 miles west of Brevard County. All of my real estate investments soared, and properties that I had bought for interest only with no money down quadrupled in price. Since then I have owned and sold millions of dollars of real estate. I also formed several aircraft leasing companies and have operated over 10 jet aircraft, for all of which I am qualied to be Pilot-in-Command. I have accumulated over 4,000 hours of jet time and obtained an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating, the highest pilot rating one can achieve. I have been type-rated to y several different jets, including a three-engine Falcon 50, which I currently own and y. The detailing industry improved in the 1980s, but the number of steel bridges continued to decline as more and more structures were being built in concrete. There were several bridge failures due to poor maintenance and design, and a new highway bill designed to replace aging and functionally obsolete bridges was enacted by Congress. Newer materials, such as weathering steel and high performance steels, were introduced, as well as new coating systems. But these advances did little to upset the balance, and today the number of concrete structures built outnumbers steel almost two to one. A major reason the concrete industry made gains is through standardization, which simplied the design and construction process. Over the last 47 years in the detailing business, Tensor Engineering has detailed over 3,000 bridges that represent over 2 million tons of structural steel. Many of these were award-winning steel structures, such as the Charles River cable-stayed bridge over the Big Dig in Boston. We also detailed the Storrow Drive Bridge, which is parallel to this structure. It is the largest single box girder bridge in the United States. In 2003, we nished detailing an unusual cable-stayed bridge, the Turtle Bay Sundial Bridge in Redding, Calif., which was featured in the October 2004 edition of Modern Steel Construction magazine (available online at Contracting issues are a major concern

for the future of the steel fabrication industry. General contractors are too eager to seek the low bid rather than the most qualied bid. And fabricators too often play their game and reduce their bids in an endless spiral toward nancial doom. The problem is exacerbated by bad payment terms. The fabricator has to buy the steel and pay his workforce upfront but too often doesnt receive payments until the entire projectnot just the steel packageis complete. Today, with the passage of the TEA-21 highway bill, the fabrication industry has an opportunity to improve its pricing policy, eliminate the contractor-led auctions, introduce standardization of material sizes and specications, and share new technology. The industry must also create a strong steel bridge alliance that pursues political inuences to formulate programs and rules that benet the use of steel structures. A strong steel industry is essential to our national security and economic well-being. Someone once said if you want to make a small fortune in the fabrication industry, start with a large one. It is time for the fabricators to stand up for their rights and improve their business practices. I hope they can do thisI am too young to retire! Is there a steel industry professional whom you think MSC should feature as a person to know? Send your suggestions to Lena Singer, Assistant Editor, at; or Keith Grubb, Managing Editor, at

It is time for the fabricators to stand up for their rights and improve their business practices.



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MARCH 2006

New Ewes for Steel Sheep Bridge

A steel sheep bridge in McCall, Ida- ing to take it apart wherever possible to ho will soon nd a new use as part of check things like I-bars and pins, he says. a pedestrian and bike path that will Then well sandblast the bridge, paint on circle the town. About 100 long and 16.5 a protective coating, reassemble it, modify wide, the bridge originally served as a coun- the existing railing to meet AASHTO code, ty road bridge in the early to mid-1900s. and move it back into place. Utz adds that while pedestrians and Logging trucks eventually moved it to its present location over the North Payette bicycles will soon use the bridge, sheepRiver to serve as a sheep crossinghorses herders will retain their permanent right to and cattle could swim across the river, but cross it with bands of sheep. ewes, lambs, and calves could not. Boulder Creek Engineering in nearby Donnelly, Idaho will upgrade the bridge to current standards. According to Dwight Utz, P.E., the bridge will get new concrete abutments as well as a new wooden deck and timber stringers. Wide-ange steel cross beams spaced at about 17 will support the deck and stringers. The bridge is in surprisingly good shape, says Utz. Nevertheless were go- Photo courtesy of Dwight E. Utz, P.E.


Executive Director

Standing the Test of Time

The Goethals Bridge spans the Arthur Kill linking Elizabeth, N.J. with the Howland Hook area of Staten Island, N.Y. The Goethals Bridge is a memorial to Major General George W. Goethals, builder of the Panama Canal and the rst consulting engineer of the Port Authority. The Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing, which are similar in design, were the rst facilities constructed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The 135 channel clearance of the Goethals Bridge permits passage of deepsea vessels through the Arthur Kill. A steel truss cantilever design by John Alexander Low Waddell, the bridge has a 672-long central span and supports four lanes of trafc. It is 8,600 long in total, 62 wide, and has a clearance of 135. The port authority had $3 million of state money and raised $14 million in bonds to build the Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing. Construction of the bridge began September 1, 1925 and cost $7.2 million. Both the bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing were opened June 29, 1928. The Goethals Bridge replaced three ferries and augmented the existing Arthur Kill rail bridge. Its unusual mid-span height was a requirement of the New Jersey ports. Connecting to the New Jersey Turnpike, it is now one of the main routes for trafc between Staten Island and Brooklyn via the Staten Island Expressway and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Until the bridge to Brooklyn was completed in 1964, the Goethals Bridge never turned a prot. The total trafc in 2002 was 15.68 million vehicles. The Goethals Bridge has two 10 lanes in each direction, which do not meet todays 12-wide highway design standards, and has no shoulders for emergency access. To meet modern standards, a new parallel bridge is planned, dividing the westbound and eastbound trafc between the old and new bridges.

