CHICAGO — Whether designing industrial buildings or office buildings, AISC’s Louis F. Geschwindner Seminar Series is a great opportunity for structural engineers and other designers to increase their knowledge and earn continuing education credits. Presented by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Spring 2011 Seminar Series will be offered in more than 25 cities around the U.S. from February to July. Early registration discounts are available until Feb. 11 at

Attend AISC’s spring seminar series and learn:

Step-By-Step Design for Commercial and Industrial Buildings

This seminar discusses significant considerations in the design of building structures. Topics presented include design for stability, fireproofing, constructability issues, observation and inspection, requirements for crane support design and detailing, and design rules for economy. Two building case studies will be presented.

Step-By-Step Design of a Low-Rise Office Building with Seismic Considerations

Gain valuable insight on design decisions as you walk through the case study of a low-rise office building in Seismic Design Category D. Topics presented include braced and moment frame configurations and connection type considerations, design for stability, constructability issues, and design rules for economy.

Seismic Braced Frames — Design Concepts and Connections

This seminar discusses the expected behavior of Special Concentrically Braced Frames, Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frames, and Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames under seismic loading. Member and connection design requirements for each of the braced-frame systems will be covered, and design examples of braced-frame member and connection design will be reviewed.

Practical Connection Design for Economical Steel Structures

This practice-oriented seminar focuses on what you need to know to design and evaluate the connections required for your projects. Handouts include class notes with design examples and a CD containing AISC Design Guides and journal articles related to connection design.

HSS Connections / Dos & Don’ts of Steel Construction

The first session of this course provides valuable guidance for designing economical and constructible connections for HSS sections. Welding and mechanical fastening will be reviewed, critical limit states will be identified, and design criteria and examples will be provided. The second session of this course gives insight into problems in steel design that are not so apparent until after a job has been awarded and is in the detailing, fabrication, and building stages. Highlighting actual examples from real projects, this seminar will address many aspects of project design and potential issues that are avoidable by understanding structural steel systems and their connections.

Design Steel Your Way II: Efficient Analysis for Steel Design using the 2005 AISC Specification

Attend this seminar and learn the principles of analysis and design that are the basis of the 2005 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. Learn about stability of structural frames, the use and misuse of K factors, the basic differences between first-order and second-order analysis, when and why second-order analysis must be used, and more.

Listen to the Steel: Duane Miller on Welding
Everything you need to know about welding applications is discussed in this one-day seminar. Topics include Special Welding Applications, Cost Reduction Ideas, Seismic Welding, Welding Heavy Sections and Highly Restrained Members, Details of Welded Connections, and Listen to the Steel – an examination of fatigue failures.

Steel Camp

AISC Steel Camp is a two-day continuing education event where attendees can earn up to 15 PDHs (Professional Development Hours), and it will be traveling to New York City and San Francisco this season. Sessions include Effective Steel Design, HSS Connection Design, Chapter N Quality Control and Assurance, and many more.

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