Specification Section: 2023 Steel Product and Design/Fabrication Software Guide
This guide briefly showcases the latest Steel Product and Design/Fabrication Software used by civil and structural engineers throughout the industry. If your company should have been included, let us know at [email protected] or jbo[email protected], and we’ll add it online.
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. DTIs are load cells that ensure compliance with bolting standards and specs. Torque, Turn-of-Nut and TCs can all produce false-positive tension, and regularly do: Torque scatter is ±40% for new bolts, and worse for weathered. Relying on torque is optimism, at best. TCs are torque bolts that are adversely affected by cold or wet weather. Turn-of-Nut can be defeated by misrepresenting turn angle, regardless of turn applied. DTIs read load. If a bolt is tight, a DTI will show it, independent of weather, torque, angle, tool or skill.
American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) just released the latest version of its flagship standard, the “Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-22),” the foundation of the 16th edition Steel Construction Manual, which AISC expects to publish later in 2023.
The updated Specification contains notable member and connection design updates, including new requirements for torsional buckling of members with lateral bracing offset from the shear center.
It also contains significantly expanded sections on composite design and design for fire conditions as well as a new appendix on high-strength filled composite members, all of which introduce provisions for the design of concrete-filled composite steel plate shear walls, also known as SpeedCore.
Learn more about the changes and download the new Specification at aisc.org/2022spec.
Steel Solutions Center
Atlas Tube in Blytheville, Ark., is the world’s largest continuous ERW tube mill. The state-of-the-art facility is capable of producing hollow structural sections (HSS) in square, rectangular and round shapes and in sizes ranging from 8” square x 0.750” wall to 22” square x 1” wall.
While Atlas Tube has supplied Jumbo HSS (up to 22” square x 0.875” wall) since 2012, the new mill allows the full range of these products to be made in the United States for the first time and with a larger maximum wall thickness than previously available. The largest rectangular section produced here will be 30” x 14” x 1” wall, and the largest round section will be 28” OD x 1” wall.
Contact Atlas Tube to speak with our structural engineer and learn more about our epic capabilities.
Bull Moose Tube
Founded in 1962, Bull Moose Tube boasts more than a half-century of steadfast commitment to providing customers with superior steel pipe and tube. Our enduring commitment to quality, innovation and service has made us one of the most-respected names in our field and allowed us to grow into one of the largest North American producers of HSS and mechanical tubing as well as the market leader in sprinkler pipe. Our seven manufacturing facilities in North America help ensure consistent product availability and industry-leading geographic reach, and we are excited to bring our eighth facility online in Sinton, Texas, that will further expand the company’s product offerings in HSS, sprinkler pipe and pipe piling.
CivilGEO develops civil engineering and stormwater software that greatly speeds up an engineer’s work when designing and analyzing structural steel bridge and culvert roadway crossings. Flood studies, bridge design, dam failure, detention pond design, urban drainage and more can be analyzed and designed. Users typically save at least 50% of their engineering time using the advanced automation that the software provides. The software tightly integrates with Autodesk Civil 3D and Bentley MicroStation as well as Esri’s ArcGIS and ArcMap. Free demonstration versions are available for trial.
For more than 25 years, 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 it 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.
New Millennium Building Systems
Together, let’s build it better
New Millennium is a nationwide supplier of custom engineered and manufactured structural steel joist and deck building systems.
• Standard steel joists
• Special profile steel joists
• Joist girders
• Standard steel deck, including 32”
• Architectural steel deck
• Long-span composite floor systems
Early Design Assist
We are called upon early in the design-build process to assist in optimal system specification from our extensive portfolio of building system options.
For multi-story projects, we offer the broadest range of long-span, “thin-slab” composite floor systems, including dovetail composite, deep deck composite and composite joists.
We are the leading provider of special-profile steel joists for unique rooflines, and we produce architectural steel deck for highly aesthetic, exposed ceiling applications.
