2019 Steel Specification and Design/Fabrication Software Guide
This guide briefly showcases the latest Steel Products and Design/Fabrication Software specified and used by civil and structural engineers throughout the industry. If your company should have been included in the guide, let us know by emailing [email protected], and we’ll add it online.
American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, 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, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information.
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Applied Bolting Technology
Applied Bolting Technology produces DuraSquirt DTIs (Direct Tension Indicators) that supply a bright orange indication when bolts have been tensioned, making tight bolts easy to see. DuraSquirt DTIs economize steel erection and modularization while adhering to RCSC/AISC structural bolting specifications.
Bentley Systems Inc.
When you need to deliver safe, compliant, and cost-effective designs on time, you can depend on Bentley. You shouldn’t have to doubt the reliability of your designs or code compliance on top of dealing with the complexities of change management, tight deadlines and budgets.
Our team of engineers dedicates themselves to delivering software you can count on. With Bentley’s structural analysis applications, you’ll have all of the design, analysis, and production capabilities you’ll need plus speed, interoperability, and best of all, no more worrying about risky oversights. Safeguard your reputation and secure more high-profile projects.
Bull Moose Tube
Founded in 1962, Bull Moose Tube boasts more than a half-century of steadfast commitment to serving customers requiring steel pipe and tube. One key contributor to our quality is our unique manufacturing method. Bull Moose forms tube directly from steel coil, eliminating a mother tube or prior stage process. This approach enables us to start with only the highest grade steel, create less scale, form sharper corners, craft the straightest tube, and make the most consistent welds. Unique products include our 110 KSI Stratusteel tube, the strongest, lightest tube in the market. Our seven manufacturing facilities in North America help ensure consistent product availability, while our sales team maintains straightforward and transparent business practices for consistent reliability. Choose Bull Moose for exceptional strength.
For more than 25 years, ITT Enidine has been supplying highly engineered energy absorption components for protecting high-value infrastructure assets. Our viscous dampers are hydraulic devices that dissipate the kinetic energy of seismic events and cushion the impact between structures. They are versatile and can be designed to allow free movement as well as controlled damping of a structure to protect from wind load, thermal motion or seismic events. Available in ratings up to 1,000 KIP, seismic dampers are well suited for large displacement and/or large load applications such as bridges, buildings, and large structures offering the ultimate in protection. Contact us today to learn more about our full line of infrastructure protection products.
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.
Lindapter has developed the world’s first ICC-approved Girder Clamp for structural connections and seismic steel designs. This is the only clamping system for structural steel that is compliant with the International Building Code (IBC) and removes the need to drill or weld steel in the field! Lindapter specializes in faster alternatives to conventional connections for unparalleled flexibility and time savings during installation, but also eliminates hot permits and associated costs. Whether permanent or temporary, Lindapter has a solution for the most-difficult steel connections. For example, Lindapter Hollo-Bolts are one-side installation “blind fasteners” for use with HSS members or any other application where you can’t easily see/reach the other side of the bolt to apply a nut.
MMFX Technologies, a Commercial Metals Company (CMC)
MMFX Technologies offers high-strength concrete reinforcing steels (ChromX) 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 ChromX 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 AASHTO.
ChromX rebar’s uncoated, corrosion-resistance is derived from the steel’s chemistry and microstructure, resulting in a bar that can be handled and fabricated like conventional rebar, without the risk of damage, repair or inspection issues. ChromX is available coast-to-coast—product can be purchased in truckload quantities mill direct. Fabrication services are also offered through CMC’s nationwide distributor network, making MMFX Technologies the one-stop solution for all corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel needs.
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/
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.
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, splice and base plate connections. Connection design can be done to U.S. or Canadian codes, and the special seismic provisions of AISC 341/358 also can be considered.
