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NASCC and WSBS Join Forces for Combined 2012 Conference

December 5, 2011 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – For the first time ever, the leading design and construct conferences for fabricated steel buildings and bridges are coming together for a massive three-day event for more than 4,000 industry professionals, April 18-20, 2012 at Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Dallas. Hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), NASCC: The Steel Conference/World Steel Bridge Symposium features practical seminars on the latest design and construction techniques, more than 100 technical sessions, extensive trade show exhibits highlighting products ranging from structural engineering software to the latest fabrication equipment, and plentiful networking opportunities. Register at www.aisc.org/nascc.

This spectacular conference is the premier educational event for structural engineers, fabricators, detailers, educators, and others involved in the design and construction of fabricated steel buildings and bridges. It includes the Structural Stability Research Council’s Annual Stability Conference, the Sustainable Steel Conference, and two new tracks: the Technology in Steel Construction Conference (TSCC), and Ruby University focusing on constructability topics such as lateral stability and camber. Attendees can earn up to 24 PDHs (Professional Development Hours) while learning from top industry leaders.

The conference kicks off with a keynote address from Daniel Simons, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois and creator of the famous “invisible gorilla” psychology experiment. He will share real-world stories and startling demonstrations to show how we all miss more of what goes around us than we realize. You’ll gain a better understanding of the gap between how we think we pay attention and remember and how we really pay attention and remember, gaining new insights into how your customer’s mind works and allowing you to craft a more persuasive and compelling message.

Another keynote session expected to draw a large crowd is the 2012 T.R. Higgins Lecture presented by Michel Bruneau, P.E., Ph.D., professor of civil, structural, and environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the recent recipient of AISC’s prestigious T.R. Higgins Award for his paper on steel plate shear wall design published in AISC’s Engineering Journal, and will discuss this topic along with other elements of his work such as new design concepts for seismic design, blast-resistance, and multi-hazard resistance concepts.

Other can’t-miss sessions include: "Accelerated Bridge Construction: Lessons Learned" by Michael Culmo from CME Associates, Tim Noles from Hardesty & Hanover, and Mike Laviolette from HNTB; “Floor Vibrations” by Thomas Murray, emeritus professor at Virginia Tech and Brad Davis, professor at the University of Kentucky; “Steel Joists and Wind Uplift" by Michael Roach from New Millennium Building Systems and Rick Jensen from Vulcraft; "Welding Metallurgy for the Structural Engineer" by Duane Miller from The Lincoln Electric Company; "Designing Green by the Book: The IGCC" by AISC’s John Cross; "BIM Workflow--Lessons Learned" by Brian Cobb and Warren Goodrich from Structural Detailing, LLC.

Have you ever visited steel mill? In addition to the plentiful conference offerings, one of the nation’s largest and most advanced mills, Gerdau, is providing a free tour of its Midlothian, Texas, facility. Attendees will be transported from the convention center to the mill where you’ll discover the entire process of how steel is made – from mounds of scrap to charging the furnace to continuous casting. You’ll see quality control processes first-hand and develop an understanding of rolling schedules and steel availability. There is no charge to attend this event, however, space is limited.

For more information about the conference, including registration details and the advanced program, visit www.aisc.org/nascc.

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For more information contact:

Tasha Weiss
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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