Visit our project gallery: https://www.newmill.com/resources/project-gallery.html
Nucor Skyline is the one source for all your piling needs, supplying and manufacturing an unparalleled assortment of bearing piles, sheet piles, spiralweld, rolled and welded, 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, North America’s most diversified steel and steel products company.
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 engineering support in project design and construction.
Nucor Skyline serves U.S., Canada and Caribbean markets.
Nucor Tubular Products
Nucor Tubular Products (NTP) is committed to taking care of our customers through unmatched quality and service. With eight locations located across the United States and a wide variety of sizes, we are ready to help you get the job done. NTP manufactures high-quality HSS, piling, A53 pipe, fire-protection sprinkler pipe and electrical steel conduit. Our value-added offerings include in-house bandsaw cutting and mechanical properties testing, I.D. flash removal, Charpy V-notch testing, pipe beveling, and miter cutting. Together, let’s build something bigger.
Nucor Vulcraft/Verco Group
For 75 years, Vulcraft/Verco has been setting the standard for American-made steel joists, decking and structural floor systems. Building on that history of success, Vulcraft is now Nucor’s exclusive supplier of steel bar grating. With 45 offices across the country, Vulcraft estimates, details, manufactures and delivers both standard grating panels and custom fabricated, ready-to-install grating in virtually any configuration.
Vulcraft/Verco also employs the industry’s latest technology with its online design tools, as an example, that help you select the most cost-effective, highest-performing products for your project, including steel joists, steel roof and floor deck, dovetail deck, RediCor, and now steel bar grating.
Learn more about the Nucor Vulcraft/Verco advantages:
• Range of innovative products
• Technical expertise
• Production flexibility
• Lower freight costs
• Convenient sales offices
Nucor Vulcraft/Verco. Powerful Partnerships. Powerful Results.
QuickFrames is an award-winning leader in pre-engineered structural support frames for commercial construction. Designed for new construction and tenant-improvement projects, our bolt-in support frames are assembled in place in just 15 minutes from under the deck and easily moved when changes happen. Our drop-in frames are pre-assembled to the job specs and delivered ready to install. Both frames save significant time and jobsite coordination hassle, helping to keep projects on time and on budget. Trusted across the United States and Canada, QuickFrames offers engineered quality at an affordable price.
QuickFrames offers engineering services, award-winning customer service and fast production and delivery throughout the United States and Canada. The company is a three-time member on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, the recipient of Silver and Gold American Business “Stevie” awards for its products and Customer Service Success, winner of Modern Steel Construction’s “Hot Products” award, and winner of BUILD Magazine’s Construction & Engineering award for Best Commercial Construction Structural Support Systems in the Southwest. To learn more, download pricing and request a quick quote, visit www.quickframes.com.
Structural Steel Design and Detailing Software
With more than 65 years of leadership in structural engineering, Simpson Strong-Tie offers proven solutions for structural steel. Our dedication to service, technical expertise and long-standing customer relationships have enabled us to foster a deep understanding of the challenges and needs faced by this industry segment. We’ve used this knowledge to develop a full suite of solutions for structural steel construction. Our innovative products and technology help everyone—from fabricators and erectors to building owners, engineers and contractors—maximize efficiency and resiliency at every stage of the building process.
High-performance products such as our Yield-Link moment and brace connections and Edge-Tie system for cladding connections are tested, available and backed by our unmatched technical and onsite support. And our advanced software helps streamline design and detailing.
With Simpson Strong-Tie as your partner in structural steel, you’ll work smarter and build stronger.
TurnaSure’s ViewTite self-indicating Direct Tension Indicator is accepted and specified as the preferred self-indicator on a growing number of major structural steel projects. Its innovative and unique design is a winner for the 2022 America Fastener Innovation Award (FIA). Inspection is quick, easy and reliable. “Green Means Go.” ViewTite is a part of the world’s most comprehensive product line of Direct Tension Indicators. DTIs provide a cost-effective solution to tensioning high-strength bolts, studs and anchors. All TurnaSure DTIs are proudly manufactured in the United States to ASTM and EU Standards.