Strong Frame Yield-Link Connection Plugin Tools
For more than 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has made it our mission to create structural solutions that help people build safer, stronger homes and buildings. Our Strong Frame Yield-Link connection is precision-made to meet the complex challenges and increased loads of structural steel construction. The state-of-the-art Yield-Link design provides a reliable yet economical structural connection that saves everyone—from building owners to engineers, contractors and fabricators—critical labor hours and dollars. Whatever your role in the process, our plugin tools and design support services can make your job easier by helping you plan, model and document complete designs to your unique requirements—all while keeping the project on time and within budget.
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 700 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.
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 www.galvanizeit.org/project-gallery . All of these tools and more can be found on the AGA’s website.
ArcelorMittal is the leading supplier of quality steel products in all major steel markets, including construction. Signature products, like our HISTAR (ASTM A913) steel, serve as integral components of iconic North American structures, including One World Trade Center, 150 North Riverside, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the new LA Stadium, to name several. Through our world-class research and development team and outstanding distribution networks, we continuously push the industry to new heights by offering innovative, competitive and sustainable solutions to engineers and fabricators.
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 www.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.
We make software for people who make things.
If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. With Autodesk, you have the power to make anything. 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.
Get these products and more in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection, which gives you access to a set of integrated tools and powerful workflows so you can deliver your best work and stay competitive.
For those who design, engineer, bid and build our world, Bluebeam Revu is how professionals get more done. Founded in 2002 in Pasadena, Calif., Bluebeam has made desktop, mobile and cloud-based solutions for paperless workflows that set the standard for collaboration and workﬂow efficiency for individuals, teams and organizations worldwide. More than 1 million design and construction professionals in more than 130 countries trust Revu to maintain data integrity, improve communication and streamline processes.
CoreBrace buckling-restrained braces (BRBs) are a cost-effective solution to improve the seismic performance of structures. This highly ductile system has been used in hundreds of projects for earthquake risk mitigation. The expert staff at CoreBrace works closely with project owners, architects, engineers, fabricators and erectors to meet their design and construction requirements and is committed to providing braces to the highest level of quality. CoreBrace’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility is dedicated to BRB fabrication to ensure the highest quality and provide thorough material traceability for any post-event investigations.
DACS, Inc., with a plant strategically located in Portsmouth, Va., manufactures roof and floor decking. Since 1987, DACS has been providing the construction industry with affordable products and quality services. Our continued growth is fueled by loyal customers and innovative products. With a full line of roof products, including deep decks and cellular decks as well as composite and non-composite floor decks, DACS is sure to satisfy all your decking needs. Please note we also offer our products in carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum!
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Dlubal offers powerful programs for structural and dynamic analysis for multiple materials including steel, concrete, timber, cross-laminated timber (CLT), aluminum, glass, and fabric/form-finding per the American, Canadian and other International Standards.
RFEM is a nonlinear FEA program for analyzing member, plate, wall, shell, and solid elements. It is one of the most highly sophisticated yet user-friendly programs especially suitable for new users with its intuitive modeling workflow.
Due to a wide range of interfaces, RFEM also provides seamless integration between CAD and structural analysis programs in Building Information Modeling (BIM). Bidirectional data exchange between RFEM and programs such as Tekla Structures, Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD are possible.
FICEP is the world’s largest and most innovative manufacturer of structural steel and plate fabrication equipment. Currently FICEP offers more than 100 different CNC lines to provide the optimum price/performance solution to each specific fabricator’s application. This diverse product line in conjunction with “Intelligent Steel Fabrication,” where the different work centers are fully integrated and automated, delivers industry-leading productivity.
FICEP’s engineering talent is constantly leading the market to new technological advancements like their patented scribing software that automatically extracts all the intersecting locations from the 3D model. This eliminates all manual layout and programming requirements. The physical scribing of the structural steel member occurs on all four sizes simultaneously with FICEP’s patented spindle design with sub-axis positioning.
High Steel Structures
High Steel Structures is among North America’s largest structural steel fabricators.
Located in Lancaster and Williamsport, Penn., High Steel’s four AISC-certified fabrication facilities feature more than 650,000 square feet of enclosed production space, including dedicated blast and paint bays for application of sophisticated multi-coat paint systems and metalizing. Our in-house services include detailing, steel erection and heavy hauling.
