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CISC Steel Centre Offers Steel For Lunch

Steel for Lunch is an industry-led seminar series for students preparing to enter professional practice. These presentations, workshops, and training opportunities build community between industry and academia while ensuring that students are up-to-date on relevant techniques, topics, and practices used by industry leaders. Click here to browse the event calendar for a topics of interest [...]

2020-10-14T10:15:33-04:00October 14th, 2020|

Engineers’ Corner: Unbraced Length in X-Bracing – Out-of-Plane Buckling

A typical concentrically braced frame featuring X-bracing and subject to a lateral load "P" is illustrated in Figure 1. The compression brace (C) is susceptible to in-plane buckling, although out-of-plane buckling is the more common governing condition. In the following discussion, it is assumed that the diagonal braces are continuous and connected at the intersection point. [...]

2020-10-09T10:08:20-04:00October 7th, 2020|

RJC Designs the New Toronto Zoo Orangutan Exhibit, Steel the Only Answer

Sumatran orangutans, a critically endangered species, have been a part of the Toronto Zoo since 1974. This project will provide them with two new outdoor habitats as well as minor modifications to the existing indoor orangutan holding and exhibit areas within the Indo-Malaya Pavilion. The new areas will provide the Zoo’s oldest orangutan, Puppe, and her [...]

2020-10-06T10:54:15-04:00September 30th, 2020|

Promoting Excellence in Steel Construction

Excellence in steel construction is shared goal for our industry.  We know that steel is the obvious choice for an economic, flexible, creative, and sustainable infrastructure.  In order to see steel continue be the material of choice for construction – and to let others know as well - we must pay attention to how we support [...]

2020-10-14T10:51:01-04:00September 30th, 2020|

Engineers Corner: Technical Column

CISC provides this column as part of its commitment to the education of those interested in the use of steel in construction. Neither the CISC nor the author assumes responsibility for errors or oversights resulting from the use of the information contained herein. Suggested solutions may not necessarily apply to a particular structure or application and [...]

2020-10-01T14:59:24-04:00September 30th, 2020|

South Bow River Bridge Project to Create 350-Plus Jobs

As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, Alberta taxpayers will spend $70 million to replace the eastbound bridge over the Bow River on southeast Stoney Trail in Calgary. The South Bow River Bridge project also includes widening the westbound bridge and building a new, stand-alone pedestrian bridge. Together, these improvements will make travel safer in and around [...]

2020-09-24T17:31:29-04:00September 23rd, 2020|

Jobs for Alberta, Innovative Tech for the World

Alberta’s government is spending dollars from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund on a series of programs that will get Albertans back to work and reduce emissions. TIER is funded by large industry. The latest TIER investment will support 3,400 jobs on its own and up to 8,700 jobs when investments from industry and [...]

2020-09-24T17:31:17-04:00September 23rd, 2020|

Toronto’s new CIBC SQUARE Has Challenges Only Steel Can Solve

Nothing is standard about this project meant to change everything about office buildings  By Derek Howchin, Senior Project Manager, Walters Group and Jessica Ranalli, Project Manager, Walters Group Head down the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto and you can’t miss the towering structure next to Scotiabank Arena: CIBC SQUARE. It’s the most advanced tower ever constructed in [...]

2020-09-24T17:31:10-04:00September 23rd, 2020|

Engineers Corner: Calculate the Location of the Plastic Neutral Axis for an Asymmetrical Steel Section

Assumption: Top flange is in compression and bottom flange is in tension. Definitions: PNA:    The plastic neutral axis is defined as the axis that divides the cross section such that the compression force from the compression area is equal to the tension force from the tension area. Its’ location is denoted by, yp. b:         Width of [...]

2020-09-24T17:30:59-04:00September 2nd, 2020|

For B.C.’s Hospital Construction Program Steel Can be the Optimum Choice

The B.C. Ministry of Health, according to B.C. Finance Minister Carole James, will spend at least $4.4 billion over the next three to five years on 13 major hospital construction projects.   The COVID-19 pandemic has strangled B.C.’s once full-throttle private construction industry, the proposed multibillion-dollar hospital construction program aims to salvage an industry that accounted [...]

2020-08-27T17:30:46-04:00August 21st, 2020|