As we begin the new year, the National Steel Bridge Alliance is unveiling changes in the way we will communicate with the steel bridge industry. The incorporation of our newsletter into Modern Steel Construction on a onceper-quarter basis will broaden our base of readership to include the structural steel design and construction industry. (Make sure you continue to look for our newsletter in the June, September, and December 2006 issues of MSC.) Additionally, our web site, www.nsbaweb. org, is undergoing a facelift, with modications that will make it more interesting, more informative, and easier to navigate. We look forward to rolling out the new web site by the rst of March. Any suggestions for ne-tuning the site will be appreciated and should be sent to Jody Lovsness at lovsness@nsbaweb. org. Our work for the steel bridge industry continues in the form of technical development, information awareness and transfer, and legislative affairs. Our efforts with these initiatives will foster growth in market share and increase the acceptance of steel as the material of choice for the bridge industry. We look forward to serving you with any of your bridge needs and hope 2006 will bring you good health and prosperity. Sincerely, Conn Abnee NSBA Executive Director


Pipe Truss Bridge to Carry Light Rail

Final delivery and installation of steel pipe trusses for the $21.5 million Town Lake Bridge project in Tempe, Ariz. took place in December 2005. The bridge will serve the Valley Metro light rail that connects Phoenix to Tempe and other neighboring communities. The new bridge measures 1,530 in length, with each truss section measuring about 75 to 93. Two trusses each carry a trackone for each direction. The designer, T.Y. Lin International of Tempe, selected a pipe truss design for strength and aesthetics. Stinger Welding, Inc., an AISC Major Bridge Shop, assigned at least 50 welders to the project. The welders worked for approximately 10 to 11 months from the time of order to final delivery of the main components. December 2005 marked the end of a six-week shipping cycle from the Stinger plant in Coolidge, Ariz. to the project site.

Corrosion in Northern Marine Environs


Atmospheric corrosion in northern environs such as Alaska is noticeably less severe than in southern climates, which is likely the result of lower temperatures and other factors. This offers the possibility to reduce both initial and maintenance costs by using uncoated steel properly detailed to avoid ponding water. Case in Point In 1973, conceptual studies began to assess the feasibility of construction of a dock near Cook Inlets North Foreland, just south of the Village of Tyonek in Alaska. At this location, Cook Inlet features a gently sloping seabed, requiring long approach structures to reach adequate water depths. Timber and chip ships required a water depth of 25 below mean lower low water (El25 MLLW ) at the dock face to go with a tide range of nearly 35. T complicate mato ters, this area is subject to six months of ice

cover riding the ebb and ood tidal currents. Orthotropic Steel Box Girders Adequate water depths required the dock be sited 1,500 offshore. Ice oes dictated a minimum number of costly piers. The solution for this marine location suggested 250 spans with a 16-wide approach roadway designed for HS20 trucks. Designers chose long sections of lightweight orthotropic steel painted box girders as the best solution. The deck consisted of an epoxy/grit surface layer. Construction in 1974 by Kodiak Lumber Mills had a few setbacks caused by difculty with pier construction in fast currents, but these were overcome and the project was put into service. 30 Years Later Inspection after 30 years in this northern marine environment (61 degrees north latitude) indicated that the steel superstructure was nearly devoid of signicant corrosion. Paint was worn on traveled surfaces and some rust was noted at irregularities that could hold water. Inside the box girder, topside eld-cut holes had allowed water to enter. Some corrosion had occurred around stiffeners on the box bottom, but it was not serious. Dennis Nottingham, P.E. is President of PND, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Steel Design Saves Big


A steel design saved the Florida Department of Transportation 10 percent nearly $8 millionin the nal bids for a sixbridge interchange now under construction in Jacksonville, Fla.

PRIOR TO BIDDING, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) DEVELOPED DUAL DESIGNS FOR A HIGHLY CONGESTED INTERCHANGE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA. TO INCREASE COMPETITION. (FDOT now has an ofcial policy to create dual designs for projects costing more than $25 million.) Designs for the superstructure evolved through different schemes before the nal steel design was selected for its economic advantage.

Bidding FDOT performed concept studies for the interchange in 1999. The designers originally assumed that the six bridges would have a steel or concrete segmental box superstructure. FDOT asked the concept designers to look into a double composite steel box with concrete segmental box design after the rst bridge development report. The inside deck would exist only for strength, and not for vehicles, in the double composite option. This steel concept proved to be an innovative, inexpensive design. However, FDOT thought it was too developmental for curved structures of this nature and chose the more conservative alternatethe concrete segmental design. By the time the concrete segmental alternate plans were ready to bid in 2003, the engineers estimate had grown considerably. Changes in means and methods of construction and Florida inspection requirements resulted in cost increases. FDOT was also concerned with the prospect of severe trafc disruption. FDOT requested a conventional steel box alternate design to improve bidding competition. The alternate steel design was completed in 10 months. When FDOT bid the project in May 2004, the segmental concrete alternate came in at $74 million, beating the steel alternate by a few million. However, the trafc plan mainte-

nance had to be redesigned. FDOT had to re-bid the project in May 2005. This time around, the engineers estimate for the segmental concrete alternate was $88 million. As a result, each contractor submitted a bid for only the conventional steel box alternate. Increasing costs ruled out the concrete segmental alternate primarily because of the complexities of the interchanges tight radius. Each of the interchanges six bridges was designed to follow a 775-radius curve. The tight curvature, using 10 concrete segments, would have required more and heavier support piers. The low bid for the steel alternate was approximately $80 milliononly 4% higher than the previous steel biddespite steel prices that had escalated since the previous two years. Compared to the concrete segmental design, the new steel box design generally reduced the number of support columns, often by a third. Steel, being lighter, also signicantly reduced the size of the