Founded in 1931, High Steel has earned its reputation for quality and innovation as a supplier of steel superstructures for highway and railroad bridge projects across the eastern United States. From small creek crossings to large P3 megaprojects, we take pride in our role in building the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
Beyond the transportation industry, High Steel routinely partners with “beam and column” fabricators on a variety of challenging steel components such as building transfer girders, link beams, built up columns and crane beams.
Integrated Engineering Software, Inc.
For quick, correct answers to structural analysis and design questions, turn to VisualAnalysis. For more than 25 years, engineers have found VisualAnalysis to be extremely easy to learn and use, amazingly versatile, and backed by friendly, responsive technical support.
What makes IES different? Run a free trial in 3 minutes. All pricing is public. Bug-fixes are free, and published quickly and openly. Licensing is practical. We are engineers who create products to use. Discover for yourself how thousands of professionals (like you) have improved VisualAnalysis with every question, complaint, and suggestion. Try IES VisualAnalysis today: no obligation, no sales calls, and it uninstalls cleanly.
LNA Solutions specializes in designing steel-to-steel connections for projects of all sizes. LNA provides technical design solutions for any steel connection challenge that our customers bring to us. There are many applications where using a clamping method makes more sense than drilling or welding; this is where LNA excels.
LNA Solution’s BeamClamp is the best way to connect steel members of any size, shape, or orientation. Each connection can be custom designed to fit specific project needs, regardless of project size.
LNA Solution’s BoxBolt is the simplest method of connecting structural steel to hollow tube-steel. With seismic approval, multiple design options, and varying sizes, BoxBolt is the most versatile product on the market for this application.
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.
A manufacturer/supplier of high-quality bar gratings for major capital projects around the world. 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 (Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum)
Nucor Skyline is the one source for all your piling needs, supplying and manufacturing an unparalleled assortment of bearing piles, sheet piles, spiralweld, rolled & welded, and ERW pipe, anchors, micropiles, threaded bars, tie rods, wide flange, other structural sections, and accessories. We also offer a state-of-the-art, highly efficient, hot-melt extrusion process. Skyline Steel, LLC (doing business as Nucor Skyline) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nucor Corporation, the largest producer of steel in the United States.
We offer a cost-effective and timely solution to your foundation needs with our strategic stocking locations throughout the Americas and the ability to offer barge, rail, and truck transportation options.
In addition to sales offices staffed with experienced sales professionals to meet your material needs, Nucor Skyline offers exclusive engineering support in project design and construction.
QuickFrames are the only patented, bolt-on, adjustable roof opening frames for commercial buildings. Pre-engineered for a wide range of projects, QuickFrames come in several strength levels to maximize load carrying ability while minimizing cost. Our engineering is 2015, 2018 IBC and 2016 AISC code compliant, and we offer site-specific engineering as needed. Designed for new construction and tenant improvement, our frames can be easily moved when locations change and can be installed from under the deck. QuickFrames ship quickly and arrive as a complete kit, saving you time, money and hassle. Visit quickframes.us to learn more.
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!
As a leader in steel industry software development for 35 years, SDS/2 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.
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings
From fast-drying primers to extreme chemical- and abrasion-resistant coatings, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings offers a wide array of solutions to protect against corrosion and extend the life of steel structures. Our high-performance coatings apply and cure quickly, extending the life of steel beams, steel plate and piping or other structures. Our solutions include a variety of solutions designed to accelerate shop throughput, enhance project schedules and enable fast field project turnarounds. For example, our Zinc Clad 4100 high-solids, three-component, organic zinc-rich epoxy coating features recoat times as short as 30 minutes to enable efficiencies in the shop and the field. In addition, its user-friendly packaging allows applicators to mix components directly in the Part A container for faster and more accurate mixing.
