Specification Section: Steel Products and Design/Fabrication Software 2017
Read below for a selection of software products, steel component manufacturers and industry associations. This brief listing is meant to introduce you to leading software and engineered products, with Web addresses to access further information. If we missed your company, email [email protected], and we’ll add it to our more-complete online catalog.
American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry, providing timely and reliable information.
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American Galvanizers Association
The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, fabricators and after-fabrication hot-dip galvanizers throughout North America. Since 1933, the AGA has provided information on the most-innovative applications and state-of-the-art technological developments in hot-dip galvanizing for corrosion control.
The AGA provides a number of free tools for specifiers, including PDF publications, Galvanize It! continuing education series, a free quarterly email newsletter for specifiers, and an online protection coatings Life-Cycle Cost Calculator (LCCC). Additionally, the AGA routinely publishes technical FAQs (Dr. Galvs) and KnowledgeBase articles addressing common specifier concerns as well as a variety of case studies in the AGA Project Gallery at galvanizeit.org/project-gallery. All of these tools and more can be found on the AGA’s website.
Atlas Tube is the leading producer of steel HSS in North America, delivering the shortest cycle times and largest size range in the industry. We roll most sizes of A1085 HSS every three weeks or less, and complete details can be found at atlastube.com/astm-a1085. Now in stock at service centers in the western United States, there’s no reason not to spec A1085 HSS, the industry’s strongest support for your projects! Atlas HSS are available in squares up to 20 inches and 0.188-0.875-inch wall thickness, rectangles up to 24 by 12 inches and 0.188-0.750-inch wall thickness, and rounds up to 20 inches and 0.188-0.625-inch wall thickness. Contact Atlas Tube to speak with our structural engineer and learn more about ASTM A1085 HSS.
Autodesk Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD® software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets. Autodesk offers a number of tools for the structural industry, including:
Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional
Provides engineers with advanced BIM-integrated structural analysis and tools that design the behavior of any structure type and verify code compliance.
A single software application that supports a multi-discipline BIM workflow from concept to construction. Use Revit to model designs with precision, optimize performance and collaborate more effectively.
Steel detailing software built on the familiar AutoCAD platform. Structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators use Advance Steel to help accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication and steel construction.
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AVEVA’s fabrication software suite provides class-leading productivity for the detailed design and fabrication of structural steelwork, enabling rapid, high-quality fabrication and construction for on-time, on-budget, integrated project execution.
AVEVA has combined AVEVA Bocad™, the most-powerful, productive and complete structural steel detailing solution, with AVEVA FabTrol™, the global market-leading information and production management system for steel fabrication. The result is the world’s most-powerful and integrated end-to-end solution available for the steel fabrication industry.
Together, AVEVA Bocad and AVEVA FabTrol are driving the Future of Steel Fabrication—continually creating new capabilities to transform the structural steel industry.
Bentley Systems Inc.
Bentley offers structural and bridge engineers and designers comprehensive design and analysis software.
• Structures: Consider multiple design alternatives quickly and early in your design process. Tackle projects with confidence and quickly produce high-quality and economical designs. Synchronize model data with confidence among your entire design team, including detailing 3D models for all of your structural projects. Design structures anywhere in the world using more than 80 international codes, with RAM and STAAD.
• Bridges: Model, design, detail, construct, document, analyze, and manage structural steel components in your building and plant projects of all types and scales. Perform parametric modeling, streamlined analysis, design, and load-rating of straight and curved I-girder and box-girder bridge with LEAP Bridge Steel.
Bluebeam Revu is the end-to-end digital workflow and collaboration solution trusted by more than 1 million AEC professionals worldwide to improve project communication and streamline processes. By utilizing PDF, Revu enables a common data environment for owners, architects, engineers and contractors to easily share jobsite information downstream, including 3D models and images. Revu 2017 now includes enhanced takeoff and workflow automation tools designed to remove the tedium of repetitive, time-consuming tasks.
Canam-Buildings is an industry-leading fabricator of steel joists, girders and steel deck, and it also designs, manufactures and installs the Reveal Series decking system, Murox prefabricated building system, and Hambro composite floor systems.
The BuildMaster approach, Canam’s advanced planning, design and improved steel-delivery features, can be combined to any of our construction solutions.