Bridge superstructures consist of double trapezoidal box girders. Following NSBA recommendations, all top and bottom flanges of a box girder will have a common width. Increased flange thickness, rather than width, will accommodate the need for greater support.

pier footings, and designers could position piers in more desirable locations. Finally, commercial development had occurred around the interchange site since the original bidding took place and would have made establishment of a large casting yard for concrete segmental construction extremely difcult. Bridge Design and Construction Construction began July 2005 for the three-level, semi-directional interchange, located at the intersection of St. Johns Bluff Road (State Road (SR) 9A) and James Turner Butler Boulevard (SR 202). The rst steel is scheduled for delivery in November 2006. The superstructures of the interchanges six circular bridges consist of double trapezoidal boxes. Grade 50 steel will be protected by a three-coat paint system, and each bridge will have a closed drainage system. The bridges over SR 9A will be able to accommodate future widening by one lane. The superstructures will rest on single concrete columns that are at the cap. A single pot bearing will sit under each steel box (sometimes called tub girders). Conventionally, steel boxes have one bearing under each web, doubling the number required. In this case, the designers centered the bearing in the box bottom ange to simplify construction. One point of contact per box will ease the work of dealing with geometric rotation caused by both superelevation and curvature. A single bearing per box also facilitates future jacking for maintenance. Contractors can put jacks on either side of the bearing and lift the whole box. Following recommendations by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), all top and bottom anges of a box girder will have a common width. Increased ange thickness, rather than width, will accommodate the need for greater support. This concept somewhat complicated the designers work but will greatly simplify steel box fabrication. Five of the six bridges will have one lane while a sixth will have two lanes. Flanges of a single width can be sliced from large steel plates welded together lengthwise. The ve one-lane bridges have 21 top ange widths, and the two-lane bridge has top ange widths of 23, both at the eld sections and at the pier. Positive moment areas have 16 anges. Two smaller bridges over SR 202bridges 701 and 705will have piers centered in the roadway. The designers specied a temporary wall to facilitate construction for these bridges while minimizing disruption to trafc. The technique is similar to a cofferdam. With the wall in place, the contractor will be able to come in with a crane, build the foundation, and get out. Middle piers for the two smaller bridges over SR 9Abridges 702 and 706will be between the roadway and the ramps, so the temporary walls will not be necessary. The larger one-lane bridge, 704, will have eight-spans and an overall length of 1,714- 8. This bridge will be divided into three continuous units, with strip steel expansion joints between the units. The typical section for all ve of the one-lane bridges will have web thicknesses of . The widths across the top and bottom anges of the trapezoidal boxes are 8 and 5, respectively. The web will have a vertical depth of 6. About 10 will separate the two steel boxes. The deck will overhang the steel boxes by about 5 on each side. These dimensions bring the total width across the deck to about 36. The bottom anges of the steel boxes range in thickness from to 1-7/8 and will be eld-spliced with bolts at the seams. Bridge 707 will be longer and wider than the others. Having two lanes, its deck width will be about 49. The typical two-lane superMODERN STEEL CONSTRUCTION MARCH 2006

structure will also consist of double trapezoidal steel boxes but with larger dimensions than the other bridges. In this case, the trapezoidal boxes measure 12 across the top. The bottom ange width will be 9. The webs will have a vertical depth of 6.5, and about 13.8 will separate the steel boxes. The steel boxes will have both internal and external cross frames (diaphragms). The V-shaped intermediate cross frames within the boxes will simplify the passage of inspectors. The curvature of the structure will require temporary external cross frames between the steel boxes during construction. Before casting the slab, the girders two top anges may experience large differential deections, making t-up extremely difcult. The temporary external cross frames will control differential ange displacement and rotation of individual tub girders prior to slab placement. Designers positioned these temporary K-shaped intermediate cross frames at the same points as the internal ones. When completed, the new six-bridge interchange will allow SR 202 to connect Jacksonvilles developing downtown to its beaches. SR 9A will eventually become part of Interstate 295, looping around the city as a beltway. Jesus Mustafa is a Vice President of H.W. Lochner, Inc. in Sunrise, Fla. Jim Talbot is a consultant for NSBA. Owner Florida Department of Transportation Engineer of Record H.W. Lochner, Inc.Clearwater, Fla. ofce (with support from Orlando and Sunrise, Fla. ofces) Engineering Software BSDI MDX GT-STRUDL Detailer Tensor Engineering, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., AISC member, NISD member Detailing Software BGS (Tensor Engineering proprietary software) Fabricator Tampa Steel Erecting Co., Tampa, Fla., AISC member, NEA member General Contractor Superior Construction Co., Jacksonville, Fla.
Graphics for this article are courtesy of NSBA.

quality corner March 2006 The Building Standard: What Have We Learned?
Now that building fabricators have been audited to the Certication Standard for Steel Building Structures, what information can we glean from our experiences?

Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.

William W. Watt, a debt collector from the early 1800s

WE NOW HAVE SEVERAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN Building Standard. Revising quality manuals to reect this change USING THE CERTIFICATION STANDARD FOR STEEL BUILD- was not an easy task for our fabricators, to say the least. The element that triggered the next-largest count of CARs ING STRUCTURES (BUILDING STANDARD). We have been thanked. We have been cursed. We have accumulated information. is the Detailing section (element seven). This was probably the The Corrective Action Requests (CARs) written at audits to the biggest revelation from the study. The only indicator we have to Building Standard have been collected and sorted, and are ready to explain why this was a heavy hitter was the size of the element be digested. So what, exactly, are we going to digest here? Are itself. This element didnt contain many new requirements when we looking to nd where evil-doers are cheating the system? Are compared to the old audit checklist program, but is second in we looking for something to hold up to pronounce that it was all length to the Management Responsibility element. Third place in the stack-up of CARs is Process Control (eledone for the good of baseball stadiums, courthouses, and high-rise nursing homes? Not exactlywere tying to identify patterns or ment 12), which includes shop operations. While there arent very trends in the data that we can use to help our customers navigate, many lines in this portion of the Building Standard, the activities it avoid, or overcome these obstacles in the future. We thought an refers to include volumes of specications by other specifying enimportant place to start would be the 10 most common reasons tities (AWS, SSPC, etc.). Again, this element didnt contain many new requirements. for CARs. These are the top-three elements associated with CARs, but After all these years of working and problem solving, Ive learned a few really solid things. One of the lessons Ive come to focusing on the elements alone can give a distorted view. Some treasure most is that if you measure something that hasnt been elements have just a few requirements, and some, such as Manmeasured before, you are going to see things you didnt expect. So agement Responsibility, have several requirements within them. Thats why we will now move on to the ten most frequently cited lets be surprised together! First, we will look at the occurrences by major element as they sub-elements from the Building Standard. Elements that dont have relate to the Building Standard, and then will dig a little deeper into the para graphs within them. Finally we will look at the 10 sub-elements from the Build ing Standard that are associated with the most CARs. Admittedly, the element related to the majority of CARs wasnt much of a surprise: Management Responsibility (element ve). Documentation of man agement direction, including documentation of the quality system, is a major new requirement of AISC Certication for Building Fabricators. So its not really surprising that most of the kinks in implementation showed up there. It also has the most requirements, as evi denced by the number of lines in the

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Breakdown of CARs within the Top Three Elements

MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY CARs (ELEMENT 5) Documentation Management Review Goal Tracking Management Representative Job Description Manual Approval Other # CARs 149 64 41 32 8 7 3 DETAILING CARs

# CARs 89 60 30 27 17 13 13 13 9



# CARs 47 37 35 11 9 5 4

Checking Drawings Reference Documents Detailing Standards Subcontractors Qualications Other Checkers Qualications Customers Drawings Information Tracking Drawing Approval

Maintenance Welding Bolting Other Multiple Painting Surface Preparation

a lot of sub-elements are treated as a whole for this portion of the study. The chart on the next page ranks the element or sub-element compared to the others in association with corrective actions. Ranks four and eight are shown more than once each because they are really a two-way and a three-way tie, respectively. The Perceived Cause is our conclusion as to why that element or sub-element is associated with higher levels of corrective actions. The Recommended Follow Up column might seem confusing, since our audit process includes closing out all CARs when adequate evidence is provided. As a result, certied fabricators shouldnt need instruction here on how to resolve them. However, the recommendations could be used to avoid a future CAR, or could help out a fabricator who is considering AISC Certication.

Keep in mind: these are only suggestions and must t your business to be effective. The net result, from our perspective, is that a signicant change was required of fabricators, and it was not easily achieved. Some new items were not received as intended, likely due to a lack of good communication. Some items have been problems for years, and, by golly, they are still problems! Those are going into our pot for future discussions with the AISC Committee on Certication. Congratulations once again to all AISC Certied Building Fabricators for meeting these challenges head-on and successfully completing their audits to the Building Standard. Dan Kaufman is Manager of Operations for Quality Management Company, LLC, in Chicago.


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Additional requirements of the new Building Standard Changing landscape of contract detailers System change from Document and Data Control checklist criteria Additional requirements of the new Building Inspection Procedure Standard Additional requirements Purchasing/Selection of of the new Building Subcontractors Standard Additional requirements Management Responsibilityof the new Building Direction and Leadership Standard System change from Control of Quality Records checklist criteria Detailing Function Changing requirements Resources (Required Library) Material Identication Corrective Action Changing requirements System change from checklist criteria System change from checklist criteria System change from checklist criteria

Management ResponsibilityDocumentation Requirements Calibration of Inspection Measuring and Test Equipment Checking of Shop and Erection Drawings

System change from checklist criteria

Review examples online at Write procedures to recalibrate as physically needed; use calibrated tapes to check weld gauges and squares; conduct internal audits to keep current. Build into initial review of job with contract detailers. Detailing standards: use subcontractor review and internal auditing to monitor. Review examples online at; use a manual index with revision dates; conduct internal audits to keep current. Document minimum requirements for inspectors; clarify in-process versus nal inspection plan; document inspection results. Keep documentation of receiving simple; track exceptions: set frequency for review at level tting to your business; conduct internal audits to keep current. Set up standard meeting agenda covering bullet points required by the Building Standard. Dene system to t your practice; conduct internal audits to keep current. Monitor; conduct internal audits to keep current. Requirement tied to AISC Code of Standard Practice (2005): next revision expected in ve years; conduct internal audits to keep current. Use as a system to x recurring or serious problems, not as solution to x single piece errors; conduct internal audits to keep current. Involve more than management representative; schedule internal audits in advance; name auditors; spread out elements throughout year. Train your own trainer; keep steps small.


