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APRIL 2017

  • ·         “Cold-Formed Steel Classroom” – Roger LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E., Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures
  • ·         “Building Information Modeling” – Will Ikerd, IKERD Consulting, LLC, followed by a BIM Expert Panel Discussion
  • ·         “Light Weight Composite Structures for Advanced Tactical Shelters” – Cheng Yu, Ph.D., University of North Texas
  • ·         “The Steel Deck Institute’s Steel Deck on Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Manual” – Thomas Sputo, P.E., Sputo and Lammert Engineering, LLC 
  • ·         “Devil in the Details II: Learning From Mid-Rise Successes and Failures” – Don Allen, P.E., Super Stud Building Products, Inc.
  • ·         “Cold-Formed Steel Kneewall Design” – Hien Nguyen, M.S., P.E., Simpson Strong-Tie
  • ·         Platinum Level – Aegis Metal Framing, CEMCO Steel Framing and Metal Lath, ClarkDietrich Building Systems, USG
  • ·         Gold Level – Simpson Strong-Tie
  • ·         Bronze Level – Argos Systems, TrusSteel

 A special conference rate for hotel reservations at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel is available through April 28, 2017. Early registration and hotel room reservations are encouraged.

 The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute comprises hundreds of structural engineers and other design professionals who are finding a better way to produce safe and efficient designs for commercial and residential structures with cold-formed steel. CFSEI members work together to develop and evolve industry standards and design methods, produce and issue technical bulletins, and provide seminars and online training to improve the knowledge and skills base of engineers and design professionals. For more information, visit www.cfsei.org.

 Debbie Bennett

Manager, SMDI and Construction Market Communications

Steel Market Development Institute

a business unit of AISI

25 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Suite 800

Washington, DC  20001

tel: 202.452.7179


ASCE Florida :   Accepting abstracts for presentation at our 2017 Annual Conference.  This year’s event will be taking place on Friday, July 21st and Saturday morning, July 22nd at the Marriott Orlando World Center.  We will be having 30-minute and 60-minute presentations.

 Judy Nichols

Executive Director

ASCE Florida Section

Phone: 561-215-4311


 SAVE THE DATE: 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – Orlando Marriott World Center - July 20-22, 2017



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 CONTACT: BOB PAUL

                                                                                                 412.487.3325 / bob@sdi.org


Standards are Available for Free Download at www.sdi.org

GLENSHAW, PA, February 23, 2017 – The Steel Deck Institute (SDI) has updated five standards and has made them available for free download at www.sdi.org. The SDI standards are included by reference in the 2018 International Building Code.

SDI’s suite of standards has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is intended for use in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The updated standards include:

  • ANSI/SDI C-2017 ―  Standard for Composite Steel Floor Deck – Slabs
  • ANSI/SDI QA/QC-2017 ― Standard for Quality Control and Quality Assurance for Installation of Steel Deck
  • ANSI/SDI T-CD-2017 ― Test Standard for Composite Steel Deck – Slabs
  • ANSI/SDI RD-2017 ― Standard for Steel Roof Deck – Slabs
  • ANSI/SDI NC-2017 ― Standard for Non-Composite Steel Floor Deck

“SDI’s updated suite of standards reflects recent research advancements and correlates with diaphragm design references in AISI S310-16, North American Standard for the Design of Profiled Steel Diaphragm Panels, 2016 Edition,” said Bob Paul, P.E., managing director of the Steel Deck Institute. He commented that AISI S310-16 is available for free download at www.aisistandards.org.

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The updated SDI standards also include:

  • Specific provisions to ANSI/SDI NC-2017 for situations where non-composite steel deck is used to carry all dead and live loads without a structural concrete slab.  This commonly occurs when gypsum concrete or other non-structural fill is used as the floor surface.
  • Harmonized construction loading requirements in the non-composite floor deck standard (ANSI/SDI NC-2017) with the composite floor deck C standard (ANSI/SDI C-2017).
  • Revision of the permitted upper flexural strength limit for composite steel deck-slabs from the yield moment to the ultimate moment, reinstating the long-used ultimate strength model for composite steel deck-slabs.
  • A change in the maximum deck support attachment spacing from 12" to 16" on center to reflect current practice.
  • Editorial changes to clarify intent and improve usability of the standards without changing their requirements.

The Steel Deck Institute has provided uniform industry standards for the engineering, design, manufacture, and field usage of steel decks since 1939. The SDI is concerned with cold-formed steel products, with various configurations distinctive to individual manufacturers, used to support finished roofing materials or to serve as a permanent form and/or positive reinforcement for concrete floor slabs. Members of the Institute are manufacturers of steel floor and roof decks. Associate members are manufacturers of products that are related to the usage of steel decks. Continuing SDI functions include preparation, review, and distribution of literature, referral of inquiries to appropriate sources, coordination of research and testing, and liaison with other construction industry associations on matters of common interest. For more information, visit www.sdi.org.


From Mary Schramka at mary.schramka@woodworks.org



Diaphragms and Shear Walls with Offsets and Openings

March 28, North Miami  |  March 29, Tampa  |  March 30, Orlando

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Presented by Terry Malone, PE, SE, WoodWorks

Cost: $30 includes lunch

Earn 3 AIA/CES LUs or PDH credits.  CEUs are FBPE board-approved.

The structural configurations of modern buildings often require complex lateral load paths that incorporate multiple horizontal and vertical offsets, multiple irregularities and fewer lateral-resisting elements. This presentation will provide a review of methods of analysis that can be used to address openings and offsets that now commonly occur in wood-frame diaphragms and shear walls. Topics will include diaphragms with horizontal offsets and large openings and shear walls with offsets and openings.




WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has published three new cold-formed steel framing research reports: 1) “RP15-3: Advancing Seismic Simulation of Cold-Formed Steel Framed Buildings,” 2) “RP17-1: Experimental Study on System Reliability of Cold-Formed Steel Roof Trusses,” and 3) “RP17-2: Monotonic and Cyclic Response of Single Shear Cold-Formed Steel-to-Steel and Sheathing-to-Steel Connections.” All of the research reports are available for free download here.

Each research project was undertaken to increase knowledge of the behavior of cold-formed steel in order to advance design efficiency and ensure safety. The reports cover the following topics:  

  • “RP15-3: Advancing Seismic Simulation of Cold-Formed Steel Framed Buildings” – This report advances performance-based seismic design of cold-formed steel framed buildings by introducing computationally efficient and accurate modeling tools that predict the behavior of the building, the individual cold-formed steel components, and connections in a seismic event. The research was conducted at Virginia Tech.   
  • “RP17-1: Experimental Study on System Reliability of Cold-Formed Steel Roof Trusses” – This experimental study of cold-formed steel roof trusses is part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation, “Advancing System Reliability With Application to Light-Framed Structures.” Test data are provided for examining cold-formed steel structural reliability in roof trusses as a system versus individual components. The research was conducted at the University of North Texas.
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load-deformation response models to simulate the performance of screw fasteners in a seismic event. Since screw fasteners are the primary connectors in light steel framing, this research provides designers with more accurate performance-based data for conducting whole building seismic analysis. The research was conducted at Virginia Tech.

AISI’s codes and standards work is conducted under the Construction Market Council of the                                                                               
Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of AISI, which oversees the industry’s
investment in advancing the competitive use of steel by meeting the demands of the marketplace. For more information on SMDI’s Construction Market program, visit  www.buildusingsteel.org. Follow SMDI Construction on Twitter

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 18 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 120 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org. Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).


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