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AISC Draft Certification Standard Available for Public Review and Comment

October 07, 2008 From American Institute of Steel Construction

The AISC Certification Standard for Bridge and Highway Metal Component Manufacturers is available for a second period of public review beginning October 7, 2008, and concluding on October 28, 2008. This standard has been approved by the AISC Certification Committee.

This second review period provides individuals and organizations that may be affected by implementation of the standard an opportunity to share concerns and offer value enhancing suggestions and recommendations on the changes made since the first public review which concluded on July 27, 2007. A copy of the approved draft has been marked with yellow highlighting to indicate substantial changes made since the first public review. Click here for a copy of the August 19, 2008 approved draft bridge component standard and instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted during the public review period will be given full consideration by the AISC Certification Committee.

The Certification Standard for Bridge and Highway Metal Component Manufacturers will support a new AISC Certification program. The Bridge Component Manufacturer Certification will confirm to owners, design professionals and the construction industry that a firm has the personnel, organization, experience, procedures, knowledge, equipment and commitment to produce components of the quality required for normal bridge and highway construction. Certification to this standard will be appropriate for manufacturers of components that include bracing not designed for primary loads (diaphragms, cross frames and lateral bracing); camera, light, sign and signal support structures; bridge rail; stairs; walkways; grid decks; drains; scuppers; expansion joints; bearings; ballast plates; and mechanical movable bridge equipment.

It is anticipated that the Bridge Component Manufacturer Certification program will provide a valuable means for qualifying firms and serve as an effective way for steel bridge fabricators and manufacturers participating in the program to communicate their commitment and capability with respect to quality. The bridge component standard is expected to be finalized later this year with the Component Manufacturer Certification program becoming available to the industry by the end of 2008.

For more information about this AISC Certification standard, please call 530-756-6071 or email [email protected].

For more information contact:

Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]