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
SidePlate is a design optimization process that puts steel exactly where it is needed in a building. Our process reduces overall tonnage, minimizes required connections and accelerates erection times. The SidePlate team gets involved early and stays involved through the engineering, detailing, fabrication and erection phases to ensure a simple and successful project.
SidePlate designed connections are much stiffer than other moment connections, improving the entire lateral system. There is no cost or obligation for us to evaluate a project at any stage. Do you know what a SidePlate design looks like for your project?
Steel Deck Institute
The Steel Deck Institute is a Trade Association. Its 19 Members are manufacturers of steel roof and floor deck, and its 10 Associate Members are manufacturers of products related to the use of steel deck. Founded in 1939, it provides uniform industry standards for the engineering, design, manufacture and field usage of steel decks. For this purpose, it produces ANSI design standards, engineering and construction manuals, and other items. Most recently, a tool was posted on the SDI website known as the Diaphragm Interaction Calculator. This tool enables the user to easily design steel deck diaphragms under the influence of combined wind uplift and horizontal shear in accordance with AISI S310. Solutions are provided for strength and stiffness. Visit our website for a further description.
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 an ANSI-approved Standards Developing Organization (SDO). In addition, the SJI provides design tools to assist the structural engineer with utilization of steel joist products. The Roof and Floor Bay analysis tools provide efficient and economical joist and joist girder options, including cost data, for most projects. The SJI also provides educational opportunities for construction professionals utilizing a library of printed publications as well as live and recorded webinars. And we offer assistance in identifying existing joists in buildings undergoing retrofit. SJI products are included in RAM, RISA, SCIA and Dlubal software packages. Visit the SJI website to discover a number of valuable design resources.
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, 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.
Tekla software from Trimble provides a complete construction solution for any steel structure. From industrial and commercial buildings to large sports stadiums, Tekla 3D BIM Models are the most productive way to manage your structural analysis and design, high-quality construction documentation, steel detailing, fabrication, and erection. Built with reliable and constructible information, the Tekla software environment facilitates an accurate flow of information to avoid detailing mistakes, reduce human errors in drawings, and optimize the fabrication process with integrated CNC information.
V&S Galvanizing LLC
Now with seven U.S. hot dip galvanizing facilities in the Midwest, Northeast plus the V&S Memphis, Tenn., plant, and 25 plants throughout the UK and Europe, V&S Galvanizing is one of the largest galvanizing companies in the world today. In-house engineering, NACE Level 3 inspection services, powder coating, or paint (aka, COLORZINQ), packaging, transportation and shipping services.
A full-serve leader in value-added services for the galvanizing industry. “Lunch and Learn” seminars with galvanizing/duplex coating specification help for architectural/engineering/construction and steel fabricators. Offering some of the largest and deepest galvanizing kettles in the industry today. Featuring specialized “fastener spinning” operation in our New Jersey, V&S Amboy facility, or the ability to galvanize 88-foot bridge girders at V&S Lebanon, Pa.
From major infrastructure projects to fasteners, engineering to design help, transportation and packaging, a true “full-serve” hot-dip galvanizing company. V&S has more than 30 proud years of membership with the American Galvanizers Association and 50 years established in the United States.
We truly offer “Local Service with Global Support.”
Valmont’s innovative HSS SuperStruct custom tube sections are “built to fit” offering architects and structural engineers more design flexibility than ever for building and stadium construction, pedestrian bridges, sign structures, and other architectural and industrial end uses. Our capabilities of fabricating custom HSS squares from 12” to 60” and rectangles from 1”” x 8” up to 60” x 58” outside diameter with wall thickness from 0.313 to 1” in a variety of steel grades are unparalleled. These large tubes are available in lengths up to 60 feet with 2” and 4” inside corner radii. Full penetration welds with UT testing are available upon request.
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Z Modular is a one-stop shop for modular buildings and services that utilizes a self-bracing structural system, which allows for more factory completion than other modular construction systems. We help building developers reduce the cost of design, fabrication and building assembly with fully finished modular buildings—that’s how we MAKE IT eZ.