As a member of the OpenBIM initiative, ALLPLAN is leading the charge to digitalize the AEC industry, support IFC standards, and enable the holistic design, construction and management of buildings, bridges and other structures.
Allplan is the ultimate design and reinforcing solution for civil and structural engineers, rebar detailers, and contractors looking to digitalize their workflows.
Allplan enables engineers to seamlessly integrate 3D and BIM into existing 2D workflows to generate high-quality drawings, reports and documents from one solution.
A key subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group, Allplan solutions are used by more than 240,000 engineers, contractors and BIM managers in 52 countries. (Nemetschek brands in the U.S. include Bluebeam, RISA, SDS2, Vectorworks.)
All-Pro Fasteners provides fastener supply solutions for a wide range of infrastructure applications, delivering reliable and cost-effective fasteners from domestic and international sources. All-Pro can also manufacture the fastener you need, with product quality assured based on testing at the company’s A2LA Quality Lab. All-Pro certified fasteners are fully compliant with the standards and regulations set by the AISC and AASHTO, and also meet ASTM A325 and A490 bolt specifications.
All-Pro provides its customers with a broad range of related services, including VMI/JMI and kitting programs, along with assisting with inventory control and paperwork-reduction initiatives. All-Pro goes beyond simply providing quality fasteners to delivering a wide range of related products and services … and solutions.
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 (CEUs – LU (HSW) / PDH), a monthly email newsletter for specifiers, and an online protective 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. All of these tools and more can be found on the AGA’s website.
American Iron and Steel Institute
Create Simple-Span Steel Bridge Designs in 5 Minutes
eSPAN140, from the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance, is a free web-based tool that provides preliminary simple-span and modular designs for steel bridges up to 140 feet, allowing owners and designers to compare bridge options and make informed choices.
In 5 minutes, eSPAN140 will provide customized standard designs for:
• Rolled Beam Bridges
• Plate Girder Bridges
• Press Brake Tub Girder Bridges
• Buried Bridges
“I have confidence in these bridge designs and details, as they were developed by university researchers who are national experts,” says Brian P. Keierleber, county engineer for Buchanan County, Iowa. “eSPAN140 gives me a design I can take to a fabricator, which saves time for me and precious funds for our county.”
ArcelorMittal is the leading supplier of quality steel products in all major steel markets, including construction. Signature products like our HISTAR (ASTM A913) steel have been integral to numerous iconic structures, including One World Trade Center, 150 North Riverside, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SoFi Stadium. Through our world-class R&D team and outstanding distribution network, we offer innovative, competitive and sustainable solutions that have led to several industry firsts, such as the 80-ksi rolled-steel shapes supplied in Chicago’s Union Station Tower.
Autodesk InfraWorks is a civil infrastructure conceptual design software used to model, analyze and visualize design concepts within a real-world context of the built and natural environment. Work with a context model to design for minimal environmental impact and improve design decisions. Explore conceptual design options through compelling in-context visual representations to increase stakeholder buy-in and meet client requirements. Learn more at Autodesk.com/Infraworks
Bentley Systems – STRUCTURAL
Structural Analysis and Design: Engineers can efficiently model, analyze and design any structure, from a single foundation to an entire stadium, using Bentley’s structural applications. It’s easy to evaluate multiple design alternatives quickly and early in the design process to arrive at a high-quality and economical design using various materials, including concrete and steel. Share structural engineering project information among modeling, analysis, design, drafting and detailing software applications with ease. Plus, it’s easier than ever to produce drawings and reports! Featured structural products: Structural WorkSuite | STAAD | RAM | ADINA
To learn more about Bentley, please visit their website at www.bentley.com/structural.
Trusted by more than 2.5 million individuals in more than 165 countries, Bluebeam’s smart, intuitive solutions advance the way building professionals work, manage and collaborate on projects digitally. Founded in 2002 in Pasadena, Calif., Bluebeam is part of the Nemetschek Group and has grown to include three additional U.S. locations and five global offices. Bluebeam Revu and Bluebeam cloud work together to address the collaboration needs of the construction industry in the office and the field. Download a free 30-day trial on our website.
