Continuing Education

Night School 18

Steel Construction: From the Mill to Topping Out

This new Night School course takes an in-depth look at the steel construction process, from the manufacturing of steel all the way to completion of the structure.  Each session covers a distinct topic related to steel construction, presented by an expert on that particular phase of construction.  The course opens by looking at the practical aspects of steel production. It continues by taking an in-depth view of steel fabrication and erection, as well as the engineering aspects of both of these critical construction operations.  Maintaining a practical viewpoint, the course finishes with sessions on field fixes, quality control and quality assurance.  Design engineers will come away with the knowledge of all phases and of the roles of all players in the steel construction process, so that they can be more efficient in their own role.

  • Date: 10/15/2018 to 12/10/2018
  • Duration: 1.5 hours per session
  • Location: Night School
  • PDH Credits: 1.5 PDH per session (up to 12.0 PDH)
  • Substitutions and Cancellations: Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations received 1-3 days prior to the webinar will be charged a $50 service charge. Cancellations and no shows the day of the webinar session will not receive a refund.
  • Connection Instructions: Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing your receipt, a link to access the webinar, dial-in audio instructions, and a link to a PDF handout of slides.


Andrew Twarek, PE, SE

All parties involved in the steel construction process play a critical role, from the office (structural design, connection design, and erection engineering), to the plant (steel production and fabrication), to the field (erection and quality assurance). Using the AISC Code of Standard Practice as a framework, this session discusses the team of contributors who are responsible for creating a structural steel building.

Jim Schoen and Shane Vernon, PE

Covered in this session will be a basic overview of modern steelmaking processes involved in the production of W, MC, C, M, L, S, and piling shapes. Topics include:

- Electric arc furnace operations
- Ladle metallurgy furnace operations
- Continuous casting
- Rolling operations
- Testing and metallurgy

Chris Crosby, PE CWI

From the start of a project through final shipment, this session will provide a detailed review for each and every step in the fabrication process. Topics include:

- Detailing
- Project management
- Purchasing of material
- Production: receiving material, cutting, hole making, parts, layout, fit, welding, bolting, cambering, assembling, cleaning and coating
- Quality control: inspection, testing and error resolution
- Shipping

Chad Fox, PE, SE

This session provides an overview of the steps taken by a Specialty Structural Engineer when the Structural Engineer of Record delegates design of the connections. Topics include:

- What does the Code of Standard Practice say about connection design
- Critical information provided on design drawings
- Request For Information (RFI) process
- Selection of standard connection types and materials
- Common challenges encountered
- Practical tips to facilitate shop and field efficiencies
- Helpful connection design references

Philip Torchio

Structural steel erection consists of assembling the building’s frame on site safely and economically. This session will address how steel erection gets done, from securing the work to executing it. Topics include:

- Erectors’ contractual relationships
- Estimating
- AISC Code of Standard Practice
- Erection schematic
- Selling an erection project
- Contracts
- Prefabrication coordination
- Erection pre-mobilization planning
- Prosecuting the work

Benjamin A. Miller, PE, SE

This session provides an overview of the steps taken by the Erector’s Engineer to ensure stability of each stage of construction during structural steel erection. Topics include:

- Code of Standard Practice requirements for the EOR and Erector
- Design standards / Design Guides
- The importance of load path
- Global stability
- Element stability, i.e. stability of long span trusses
- Temporary bracing/shoring design
- Staged Construction considerations

Session 7: Field Fixes and Solutions

James M. Fisher, PhD, PE, Dist.M.ASCE

What do you do when an anchor rod hole is misplaced? Or the columns aren't plumb? More importantly, what can you do to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place? This session covers a wide range of topics and provides the tools and knowledge to not only fix, but also to potentially prevent these field problems. Unlike other webinars or seminars this one is more philosophical than technical in nature based upon many years of practical experience. Topics include:

- What to do when notified about a field problem
- Anchor rods
- Columns and beams
- Reinforcing members and connections
- Fit-up problems
- Member selection guidelines

Larry Kruth

How do you specify and ensure a quality steel project? The answer is in Chapter N. Chapter N has been a part of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360) since 2010. Why was this added to the AISC Specification? Are these new quality requirements for fabrication and erection? What is the difference between Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA)? How does this relate to the International Building Code (IBC)? This session will try to address these burning questions that you may have. In addition, do statistics show how a quality program is functioning while increasing productivity?  The answers may surprise you.


Andrew Twarek

Andrew Twarek

Andrew Twarek is a Project Manager at Ruby+Associates, Inc.

Jim Schoen

Jim Schoen

Jim Schoen is a Plant Metallurgist at Nucor-Yamato Steel.

Chris Crosby

Chris Crosby

Christian B. Crosby, PE, CWI, is the senior VP of Fabrication at Schuff Steel in Phoenix, Arizona.

Chad Fox

Chad Fox

Chad Fox is a Project Manager at Ruby+Associates, Inc.

Benjamin A. Miller

Benjamin Miller

Benjamin A. Miller is a Project Engineer at Ruby+Associates, Inc.

Larry Kruth

Larry Kruth

Larry Kruth is the Vice President of Engineering & Research at AISC.

James M. Fisher

James M. Fisher, PE, PhD

James M. Fisher, PhD, PE is Emeritus Vice President of CSD in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Philip Torchio

Philip Torchio

Philip Torchio is the former President and CEO of Williams Enterprises.

Shane Vernon

Shane Vernon

Shane Vernon is a Plant Metallurgist at Nucor-Yamato Steel.


Price Info

Individual Live Sessions


$185  Member
$285  Non-member
$155  Student/Faculty
$155  Government Employee

Prices are per webinar.  Registration includes certificates for an unlimited number of people at one connection site.

8-Session Package 


$500  Member
$900  Non-member
$250  Student/Faculty
$500  Government Employee

 Registration includes a certificate for the registrant only.

Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations received 1-3 days prior to the webinar will be charged a $50 service charge. Cancellations and no shows the day of the webinar session will not receive a refund.


Quiz and Attendance Records


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Quiz Answers

View Answers to Night School 18 Quizzes.

Quiz 1: 1. e, 2. b, 3. b, 4. c, 5. e, 6. a, 7. b, 8. d, 9. a, 10. c Quiz PDF
Quiz 2: 1. a. 2. a, 3. d, 4. a, 5. c, 6. d, 7.d, 8. b, 9. c, 10. c Quiz PDF
Quiz 3: 1. b, 2. c, 3. a, 4. c, 5. c, 6. b, 7. a, 8. c, 9. b, 10. a Quiz PDF
Quiz 4: 1. e, 2. b, 3. a, 4. b, 5. d, 6. b, 7. a, 8. e, 9. e, 10. c Quiz PDF
Quiz 5: 1. c, 2. d, 3. a, 4. b, 5. e, 6. c, 7. a, 8. c, 9. d, 10. d Quiz PDF
Quiz 6: 1. a, 2. b, 3. d, 4. d, 5. b, 6. a, 7. a, 8. b, 9. b, 10. a Quiz PDF
Quiz 7: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b, 6. b, 7. b, 8. c, 9. c, 10. c Quiz PDF
Quiz 8: 1. c, 2. f, 3. b, 4. g, 5. b, 6. c, 7. e, 8. e, 9. g, 10. e Quiz PDF
Final Exam: 1. c, 2. c, 3. d, 4. c, 5. a, 6. d, 7. d, 8. a, 9. c, 10. a, 11. d, 12. e, 13. d, 14. e, 15. b, 16. e, 17. b, 18. a, 19. b, 20. a, 21. d, 22. a, 23. b, 24. a Quiz PDF