Printed Manual Companion Now Available

The v15.1 Companion to the AISC Steel Construction Manual is now available as a printed two-volume set. Developed by industry leaders in the AISC Committee on Manuals, the Companion is the perfect complement to your 15th Edition Manual. It includes more than 1,600 pages of examples and tables that illustrate how to apply the provisions of the 2016 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360) and the Manual for designing members, connections, and structural systems.

For ease of use, the Companion is separated into the following volumes: 

Volume 1--Design Examples includes detailed examples covering the provisions of the Specification. Guidance is also provided on how to apply the tables of the Manual to simplify the design process. Complete connection design examples are provided for the most common shear, moment, axial, and bracing connections. Volume 1 also has an example that covers the step-by-step procedure for load determination and member selection of a four-story building. 

Volume 2--Design Tables includes many design tables that expand on what’s included in the Manual. New for the Manual is an all-in-one member design--"Super Table"--for determining the available strength for W-shapes subject to axial, shear, flexure, and combined forces (Table 6-2). Volume 2 of the Companion includes this same style of table for ASTM A913 (Grades 65 and 70) W-shapes, and HSS members of both ASTM A500 Gr. C and ASTM A1085. Volume 2 also has compression tables for composite HSS columns and the combined loading table for W-shapes, both of which last appeared in the 14th Edition Manual. There is also a plastic section modulus table for coped W-shapes.

The printed Companion will quickly become a go-to reference in your bookcase. It is also a helpful tool for training new engineers on steel design. For more information on this resource and other useful resources provided by AISC, visit And visit to access the Manual, Specification, and other AISC publications.