Structural and cold-formed steel

Steel is usually a major component of many engineering projects, and can lend an appealing aesthetic value to many structures. Now, the trend is discovering the sustainable aspects of steel.

In response to an open invitation from Structural Engineering & Design magazine, a number of companies provided the following information about their products. Company web addresses are provided for immediate access to additional information. To participate in Structural Engineering & Design Specifiers Guides, visit

AceCad Software ( provides integrated technologies including the 3D CAD software, StruCad, and an unparalleled MRP system, StruM.I.S. The StruWalker viewer allows user to import CIS/2 files, improving project efficiency through the supply chain. AceCad’s complete Fabrication Information Modeling package delivers productivity advantages across all stages of the steelwork project.

Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. (, rolled 326,140 pounds of wide flange sections ranging in size from W8 x 10 to W24 x 84 in order to form the roof trusses of the main entrance lobby at the new Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

Since 1935, the American Galvanizers Association ( has represented the North American after-fabrication, hot-dip galvanizing industry. The AGA publishes a vast inventory of technical literature, presents seminars to educate in the specification and use of hot-dip galvanizing, and provides free technical support for fabricators, specifiers, and users of galvanized steel.

Armour Steel Supply Ltd. ( supplies structural steel, cold formed steel framing, wire mesh, rebar, structural tube, and steel plate to building projects throughout North America. We perform custom structural fabrication and deliver and erect the steel products we supply.

PythonX structural steel fabrication system from Burlington Automation ( processes beams, HSS, channel, angle, and plate, performing all the needed operations including bolt holes, copes, miters, slots, piece marks, notches, and weld prep bevel edge. PythonX is the only structural steel fabrication machine tool you’ll need.

Cast ConneX Universal Pin Connectors from Cast Connex Corporation ( are sleek clevis fittings designed to connect seamlessly to HSS for use in architecturally exposed structural applications. Cast ConneX High-Strength Connectors are innovative, seismic-resistant brace connectors for use in braced frames. The standardized connectors vastly simplify the design, detailing, and fabrication of otherwise complex connections.

Chicago Clamp Company ( provides weld-free and cost-effective solutions for roof opening and joist loading projects. Our product line offers a new design alternative to the traditional method of welding steel within the bar joists or beams of a structure.

Cordeck’s ( cellular metal deck systems work with the steel framing and provide in-floor management of wires and cables in structural steel buildings while meeting UL floor ratings. Cordeck provides the complete system including the cellular deck, trench headers, insert boxes, and service fittings. They provide engineering assistance including layout, trench calculations, and shear stud layout.

Multiframe from Daystar Software, Inc. (www.daystar provides linear and non-linear analysis along with a full range of modeling tools including 3D drawing, plate elements, tension-only/compression-only members, dynamic analysis, and much more. Other modules allow you to quickly perform design checks for a wide range of design codes including the AISI and AISC codes.

Design Data’s ( SDS/2 software provides automatic detailing, engineering information, and other data for the steel industry’s fabrication, detailing, and engineering sectors. As BIM software, SDS/2 allows for the sharing of data between all partners on a project, reducing the time required to design, detail, fabricate, and erect steel.

In addition to the latest AISC 13th Edition code, Steel Design Version 3 from Digital Canal ( supports previous AISC codes (such as ASD 9th, LRFD 2nd). Version 3 also includes the latest shape database, automatic load combination generation, live load patterning, independent top and bottom flange bracing, seismic load input, and an improved size optimization engine.

GT STRUDL ( software is used by structural engineers for the analysis and design of nuclear, utility, transportation, offshore, industrial, and civil works facilities. GT STRUDL integrates graphical modeling, analysis, and design into a powerful information processing system, and utilizes American and international steel design codes. The new BasePlate Module is also available.

Hilti Profis DF Diaphragm from Hilti ( transparently calculates diaphragm shear, wind uplift, and combined loading analysis while incorporating the latest ICC-ES AC43 performance data. The program features enhanced graphical user interface with easy-to-read screens, color breakouts, and an intuitive process. It can be downloaded at

The Blind-Bolt from LNA ( is a product for connecting to square, rectangular, or circular structural tube or the conventional steel where access is available from one side only. No special labor or equipment is required, equating to a reduction in on-site costs. A variety of sizes and finishes makes this product suitable for any application or environment.

