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Structural Steel: Helping to Realize the Potential of Prefabricated Prefinished Modular Construction

Prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC), sometimes referred to simply as modular construction, is a process whereby buildings are planned and designed to allow for discretization and standardization of 3D volumetric structural units that allow for efficient off-site manufacture and rapid on-site assembly. By Tom Greenough and Matthew Smith   Introduction The fabrication and manufacture process results [...]

2019-11-14T16:29:22-05:00November 14th, 2019|

The 21st Steel Awards for Excellence in Steel Construction was a Stunning and Moving Event

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 On Monday, November 11th, the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC-ICCA) of the Quebec Region celebrated the 21st anniversary of the Steel Awards for Excellence in Steel Construction, at one of the most historic venues in Canada, the prestigious Montreal 'The Windsor', offering a welcome cocktail, a gourmet 3-course dinner, in a [...]

2019-11-15T11:56:14-05:00November 14th, 2019|

CISC Design Modules 4 and 5 – Straight and Curved Steel Girder Bridges

The fourth and fifth modules in CISC's Design Modules lineup have been published and are now available. Design Module 4, "Straight Steel Girder Bridges", illustrates the design of composite, continuous multi-span steel bridges following a straight roadway alignment. This module includes detailed calculations of a 3-span plate girder bridge (see Figure 1) and a 2-span box [...]

2019-11-11T12:44:59-05:00November 11th, 2019|

Corbec Breaks Ground on Its First Galvanizing Plant in Ontario

To create 80+ local jobs and invest $30-40 million in project infrastructure November 7, 2019, Hamilton, ON – Corbec, a leading player in the Canadian steel industry specializing in hot-dip galvanizing, today broke ground at the site of its first galvanizing plant in Ontario. The project, which is slated to be complete by the end of [...]

2019-11-08T10:33:32-05:00November 8th, 2019|

Safe Hands Project

Imagine standing on the sidewalk and looking up 700 feet into the sky and thinking that this structure is impossibly high. Now imagine being on the balcony of the 75th floor and looking down and thinking “I hope this building is solid”. The public trusts that their buildings and bridges are safe and secure for them [...]

2019-11-07T15:01:46-05:00November 7th, 2019|

2019 G. L. Kulak Award Recipient Explores Steel Multi-tiered Braced Frames

Abolfazl is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Alberta. He received his M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2015. Before starting his PhD, he worked as a Structural Engineer in Tehran, Iran for two years. His Ph.D. research focuses on the seismic [...]

2019-11-08T11:01:16-05:00November 7th, 2019|

Weld Effective Properties for HSS Connections

For hollow structural section (HSS) connections, welds can be designed either to achieve the capacity of the connected branch member wall or to be “fit for purpose” (i.e. to resist the forces present in the branch member). The latter approach typically results in smaller, more economical welds, but it requires the use of weld effective properties. [...]

2019-10-24T16:15:03-05:00October 24th, 2019|

Engineers Corner: Technical Column

By Charles Albert, P.Eng., Manager of Technical Publications and Services CISC provides this column as part of its commitment to the education of those interested in the use of steel in construction. Neither CISC nor the author assumes responsibility for errors or oversights resulting from the use of the information contained herein. Suggested solutions may not [...]

2019-10-24T16:14:42-05:00October 24th, 2019|

In Memory of Pierre Gignac

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pierre Gignac In addition to his wife Mrs. Anne Thibaudeau, he leaves his children Geneviève (Jonathan Carrier) and Jean-Pierre (Erika Vallerand), his grandchildren, Anthony and Léonie Carrier, his brother Louis (Brenda Ellwein), his sister Hélène (John Davies), his beautiful Bernard (Docile Lachance), his sisters-in-law Elaine (Andre [...]

2019-10-17T18:41:07-05:00October 17th, 2019|