Where will you be celebrating SteelDay? Whether you visit a structural steel facility, tour a project jobsite or attend a seminar, you can be part of the industry's largest educational and networking event on September 19. Hosted by AISC and its members and partners, SteelDay offers free events throughout the country for AEC professionals, faculty and students and the public to see firsthand how the vibrant U.S. structural steel industry works to build our country's buildings and bridges. To find and register for events, click here.
Now in its sixth year, SteelDay is a great opportunity to learn about the structural steel industry's latest technologies (ranging from improvements in the properties of steel to better equipment and new communication and design tools), see what's going on today with structural steel and network with people advancing the design and construction industry.
At hundreds of locations across the country, steel fabricators, mills, service centers and others open their facilities for guests to learn about various facets of the industry. And year after year, SteelDay proves to be an invaluable experience for new and seasoned professionals alike.
Elmo Diaz teaches high-school students industrial arts out of his blacksmith shop in Omaha, Neb., as part of a local partnership program. He and some of his students attended a nearby SteelDay event last year at Davis Erection (an AISC member and AISC advanced certified steel erector) and afterwards commented "My goal is to show my students that they can make a great living in the trades, and the opportunity for future employment that this SteelDay event demonstrated to them is priceless."
And in New Brighton, Penn., after a SteelDay tour at Littell Steel Company (an AISC member and AISC certified fabricator), Roy F. Kim, Jr., P.E., of House and Building Engineering said "SteelDay gives engineers a chance to see the products as a physical reality, and to learn new fabrication and construction methods."
Designers and developers also offer project site tours. In July, AISC hosted a special pre-SteelDay presentation and site tour of Chicago's first Girder-Slab® project, known as Circa 922, an innovative steel multi-story residential project under construction downtown. Guests explored firsthand how the project's structural steel framing and precast hollow core floor system have provided a proven structural system, large open bays, architectural flexibility, low cost and a quick construction schedule. Watch the video (courtesy of Descon Plus) to see highlights from the tour.
Can't get to an event on SteelDay? Don't fret. Live webinars will be offered. In addition, participants can request a brief informative video about the structural steel industry (email email@example.com), and, where possible, an industry representative will visit your company's office or vocational school on SteelDay to answer any questions.
"Never before have there been as many ways to be involved with SteelDay," said Ross Allbritton, AISC's industry mobilization manager.
In addition to connecting attendees with structural steel experts in their local area, SteelDay features special events in major cities. For instance, AISC will be hosting a Chicago bus tour, where attendees can marvel at landmark steel structures throughout the city.
To find and register for SteelDay events by state or event type, visit www.SteelDay.org/FreeEvents.
To learn more about SteelDay, visit www.SteelDay.org. You can also keep up with SteelDay updates and discussions via AISC's social media channels at www.twitter.com/aisc, www.facebook.com/AISCdotORG and www.youtube.com/AISCsteelTV.
About the American Institute of Steel Construction
Since its establishment, AISC has conducted its numerous activities with a scrupulous sense of public responsibility. For this reason, and because of the high caliber of its staff, the Institute enjoys a close working relationship with architects, engineers, code officials and educators who recognize its professional status in the fields of specification writing, structural research, design development and performance standards.