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If the story height is not too high, I assume the contractor use one tier
steel column for the four storey building. If the steel frame is moment
resisting frame, the erection procedure should be as follow:

1. Erecting the first tier columns ( i.e., 1F~4F column) --- column base
2. Erecting the girders. ( 2F, 3F, 4F, RF ) --- web bolting.
3. Adjusting all the columns and girders to their correct positions by
4. Welding all the girders to the columns --- flange welding.
5. Grouting below the base plates.

If the contractor grout first prior to step 3, it will cause adjusting
difficult and induce additional forces into the steel frame.

Calvin Chang

----- Original Message -----
From: Nacionales Alex <acnacionales(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 8:06 PM
Subject: Base Plates

I am the Owner's engineer for a four storey steel
framed school building. I need your input on the
best construction method to place base plates on
non-shrink grout.
The contractor wants to place the non-shrink grout
first then place the base plates.

I think it should be that the base plates be fixed
and leveled firtst and the grout injected afterwards.
The only problem is how to make sure all the voids are
filled with the grout.

Thanks in advance.

Alex C. Nacionales
Civil Engineer

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