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Structural Steel Detailers

AISC and NISD Members

MODERN STEEL CONSTRUCTIONS 2006 STEEL DETAILER LISTING features up-to-date contact information for AISC Associate member detailers and NISD members, as well as AISC Active member fabricators that indicated they provide outside detailing services. This listing is meant to serve as a reference for members of the steel design and construction community as they seek out detailing services for upcoming projects. Next year, this listing is planned to exclusively feature AISC Associate member detailers and AISC Active members that provide outside detailing services. The detailer surveywhich in the past provided information about the responding rms sizes, detailing capabilities, and software experience, among other informationwill also return to present a detailed look at AISCs member detailing rms. If you would like to become an AISC Associate Member detailer, please contact Kelly Butler, AISC Membership Services Assistant, at or at 312.670.5409 for more information.

Key to Membership (Mem.) Abbreviations

A AISC Associate Member detailer N NISD Member A-ACT AISC Active Member fabricator accepting detailing work.
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A structural steel detailing system that puts an array of powerful modeling and detailing tools in the hands of drafting professionals, providing a productive solution for steel detailing. An MRP that brings the steel fabrication industry up-to-date with the latest processing, tracking, and reporting facilities and streamlines the fabrication process by providing seamless interaction between departments, suppliers, and clients. A plate nesting system that allows users to optimize their steel stock by planning cutting schedules to calculate minimum wastage. For AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, and IntelliCAD. Steel shapes (AISC, CISC, BHP, DIN, JIS) with weighted auto-BOM. Stairs, ladders, connections, frames, beam design, and symbols. Free demo available. Works with AutoCAD 14-2006 and IntelliCAD for detailing structural and miscellaneous steel. Configure the program to your detailing requirements. Beam-tobeam, beam, and vertical brace-to-column connection matching. A stand-alone Windows system that combines piece-by-piece and grid-navigator input styles. Users click icons representing framing conditions and enter other basic information found on a framing plan: the rest is automatic. Connections can be applied automatically or specified from a user-definable library. For miscellaneous detailing. Works with CVSpro to boost miscellaneous detailing power. Choose from seven modules to detail stairs and handrails, erection and anchor bolt plans, ladders, roof frames, trusses, etc. Creates joist lists and decking layouts. An AutoCAD-based structural steel detailing platform that is a fraction of the price of the competition yet more powerful and easier to use. A flexible detailing solution with drawing presentation. Produces details, CNC and production control data, mill orders, connection calculations, gather sheets, and more. User friendly. Easily configurable. A complete detailing solution. Produces details, anchor bolt plans, e-sheets, field bolt lists, mill orders, CNC data, production control data, connection calcs, and more. Easy to use, with minimal training required. A cost-effective system to create shop details of structural steel and miscellaneous metal including bills of material, cutting lists, and shipping and ordering lists. Automatic stair stringer details from stair plans. A program to create shop cutting lists, advance order lists, and inventory lists for use in estimating, ordering, and cutting tasks. A linear nesting program, using stock material and a list of required material, determines the most economical cutting arrangement. Cuts any linear material. A pocket PC calculator for feet and inches. A full-featured 2-D CAD program for PDAs and Smartphones. Excels at drafting existing conditions on site and at generating and maintaining punchlists. A 3-D computer modeling software product designed for the structural steel industry. The user creates a 3D model that is used to automatically design members and member end connections, produce shop drawings, order material, create CNC files for automated fabrication, and share data with other software products. Steel detailers, fabricators, engineers, and erectors can access the same 3D model from anywhere in the world simultaneously. A software program used to detail structural steel. The user has the option to put all information into a framing plan and have the software generate details, or generate details by a piece-by-piece method. Properties and dimensions of various shapes are just a click away. Bracing, camber, trigonometry, stairs, circle, and metric conversion, as well as many other functions are also included with this software. Used to generate anchor setting and framing plans automatically. The user enters information into dialog boxes and plans are generated in AutoCAD automatically. 2D detailing and structural drawing software for AutoCAD. Quickly generate details (steel and concrete) for erection plans, fabrication details, and shop drawings with little input and a few mouse clicks. A powerful and user-friendly, flexible AutoCAD-based steel detailing and fabrication package. Easily produces general arrangement drawings, detailing, bills of material, and NC files. Works in all Autodesk-supported versions of AutoCAD. Customized AutoCAD products for the ornamental/architectural metal fabricating industry. Automated railing, fence, and gate drawing software. Design library of castings and forgings from six suppliers.