Canam is one of the largest fabricators of steel components in North America. Since 1961, we have specialized in designing construction solutions as well as fabricating steel joists and decks in a variety of shapes, sizes and geometries. In addition to standard joists, Canam designs and manufactures joists with more complex forms to fit bold architectural needs or simply to cover large spans.
Product quality, jobsite management and timelines are critical factors in the execution of projects. Canam’s reliability makes life easier for customers.
For more than 60 years, with employees from around the world, Canam has proudly participated in the construction of more than 300,000 buildings in North America and elsewhere.
Canam Steel Corporation
Canam Steel Corporation (CSC) is a U.S.-based, service-oriented manufacturing company that manufactures open web steel joists and a variety of steel deck products. They work on a wide variety of construction projects from distribution warehouses, schools and high-rise buildings to stadiums, office buildings, retail buildings and renovations. Regardless of industry or project size, their specialized engineers find solutions. They currently have six manufacturing facilities across the country and serve customers in all 50 states.
Carl Stahl DécorCable
Carl Stahl DécorCable offers a vast range of stainless-steel cable, rod and mesh systems for architectural and structural use. We specialize in safety applications for pedestrian, bike and shared-use bridges. Tensile engineering, statics and 3-D modeling as well as onsite management are available. We offer many products, including X-TEND Stainless Steel Cable Mesh, manufactured at our production facility in Woodridge, Ill., that conform to domestic content and “Made in USA” requirements.
Our X-TEND Stainless Steel Flexible Cable Mesh is available in various mesh widths and cable diameters, including code-compliant, climb-resistant options. X-TEND offers extremely high load capacity and has the unique ability to accommodate 3-D shapes, giving you amazing design flexibility.
ClarkDietrich offers a comprehensive lineup of products and services for cold-formed steel framing and drywall/plastering finishing systems. We manufacture innovative products for interior and exterior framing, interior and exterior finishing, and floor and roof framing as well as clips, connectors, metal lath, welded wire, barrier mesh and accessories.
As demands for higher performance in all aspects of today’s buildings rise, we partner with teams of architects, engineers, building developers and owners, contractors and more on projects of all sizes, scope and complexity.
Formed in 2011 through the combination of two established market leaders, ClarkWestern Building Systems and Dietrich Metal Framing, ClarkDietrich is in an unprecedented position to help you bring change to the built environment.
Commercial Metals Company (CMC) and its subsidiaries manufacture, recycle and fabricate steel and metal products as well as provide related materials and services through a network of facilities that includes seven electric arc furnace (EAF) mini mills, two EAF micro mills, one rerolling mill, steel fabrication and processing plants, construction-related product warehouses, and metal recycling facilities in the United States and Poland.
While CMC products are renowned far and wide, CMC was the first steel manufacturer to introduce vertical integration in the United States, then adapted the concept for Europe. By combining the recycling and processing of scrap metals with the blending of processed scrap into new steel and the fabrication of finished steel products, CMC revolutionized the way the steel industry operates. This innovative approach is what still enables CMC to remain a low-cost, high-quality producer that delivers exceptional value for our customers, suppliers and investors alike—all around the world.
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
Founded in 1924, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is a technical institute and an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that stands as the authoritative resource for information related to steel-reinforced concrete construction. Among the nation’s oldest trade associations, CRSI authors many industry-trusted technical publications, standards documents, design aids, reference materials and educational opportunities to advance and standardize the reinforced concrete construction industry.
CRSI’s members represent more than 80% of the U.S. manufacturers, fabricators and placers of steel-reinforcing bar and related materials. Our professional members (architects, engineers, contractors) are involved in the research, design and construction of steel-reinforced concrete.
CRSI also has a broad region manager network that supports members and industry professionals as well as creates awareness among the design/construction community through outreach activities.
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 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.