ConXtech is a privately held construction-technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the mission to “Improve Lives by Changing the Way the World Builds,” the company offers ConX®, a Chassis-Based Modular™ structural steel system based on standardized moment connections and building assemblies. The system enables efficient delivery of robust and brace-free structures for industrial, high-density residential, commercial, healthcare, data center and other structural-steel applications. ConX is the first Cradle-to-Cradle Certified structural steel solution in the world. It reduces project schedules and installed costs compared to conventional structural options. The system enables all project stakeholders to predictably build Faster, Better, Safer and Greener™. For more information about ConXtech, please visit www.ConXtech.com.
As a leader in steel industry software development for 35 years, Design Data constantly brings new technology to the market. Our SDS/2 software solutions provide automatic detailing, connection design, engineering information, and other data for the steel industry’s fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors. SDS/2 offers the highest level of automation and intelligence available in 3D steel detailing, with unparalleled connection design intelligence and high-quality drawing production. As BIM software, SDS/2 allows for the sharing of data among all partners on a project, reducing the time required to design, detail, fabricate and erect steel.
FabSuite is a comprehensive set of software modules designed specifically for the steel fabrication industry. FabSuite provides you with a systematic approach to managing your fabrication projects, dramatically improving your efficiency, productivity and profitability. From bidding the job to hanging the steel, FabSuite supports you with proven, industry-standard practices to deal with the challenges you face every day.
Each module in the FabSuite system seamlessly integrates with the other modules. Enter data once, and it moves smoothly through your entire workflow. The software is built upon industry best practices, but is flexible by design, and all operations are customizable to fit within your existing processes and procedures. For more information, please visit www.FabSuite.com.
FICEP S.p.A. of Northern Italy has become the principal supplier of structural steel and plate fabrication equipment in the world market during the past 10 years. For example, FICEP currently controls approximately 75% of the world market for structural-steel and plate-processing systems.
In October 2002, FICEP S.p.A. founded a new subsidiary, Forest Hill, Md.-based FICEP Corp., to address the sales and service requirements of North America. Since the beginning, FICEP Corp. has sold hundreds of CNC lines in North America. This subsidiary is engaged in the manufacturing, sales and service of new FICEP equipment, plus the rebuilding of used structural steel fabrication equipment.
Our sales and service team averages more than 20 years of experience strictly selling and servicing equipment for the structural steel fabrication industry. Please take this opportunity to browse our web site and learn more about the FICEP advantage!
GRAITEC is a BIM consultant and software provider helping design, construction and building operators innovate in their business. We work closely with Autodesk as a Platinum Partner in the United States to provide the best services, training, support and solutions.
We offer a number of tools for the industry, including:
• Autodesk® Revit®: a BIM software for building, structural design, MEP engineering, and construction used to model designs with precision
• Autodesk® Advance Steel: a 3D structural steel detailing software based on the AutoCAD® platform
• Advance Workshop: GRAITEC steel fabrication management information software used to connect and streamline all of your projects and resources (full integration with Advance Steel and SigmaNEST nesting software).
LARSA 4D BRIDGE Series is recognized as the premier software for bridge engineers with innovative tools for the design, construction and rehabilitation of bridge projects. Informed by three decades of experience working closely with its loyal client base, 4D BRIDGE SERIES is preloaded with unique tools that promote time savings while delivering unrivaled analysis capabilities for complex bridges. By coupling finite-element-based analysis and design with the latest computing technology, LARSA 4D has become the most-reliable software package of its kind for segmental, cable-stay, suspension, stressed-ribbon, steel girder and other bridge forms as well other structures requiring geometric or material nonlinearity or refined-staged construction analysis.
Infra-Metals is one of the largest structural-steel service providers in the United States. We tailor our centers to meet the needs of the regions they supply as well as maintain a steadfast commitment to providing high-quality materials and service promptly and economically.
Our extensive inventory features products ranging from beams and tubes to sheets, channels and expanded metal, and our processing capabilities include everything from cutting and drilling to blasting and painting. Infra-Metals is a one-stop shop for all your structural carbon steel needs.
As a member of the Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. family, Infra-Metals serves as a consolidated source for materials and processing, streamlining our clients’ procurement procedures.
New Millennium Building Systems
New Millennium engineers and manufactures a full range of structural steel building systems. We can offer you the right system to answer your design challenges and the need for total-project cost conservation.
Standard Steel Joists and Deck
The company is a leader in BIM-based design for steel joists and decking. BIM ensures the structure is fully planned from the start to avoid construction problems and costs. We offer a FREE BIM joist component for download: www.newmill.com/bim-design-tools/bim-design.html
Special Profile Joists and Architectural Decking
These kinds of joists and deck allow for more-unique and aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing the profile of a building.
