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AISC Certification Standard for Steel Bridges draft available for public review and comment

March 15, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

A draft of a new AISC Certification Standard for Steel Bridges is available for public review during a forty‑five day period beginning March 15, 2010, and concluding on April 29, 2010. This is the initial public review of a new standard under development by an AISC Certification Committee Task Group.

When complete and implemented, the Certification Standard for Steel Bridges will replace the current checklist‑based criteria for the AISC Certification Program for Steel Bridge Fabricators. Current and new facilities participating in the program will be evaluated to the base requirements of the standard. Supplemental requirements will be provided in the standard for facilities to certify for fracture‑critical work and for two elevated achievement levels for steel bridge fabrication.

The standard‑based Steel Bridge Fabricator Certification will strengthen confirmation to owners, the design community, the construction industry, and the public that a certified steel bridge fabrication facility has the personnel, organization, experience, procedures, knowledge, equipment, and commitment to produce fabricated steel of the quality required for steel bridge construction. The standard‑based Steel Bridge Fabricator Certification program is expected to continue to provide a valuable means for qualifying firms, and to serve as a more effective way for steel bridge fabricators and manufacturers participating in the program to communicate their commitment and capability with respect to quality.

This initial 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. Click here for a copy of the March 15, 2010 draft standard and here for instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted during this public review period will be given full consideration by the AISC Certification Committee Task Group.

The Standard for Steel Bridges is expected to be implemented in mid‑2011, as the criteria for the Steel Bridge Fabricator Certification program.


For more information contact:

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