See why more than 5,000 engineering offices, construction companies and universities across the world trust in Dlubal Software.
Amy Heilig, P.E.
Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association
The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) serves as a resource and technical advisor to the water industry. DIPRA also provides representation on standards-making committees as well as technical research on a variety of applications-based topics. While DIPRA member companies have different names and locations, they share a common commitment to produce and deliver the finest-quality water and wastewater pipe material in the world, ductile iron pipe, and at the greatest possible value to its purchasers.
ENERCALC SEL (STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING LIBRARY)
New! ENERCALC for Autodesk Revit—The familiar power of ENERCALC as a seamless extension of the Revit environment. No cut/paste. No import/export. Just simple, intuitive design of structural elements directly from your Revit model.
ENERCALC SEL does steel beams, columns, 2D frames and force distribution in bolt groups. Easy calculation setup and confirmation. Member optimization improves efficiency and saves time using FEM-powered calculations.
ENERCALC offers instant “what if?” recalculation, producing clear, concise report output. Install our software on your computer/use in the cloud—we include both! Our budget-friendly subscriptions include updates/support.
After 41 years, 15,000-plus engineers save time, are more productive and able to respond quickly to last-minute changes via their use of ENERCALC. You can, too.
Easy Structural Software
Do you need fast, accurate design of steel structures? Try the IES Building Suite to analyze and design framing, connections and foundations. Engineers are successful using tools they enjoy. With IES, you will get results to boost your practice to the next level. Try them free! Get details at iesweb.com today.
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.
For more than 40 years, LUSAS has helped its clients analyze, design and rate all types of infrastructure projects. Proven on some of the world’s most iconic structures, our innovative, flexible and trusted software solution can satisfy the increasingly complex and demanding needs of your clients. Our technical support is regularly cited as “best in class,” and our consultancy services offer advanced technology capability through partnership.
Building on the renowned capabilities of our software for modeling and analysis of all types of structure, recent releases have extended the workflow into steel and concrete design and increased the range of applications and codes of practice supported. The latest release provides more automation tools including a link to Grasshopper, an improved modelling/analysis/design workflow and improved soil-structure modelling facilities.
National Steel Bridge Alliance
The National Steel Bridge Alliance’s new, free Uncoated Weathering Steel (UWS) Guide offers everything you need to take advantage of a proven, economical corrosion-protection system.
For more than 50 years, bridge owners have relied on UWS to deliver excellent performance in diverse environments, and its benefits go way beyond aesthetics. UWS has inherent corrosion protection and doesn’t require any coating applications, so the steel is ready for erection much faster than coated members. This shaves time off the construction schedule.
No coating applications means there’s no paint to touch up or reapply–and less maintenance means less expense and fewer traffic disruptions.
Download the guide today to learn about site and location considerations, design recommendations, structural design, detailing, maintenance and more! aisc.org/freeUWSguide
Jeff Carlson, P.E.
Master of Science in Executive Management for Design and Construction
Northwestern’s Master of Science in Executive Management for Design and Construction (EMDC) program equips current and future executives with the enhanced skills, strategies, insights, and network needed to successfully lead organizations in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.
EMDC is designed for emerging leaders with eight or more years of progressive AEC industry experience. The program is delivered in an online learning environment that enables students to access coursework from anywhere in the world. Committed to addressing the most current professional challenges, all courses are taught by highly respected practicing professionals who bring a wealth of real-world experience and case histories into their courses.
Download a program guide at bit.ly/3KFY79T.
Soar higher. Finish faster.
Elevate your project with Nucor Aeos, North America’s only domestically produced ASTM A913 steel. This high-strength structural steel allows you to support more loads with less tonnage, lowering material costs as well as the embodied carbon in your project. Aeos is sustainably made with more than 95% recycled content using electric arc furnace (EAF) technology in Nucor’s circular steelmaking process. As North America’s most diversified and sustainable steel company, we’re committed to helping you transform your goals into reality. Nucor’s Construction Solutions team can partner with you at every stage in the value chain to forge innovative ways to create with Aeos.