AceCad Software, Inc. 610.280.2840

StruM.I.S StruNest

ASVIC Engineering and Software 6.175.526.6601 AutoSD, Inc. 601.679.5800

MQ Structural Steel Detailing

AutoSD Steel Detailing

CVSpro8 CadVantage, Inc. 704.344.9644

CVSpro ToolBox SmartJoist

CADS-USA, Inc. 800.470.4566 Computer Detailing Systems, Inc. 888.263.5892

Advance Steel

Asteel 2.0 Asteel 3D SteelLogic

Computer Detailing Corporation 215.938.6860

Material Management Optimal Cutting Program FICalc

Coutts Design, Inc. 617.868.2940 Design Data 800.442.0782



DetailCAD DetailCAD 406.862.7906 DetailCAD Genie DetailCAD Plan Generator Digital Canal Corporation 800.449.5033 Graitec 800.470.4566 FabCAD, Inc. 800.255.9032 StrucPro

Advance Steel Suite Customized AutoCAD Products



John Williams Detailing, Inc. 260.492.2327 MacroSoft 909.863.9169

Products Offered
AutoStructural AutoStair Detail

Product Descriptions
Drawings for structural steel beams and columns. Auto backoffs, copes, and dimensioning. Draws and dimensions beams and columns from user input and AISC data files. Drawings and dimensions for steel stringers for fabrication. User inputs run and rise for stairs, AutoStairs draws and dimensions stringers ready for fabrication. A fully automated structural steel detailing system. Build your model on the screen visually in 3D using the GMI, apply your connections either globally or drag-and-drop, and the shop DWGs, erection DWGs, reports, and CNC files are generated automatically. Structural steel design software for AutoCAD in 2D and 3D steel. Wide range of automated features. Full design links. Specialized modules for platforms, stairs, rigs, and offshore. A general detailing environment for AutoCAD. Includes key drafting tools. Ensures drawings layering, annotation style, and presentation are consistent. A family of translators to enable the exchange of MultiSUITE application data between the main industry applications for further analysis and design. 3D steel auto detailing, AutoCAD-based software for structural steel and stairs. Steel framing and anchor bolt plans, elevations, shop drawings, and reports generated in auto regime. Auto-generated steel framing and anchor bolt plans, elevations, typical sections and grids (AutoCAD). Structural shapes database: fast search, selection, and calculations. Auto conversion of SDS/2-produced DXF files into AutoCAD DWG format. Options: apply stacked text, assign layers, fill holes, set scale. Improved DXF import in SDS/2. Nine AutoCAD add-ons in one package. Stairs and rails modeling, calculations and auto drafting; weld symbols; structural symbols; dimensions and text utilities; filters; and Acad Explorer. Updated for AISC 2005 specification. Designs beam shear and moment connections to girders and columns, beam and column splices, and FEMA-350 connections. Available in US and metric units; ASD and LRFD. Updated for AISC 2005 specification. Designs connections of diagonal, chevron, K, and knee braces, including brace connections to column base. Available in US and metric units; ASD and LRFD. An inexpensive suite of detailing and drafting applications that work with AutoCAD 2002-2006. No learning curve or expensive training programs. Includes structural shapes, bolts/nuts/washers, joists and girders, steel floor and roof deck, and welding symbols. Databases include AISC, MAISC, and CISC. Bill of material scanner. Reads DWG or DXF files and creates files for exporting to any production management software. Also creates a suite of reports based on the BOM. Full-featured, powerful 3D modeling system that runs in AutoCAD. Used initially as the visual front-end for building models to be detailed by MacroSofts Detail. A structural steel reference and AutoCAD drafting tool for steel construction. View dimensions and properties. Search shapes by property values. Convert shape lists between US and metric. AutoCAD-based product for making structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication drawings, plate-work details, anchor bolt plans, erection plans, e-sheet sections, and more. Drawings follow AISC standards. Detail beams, columns, bracing, stairs, handrails, frames, tilt-up panels, and full-size shop templates. Automated detailing and fabrication software. Complies with AISC and CISC standards. Produces erection drawings and generates design calculations. Shop-ready drawings. Details most structural beams, columns, vertical and horizontal bracing, stairs, and ladders. Any member made from almost any structural shape. A total structural solution for construction projects. From architectural modeling to engineering, detailing, fabrication, and erection, the range of software and support offered can help improve production and ease of project completion. The evolution of Xsteel. A structural and miscellaneous steel detailing solution that maximizes the accuracy and productivity of 3-D modeling while automatically creating shop/erection drawings, material reports, and CNC files for fabrication. Multi-material construction, single platform. The ability to create comprehensive production models and fabrication/detail drawings for structural steel, pre-cast concrete, and CIP reinforced concrete elements. Tekla also offers modeling solutions for each construction material separately. Managing the information model. Tekla provides the ability to apply and automatically extract critical management attributes in all Tekla Structures-based models. Provides access to this information without the need to manipulate construction geometry. MARCH 2006 MODERN STEEL CONSTRUCTION

MultiSuite Software 800.500.4563 713.807.1005

MultiSteel MultiDraft MultiIntegrator Solid Structural Quick Structural SDS-DXF-Convert Acad Officer DesconWin DesconBrace

NYacad, Inc. 646.369.9006

Omnitech Associates, Inc. 888.8.DESCON SoftDraft, LLC 901.753.6500 Soft Steel, Inc. 909.863.9191 South Fork Technologies, Inc. 360.274.0493 SSDCP, Inc. 704.370.0840 SteelCad Consulting Corporation 800.456.7875 StrucSoft Solutions 514.341.2028

