Continuing Education


Steel Talks

Is your professional organization, fabricator group or office looking for information about the latest trends, techniques, and information on steel design and construction? AISC offers a FREE service that provides speakers on a variety of practical steel topics shown below. Steel Talks can be the sole presentation at a meeting or part of a previously planned event. AISC can even help market your event to help increase attendance! Our goal is to help you however we can--let us know what you want and we'll do our best to meet your needs.

The talks are 60 minutes. AISC will provide one Steel Talk per meeting.

If you are interested in scheduling a Steel Talk for your organization, please fill out the Steel Talks Request Form.

Steel Talk Topics

2016 AISC Standards

This presentation highlights some of the important changes in the 2016 AISC 360 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, ranging from updated material standards to new shear strength provisions.  It also explores the changes in the 2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice, including two of the most significant: the generalization of the AISC Code of Standard Practice to include use of models, either in place of drawings or in combination with them; and an expansion of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) requirements to provide multiple levels of finish.  The process of developing and adopting these standards is also discussed.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

AESS: Categorized by Design

Architects want architecturally exposed structural steel on projects to meet their expectations for appearance, budget, quality and structural integrity. The category system implemented in the AISC Code of Standard Practice effectively communicates expectations and should be utilized on any AESS project. Participants in this program will learn how and when to implement the AESS Category Method to effectively communicate the desired appearance for architecturally exposed structural steel in a format that contractors can understand.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Building Tomorrow’s Steel-Framed Parking Structures Today

The course describes the ins and outs of designing and constructing innovative steel-framed parking structures.

The popularity of steel-framed parking structures is growing nationwide. Many owners, developers and designers are realizing that steel-framed parking structures have a clear advantage in economy and durability. In this one-hour presentation, learn how lightweight steel framing, ample steel supply, and active competition in the steel fabrication industry contribute to rapid project delivery and low construction cost. Examples will be provided that show how smaller steel structural members improve lighting and security for garage users. Find out how modern coating systems and a readily accessible steel frame simplify inspection and reduce life cycle maintenance costs. Additionally, see how the almost 100% recycled content of today’s structural steel supports environmental responsibility.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Choosing the Right Framework for Sustainable and Resilient Structures

Close your eyes and picture it in your mind, what characteristics would it have? Is there an ideal construction material? On a typical project multiple materials are utilized. But when we start to consider what an ideal construction material would be, it provides us with a framework to evaluate the major materials in use today. Today sustainability is just as important as it has been, but resiliency has become part of the equation as well. This course will discuss the sustainable and resilient characteristics of structural steel and comparing those characteristics to those of wood and concrete.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

This course is available for GBCI CE hours

Combating Thermal Issues in Building Construction Utilizing Structural Steel

Steel elements that bridge across the insulation in a building enclosure can cause significant heating and cooling energy loss in a building, adversely affecting a building's energy performance and the comfort and wellbeing of inhabitants - but they don't have to. A number of effective mitigation techniques can be used to combat this issue and other systems are being developed. As buildings become tighter and more insulated, it becomes increasingly important to address thermal steel bridging. This presentation will explain the issues and present practical solution strategies. Topics to be addressed include the use of manufactured structural thermal break assemblies, proprietary support systems, thermal 'shims', isolation techniques, and others. The issue of the thermal capacity of buildings will also be explored from the perspective of system mass, exposed thermal area and the heat propagating properties of materials.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Framing Solutions for Steel-Framed Office Buildings

Attendees will understand how structural steel framing system design techniques can help an office project be completed faster, cost effectively and with benefit to prospective tenants. The program will demonstrate how the flexibility of a steel frame system can increase an office owner’s competitive advantage in the marketplace through easier, cost-effective tenant improvements and changes.

Attendees will discover the design benefits steel brings to office projects by allowing column-free spaces, which provides more freedom for office layout. Attendees will gain knowledge as to how an integrated, collaborative steel team can employ interoperable design software to reduce project schedule, realize significant cost savings, improve quality control, and increase productivity. 

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Harnessing the Power of AISC Design Guides

Structural Engineers are called upon to tackle tough analytical problems every day and AISC has many resources available to make that job a little bit easier. This one hour presentation will familiarize you with the great technical resources available in the AISC Design Guide Series. We will review the Design Guide Series paying particular attention to the Design Guides that cover retrofit and rehabilitation of existing structures (DG #15), welded connections (DG #21), structural stainless steel (DG #27), vertical bracing connections (DG #29), and curved member design (DG #33). The session will also include a general review of all AISC Design Guides, including the newest ones on modular steel plate composite walls, steel-framed stairway design, and steel-framed storm shelters.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Healthcare Success! Applications and Techniques for Structural Steel Framed Construction

Healthcare project teams strive to design and build facilities that will not only handle the challenges of today’s budget, schedule, and planning constraints successfully, but also handle future upgrades including equipment changes, facility expansions, and changing patient care standards, with ease. Structural steel has continued to be the material of choice for healthcare projects nationwide. By learning about various ways to overcome unique healthcare project challenges with structural steel framing, you can realize similar success.