LUSAS ( develops, supports, and markets finite element software for the analysis, design, and assessment of all types of steel structures. Used on major structures worldwide, LUSAS Bridge and LUSAS Civil & Structural solve all types of linear and nonlinear stress, dynamics, composite, fatigue, buckling, and thermal/structural interaction analysis problem.

MDX Software ( produces curved and straight steel bridge design and rating software for AASHTO LRFD, ASD, and LRFD specifications.

Metal Building Industries ( produces light gauge steel trusses from C-section studs including cut-to-length studs and track, in any gage from 25 to 16, and in depths ranging from 2-1/2 inches to 8 inches. We also supply hat channels, cold roll, and clips, and engineering services for light gauge systems.

Midas Civil 2010 from MIDASoft Inc. ( is the leading structural steel design software with live load optimizers for curved/straight girder, composite, skewed slab, frame, and arch bridges. Other applications include segmental post-tensioning, suspension, cable-stayed, and culvert bridges. Midas Civil is continuously enhanced to be fast, user-friendly, and equipped with innovative graphic components.

Nuconsteel, A Nucor Company (, is a fully integrated designer and manufacturer of total framing solutions featuring our innovative NUSOLUTIONS framing systems and our unique design-build approach. Nuconsteel provides load bearing cold-formed steel roof, floor, and wall framing systems for commercial and residential building projects all over the country.

Nucor-Yamato Steel’s ( structural mills produce wide-flange structural steel beam and piling products for a range of buildings, including non-residential, commercial, residential, manufactured housing, industrial, foundations, and bridges.

Opti-Mate, Inc. ( produces bridge engineering software with all AASHTO Code checks. Software titles include Merlin Dash, Descus, TRAP, and SABRE.

Get the most out of your steel designs with RISAFloor and RISA-3D from RISA Technologies ( The ability to use multiple materials in one FEA model makes these programs your first choice for both hot-rolled and cold-formed steel. With 16 steel databases and 21 steel codes, RISA has all your bases covered.

CFS software from RSG Software, Inc. ( is a comprehensive cold-formed steel component design tool with a friendly graphical interface. For any cold-formed shape you can calculate: full, net, and effective section properties; strength for compression, tension, shear, bending, web-crippling; strength increase from cold-work of forming; member checks for combined axial/bending, shear/bending, web-crippling/bending; multiple-span beam and beam/column analysis with diagrams; elastic buckling analysis and direct strength method; torsional anaylsis.

Simpson Strong-Tie ( introduces the AHEP adjustable hip-end purlin for cold-formed steel truss applications. The AHEP serves as an installation lateral-spacer restraint on step-down hip-end framing that safely spaces and supports the flat section of the top chord. In addition, the AHEP acts as a structural purlin for sheathing attachment.

Structural Desktop ( integrates STAAD Pro, RISA 3D/RISAFloor, GT STRUDL, and SAP2000 with AutoCAD. The user can build his analytical model inside AutoCAD and import that model into an analytical program for analysis and design. Then, it can be imported back into SDT for automatic creation of annotated AutoCAD “DWG” contract drawings.

Tata Steel International Americas (, one of the world’s largest steel producers and a leading manufacturer of structural shapes, also provides many innovative steel construction solutions including Bi-Steel and a large variety of cold- and hot-formed HSS, including elliptical HSS. Tata Steel International Americas specializes in arranging product and service packages to contractors and designers throughout the world, blended with industry knowledge and expertise that is specific to North and South America.

Tekla Structures from Tekla, Inc. ( is the BIM solution for structural engineers that can take any building project, no matter how large or complex, from conceptual design to detailing and construction. You can exchange model data with architects and other designers, work with popular analysis and programs, and much more.

TrusSteel, An ITW Company ( cold-formed steel trusses are easy to specify, design, and inspect. Design manual and specs are available.

Williams Form Engineering Corp. ( has been providing threaded steel bars and accessories for rock anchors, soil anchors, high capacity concrete anchors, micro piles, tie rods, tie backs, strand anchors, hollow bar anchors, post tensioning systems, and concrete forming hardware systems in the construction industry for over 85 years. They are easy to handle and install because of their superior stiffness and high strength-to-weight ratio.

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