Dennis C. Pilarczyk Jr., P.E.
Procore is Construction Management Software for the Trades
Connect field and office teams and give them real-time access to the info they need to do their best work. With Procore you can:
Manage your workload. Control the outcomes.
Whether you’re trying to ditch paper and spreadsheets that cause rework or need to manage your crews more efficiently—we’re ready to work for you.
Complete project visibility to forecast, schedule, track, and manage labor demands across your entire organization.
Standardize operations to meet specifications, quality requirements, and safety protocols efficiently.
Protect your profitability.
Grow your profits and eliminate margin loss, rework, and missed change orders.
Learn how Procore can help you
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.
SDS2 by ALLPLAN
SDS2 is the ultimate steel-detailing software, providing the market’s only solution with all-in-one structural and connection design.
Steel Deck Institute
Since its founding in 1939, the Steel Deck Institute (SDI) has provided uniform industry standards for the engineering, design, manufacture, and field usage of steel floor and roof decks. Members of the SDI are manufacturers of steel roof and floor decks. The products they manufacture are primarily used to support overlying roofing materials or serve as a permanent form and/or positive reinforcement for concrete floor slabs.
There are many advantages to using steel deck in roof and floor construction. These include physical properties such as structural strength, all-weather constructability and fire resistance. Uniform quality, proven durability and economic value have also long been known to be attributes of steel roof and floor deck. More recently, building designers have recognized the advantages of steel deck for its appearance, acoustical properties and sustainability. The mission of the SDI is to promote these advantages and provide guidance in the proper usage of steel roof and floor deck.
Robert Paul, P.E.
Steel Joist Institute
The Steel Joist Institute (SJI), a nonprofit organization of active joist manufacturers, was founded in 1928 to address the lack of uniform joist standards within the industry. Today, SJI continues to maintain the standards for steel joist construction as an ANSI-approved Standards Developing Organization. In addition, SJI provides resources, including publications, live and recorded webinars, and design tools to assist structural engineers or other AEC professionals with utilization of steel joists and Joist Girders. The Roof and Floor Bay Analysis Tools provide efficient and economical joist and Joist Girder options—including cost data—for most projects. Additionally, they include a vibration check (floor) and a ponding analysis (roof). We also offer tools such as the Joist and Joist Girder Reinforcement Tool, and we assist in identifying existing joists in buildings undergoing retrofit. SJI products are included in RISA, RAM, SCIA, Dlubal and SkyCiv software packages.
Download our free design tools at steeljoist.org/SJI-tools.
Steel Tube Institute
The Steel Tube Institute (STI) is the leading technical resource in North America for steel tube products. They provide technical and design information for the steel industry, including HSS Design Manuals, connection design tools, live and recorded webinars, technical articles, and other valuable resources for industry professionals.
Many of these resources are free, and others are accessible via Professional Membership. The HSS Capability Tool identifies which shapes are available in the market, and who they are produced by. Connection design aids include Limit State Tables, spreadsheet design tools and HSS Connex, which is software that helps check HSS wall thicknesses based on the limit states.
For those looking to join our community, STI Individual or Group Professional Membership is available, providing access to live webinars, discounts on manuals, exclusive access to spreadsheet tools and more.
To learn more about membership opportunities, go to https://steeltubeinstitute.org/product/hss-professional-membership/. To explore our robust library of resources, go to https://steeltubeinstitute.org/hollow-structural-sections/hss-resources/.
Holly Schaubert, P.E.
Resiliency—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 770 major structures around the world 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, windstorms or excessive motion events on virtually any structure. For more information, visit our web site at www.taylordevices.com.
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.
To get your building on the ground, it seems like you have to choose between speed, quality and cost. But with Z Modular, you get all three. With up to 80% of total project labor done inside factories across North America, we control every step of the process so you can meet more-ambitious business goals—whether you need one building per year or one per month. Align to Build Better with Z Modular.