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AISC Launches New Free Bolting App and Steel Apps Contest

July 12, 2013 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has launched its first mobile app called Build-A-Bolt, which helps those in the steel construction industry select the right structural bolt, washer, nut combination and can be used in the field to determine bolt grade and manufacturer. It’s also useful for detailers and specifiers in providing dimensions and fastener compatibility. The app is free and available for use at www.aisc.org/boltapp. With the release of the app, AISC has also launched a new Steel Apps contest at www.aisc.org/steelappscontest giving the opportunity to win cash prizes, totaling $9,000.

Do you have an idea for an app that would be useful to the steel design and construction industry? Here’s your chance to bring it to life! Create an open source app that is relevant and functional for the design, erection, fabrication or inspection of structural steel buildings and/or bridges and you could win a cash prize of: Gold Award - $5,000; Silver Award - $3,000; and Bronze Award - $1,000. The winning apps will also be featured in Modern Steel Construction magazine, as well as AISC’s social media channels, and announced on SteelDay (www.SteelDay.org), which takes place October 4 this year.

Here are the rules to enter:

  • Create an open source app and “tweet” the URL on Twitter (www.twitter.com) using #SteelApps in your post. You must be following @AISC on Twitter and reside, and have a bank account, in the U.S.
  • Submit your app by September 22, 2013, and include your name, email, phone number, app title and app purpose in your source code.
  • All entries must either be in the public domain or available under an OSI-approved open-source license. For an entry to be considered valid, AISC will require access to a functional version of the software and an indication of where the public code repository can be found. AISC reserves the right to modify contest rules and regulations.
  • Entries using web technologies (JavaScript, etc.) are preferred, but “native” software may be used provided it is accessible and operable using major operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS). Any fees or developer program licenses that may be associated with placing your app in an “app store” or other distribution channel are solely your responsibility.
  • You may base your entry on existing open source projects but must have been personally responsible for the addition of significant new features (combining functions in a novel fashion counts as a new feature) which are relevant to the structural steel industry.

For questions, please contact the AISC Steel Solutions Center at [email protected] or 866.ASK.AISC.


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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