A Letter from Our President

Roger E. Ferch

Dear Visitor,

Recently, I gave a talk about the Disney Concert Hall. Or more accurately, I spoke about the evolution of the technology surrounding the construction of the building. Before joining AISC, I was the vice president of the fabrication company that built the Disney Concert Hall more than a decade ago. But what makes the story still relevant today is what has happened over the last 10 years.

When we started working on the project, we used a lot of cutting edge tools, especially in terms of 3-D modeling and the fabrication machinery used to execute this incredibly complex design. But since then, a funny thing has happened. What we thought was cutting edge has become the norm.

However, when I tell this to people (even people in the steel industry), they initially look skeptical. They tell me steel is an old, mature, smoke-stack industry. But while steel has been the material of choice for construction for most of the past century, it doesn't mean it's not a modern industry with new technology (ranging from improvements in the properties of steel to better equipment and new communication and design tools). And fortunately, on September 19, you have a chance to see for yourself.

September 19 is SteelDay, an annual celebration of structural steel. AISC, its members and partners host activities throughout the country. Fabricators and mills hold tours of their facilities, designers and developers offer project jobsite tours, and AISC provides live lectures and webinars. We're even hosting a Chicago bus tour, where attendees can marvel at the steel structures throughout the city. It's a great chance to learn more about what's going on today with structural steel and network with people advancing the design and construction industry.

Whether you want to host an event or attend, visit www.steelday.org to find everything you need to get started. Join us September 19 to Interact. Learn. Build.

As always, please contact me with your questions, concerns and suggestions.

Roger E. Ferch

SteelDay2014 Logo