Long-Span Composite Floor Systems
These “thin-slab” systems achieve clear spans up to 36 feet, opening the way to more space-optimized building designs. Systems address aesthetic, acoustic and fire-rating demands, while minimizing the total project cost and owners’ lifecycle costs.
LeJeune Bolt Company
LeJeune Bolt Company is the inventor and exclusive supplier of the Torque and Angle (TNA®) Fastening System, a revolutionary system that combines a new grade of structural bolt, 144ksi, with an installation tool that uses torque and angle to achieve consistently, reliable tension. The TNA® bolts meet the requirements of ASTM F3148 and can be specified for use on current or upcoming projects.
Along with the TNA® Fastening System, LeJeune Bolt is a full-service supplier of structural products and tools to the steel construction industry throughout the world.
Established in 1934, Lindapter is the world’s innovator of unique steel-to-steel connection systems. Whether permanent or temporary, Lindapter has a solution for the most-difficult steel connections. Lindapter Hollo-Bolts are one-side installation “blind fasteners” ideal for use with HSS members, building facades/skins or any other application where you can’t easily see/reach the backside of the bolt to apply a nut. They’re the world’s ONLY blind fastener with ICC approvals for all seismic regions. Lindapter Girder-Clamps are ideal for securing steelwork where it’s physically/financially impractical to weld or drill holes in the field. No drilling or welding results in unparalleled flexibility and time savings during installation, but also eliminates hot permits and costly issues associated with lead paint, asbestos, etc.
MDX Software Curved & Straight Steel Bridge Design & Rating is used for designing and rating steel-girder bridges for compliance with AASHTO LRFD, LRFR, LFD, and ASD Specifications.
MMFX Steel Corp.
MMFX® Steel Corp. offers high-strength concrete reinforcing steels (ChrömX®) with varying levels of corrosion resistance. Designers utilize the high-strength efficiencies and best match the corrosion protection requirements of the structure to meet the targeted service life.
Utilizing the high strength of ChrömX rebar (Grades 100 and 120), designers reduce construction costs, shorten build times, resolve rebar congestion issues, enhance site safety and improve sustainability. Building codes and design guides supporting high-strength designs are available through the ACI, ICC and AASTHO.
ChrömX rebar’s uncoated, corrosion-resistance is derived from the steel’s chemistry and microstructure, rather than relying on fragile coatings, resulting in a bar that can be handled and fabricated just like conventional rebar, without the risk of damage, repair or inspection problems.
National Steel Bridge Alliance
The National Steel Bridge Alliance, a division of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing steel bridge design and construction. We are a unified industry organization of businesses and agencies interested in the development, construction and promotion of cost-effective steel bridges. We represent the entire steel-bridge community, including agencies and groups who have a stake in the success of steel-bridge construction, including representatives from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation (AASHTO); the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); state DOTs; bridge consultants; erectors; and representatives from the coatings, fastener and welding industries.
Steel Solutions Center
A manufacturer/supplier of high-quality gratings for major capital projects around the world (Tru-weld & Fisholow brands). Typical industry applications include commercial buildings; mining & smelting; power generating stations; oilfields & refineries; chemical plants; water treatment facilities; and pulp & paper producers.
Nucor Grating products include:
• Bar Grating
• Welded Carbon Steel Grating
• Welded Stainless Steel Bar Grating
• Fisholow Aluminum Swage Locked Grating
• Fiberglass (FRP) Grating
Nucor Vulcraft/Verco Group
Vulcraft, a division of Nucor Corp., has a long history of success in the joist and deck business. Along with the expertise and experience, Vulcraft has grown and developed into a modern company. Employing some of the latest technology in the fabrication facility as well as in the office, Vulcraft has the capability to provide quality products on time that fit the first time.
At Vulcraft, providing the best steel products means more than just the highest quality. The best steel product is the right product for the job, no matter what the job. They arrive on time, and freight doesn’t cost a fortune. The best steel product provider gives you answers face to face or over the phone and can even help your business run more efficiently. If the steel products you are presently using are unable to do all these things, they’re not the best steel products, and you need to learn about the Vulcraft advantages:
• Range of products
• Material resource management
• Production flexibility
• Lower freight costs
• Convenient sales offices
• Vulcraft. Better Partners. Better Products. Better Outcomes.
