The Flash Steel Conference


Schedule

 Tuesday, October 18 

Track

Session 

Speaker

Time (CENTRAL)

Keynote

K1 -- Tuesday Keynote: Structural Steel and Resilience 
Natural disasters and other events can test the resilience of our infrastructure. This session explains the concept of resilience and how structural steel can improve the speed at which a community recovers from an event.

Michel Bruneau

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Future of Steel

F1 -- Need for Speed Research Update
In 2019, AISC established a goal to increase the speed at which a steel project (either a building or a bridge) can be designed, fabricated, and erected by 50% by the end of 2025. This session explores the latest innovations and progress made in the last year.

Devin Huber

10:45 a.m.-11:15 p.m.

Future of Steel

F2 -- Seismic Performance of Steel Moment Frames with Partial-Strength Fuse Connections
Several types of fuse connections have been proposed for use in steel moment frames. These partial strength connections rely on fuse elements that yield or slip to dissipate energy as the connection undergoes rotation, leaving the surrounding beams and columns essentially elastic following an earthquake. These connections will allow for more rapid repair and reduced building downtime following an earthquake, adding to the building's resilience. This presentation will discuss some of the novel fuse connections, including ones that have undergone AISC prequalification, and a study evaluating the collapse safety of frames employing these fuse connections.

Patricia Clayton

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Steel Interchange

S1 -- Steel Interchange: Connection Design
No matter what your question is, if it’s about steel, Larry Muir will have the answer! In this session, he will focus on thought-provoking questions specifically related to connection design. With over two decades of experience in engineering and structural steel fabrication, his insightful responses will be anything but run-of-the-mill.

Larry Muir 

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Steel Interchange

S2 -- Steel Interchange: Using Consistent Design Assumptions 
One of the Steel Interchange's regular contributors, Bo Dowswell, will discuss the interaction between member and connection design: how connections affect member design and how member design affects connection design. The same assumptions used for the member design must be used for connection design.

Bo Dowswell

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Steel Interchange

S3 -- Steel Interchange: Composite Design
In this live version of MSC’s Steel Interchange, Susan Burmeister will address a few of the interesting and complex questions that she has responded to in her tenure as a contributor. Expect to come away from this session with fresh knowledge regarding composite design.

Susan Burmeister

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Steel Interchange

S4 -- Steel Interchange: Vibration
As part of the Steel Interchange track, this session will focus on vibration. We will review a few questions and topics that have been asked regarding steel vibration design.

Brad Davis

3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 19

Track

Session

Speaker

Time (Central)

Keynote

K2 -- Wednesday Keynote: Artificial Intelligence Uses in Engineering
Artificial intelligence is already utilized in the AEC field. This session will explain the many uses of artificial intelligence and expound on where it might be used in the future.

Robert Otani

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Design and Construction Challenges

D1 -- IDEAS² Award Winner: 2Life Communities Admin Offices
Come learn about the specific challenges that arose during the structural design of the award-winning 2Life Communities Administration Offices. In particular, the new building was built above and around an existing structure, and the entire structure was supported by columns at the four corners extending down to the foundation!

David Odeh 

10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Design and Construction Challenges

D2 -- IDEAS² Award Winner: United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum
Come hear the tilted story of erecting the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum. In this session, the erector will explain the engineering and coordination required for the sloped facade support steel. Due to the complexity of the project, including sloped columns, long-span trusses, and cantilevered members, the erection and sequencing were anything but typical!

Ryan Duncan

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Design and Construction Challenges

D3 -- IDEAS² Award Winner: Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences
This session highlights the design challenges of the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences, including the design of the three-story monumental stair in the lobby. The structural engineer will also discuss why the main theater was constructed with structural steel instead of the initial concept of reinforced concrete.

Tom Greenough

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Design and Construction Challenges

D4 -- IDEAS² Award Winner: International Spy Museum 
The fabricator for the International Spy Museum will discuss multiple challenges encountered during the project, particularly the fabrication of the tapered, AESS, exterior steel columns. He will also discuss the importance of open communication with the design team due to the complexities of the structural steel throughout the project.

Chris Gregory

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Future of Steel

F3 -- Introduction to Sustainability of Structural Steel
This session introduces the basics of sustainability and explains the environmental impact of structural steel in comparison to other materials. The speaker will explain life-cycle assessments, environmental product declarations, whole building life-cycle analysis, buy clean laws, and other concepts that are critical to understanding sustainability.

Luke Johnson

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Future of Steel

F4 -- Choosing Building Materials: Balancing Performance, Sustainability, and Cost
The industry faces increasing pressure to change how it designs and constructs buildings to increase their long-term resiliency and sustainability at affordable costs. This session presents findings from a project that compared four prototype buildings, two mass timber and two steel, across the criteria of seismic performance, life-cycle impact, and construction cost.

Adam Phillips

3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

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Thursday, October 20

Track

Session

Speaker

Time (Central)

Keynote

K3 -- Thursday Keynote -- Structural Engineers - The Next Generation
The tools and methods used to train structural engineers have evolved over time. Learn about the speaker's experience from four decades working at leading design firms, teaching at the university level, and volunteering for professional organizations, and how she envisions successfully recruiting and developing the next generation of structural engineers. 

Carol Post

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Wrap-up Session

P1 -- Wrap-up Roundtable
Let's circle back with a few of our presenters and discuss some of the questions we couldn't get to during the earlier sessions. Join us for this casual and thought-provoking panel discussion. 

Carol Post, Robert Otani, Michel Bruneau

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Connections

C1 -- Introduction to Delegated Connection Design
Delegated connection design is a concept most engineers have dealt with during their careers, whether as the EOR delegating design of the connections or as the engineer working for the fabricator designing the connections. In this session, the speaker will review the EOR’s options for dealing with connections stated in the AISC Code of Standard Practice and will discuss frequently observed problems and misunderstandings. 

Clifford Schwinger

1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Connections

C2 -- Introduction to Seismic Connections
As most connection engineers can tell you, there is a world of difference between designing a simple shear tab versus designing any kind of seismic connection. This session will introduce seismic connection design, and go over specific considerations that aren’t required for gravity or wind loading. 

Matthew Eatherton

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Connections

C3 -- Introduction to Reinforcing Existing Connections
When adding new loads to an existing steel structure, it’s not just the members that need to be analyzed and reinforced, but also the connections! In this session, the speaker will introduce the basics of reinforcing existing steel connections and provide examples to assist you the next time you are looking to strengthen an existing structure.

Christine Freisinger

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Connections

C4 -- Practical Design Ideas for Connection Design
Grab your pencil and paper and get ready to jot down these essential connection ideas from the 2022 Steel Conference Speaker Award winner, Carol Drucker.  This session will present several connection design ideas that can be applied to your work immediately.

Carol Drucker

3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

 

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