Technical Resources

The right answer for your project’s most pressing questions.

Strengthen your next project with the insights and answers to every aspect of steel in construction. CISC Technical Resources include information-rich documents like FAQs, plus access to steel design software and a help desk.

Steel design software – Steel specific answers in seconds.

CISC develops steel-specific technical solutions to help every Member and Associate organization to build better and more efficiently, including two industry leading software applications:

Steel Seismic Systems 2010
Gives structural engineers the tools to quickly identify the steel seismic systems permitted by the National Building Code 2010 and CSA Standard S16-09.

Lateral Forces 2010
Helps steel professionals to accurately and quickly navigate the complex wind load calculations for certain building structures included in the National Building Code 2010.

Click here to see all our software.

Help desk – Answers only a click or call away

CISC staff engineers answer technical questions on all aspects of structural steel design for buildings and bridges. We have information and resources on a variety of topics including historical grades of steel, oversize and slotted bolt holes  and notch-tough grades of steel. For more information on projects like these, please contact the Help desk at

Advantage Steel columns – Questions, answers and insights

The CISC’s Advantage Steel magazine captures the pulse of the steel industry, and has quickly become a well-respected source for technical knowledge and industry information. Advantage Steel features articles on cutting edge topics and  the most pressing issues, as well as regular columns dealing with seismic design and sustainability. Click here and download the latest edition of Advantage Steel.

Online technical forum – bringing together the steel community

The CISC’s online forum invites steel professionals to collaborate on a wide range of topics, including building structures, bridges, connections, detailing and fabrication.
Click here to access the CISC technical forum.

Updates, Guides and other resources

Updates on Handbook revisions, changes in S16 , design guides on connections, crane runways, steel fabrication quality systems, etc.
Click here to view our Structural Updates.
Click here to view our Guides.

Steel Supply and Historical Info

Availibility of steel shapes, historical information about older steel properties and references to older standards.
Click here for Historical Info.
Click here for Steel Supply resources.

Fire-protection and Coatings

CSCC Fire-protection bulletins, guides, fire models, paint standards, tips on painting structural steel and more.
Click here for our resources on Fire-protection.
Click here for our resources on Coatings.

Steel Related Papers and Links

Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering ( CJCE) steel-related articles, and industry links to AISC, SCI, AISI, IISI, OTUA links.
Click here to view the papers and links.

Educational Aids

Enhance your learning with our selection of educational aids.
Click here to view our Educational Aids.