At Nucor-Yamato Steel (NYS), we strive to be the safest, highest-quality, most cost-effective and productive steel-making facility in the world. We are committed to continuously improving our portfolio to help our customers’ projects be efficient, economical and environmentally friendly. Established in 1987, NYS has grown to become the largest structural steel mill in the Western Hemisphere, employing more than 900 teammates. With a capacity of more than 2.5 million tons, we are able to produce a wide range of profiles and material specifications. In 2016, we installed an in-line Quenching and Self-Tempering apparatus, enabling us to become the first North American producer of ASTM A913 sections. Our versatility and adaptability have contributed to our recognition as a leader in the structural steel business.
RISA’s suite of products offers a variety of solutions for structural steel design. RISAFloor provides complete building design, including composite steel beams, steel joists, camber and deflection optimization, and much more. RISA-3D is a general-purpose design software that can be used for building and non-building structures. RISA-3D’s steel design not only includes static and dynamic analysis and design per the latest codes, but also allows you to check moment frames and braced frames for the special seismic-specific provisions of the AISC Seismic Design Manual. RISAConnection offers steel connection design for a wide variety of shear, moment, brace and splice connections. Connection design can be done to U.S. or Canadian codes, and the special seismic provisions of AISC 358 also can be considered.
Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance
The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) is a group of bridge and buried soil structure industry leaders who have joined together to provide educational information on the design and construction of short span steel bridges in installations up to 140 feet in length. SSSBA ’s objective is to provide essential information to bridge owners and designers on the use of short span bridges, including:
• Case Studies
• Education on superstructure, substructure and other structural components of steel bridges
• Standardized designs and details
• Manufacturer’s Options (including prefabricated and modular designs)
• Durability Solutions (including information on weathering steel, galvanized steel, and painting)
• Technical Research
• Industry Contacts
• Free web-based design tool at www.eSPAN140.com
SidePlate Systems works to reduce costs and schedules on steel-framed buildings through our unique designs that reduce steel tonnage and are fast to erect with no field welding. We have a 22-year history of developing new steel connection technologies and delivering safer, stronger and smarter structures. Originally focused on high-seismic or progressive collapse applications, SidePlate has evolved to save money on “everyday” wind-governed buildings as well.
SidePlate connections are much stiffer than other moment connections, improving the entire lateral system and making SidePlate different than a conventional moment-frame or braced-frame design. There is no obligation for us to evaluate a project, and our license fee is paid during construction. Do you know what a SidePlate design looks like for your project?
SCIA Inc., a Nemetschek Company
Looking to migrate to or improve your 3D design workflows? SCIA Engineer offers an easy way to plug structural analysis and design into today’s BIM workflows. Tackle larger projects with advanced non-linear and dynamic analysis. Plug into BIM with IFC, and bi-directional links to Revit, Tekla, and others. Free demo!
SCIA Design Forms
Integrate custom checks into your FEA workflow. Script custom calculations that can run as standalone checks or link to SCIA Engineer’s FEA workflow. Having the ability to write your own checks inside your FEA software is a real game changer. Try it for free!
For more than 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural solutions that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. One such solution is the Strong Frame® Moment Frame Selector Software that helps Designers select an ordinary or special moment frame for their project’s given geometry and loading. Only minimum input geometries are required for the software to select an appropriate frame for the available space. Based on input geometry, the Strong Frame selector software will narrow down the available stock frames to a handful of possible solutions. If opening dimensions are outside stock frame sizes, designers can enter the specific opening dimensions, and the Strong Frame selector will provide possible customized solutions.
The Steel Joist Institute
The Steel Joist Institute (SJI), a nonprofit organization of active joist manufacturers and other organizations and companies connected to the industry, was founded in 1928 to address the need for uniform joist standards within the industry. Today, the SJI continues to maintain the standards for steel joist construction as a Standards Developing Organization (SDO). In addition, the SJI provides educational opportunities for construction professionals utilizing a library of printed publications as well as live and recorded webinars. We also offer assistance in identifying existing joists in buildings undergoing retrofit. SJI products are included in RAM, RISA and SCIA software packages. Visit the SJI website to discover a number of valuable design resources.
Steel Projects Corp.
Steel Projects specializes in helping steel fabricators be more productive through the design, development, support and maintenance of Intelligent Steel Fabrication Software: Steel Projects PLM. Our focus is on improving efficiency where it matters: on the shop floor. We are specialists in developing solutions that enable users to:
• Get reliable, accurate and up-to-date information from the detailing office
• Plan and schedule using a digital representation of their shop
• Manage change seamlessly
• Optimize the use of raw materials
• Easily track, record and share progress as needed
Our customers enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their shop is maximizing use of its resources and operating as efficiently as possible, with improved material flow and increased man-hour efficiencies.
