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Modifications to AISC Code of Standard Practice Now Available for Public Review

September 08, 2008 From American Institute of Steel Construction

Public review comments are welcomed for proposed changes to the AISC Code of Standard Practice. A ballot with 12 specific modifications relative to the current (2005) edition of the Code has been sent to the AISC Committee on the Code of Standard Practice. This information is now also available for public review.

“AISC’s Code of Standard Practice (the Code) represents the usual practices that have developed among those involved in the design, purchase, fabrication, and erection of structural steel,” said Charlie Carter, AISC vice president and chief structural engineer. “It represents the existing practices considered to be the standard of custom and usage within the industry.”

The basic purposes of the Code are:

  • to define standard practices in the absence of other instructions
  • to provide a common understanding of acceptable standards
  • to outline the most efficient, commonly understood contract terms for the purchase of fabricated structural steel
  • to simplify the process of buying and selling fabricated structural steel


Carter noted that the proposed changes are intended to further these purposes.

The public review instructions and draft document are available at www.aisc.org/codeballot

Comments should be submitted by October 6, 2008 to Janet Cummins via e-mail at [email protected] or by fax at 312.896.9022.

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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