The American Institute of Steel Construction tracks the healthcare construction market closely and monitors successful projects nationwide to investigate how project teams overcame various challenges through the use of structural steel. Such challenges include tight urban site constraints, vibration sensitive equipment, budget and schedule requirements, future adaptability concerns, working in an IPD/BIM environment, and sustainability. We will not only demonstrate specific lessons learned and successful innovations that you can use on your next project, but also illustrate how to achieve healthcare project success and reduce your risk by working in a collaborative environment with the structural steel fabricator (and other members of the steel team) involved early in the design phase. Attendees will walk away with specific solutions to challenges that owners, architects, engineers, and general contractors face every day in the healthcare construction sector.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Innovations in Steel

Fabricated structural steel is the material that you’ve always wanted to have at your disposal for that special project or client. This program will demonstrate how recent steel industry innovations allow engineers and architects to easily express their design concepts and overcome client serviceability concerns. As a partner in the procurement and delivery process, steel can provide strategic ideas for cost-effective and time-saving project performance. Attendees will gain the knowledge to understand and incorporate low floor-to-floor height systems and long span solutions for economies of construction, appreciate the current supply chain and market conditions impacting the construction industry, apply Building Information Modeling (BIM) and improved shop drawing review methods for use on their next project, incorporate innovative connection methods and modular systems in future challenges, and have an understanding of how best to apply the requirements of AESS and current sustainability concerns.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Lessons Learned: Hot Topics in Steel Construction

Architects want to know what new innovations and techniques exist in the structural steel industry and how they can be applied to express their designs, overcome client serviceability and safety concerns while optimizing budget and schedule. Participants in this program will learn about sustainable and efficient framing systems, methods and practices which make steel the material of choice for any project, no matter the size, shape or end use.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Multi-Story Residential: Structural Steel Framing Solutions

Market conditions have changed recently and structural steel framing has become an economical alternative to structural concrete for mid-rise hotels and other multi-story residential projects.  This one-hour presentation will provide a detailed description of four steel-framed systems that can achieve floor-to floor heights as low as 8’-8” while offering greater speed and economy over conventional concrete framing systems. Attendees will learn what these different systems are and how they provide benefits to the architect and client. The presentation will also include examples of recently completed steel-framed multi-story residential projects describing how the use of each particular system benefited the project owner.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Planning for Performance: Fire Protection for Steel Buildings

Structures framed with structural steel, wood and concrete can all experience a building fire. The combination of steel’s non-combustibility and effective fire protection methods to minimize loss has resulted in steel buildings being recognized for their superior performance in fires. This program provides an introductory overview of fire protection for structural steel buildings so that attendees can make better informed decisions about protecting structures from fire.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

SpeedCore: Lateral System Innovation for Today's Construction Challenges

SpeedCore is a non-proprietary system of concrete-filled composite plate shear walls (CF-CPSW). The system replaces reinforced concrete core construction in multi-story buildings with the advantage of construction speed standing out as the most significant project benefit. The steel plate composite wall system leverages the stiffness of concrete and the speed and accuracy of steel for a superior lateral system. The history of composite construction is briefly reviewed with an emphasis on the use of the composite wall system in nuclear facilities. The innovative shift from industrial to commercial construction will be detailed with a specific discussion of the Rainier Square Tower project designed by Magnusson Klemencic. Basic design principles of the SpeedCore system used for Rainier Square are discussed with reference to the design resources currently available. Research on the SpeedCore system investigating structural and fire protection optimization are shared within the context of the future of the system and its innovative impact on the design and construction industries.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

Steel Solutions Center FAQs

Averaging over 200 inquires each week, the Steel Solution Center can readily identify trends in the inquiries received. The Steel Solution Center works closely with the Engineering and Research Department and the Committee on Technical Assistance to develop Frequently Asked Questions to address these topics. These questions are published on the website each quarter, providing valuable resources to the design and construction industry. This one-hour seminar focuses on the most commonly asked questions from this resource, including such topics as the 2010 AISC Specification, the 2010 Seismic Provisions, and high-strength bolting.

1.0 LU | HSW (Complete AIA information here)

If you have questions about designing in steel, visit the AISC Steel Solutions Center.