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The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards. The awards were announced on the evening of October 13 at NCSEA’s 25th Annual Structural Engineering Summit in Washington, D.C. The awards have been given annually since 1998 and, each year, highlight work from the best and brightest in our profession.

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We thank the authors for compiling the pitfalls and drawbacks involved with sourcing foreign steel materials and fabrication. We especially note the inherent benefit gained by applying AISC technical documents and AISC Certification to domestically produced steel and domestic fabrication of structural steel. Application of AISC documents and Certification in this manner has a proven track record of safe, efficient and cost-effective project performance.

A case in point: much has been written comparing performance on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project in California, which experienced both budget and schedule challenges, with performance on the Tappan Zee project in New York, which beat both the project budget and the project schedule. The Tappan Zee project was domestically sourced and the Bay Bridge was not.

We can add one more relevant consideration to the factors noted in your article: sustainability. The construction literature indicates that the carbon footprint of foreign fabricated steel material can be as much as three times the carbon footprint of domestic fabricated steel material.
So, choosing domestic steel materials and domestic fabrication, combined with application of the AISC technical documents and AISC Certification, not only addresses the challenges pointed out in your article, it also is more sustainable.

Charles J. Carter, S.E., P.E., Ph.D.
President
American Institute of Steel Construction

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The Masonry Society’s’ (TMS) Design Practices Committee has incorporated numerous revisions to the Direct Design Handbook for Masonry Structures (TMS 403) from its previous version published in 2013. As part of the review and approval process, TMS 403 is provided for public review and comment. To view the draft standard and to submit comments, visit: https://masonrysociety.org/committees/technical-committee/design-practices-committee-dpc/direct-design-handbook-public-comment-period/

Comments may be submitted until September 10, 2017 using the form at the link above.

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The Los Angeles soft-story retrofitting process has begun. Understanding the requirements is the critical first step in finding the right soft-story retrofit solution for your building. In this video, Simpson Strong-Tie walks you through the retrofitting process and the key steps to a successful soft-story building retrofit.

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icces-headerManufacturers will benefit from combined testing, inspection, reduced cost and turnaround time
ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)—the experts in building product evaluation and certification—has expanded their partnership certification program with SAI Global, the largest certifying body in Australia and New Zealand.

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