SteelPlus Detailing Bundle

Softscan GMI ShapeBook with 2D/3D Steel 3.1



StrucSoft Solutions Tekla StructuresSteel Detailing

Tekla 877.TEKLA.OK

Tekla StructuresFull Detailing

Tekla StructuresProject Management

Peddinghaus Anglemaster APS623D 1986 175-ton single cut shear, 75 ton punches, L6 6 capacity, infinite auto gauging, fagor CNC controls, 40 in feed conveyor. Excellent condition. Bridge Crane 5-ton Seco top running, single girder, 50 span under power, very well maintained. Controlled Automation Beamline CNC, Whitney Model 790-377 New 1992, rebuilt 1999, 3-100 ton presses, 39 60 conveyors in and out, each with 4-arm Promacut lift and glide beam transfer system. Less than 500 hrs. since like-new rebuild. DoAll Saw Model TF-2525 tilt frame vertical with 60 conveyors in and out and Promacut Model PMS-1 measuring system. Miscellaneous quantities of conveyors, hoists and beam transfers available. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE Contact: Danny Thomas Steel Service Corporation 601-939-9222 IS LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED PROJECT MANAGERS AND CHECKERS
For immediate consideration please e-mail resume to

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Structural Fabrication Inspector $18.68$25.89/hour; $39,004$54,058/year MN Department of Transportation

Perm. FT vacancy at Mn/DOT in Oakdale, MN (suburb of St. Paul, MN). Will provide QA inspection during steel bridge and structure fabrication to comply with codes, standards and specs. 40% out-of-state travel required. Must have AWS Certified Welding Inspector certificate and Class D drivers license. For further info and to apply, go to http://www. and search for Job #05DOT000523. Questions: Contact Barb Kochevar at 651-296-1360 or EOE

Schuff Steel, a national leader in the fabrication and erection of structural steel, is currently recruiting and hiring for all positions. With multiple facilities throughout the United States, we are looking for talented Steel Professionals. To learn more, visit our web site at Industry Mobilization Director
Are you a sales and marketing professional looking for a new challenge that is different and exciting? Do enjoy thinking strategically, working against long-term goals, helping others transition their skill sets, juggling multiple tasks and managing numerous high-level relationships? Can you motivate volunteers to achieve new goals and help strengthen an entire industry? Do you understand how to reach key project decision makers? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and learn more about structural steel than you ever dreamed there was to learn? The structural steel industry is looking for the right person to take the lead in mobilizing industry sales resources to focus their talents on making structural steel the material of choice. This will involve training and motivating sales professionals to look outside of their typical customer base and develop upstream relationships with owners, general contractors, architects and engineers. The American Institute of Steel Construction, founded in 1921 as the trade association for the structural steel industry, is pioneering a new Industry Mobilization initiative and looking for a seasoned sales and marketing professional as initiative director. The ideal candidate will have a bachelors degree with at least 10 years of experience marketing solutions to building owners, developers, architects, general contractors and structural engineers. An exposure to structural engineering and the use of structural steel in construction would be beneficial. Strong communication, teaching and computer skills are a must. The position is Chicago-based but will require significant travel throughout the United States. To submit your resume for consideration or to request a full job description, please contact John Cross, Vice President, AISC Marketing LLC at


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Pleasanton, CA (925) 485-2000 ENGINEER

A Pacific Northwest metal building manufacturer has an immediate opportunity for a P.E. Registration in Western U.S. States or ability to attain within 6 months. Experience with MBS Software a plus. Also considered will be EIT with specific metal building design experience. EOE.

HCI Steel Building Systems, Inc.

18520 67th Ave. NE Arlington, WA 98223 Fax: (360) 435-9267 E-mail:

Immediate opening for entry level/experienced detailers/checkers.


Knowledge of AutoCAD 2004, reading contract drawings, Microsoft Excel and Word required. Previous experience in detailing joists and girders is a plus. Relocation reimbursement and benefits. EOE.
Please send resume attn:

P.O. Box 2170 Fernley, NV 89408 E-mail to or fax to 775-575-7222


HR to Valley Joist, Inc.

Structural Steel Plant located in Southeastern USA with access to interstate highways, railroad, water and air transportation.
Inquiries: DERBY, DRYLIE & ASSOCIATES, INC. P.O. Box 88 Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-7585 fax (215) 345-7073


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AISC Quality Certification
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Standardized Steel Consultation

Structural Steel Fabricators and Steel Erectors
Document and Technical Support Receive Training from Our Certified Welding Educators Apply the Requirements of AISC's New Building Standard Reduce Defects Streamline Operations Enhance Productivity Reduce Cycle Time
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Quebec Detailing Connection

Superior management from Old School veterans, combined with the latest technology for simple to complex projects, with tight delivery schedules. Contact Robert Beauchamp at 1-866-677-6161 Web Site:

100 Detailers available Stations of 3D modelers for:

Computerized Structural Steel Detailing

Experienced Staff including licensed Professional Engineers with many years of detailing experience. 35 years of service to steel fabricators and contractors. Software: ACAD, Steel-Logic, Xsteel Gress Corporation 815 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382 Ph: (610) 918-3817 Fax: (610) 918-3819 E-mail: Estimator: Eric Gress, ext. 103

for 75 story UBC compliant building at STARBUCK's. Automatic shape selection plus "RSMeans" data displays meaningful ROI. After quick modeling to maximize profitability export output data via AUTOCAD VBA to expedite finalization. FREE DEMO. FAX 661 871 1798 TEL 661 872 4763 CREATIVE ENGINEERING USA 3513 Century Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93306


