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Design and detailing programs are rapidly increasing their capability for
transferring information back and forth--a process that can reduce project
time substantially and cut costs. 

AISC has endorsed the CIMSteel Integration Standard for steel-related
software--a standard that is now being used by such the Ram Structural
System, ETABS, Design Data's SDS/II, and XSteel. 

AISC will sponsor an online chat with industry experts on July 9 at 2 pm
central time to discuss electronic data interchange (EDI). This month's
e-panel will include: Barry Butler, Development Management for Design Data;
Brian Quinn, National Sales Manager, Ram International; Charles M. Eastman,
Professor of Architecture and Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of
Technology and the Director of Development for CIS/2; Mark Holland, Chief
Engineer, Paxton & Vierling Steel Company; and Rich Schaefer, a consultant
working with AISC on EDI. Participants in the chat will have the opportunity
to speak with experts who can answer questions about how EDI works and how
you can take advantage of it on your next project.
To participate, visit: www.aisc.org/chat.html.
AISC's on-line chats are held each Tuesday at 2 pm central time. The second
Tuesday of the month is reserved for outside experts on specific topics (see
the list below), the remaining weekly chats (starting July 16) feature the
AISC Steel Solutions Center staff, who will be available to answer questions
on any topic of interest.
Future topic-specific chats include:
August 13: Low Floor-to-Floor-Height Systems. Whether it's a staggered
truss, girder slab, or an in-wall beam system, steel designers can easily
and economically produce projects with less than 9' floor-to-floor heights.
This month's e-panel will include experts on the most popular systems to
answer questions about design, cost, speed, and erection considerations.
Panelists include: Robert McNamara from McNamara/Salvia, Inc.; Rimas Vietas
from Veitas & Veitas Engineers, Inc.; Don Davies from Skilling Ward Magnuson
Barkshire, Inc.; and Tom Faraone from AISC Marketing.
September 10: AWS D1.1:2002. The latest version of the welding code features
numerous changes that affect the design of welded connections. This month's
e-panel incudes: Donald D. Rager, president of Rager Consulting Inc., and
current chair of the AWS D1.1 Committee; Dave McQuaid, president of D.L.
McQuade Consultants and immediate past chair of the AWS D1.1 Committee;
Duane Miller, manager of The Lincoln Electric Company's Welding Technology
Center; and Robert E. Shaw, president of the Steel Structures Technology
Center.
October 8: HSS Connections. The skyrocketing use of Hollow Structural
Sections has led to an inevitable growth in questions about how to connect
tubular sections to other HSS members as well as to wide flange members.
This month's e-panel includes: James M. Fisher, vice president of
Computerized Structural Design; Donald R. Sherman, University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Lawrence A. Kloiber, vice president of engineering
at LeJeune Steel.
November 12: Steel Plate Shear Walls. One of the newest techniques for
improving the seismic response of steel high-rise buildings is the use of
steel plate shear walls. In addition, SPSW has the potential for use in
blast resistance. This month's e-panel includes Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl,
professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of
California-Berkeley, and a lead engineer from Skilling Ward Magnusson
Barkshire.
December 10: FEMA 350/AISC Seismic Provisions. The updated AISC Seismic
Provisions incorporates a number of the recommendations that were generated
by the SAC Steel Project. This month's e-panel includes: James O. Malley,
Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers; Hank Martin, Director-Construction
Codes and Standards, American Iron and Steel Institute; Ronald O. Hamburger,
Chief Structural Engineer, ABS Consulting; and Steven Powell, President,
Star Seismic.
To participate in any AISC chat, or to read transcripts from past chats,
visit: www.aisc.org/chat.html.

Scott Melnick
Vice President-Communications
American Institute of Steel Construction
melnick(--nospam--at)aisc.org
ph: 312/670-8314
fax: 312/670-0341

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