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Just a small bit of personal feedback on these seminars that AISC, ACI, and others puts out:


1)       they tend to be offered during the weekday during business hours when I am extremely busy and cannot always afford or be given permission to take time off from work (notwithstanding that some engineers abhor to give up any part of their weekend)

2)       they can be prohibitively expensive, two hundred to four hundred dollars or more, as I may not be always able to have my company sponsor me


I think these apply commonly also to others especially younger engineers. This is too bad because it is probably younger engineers that would benefit a great deal from them. I get lots of newsletters and flyers for seminars that sound interesting but I am always disappointed to note the time and cost that rules them out for me. The rare seminars that I have somehow managed to attend have been very good, for the most part.


I think the SEAOC seminars are probably the most reasonable in terms of the times they have them (evenings or weekends) and the cost is usually relatively low that I don’t mind paying out of my own pocket.






-----Original Message-----
From: Carter, Charlie [mailto:carter(--nospam--at)]
Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:34 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: Field Fixes


While we're on the subject of field fixes, AISC has a seminar that addresses many of the most common ones, including recommendations for how to prevent the actual problems from occuring in the future.. I've pasted in the description below. For more information, go to this link:,_Fabrication_and_Erection_-_Solutions_and_Prevention/Common_Problems_in_Design,_Fabrication_and_Erection_-_Solutions_and_Prevention.htm


If that link doesn't work, go to click on "training and education", then "seminars and workshops", then New Seminar for Fall 2003!   "Common Problems in Design, Fabrication and Erection - Solutions and Prevention"





Common Problems in Design, Fabrication and Erection - Solutions and Prevention

by James M. Fisher of Computerized Structural Design and Lawrence A. Kloiber of LeJeune Steel


The purpose of the seminar is to discuss design, fabrication, and construction problems that have occurred on structural steel projects.  Solutions to recurring problems, and suggestions to prevent problems from occurring will be presented.

Topics include design issues such as material specifications, connection design requirements, use of standard details, sizing material for constructability, use of mill reports, perimeter details for tilt-up and pre-cast concrete walls, design procedures for fast track construction, electronic data transfer and shop drawing approval procedures.

·         Shop fabrication problems include misplaced holes; shop splicing, camber requirements, fabrication tolerances, quality control procedures, cleaning and painting.

·         Field problems include footing misplacement, anchor rod misplacement, anchor rod length errors, camber and floor levelness, hole alignment, columns not plumb, columns too short or too long, column splices, bolt installation and inspection, welding and weld inspection, RTU mislocation, crane rail location, spandrel beam location problems, shear connector installation, paint problems, steel joists too long or too short, joist reinforcing, bridging interference, deck openings, and many more.

·         Included will be a discussion of the proper procedures and documentation needed to verify that the revision complies with design requirements and has been properly made and inspected.  The attendee should leave the seminar better equipped to solve and prevent errors in his or her structural design.