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Just in case, Australia uses a similar designation system....
UB is "universal beam"

e.g: depth(mm)*width(mm)*mass(kg/meter)

for example: 610x305x149UB

the equivalent aussie universal beam is....


and the same convention for universal columns etc....

There is also a book by N.S. Trahair and M.A. Bradford "The 
Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures" which is useful to 
compare provisions of AISC LRFD with AS4100 and BS5950....a 
handy reference..

Peter McCormack