The RCSC Specification

The Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC) Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts provides state-of-the-art criteria for design and installation of ASTM high-strength bolts and assemblies. These recommendations become mandatory if and when the local code adopts them. In Canada, structural design and inspection of bolted joints and installation of high-strength bolts should comply with [...]

2017-04-17T15:19:11-04:00March 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , |

W-Shape Availability in the New Handbook

One of the most prominent features in the Handbook of Steel Construction, 11th edition, is the addition of availability data for wide-flange or W-shape sections. In Parts 4, 5 and 6, W-shapes that are commonly used and readily available are highlighted by the colour yellow, as shown on the accompanying figure. The design tables in which [...]

2017-04-21T14:40:17-04:00March 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |

CISC Structural Steel EPDs

The CISC has developed 6 verified & registered industry average Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for structural steel that are available from authorized CISC fabricator members. Click here for more information on CISC Structural Steel EPDs

2017-04-03T12:57:50-04:00November 18th, 2016|Tags: |

Global Standards Scramble to React to Non-Conforming Material

Reputable global EPCs (Engineering, Procurement, Construction ) operating in Canada know something that you may not. They are mandating that all steel used on their projects be produced/rolled in North America. They claim to be doing this because of trust (or the lack thereof) of global material supply. In a global market place that seems pretty [...]

2017-04-03T12:57:41-04:00November 14th, 2016|Tags: |

The CISC Project Solutions Service

CISC PROJECT SOLUTIONS SERVICES: Helping you select the most efficient and economical structural framing solution for your next project! CISC PROJECT SOLUTIONS SERVICES A complimentary service provided by our in-house team of structural engineers and technical specialists at the CISC Solutions Centre. We will provide a fully customized and comprehensive conceptual steel design package that will [...]

2022-03-02T11:41:48-05:00November 11th, 2016|Tags: |

CISC’s new Steel Section Dimensions App is now available on Google Play and the Apple App store!

Steel Section Dimensions provides the main section dimensions (d, b, t, w) of structural steel shapes listed in the CISC Handbook of Steel Construction, 11th Edition. Dimensions can be displayed in metric or imperial units. The available steel shapes include: W, HP, M, S, C, MC, L (equal and unequal-leg), HSS (Square, Rectangular and Round) produced [...]

2017-04-03T12:57:28-04:00November 4th, 2016|Tags: , |

Availability of Structural Steel in Canada

Designers must consider material availability when specifying section sizes, particularly for the heavier sizes in a nominal size range, and for small quantities of the less commonly used sizes. As regional availability of steel products varies, information on the availability of particular sizes can be obtained from either local steel fabricators, producers, and service centres. The [...]

Minimum Size of Fillet Welds

The minimum size of a fillet weld as measured should comply with Table 4.4 of CSA W59-13, unless a larger size is required to provide the calculated weld resistance. The long-standing code provision for minimum fillet size aims to reduce the cooling rate. The presence of hydrogen and fast cooling are major contributing factors for cold [...]

2017-04-03T12:56:24-04:00August 26th, 2016|Tags: , |

Knife Edge Connections

Knife edge angle connection, commonly known as knife connection, is a very common type of beam shear connection. It features a pair of angles that are typically welded to the column in the shop and bolted to the beam web in the field (Figure 1). While knife connection serves as a popular beam shear connection, its [...]

2017-04-03T12:56:16-04:00August 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

CISC Certification vs CSA A660 – Which One Do I Specify?

In accordance with the National Building Code, steel building systems shall be manufactured by companies certified to CSA A660 “Certification of Manufacturers of Steel Building Systems.” A steel building system (SBS) features steel for the structural components plus related accessories engineered and designed as a total building system, commonly referred to as “pre-engineered buildings” for which [...]

2017-04-03T12:55:53-04:00August 15th, 2016|Tags: , , , |


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