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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.
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.
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
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:
- 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
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
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
- AISC Code of Standard Practice
- Erection schematic
- Selling an erection project
- Prefabrication coordination
- Erection pre-mobilization planning
- Prosecuting the work
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
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
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.
Quiz and Attendance Records
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
Night School 17 - Design of Curved Members / Guidance for Supporting Facades on Steel Framed Buildings
This course consists of 4 - 90 minute sessions on curved members and 4 - 90 minute sessions on facade attachments.
Design of Curved Members
The new AISC Design Guide for curved members will be available soon. This course will provide an overview of the design guide, with detailed design information on both vertically- and horizontally-curved members. This course will also address connection design for curved members and the effects of cross-sectional distortion caused bending in the plane of curvature.
Guidance for Supporting Facades on Steel Framed Buildings
The attachments of modern facade systems to the primary building structure can present some of the most difficult challenges on any building. It involves a number of different parties—the owner, the architect, the structural engineer, the building envelope consultant, and many different contractors—coming together to create a facade that achieves aesthetic, thermal, air infiltration, and moisture objectives. This course will provide guidance for practicing structural engineers, architects, and contractors on how to navigate this aspect of a building’s design that is vitally important but often given less attention than it deserves.
This session presents general information on curved members including an overview to the coming soon AISC Design Guide. The session will introduce the attendees to bending geometries, bending processes, and considerations for design for bending: curving mechanics, fracture during bending and distortion. Additional design considerations, tolerances contract documents and more, are also discussed.
This session addresses the treatment vertically-curved members. Topics include axial strength, flexural strength, combined axial and flexural loads, local strength and connections
The session addressses the treatment of horizontally-curved members. Topics include: flexural strength, torsional strength, combined flexural and torsional loads, serviceability, local strength and connections.
This session will present a design example for vertically-curved members. In addition to demonstration the design of the member, the example will address the design of the connection. Then, the session will present a design example for horizontally-curved members. In addition to demonstration the design of the member, the example will address the design of the connection.
Attaching modern facades to buildings requires an understanding of how facade systems perform—from moisture and thermal performance to structural performance. Developing successful facade attachments requires consensus among a number of different parties about the objectives for the facade system. The project team needs to establish who is responsible for various portions of the design and also establish the criteria against which the system’s performance will be compared. In this session, we will explore these issues in depth to set projects up for success.
This session addresses the following topics:
- Fundamentals of Facade Performance
- Design Criteria
- Design and Execution Responsibilities
- Thermal Separations
- Accommodating Tolerances
Every type of facade system presents its own challenges for the design team: where and how are the gravity and lateral loads supported? How much movement can the facade system accommodate? What is the jointing pattern? In this session, we will explore masonry cavity wall systems, aluminum-glass curtain wall systems and panelized systems such as precast concrete panels or prefabricated metal-framed panels with masonry or glass-fiber reinforced concrete facing to help answer these questions.
This session will presents the following topics:
- Traditional Masonry Cavity Walls
- Aluminum-Glass Curtain Walls
- Panelized Facade Systems
- Sizing Joints for Vertical Movement
Many multi-story structural-steel-framed buildings support the facade’s gravity and lateral loads from the spandrel beams or the slab edges. In this session, we will examine the pros and cons of connections to spandrel beams and slab edges along with methods for designing these elements for facade loads. The session will include a series of example problems that address issues of strength and stiffness.
This session will presents the following topics:
- Design of Steel-Framed Slab Edges for Facade Attachments
- Design of Steel Spandrel Beams
- Cladding Supports Away From Floors
When buildings sway under wind and seismic loads, the facade systems must accommodate interstory drifts between the building’s floor levels. Finding ways to accommodate these drifts through the height of the building, particularly at corners and at the ground story, can be challenging. In this session, we will consider ways to detail facade attachments to accommodate a building’s lateral drifts.
Quiz and Attendance records
Quiz 1: 1. e, 2. f, 3. a, 4. f, 5. c, 6. c, 7. c, 8. f, 9. a, 10. b Quiz PDF
Quiz 2: 1. d, 2. b, 3. d, 4. a, 5. a, 6. h, 7. a, 8. d, 9. b, 10. f Quiz PDF
Quiz 3: 1. d, 2. b, 3. d, 4. a, 5. e, 6. b, 7. e, 8. b, 9. e, 10. e Quiz PDF
Quiz 4: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. d, 5. c, 6. d, 7. a, 8. c, 9. b, 10. a Quiz PDF
Quiz 5: 1. c, 2. d, 3. a, 4. b, 5. d, 6. c, 7. a, 8. b, 9. a, 10. a Quiz PDF
Quiz 6: 1.b, 2. c, 3. c, 4. d, 5. b, 6. d, 7. b, 8. c, 9. b, 10. b Quiz PDF
Quiz 7: 1. a, 2. d, 3. d, 4. b, 5. b, 6. a, 7. c, 8. d, 9. c, 10. d Quiz PDF
Quiz 8: 1. f, 2. d, 3. d, 4. e, 5. d, 6. b, 7. b, 8. b, 9. a, 10. c Quiz PDF
Final Exam 1. c, 2. c, 3. c, 4. f, 5. f, 6. b, 7. a, 8. f, 9. d, 10. d, 11. c, 12. c, 13. c, 14. a, 15. d, 16. d, 17. b, 18. d, 19. a, 20. b, 21. b, 22. e, 23. b, 24. b Quiz PDF