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80+ Years of AISC Specifications Now Available Electronically

January 22, 2007 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

Free access to all versions of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings that were introduced from 1923 to 2005 is now available to AISC members through AISC’s ePubs at www.aisc.org/epubs.

“Some of the old publications in the AISC library are showing their age, and it was time to archive these important pieces of steel design and fabrication history. This will be a priceless resource for structural engineers and fabricators involved in repair and retrofit of old buildings, and will also compliment AISC Design Guide 15, the Rehabilitation and Retrofit Guide,” says Cynthia Duncan, Director of Specifications.

The complete compendium is also available on a CD-Rom that is available for purchase for $40 for members and $80 for non-members. The CD-Rom includes an index that lists the specifications in chronological order, listing those based on allowable stress design provisions separate from those based on load and resistance factor design provisions. The expanded index lists the date of approval, complete title of the specification, which version of the AISC Manual the specification was printed in, if any, as well as other notes of interest. For example, AISC’s first American Standard (precursor to ANSI) was published in 1952 as ASA A57.1-1952, a reprint of the June 1949 AISC specification.

“The real value in the CD-Rom for the engineer is that it permits all versions of the Specifications to be electronically searched at the same time” says Louis Geschwindner, vice president of engineering and research. “With the renewed emphasis on restoration and rehabilitation of existing structures, engineers will now have direct electronic access to whatever AISC standard a building was designed to meet.”

To purchase a copy of the CD, please visit www.aisc.org/bookstore Or to join AISC and download the information at no charge, visit www.aisc.org/membership.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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