Steel Tube Institute
The Steel Tube Institute (STI) Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) Committee includes the majority of HSS producers in the United States. The group provides technical and design information for the specifying industry. Currently, this information includes a four-volume HSS Design Manual, connection design software, six live webinars per year, and other resources. The HSS Design Manual provides specifying engineers member and connection design information. Connection Design Software includes Excel spreadsheets, HSS Connex Online, Trimble’s Tedds and SCIA’s Design Forms. An STI Professional Membership is available, providing resource bundles and manuals at a discount. The capability tool (available to all on STI’s website) helps specifiers identify which shapes are commonly produced by member producers.
Strand7 is a general-purpose FEA system comprising integrated pre-processing, post-processing and solvers. It is used for linear and nonlinear analysis of structures and components (static, dynamic and heat transfer) by engineering companies of all sizes and disciplines. During the last 20 years, Strand7 has gained worldwide acceptance as a powerful tool for structural analysis, particularly nonlinear analysis.
Building on the success of Strand7, we soon will be releasing our most-significant new version thus far: Strand7 R3, which offers a new GUI, a high-performance graphics engine based on DirectX, and 64-bit architecture. The GUI is significantly more efficient than traditional menu-driven interfaces, while the new graphics engine provides orders of magnitude improvement in performance. The 64-bit architecture offers a significant boost for the analysis of large models.
Stand firm—don’t settle for less than the safety and security of Taylor Devices Fluid Viscous Dampers for your building and bridge structures.
From the historic Los Angeles City Hall to Mexico City’s Torre Mayor to Japan’s Shin-Yokohama High-Speed Train Station, more than 650 major structures rely on Taylor Devices Dampers.
With proven performance originally developed and widely used by the U.S. Military and NASA, Taylor Fluid Viscous Dampers are the cost-effective, reliable and value-engineered way to provide maximum protection from earthquakes, wind storms or excessive motion events on virtually any structure. For project examples, visit our web sites at www.seismicdamper.com and www.taylordevices.com.
STRUMIS is the world-leading steel-estimating and fabrication-management information software that provides unrivalled features and benefits globally.
Our software is driven by our continuous collaboration and communication with customers. Our customers speak; we listen, ensuring the best material and time savings, in turn reducing overheads, and increasing efficiency and productivity.
Using STRUMIS combined with BIMREVIEW gives you the most powerful end-to-end solution available to the steel fabrication industry. The collaborative project review tool is used to import BIM models and associated data from multiple CAD authoring tools to consolidate effective review and visual communication.
STRUMIS is revolutionizing the future of steel fabrication, not just by ourselves, but along with our customers and partners, to help support the future of the steel industry. Contact us to see how you can be a part of the future of steel.
Trimble is dedicated to transforming the planning, design, construction and operation of all types of buildings through advanced, accessible, intuitive technologies. Tekla software is one of those technologies. With Tekla software, engineers, detailers, fabricators and construction professionals can easily enjoy the benefits of coordinated, rich data and use that information to improve building performance, appearance, and cost-effectiveness. From industrial and commercial buildings to large sports stadiums, Tekla 3D BIM models minimize project inefficiencies, reduce risks, and enable successful collaboration throughout the construction process. To learn more about managing your structural analysis and design, high-quality construction documentation, steel and concrete detailing, fabrication and erection all from one software provider, visit www.tekla.com.
V&S Galvanizing LLC
Now with seven U.S. galvanizing facilities in the Midwest, Northeast and now the new Memphis, Tenn., plant, V&S Galvanizing is one of the largest galvanizing companies in the world today. In-house engineering, NACE Level 3 Inspection Services, Powder Coating, Wet Paint (aka COLORZINQ®), Packaging, Transportation and Shipping services. A full-serve leader in value-added services for the galvanizing industry. Lunch-time seminars for the architectural, construction and steel-fabrication communities. Some of the largest and deepest galvanizing kettles in the industry today, with a specialized spinner operation in our Perth Amboy facility, and the ability to make 88-foot bridge girders in our Lebanon, Pa., plant. From bridges to fasteners, engineering to design help, trucking to packaging, a true “full-serve” hot-dip galvanizing company. And we have more than 30 years of experience as a member of the American Galvanizers Association, 50 years in the United States and celebrating more than 75 years of galvanizing work in Europe.
Protecting Metal for Life
Valmont Coatings is a full-service coating company specializing in superior Hot-Dip Galvanizing, Powder Coating, Anodizing, Liquid Coating and E-Coat Finishes to extend the service life and visual appeal of products of all shapes and sizes.