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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Opinions expressed are those of the advertisers. PHOTO: COURTESY OF IMPACT Amazon World Headquarters in Seattle is constructed of massive sphere steel structures. Steel Today I By Kate Gawlik Starting the Year Organized and Updated Market experts share how to stay on track with steel The importance of education and networking cannot be overlooked in any market. For steel, the annual NASCC: The Steel Conference is the opportunity to gather with thousands of people to talk about everything and anything that is steel. The 2017 conference takes place March 22–24 in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. “The NASCC is a can’t-miss event if you have an interest in structural steel,” says 2016 attendee Tom Nunziata of Nabih Youssef & Associates. “The educational and networking opportunity is unmatched.” S1 | February 13, 2017 Get Educated The conference has more than 130 technical educational sessions specifically designed for engineers, fabricators, detailers and erectors to learn about structural steel design and construction. Attendees can earn up to 17 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending the conference’s sessions, and an additional four PDHs are available for attending the Short Course on Tuesday afternoon. ISC awards one PDH for each hour of attendance at a technical session. In addition, 15 of the conference sessions this year are enr.com/SpecialAd

Starting The Year Organized And Updated

Kate Gawlik

Market experts share how to stay on track with steel

The importance of education and networking cannot be overlooked in any market. For steel, the annual NASCC: The Steel Conference is the opportunity to gather with thousands of people to talk about everything and anything that is steel. The 2017 conference takes place March 22–24 in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

“The NASCC is a can’t-miss event if you have an interest in structural steel,” says 2016 attendee Tom Nunziata of Nabih Youssef & Associates. “The educational and networking opportunity is unmatched.”

Get Educated

The conference has more than 130 technical educational sessions specifically designed for engineers, fabricators, detailers and erectors to learn about structural steel design and construction. Attendees can earn up to 17 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending the conference’s sessions, and an additional four PDHs are available for attending the Short Course on Tuesday afternoon. ISC awards one PDH for each hour of attendance at a technical session. In addition, 15 of the conference sessions this year are Incorporated into a special program for architects with AIA Learning Units and HSW credits.

This year, sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. instead of a typical afternoon opening. This means there are more educational opportunities, and tracks have been created to allow attendees to follow courses created specifically for them. Tracks include coatings, case studies, business connections, constructability, design and analysis, detailing, erection, legal, project management, quality, round table, shop operations, sustainability, technology, educator and student. Topics include “Practical Advice for Reviewing Software Generated Connection Designs” to “Lateral Torsional Buckling and Its Influence on the Strength of Beams” to “Keeping OSHA out of Your Bank Account.”

In addition, AISC has created a new program, “Solutions for Equity in the Workplace,” which looks at what diversity means for the construction industry, with an emphasis on what works when creating solutions that can increase equity within the workplace. Also new this year is the opportunity to delve deeper into two topics. SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has developed a four-hour program to provide bridge designers with information about specifying coatings. The second special track is a series of related seminars about legal issues surrounding the design and construction of steel buildings and bridges.

“A great meeting of the minds among engineers, fabricators, detailers and erectors,” says attendee Frank Lancaster of EYP Architecture & Engineering. “Educational sessions presented the latest research and thinking in the profession, and participants in the exhibit hall showcased how things are getting done.”

More to Do

The Structural Stability Research Council’s Annual Stability Conference has been held in conjunction with the Steel Conference since 2001. In addition to 12 sessions with more than 30 papers, the Stability Conference includes the 2017 Beedle Award and MAJR Medal presentations. SSRC also holds its annual meeting immediately prior to the conference.

Tours have been created to provide hands-on learning and time away in San Antonio. Social activities and other opportunities to network can be worked into anyone’s schedule during breaks or in the evening.

Keynote speakers include Carmen Simon, Ph.D., and Todd Helwig, Ph.D. Simon is a best-selling author, cognitive neuroscientist and the creator of the No. 1 presentation app on iTunes in 2010. Her expertise combines her passion for the mind with the information garnered from her doctorate degrees in Instructional Technology and Cognitive Psychology. She is the cofounder of Rexi Media, which provides consulting services to help improve presentation skills by enabling communicators to attract attention and create memorable content so their audiences can make decisions quickly. Or, as she explains, “I aim to reduce PowerPoint amnesia.”

Simon believes audiences typically only remember 10% of a presentation. Using lessons learned from neuroscience, this session provides a unique approach to controlling what audiences remember about your message. Helwig, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is the 2017 recipient of the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award.

His lecture will focus on the stability of flexural systems in steel buildings and bridges, with a particular emphasis on bracing requirements. The presentation will highlight the results from largescale experiments and computational studies on I-shaped beams, trusses and box girders. Discussions on lean-on techniques, system buckling of narrow girder systems and other bracing applications will be highlighted. Several factors that impact the effectiveness of bracing will be emphasized, along with simple design methodologies for various bracing system applications.

With all the learning and listening, attendees have an opportunity to walk around one of the main draws of the conference: the exhibit floor. More than 220 companies will be showcasing the latest equipment, software, tools and technologies. Equipment manufacturers also provide full demonstrations for everyone to see and learn.

The Next Level

Registration for the conference is open at www.aisc.org/nascc. It’s estimated that 4,500 people will head to San Antonio in March to take the steel market to another level. Embrace your role in steel’s future, and be part of this event.

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