Sales/Estimating Manager
AISC Certified Structural Steel Fabricator with CNC-beam, angle, and bar lines. Current capacity is 100 tons/week with one shift. Past jobs include schools, warehouses, office buildings, churches, and other commercial buildings ranging in size from 100 to 1,500 tons. Individual must be an advanced user of computer systems for estimating, sales and estimating management. Must also be completely self-supervising and motivated with above average management skills and experience. Top salary, plus benefits, profit sharing, moving allowance and company growth sharing for right person.

Consolidated Steel Construction Englewood, CO E-mail:


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We are currently seeking a structural steel detailer. Must have experience with SDS/2 and AutoCAD, a minimum of 3-5 years experience, strong attention to detail, problem solving and good organization skills. Builders Iron, Inc. is a fast-paced, growing company offering benefits package including medical/dental, life insurance and 401k. Salary will be negotiable. For inquiries and resume please contact:

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Steve Entingh General Manager BUILDERS IRON, INC. 7770 Venture Ave. Sparta, MI 49345

EMPLOYMENT NATIONWIDE IN STRUCTURAL/MISCELLANEOUS/ and STEEL BRIDGE FABRICATION ProCounsel is in communication with over 3,000 Structural, Miscellaneous and Steel Bridge Fabricators. There is a big, urgent demand for your knowledge and your years of experience. We can market your skills to the steel fabrication industry without identifying you. Further, we can target a specific geographic area. So we can place you in the city or state of your choice, at the right money, in the right job for you. The employer pays the employment fee and the interviewing and relocation expenses. If youve been thinking of making a change, now is the time to do it. The right location, the right job, at the right money. PROCOUNSEL Buzz Taylor Private line: 866-436-0100 or 214-741-3014 Fax: 214-741-3019

QPP Firm Professional Engineer and NISD Certified Detailers on Staff Competitive Rates Quick Turnarounds All Sizes and Types of Projects Fabrication Equipment Control Data Electronic Drawing File Transfers Staffing to Meet Project Requirements AISC & NISD Member 1732 Bonner Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 T-972-964-3310 F-972-867-2198

Tekla Structures 3D Modeling Services

Glenn Ihde & Company Structural Steel Detailing


STROCAL, INC. is looking for dedicated and experienced candidates for all aspects of its business including management positions, contracts managers, and shop fabrication. Sales territories include Northern California, Southern California and Las Vegas. STROCAL, INC. is a Large Structural Steel Fabrication and Erection Company headquartered in Stockton, CA with an additional facility in Eloy, AZ. We offer excellent wages and great benefits. For immediate consideration, please e-mail resume to or contact:

Staff Engineer
This is an entry-level, full-time position. The employee will assist and report directly to the Chief Engineer to complete all tasks related to the detailing, design, manufacturing and field modifications of steel joist and joist-girders. Requires Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering, primary study in Structural Engineering and passed Engineer-in-Training (Fundamentals) Exam. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and AutoCAD. Knowledge of MathCAD a plus. Must be willing to work in a production atmosphere. EOE. Please send resume attn:

STROCAL, INC. 2324 Navy Drive Stockton, CA 95206 (209) 948-4585 (Fax)
STRUCTURAL AND MISCELLANEOUS STEEL ESTIMATOR George Steel Fabricating is a rapidly growing AISC Certified steel fabricator serving the Cincinnati-Dayton-Columbus Ohio areas. Private and public projects ranging in size from 100 to 1,200 tons. Established in 1960. We seek an experienced structural and miscellaneous steel estimator. Thorough knowledge of steel estimating and construction management computer software packages. Demonstrated experience from initial bid through completion of project per customer specifications. Good communication skills and a team player. We offer a competitive salary and a full benefit package to the qualified individual. Forward information to: George Steel Fabricating, Inc.
1207 South U.S. Route 42 Lebanon, OH 45036 Phone: 513.932.2887 Fax: 513.932.2059

P.O. Box 2170 Fernley, NV 89408 E-mail to or fax to 775-575-7222

American Steel Fabricators, Inc. of Greenfield, NH has an outstanding career opportunity for an experienced miscellaneous metals/structural steel estimator. We are a proactive, profitable and customer-dedicated company that recognizes the importance of the contributions of every one of our employees. Our opening has real upside potential for a person willing to do the work it takes to achieve success. And you can live in the heart of New England to boot. We offer a competitive compensation/benefits package. EOE. Please visit our web site: Or mail resume to P.O. Box 185, Greenfield, NH 03047

HR to Valley Joist, Inc.

Structural & Misc. Steel Fabrication

Our organization has been recruiting for the Structural and Misc. Steel Fabricating industry for over 20 years. Current positions include:
Project Manager General Manager Quality Control Estimators Detailers Plant Superintendents Checkers Chief Draftsman Please send resume to: Richard Stauffer United Employment Associates 2030 Tilghman St., Suite 201, Allentown, PA 18104 phone: (610) 437-5040 fax: (610) 437-9650 e-mail: